by Patrick Hoffman on 12/20/10 at 02:35 PM ET
This is what the New York Rangers are faced with as they do not play a game until Thursday night at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Blueshirts’ had their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia when the Flyers beat them by a score of 4-1. The team did not play terribly but it is apparent that some players have a few things to work on before their next game.
- Michael Del Zotto
Del Zotto needs to get his defensive game in order. He has an abundance of offensive talent but since he is a defenseman, he should concentrate on making that part of his game better.
- Marian Gaborik
Since scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals on December 12, Gaborik has been quite offensively. He’s had his chances but has not been able to finish. This will have to change sooner rather than later if the team wants to continue to be successful this season.
- Erik Christensen
Christensen may have a bunch of offensive talent but he needs to utilize it on a more consistent basis. Too often does he play one solid game only to disappear in the next one. Yes, it’s a head game when it comes to Christensen but Christensen needs to have confidence in himself in order to contribute to this hockey club.
Other players can probably be mentioned but considering that these three play prominent roles on this Rangers’ team, they need to step up their games in order to help the Rangers continue to have a good season.
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