by Patrick Hoffman on 03/08/12 at 12:09 PM ET
This is exactly what the New York Rangers need to do as they prepare for three games in four night’s starting tonight with the Ottawa Senators.
There is no doubt that the Blueshirts have been inconsistent of late. They have allowed at least three goals or more in their last three games and clearly did not play well against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.
The Ottawa Senators have given the Rangers’ some trouble this season and are currently one point behind the 6th place Devils. They have a powerful offense that is dangerous and knows how to put the puck in the net.
With that in mind, the Rangers will need to get their defense back in order in a hurry. Again, 13 goals allowed in the last four games will not win you any games in this league.
It is time for Rangers’ high-priced free agent signing Brad Richards to step up. While he has not been terrible, he definitely has not produced as much as one would have thought.
With games against the Senators (tonight), Chicago Blackhawks (tomorrow night) and New York Islanders (Sunday night), there are six points up for grabs. With the Pittsburgh Penguins heating up and possibly getting franchise player Sidney Crosby back in the line-up in the next few games, picking up wins tonight, tomorrow and Sunday could go a long way in deciding who wins the Atlantic Division.
Hopefully, the Rangers will be ready come puck drop tonight to get things back on track.
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