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Goal Line Report

More Scoring Needed

This is exactly the case when it comes to the New York Rangers.

So far this season, the team has relied on players such as Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin, and Derek Stepan to put the puck in the net. While those five players have scored a combined 36 goals this season, the rest of the team's offense is nowhere to be found.

Do you remember when Rangers' forward Brian Boyle scored over 20 goals a few seasons ago? It seems like a distant memory because for whatever reason, he has not been the same since that season. This year, Boyle has just one assist in 19 games and has also been a healthy scratch several times this season.

What also seems like a distant memory was the strong offensive play of Chris Kreider? While there is no doubt that he is going to a solid Ranger in the future, his offensive game was nowhere near what it was in the postseason. In 11 games this season, Kreider had just one goal and one assist and because of his struggles, was sent down to Hartford to play with the Connecticut Whale of the AHL.

While there is no doubt that Rangers' centerman Jeff Halpern has been a solid penalty killer and solid offensive-defender for the team this year, he has not been able to produce on the offensive side of the puck. In 23 games, Halpern has just one assist and has only taken 10 shots on goal.

After getting off to a hot start, Rangers' 31-year-old left winger Taylor Pyatt has slowed significantly. Pyatt has just four goals and two assists in 23 games and has not produced a single poin in his last five contests.

Then there is Darroll Powe. Much like Halpern, Powe is great on the defensive side of the puck. Offensively, however, Powe has been a non factor in his 12 games with the club and does not have a point since joining the Blueshirts.

The Rangers need to start figuring out a way to get more goals. While it is great that the team's defense is still strong and that the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist is once again all-world, the whole offense needs to begin clicking in order to make a solid run both through the rest of the regular season and hopefully, in the postseason as well.

There is still 25 games left in the regular season to get this team's offense in order. Hopefully, the team's offense will find a way to come together and start putting the puck in the net on a more regular basis.

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

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