One of the most obvious upgrades to the Rangers since Alain Vigneault and his new coaching staff have taken over has been the power play.
After finishing last season 23rd in the NHL with the extra man at a paltry 15.7%, not to mention a miniscule 9.1% (4 for 44) in the playoffs, the Blueshirts are now in the Top 15 at 19.6%.
And apparently it's not just the fans who are noticing as Brad Richards explains (via New York Post)...
“It feels like a power play. It didn’t feel like much of a power play last year. We practice it every day. Everybody communicates at practice. Everybody on the unit has a voice in it. It’s fun to be on a cohesive unit.”
...amazing what happens when you actually practice the power play. I'm still absolutely baffled at how infrequently Torts used to work on the extra man deficiencies during his tenure. The Rangers pretty much have the same roster as last season, so I think it's pretty obvious what the problem has been prior to this year.
...passes seem crisper, there's constant motion and entering the defensive zone seems downright simple. Instead of losing momentum, the power play is actually winning games for the Rangers under Vigneault. It all seems so easy.
...i also have to give credit where credit is due, as Arniel deserves a big kudos for getting this turned around in pretty quick fashion. More than happy to eat some crow regarding his hiring. Any concern I may have had with his past relationships with former Columbus players have gone right out the window.
...and if you needed further proof of what held back the Rangers power play last season, just take a look at the bottom of this year's NHL power play stats. There you will find the Vancouver Canucks sitting at 27th (9.7%, 6 for 62) in the league despite having such super star players as the Sedin twins and Kesler. Seriously, Mike Sullivan should literally get on his knees every day to thank Torts for keeping him employed.
Hey, we do everything with tape...because we're trying to find out who we are, while we find out where we're going and who we've become while we've been going there, where we are, while we try to become pros...you know, professional...sincerely Torts...Tape, who the heck uses that word anymore...
I think a big reason for the improvement is their entries are so much cleaner. With Torts/Sully, it was often just dump and chase, now we are entering the zone with purpose and able to set up quickly.
Torts and Sullivan went on one year too long.Somebody-not Sather-finally said enough is enough and Sather cut him lose quickly.That said the extra year got us AV who is going to be a great coach and build the team and players with his hockey smarts. It's a joke that Torts could get away with not practicing the power play.He was a one trick pony and it is now the AV era. Also, we know the Rangers and how each can play-we are going to start seeing that now -and also see them playing a better system.
and richy continues to crap on torts. gotta love this guys swag this year, when nash comes back hold onto to the roof ladies and gentleman we are in for a ride
Kevin.... I think it's time to fire Gary bettman and call bull shit on this whole realignment. He said with new owenrship in place in Florida, Phoenix, and NJ they are no longer looking to expand in the near future....
So now instead of for one or two years it will be harder for a team to make the playoffs in the east indefinitely. That is fucking bullshit. Why would they make it 16 and 14 and not 15 and 15. It's just a complete joke... Someone needs to intervene
Additionally, their PK isn't getting enough credit. A lot of people figured that would suffer a little if Torts left. Although their previous accomplishments on the PK under Torts are notable, it turns out it's doing just fine without having to crash the net, cover their face, and dive after saying 3 hail marys.
No mystery here. Sullivan had his guys wide and spread out just passing to each other at the edge of the zone. It's amazing what happens when you put a guy in front of the net and get the puck to a place where there's either a rebound or a deflection. It's not rocket science, but yes .. the new coaches still deserve credit.
The biggest thing I've noticed this year is that the puck is being kept in the offensive zone a lot more than it has been in the past. Richards has been a lot better in that respect and McDonagh has shown an aptitude for it as well. I've said it over and over again, THAT is the biggest aspect that was missing form the PP. A big shot would be nice, but keeping defenders in their own zone and preventing a change is paramount to PP success. Even though the PP percentage is not a huge jump, even when they're not scoring, they are creating momentum. It's actually fun to watch.
NYR posted an Instagram video of Nash absolutely lighting up who I think is talbot. So awesome.http://instagram.com/p/gn1XPzPdJR/
I never paid much attention to the stats, so I'm kind of surprised that the difference is only 4%? Am I reading that wrong? That's basically saying we went from scoring 1 out of 6 times to 1 out of 5, or 1 more power play goal for every 25 chances.
It seemed so much worse before and so much better now. If you had asked me to guess our percentage last year I would have though we'd be down in the single digits like Vancouver is right now.
One thing that always aggravated me was Torts' whining that we didn't have a big shot ala Byufglien or Garrison. It led the fanbase to believe that's all we'd need, a RH PP QB that all these teams are just looking to get rid of. McDonagh is more than adequate as the QB, Has anyone been clamoring for one since? We've always had the personnel for a good powerplay, this is entirely on the coach.
How bout giving some credit to Mcdonagh. Still don't know why he never got a shot with Torts around as the QB. Easily our best defenseman in every aspect of the game right now. Have a feeling Staal is going to pick it up soon though. He is rounding into form.
@_Jack Awesome to see!
@KreiderisTheChosenOne absolutely... its official , torts was holding mcdonagh back bigtime. that move he made on 1s goal? never would have attempted that under torts. also has proven MDZ is what he is for lack of taking off like mcdonagh
@KreiderisTheChosenOne I think it was still better before he was put on the point, but it has certainly taken off since his insertion.