by Patrick Hoffman on 10/31/11 at 11:00 AM ET
The answer to that question is a resounding no.
At 3-3-3, the New York Rangers certainly have not played their best in this young season and at the same time, have yet to click on all levels. That is the good thing.
The bad thing is that the way has played in their last two games against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, both losses at Madison Square Garden. Their play in the third period in both games is also alarming.
In their loss to the Senators on Saturday afternoon at MSG, the team blew a 4-1 lead in the third period and lost 5-4 in the shootout. In a game that the team scores four goals, gets solid performances from both Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik and is at home, it should have been a Rangers’ victory.
Unfortunately for the Blueshirts, they got sloppy, rested on their laurels and allowed the Senators to get back into the hockey game by taking undisciplined penalties, something team head coach John Tortorella still has to work on with the team.
Speaking of Tortorella, based on the team’s last two games, it would appear that he is not comfortable with how the team’s offensive lines are. There has been a lot of mixing and juggling going on, which does not allow players to really gel with each other and get any kind of chemistry going.
The team is also missing a spark. The Rangers seem to agree as they placed pest Sean Avery on re-entry waivers. Assuming he does not get claimed by another NHL team, there is a chance he could be back in a Rangers’ uniform in the very near future.
Things will not get any easier for the Blueshirts this week. The club first take on a red hot San Jose Sharks tonight followed by games against the Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets as the team’s homestand continues.
It is just a bit too early to hit the panic button. With that said, however, the team needs to get it going on home ice and that needs to happen this week.
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