Where the Rangers rank heading into the second half

RangersAfter 44 games, the Rangers are 27-13-4 and sit in third place in the Metro division, two points behind the Penguins but with two games in hand.

The Rangers are 14-6-3 at MSG and 13-7-1 on the road.

They rank

  • 6th in goals per game with 3.00
  • 3rd in goals against per game at 2.32
  • 29th in faceoff win percentage at 46.6%
  • 5th in first period goals for (45) and 29th (2nd fewest) in first period goals against (27)

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  • 18th in second period goals (41) and 25th in second period goals against (37)
  • 18th in third period goals (42) and 19th in third period goals against (38)
  • 9th in one goal game percentage (.579) 11-4-4
  • 13th in win percentage when outshooting the opponent
  • 4th in win percentage when being outshot
  • 8th in PIM per game with 9.2
  • 5th with the fewest penalties taken (167) and 6th in PIM overall
  • 12th in PP percentage at 19.3%
  • 26th in PP opportunities with 135
  • 13th in PK percentage with 82.4%
  • 7th in fewest times shorthanded with 136
  • 5th in goal differential at +28
  • 20th in hits with 1,022
  • 21st in blocked shots with 633
  • 26th in shots that have missed the net with 468
  • 10th in giveaways with 418
  • 7th in takeaways with 357
  • 8th in win percentage when leading after one period. (16-1-2) .842
  • 3rd in the NHL in win percentage when leading after two periods (20-0-1) .952
  • 7th in win percentage when scoring first (22-4-2) .786
  • 17th in win percentage when being scored on first (5-9-2) .313
  • 19th in Corsi with 49.5% of the 5 on 5 shot attempts (War On Ice)
  • 26th in the league in fewest offensive zone faceoffs (618) (War On Ice)
  • 6th fewest starts in the defensive zone. (War On Ice)

The Rangers are already on Long Island

Rangers5:42PM: Chris Kreider did not practice today due to illness. (NYR)

5:12PM: Rick Nash is back from Columbus but is not skating today. Nash was not expected to skate today after taking part in All-Star weekend. (Gross)

4:53PM: The Rangers traveled to Long Island today in advance of the blizzard currently hitting the New York area. (NYR)

They are practicing today at the Nassau Coliseum

The Rangers play the Islanders tomorrow night in a game that might be moved to Wednesday.

How some media members in Canada look at the Rangers this season

Ian Mendes of TSN was on the Rangers Blue Line podcast last Tuesday and gave the Canadian perspective on the Rangers this season.

Mendes said, “I think a lot of us weren’t sure what to think coming into the season. I know they want to the Stanley Cup and represented the Eastern Conference but a lot of us weren’t sure how the Rangers would be this year. Nash is the great example, last year in the playoffs he had what, two goals, three goals, and I wasn’t sold on Nash and I wasn’t sold on St. Louis and thought that some of the guys were maybe getting a little stale and lo and behold they run off 13 of 14 and are sitting fairly comfortably in a playoff spot. I had them in the middle of the pack of playoff teams but right now I don’t think you can say there is a clear cut favorite and I put the Rangers on par with everyone else.”

Mendes says that he likes the Rangers goaltending, defense and if they can stay healthy they should be a contender.

Darren Dreger says that the Rangers could “absolutely repeat” as Eastern Conference champs with the roster they have. (Nichols on Hockey)

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Alain Vigneault says he would be comfortable with Kevin Hayes at center in the playoffs

Kevin Hayes1/25/15 | 12:41PM: Alain Vigneault said on the most recent episode of the AV Squad that he is “very happy” with the development of Kevin Hayes throughout the season.

Vigneault said that Hayes has good skill, a desire to get better and is someone who is learning a lot from his teammates.

He added that he thinks Hayes is “just touching a little of his potential.”

Asked if he would be comfortable using Hayes as a center in the playoffs, Vigneault said “without a doubt” and pointed to how Hayes performed against big centers on the Rangers trip in California.

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SNY’s @DougWilliamsSNY on the second half of the season for the Rangers

YkQFbu3e Doug Williams, SNY:

There’s a long way to go before we can start comparing this year’s Rangers to last years. Still, though, there are plenty of reasons why Rangers fans should be feeling good about their team heading into the second half:

  • The defensive core is locked up and there will be no trade deadline drama with Marc Staal. Instead of getting preoccupied with the looming trade deadline or their status with the team, the Rangers stars on the blue line will be focused on getting back to where they were last year—and then some.
  • Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist are on the top of their games. Nash, an All-Star, is tied for the league lead with 28 goals and Henrik Lundqvist while not selected to the All-Star game in Columbus, has played like an All-Star.

As for the second half, it will be interesting to monitor the play of the Rangers youngsters for the rest of the season, specifically Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast, and J.T. Miller. Will they continue to grow and contribute or begin to wear down? For this reason, I would not be surprised if the Rangers acquired a veteran player or two to provide some depth later in the season, especially at the center position.

Then there is tomorrow night against the Islanders on Long Island. Something tells me the Rangers players are sick of being asked about how they match up against the surprising first place Islanders, and will bring everything they have to the Coliseum on Tuesday.

Doug Williams is an anchor/reporter for SNY and can be seen on GEICO SportsNite.

Looking at the Rangers, the playoffs and how close they are

Rangers MuralAccording to Sports Club Stats the Rangers have a 99.4% chance of making the playoffs this season. (Sports Club Stats)

The Rangers have 38 games remaining and finishing the rest of the season 19-15-4 would give them 100 points and a 99.9% chance of making the playoffs.

Finishing 18-17-3 would give the Rangers 97 points and a 97.3% chance of making the playoffs.

Finishing 17-18-3 would give them 95 points and an 88.9% chance of making the playoffs.

On how close the standings are and how the Rangers have won so many games recently but not climbed much in the standings, Alain Vigneault said “that is our reality of our division and our conference. Good teams, there are no easy games in this league and you need to prepare yourself game in and game out and now they will re-energize and get ready for a real good second half.”

Carl Hagelin noted after the Senators win that “all the other top teams are winning” but the Rangers are “feeling good about how they are playing the last month.