After a rough patch coming out of the Olympic break, the Rangers have now collected five out of a possible six points in the last three games. And one of the biggest reasons for the turnaround? The penalty kill.
Since the Rangers resumed their schedule, they have killed off 15 of the 16 penalties against including all nine in the last four games.
Not only are they keeping opponent's power play off the scoreboard, their penalty kill is providing some offense as they've scored three short-handed goals in the last three games.
The Rangers are currently ranked 8th in the NHL on the penalty kill with an 83.7% success rate.
Here's Dan Girardi on the importance of the penalty kill (via Bergen Record)...
“That’s got to be the difference. Especially at this time of the year, there might not be too many power plays. So when we’re on the kill, we have to pressure, block shots and we’ve got a chance.”
Martin St. Louis, who has seen significant time on the penalty kill since being acquired by the Rangers, added this (via New York Post)...