Are New York Rangers Finally Adapting to Alain Vigneault’s System?

November 8th, 2013 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

The New York Rangers got off to a horrendous start to their season, but things are starting to go their way. With wins in back-to-back games over the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets, the Blueshirts are 8-8-0, and 6-4-0 over their last 10 games.

So after 16 games the Rangers are a .500 team, but are they finally adapting to Alain Vigneault's system? For starters, the Rangers had a tough time playing any sort of system early in the year because of injuries.

With a skeleton roster, AV was jumbling lines, and he was trying to find something that worked. It took some time, but Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan were put together, and the line has been amazing.

Kreider and Zuccarello are two players who were healthy scratched or demoted at one point or another, but right now the duo is playing with confidence and amazing chemistry. This has allowed AV to utilize Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin, and that duo has been successful since the 2011-12 season.

While the team is still missing Rick Nash, the roster is pretty healthy, and the continuity of players is allowing ...

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