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Trying to Build Consistency

That is something the New York Rangers will look to do tonight when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On Thursday night against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden, the Blueshirts skated away with a 4-1 victory. The team got terrific performances out of J.T. Miller, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh and Henrik Lundqvist and did everything else they needed to do to win a hockey game.

For the Rangers to get all parts of their game going, the team's power play must start clicking. More often than not, the Rangers have been given ample opportunitites to build on their momentum by scoring a goal with the man advantage and more often than not, the Rangers come out of it goal-less.

When one thinks about it, it does not make any sense that the Rangers are not producing on the power play. The team has the talent, the shooters, the guys to go to the front of the net and the point men to get the puck to the net.

Currently, the team is ranked 28th in the league with the man advantage. For head coach John Tortorella and the rest of his coaching staff, this should be unacceptable given the talent that the team has.

If the Rangers were able to get their power play going, they will end up being a much tougher team to play against. Imagine Lundqvist's goaltending, Tortorella's defensive style of hockey, Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik and a few others putting the puck in the net to go along with a successful power play. It would end up being a difference maker in every game for the Blueshirts.

What better time than tonight against the Lightning to get the power play rolling. Should the Rangers want to make the playoffs and go far in those playoffs, the team will need a well run power play to help them succeed.

The time is now to start building consistency with the man advantage. It will go along away come April, May and June.

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PuckStopsHere's avatar

I often wonder what is meant by the word consistency in pro sports.  A team wins one game and then loses the next.  That is a pretty normal situation in any sport.  Fans, coaches etc. claim that if only they would be consistent (which I interpret as play as well as they did in their win all the time) things would be better.

So I will ask you the folowing question:  If the New York Rangers play consistently all season, what do you think their final record would be?

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 02/10/13 at 03:34 PM ET

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