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The Struggling New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

“We’re obviously not in a great spot right now,” a somber and realistic David Quinn said after the match in which the Blueshirts were nearly blown crosstown into the 30th Street Heliport during the first period in which they were outshot 21-4 before steadying. “We’re nowhere near where we need to be if we’re going to have a season.”

You might have heard. The Rangers are young. That’s not the problem. The fact that the Blueshirts are playing like peewees is the problem. Compounding the problem exponentially, the kids aren’t the only ones struggling. The veterans with the responsibility to pick them up, they require a pickup, too.

The Mika Zibanejad-Artemi Panarin power couple on the first line has had difficulty connecting over the last handful of games and have encountered an almost impossible time getting into open ice. Chris Kreider has still not scored a goal. Brady Skjei hasn’t been able to locate his game. Marc Staal has had a couple of pretty bad ones in succession.

“There’s a lack of confidence out of the gates,” Kreider said.

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added 8:51am, Colin Stephenson of Newsday on Kaapo Kakko,

One goal in his first six NHL games, a four-game losing streak, an average of 15:21 ice time per game and linemates who haven’t lit the world on fire have combined to pour cold water on the start of rookie Kaapo Kakko’s first NHL season so far, the 18-year-old told a New York-based Finnish reporter.

“Hockey isn’t very much fun for me right now,’’ Kakko said, per a translation by the blog 4Ever Blueshirts, to writer Pasi Tuominen of Eastside Media. “Things haven’t been working out, and sometimes I feel like I could be on the ice a bit more. It would be cool to get a chance on the first line at some point. I understand that it hasn’t been realistic so far, since I haven’t really showed much.

“My goal is to have a leading role,’’ he continued. “I don’t want to hear any talk about how I’m the youngest guy and I need to be given time to get used to the playing style. I want to be the guy who scores goals and wins games right away.’’


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