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Rangers Need Secondary Scoring

In order to get everything clicking, the New York Rangers must be able to start getting some secondary scoring.

Going into the season, many hockey pundits, bloggers and prognosticators believed that this year’s Rangers’ hockey club had the most depth it has had in a very long time. With that said, it has yet to show up this season for the Blueshirts.

Obviously, the team’s top line consisting of Derek Stepan (for now), Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik will be asked to do the primary scoring. So far, Gaborik has doen his part and Richards has set up a bunch of goals and scoring opportunities.

It is the team’s second line of Artem Anismov-Brandon Dubinsky-Ryan Callahan that needs to steup to the plate and start producing. Ryan Callahan has not done much since the team’s opening weekend in Sweden and Dubinsky has been inconsistent at best. Unfortunately, Anisimov has been almost non-existent so far this season.

Brian Boyle, Brandon Prust and Ruslan Fedotenko continue to play well but need to contribute a goal every now and then. Prust has been one of the team’s most consistent players this season so hopefully, he will be able to keep it up and get that line going.

With the team taking on the Winnipeg Jets tonight, it would be great to see the club put the puck in net and come away with two points before heading back to New York for their home opener on Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It is time for the team to start showing the depth it has and show that they can put the puck in the net with some regularity.

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PH-I’m hearing some rumblings that people want Duby to be scratched for a couple games.  I personally think that is ridiculous.  I just think the Anisimov-Duby-Cally line needs to start meshing and they will soon enough.  Do you agree?

Posted by William Morrison on 10/24/11 at 02:40 PM ET

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William,

Scratching Dubinsky would be a big mistake. The line needs time to get things going and Dubinsky is a big part of that.

Posted by Patrick Hoffman from Fairfield, CT on 10/24/11 at 02:48 PM ET

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I was never a fan of benching a player who is in a slump. The only way to break out a slump by playing yourself out of it. You can not break out by sitting inthe stands. I say play Dubi a LOT!!!!
until he starts producing. It’s early in the season, have patients folks!

Posted by scrangersfan on 10/24/11 at 06:37 PM ET

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