If someone tells me that there's a 6.5% chance that it's going to rain today, guess what? I ain't bringing an umbrella to work. Which is why I don't even get remotely excited when the Rangers go on the power play because right now, 6.5% is their success rate with the man advantage in the playoffs.
After going 0-for-3 against a Bruins penalty kill that allowed five power play goals in their first round series against the Maple Leafs, the Rangers now have just two goals in 31 postseason opportunities with the extra man. Let me give you a second to allow that hideousness to sink in. And one of those two goals was scored by Dan Girardi. No offense to Dan, but he's not exactly considered on the same same level with say....PK Subban on the power play.
That's right, not a single power play goal, hell power play point, for Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto, John Moore or Anton Stralman. Disgusting.
Here's Girardi on what's gone wrong (via Newsday)...
"I don't want to say [it's] frustrating, but it needs to be better. We need to get good chances and create momentum. We've got to get a goal on the power play. It's a difference-maker and we don't get one and we lose the game. We definitely have to figure out something with that."
Henrik Lundqvist added...
"I thought we played a pretty good game, but the special teams were the difference. That's going to be the case this playoffs. I thought their power play gave them energy every time they got on the ice."
...i say it all the time, but you almost have to try to be as bad as the Rangers are on the power play. Everything is kept to the outside. Never any serious traffic in front. Pop gun shots from the point. And can we please just once try spreading the penalty killers and then feed the middle for a one timer. Please!
...i don't know, it seems so easy. Players and puck need to be constantly moving. Bodies need to be in front of the goaltender and someone needs to be bombing away at the point. Why doesn't this happen? I did like seeing Kreider get some power play time last night. If nothing else, get him in there to take minutes away from Richards who went from an absolute weapon on the power play in Dallas to a liability with the Rangers.
...if I had a 6.5% success rate doing anything at work, you can be assured that I'd be fired immediately. So I have no idea how the person responsible for this embarrassment, Mike Sullivan, still has a job. I know he's Torts' boy, but he needs to be relieved of his duties this summer.
Funny fact in regards to the 6.5% number... This number is the precise percentage to which the NJ Devils, who led the regular season on SHG, scored while short handed.
YES.. the Rangers are just as likely to score on a power play with a man advantage as the NJ Devils were while a man behind.. Talk about the chance of rain..!! Pathetic.
FTW -- 11 short handed goals on 169 times being short handed
2 for 31. That means we've had over 60 minutes worth of PP time and scored twice. We literally have a better chance of scoring playing 5 on 5.
Hard to set up a powerplay when this team can't even gain the offensive zone. That, I think, is the most frustrating part of all of it. If they were at least getting multiple shots on goal...like the 7 shots Boston had on us..it wouldn't be AS bad. In our case, however, one person would cross the line with no teammates anywhere near him, get rushed by all four defenders and give the puck up OR they would dump it in and Boston would easily take it away and clear it. The one or two times we did manage to gain the zone, two players would pass back and forth from within 5 feet of each other under Boston swarmed and caused a mistake.
At this point, their best bet is to take a coincidental penalty to play 4 on 4 rather than a PP. They have a much better chance of scoring. Saying "it has to be better" is pretty much akin to saying "we have to score goals to win"...no sh$t Sherlock! The PowerPlay looks like one you would have in bubble hockey and makes me look for the boo button every time! The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Perhaps they need a Psychiatrist instead of a coach!
What ticks me off is that this game could easily have been won and the team left the rink with a loss. Same old crap as always. Many fans were willing to cut Torts slack because the team beat Washington. I'm not. This team has had these same issues since he got here and have yet to be corrected. Short of winning the Cup, this team needs a serious overhaul and it's time to, among other things, move on from Brad Richards, unless he somehow regains his touch and puts up big numbers fromhere on out. He looks like he's aged 10 years since last season and, at his salary, we can't be wasting time, much like with Gaborik. The clock is ticking, as long as Hank still is in the picture. I still believe he leaves in two years when his contract expires. People suggest otherwise. Why would he stay? Do you think he's having fun right now??? No. Rant over. I'm steamed and have had enough for today.
not for nothing but in game 7 vs the caps we had zuc,brass, and nash out there and that was the best weve looked on the PP in a while
our supposedly 2 top offensive players Richards & Nash are bordering on laughable. Richards is centering the 4th line lmfao & Nash must think he's still in Columbus!
How does no one lose their job with this futility? I say, start the PP with the 4th line; can't be any worse!
@cb1 It is amazing that we are actually worse on the PP than we are 5-on-5. We haven't been any more successful during the times when it has been 5-on-3.
@Chris24 A perfect description of the Rangers powerplay. Would add that when they do gain the zone and manage to keep the puck, the end result is a weak point shot that gets blocked out of the zone.
@Chris24 That's where I think the Rangers miss Staal the most. Very good at getting the puck through the neutral zone and into the offensive end.
@MutantCity That's actually better than I anticipated.
@thenyrblogneill My bad. lol