New York, New York: The Blueshirts are Red Hot

USATSI_8318843_154158418_lowresThe New York Rangers are smoking hot right now, winning three in a row thanks to a Wednesday victory over the league-leading Anaheim Ducks. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last dozen games, in fact, marking the first time they’ve done that since 1993.

They’ve also earned a point in 18 of their last 23 games.

So what’s driving this Broadway success? There are the usual suspects, like Rick Nash who scored his 25th goal of the season on Wednesday. That puts him second overall behind Tyler Seguin. Nash is first on the Rangers in goals, obviously, but he also leads in points with 39 in 37 games. He’s also tops in plus-minus with a stellar +19.

It stands to reason that he’d be able to capitalize against the Ducks, as he’s had 35 career points in 35 games against Anaheim.

Overall, the Rangers have been outscoring the living daylights out of their competition. This is no Anaheim scenario, where they’ve received the edge in close games and have gotten away with a few. No, New York has outscored their opponents in the aggregate 44-18.

Even players like J.T. Miller are getting in on the action. He had his second multiple point game of the year against the Ducks and has three points in his past two games. The 21-year-old centre has nine points in 17 games, with two goals coming on the power play.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist has also been formidable, as usual. His 19 wins are good for eighth in the NHL, but he’s posted five shutouts in 30 games and that has him second to Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury in that category. Lundqvist has posted a 2.30 goals against average thus far and a .916 save percentage. He’s not running away with the league by any extent, but his play has won hockey games.

This is a Rangers team to get excited about, at least for the moment. They’re on a roll and they’re winning big. It may be tough to keep up the tempo down the line, but for now the Blueshirts are enjoying themselves and that counts for a lot. With confidence and offensive prowess, not to mention one of the league’s best goalies, there’s a reason to be in a New York state of mind after all.


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