New York Rangers: Search for an Identity Continues

December 28th, 2009 by Rob Cristino Leave a reply »
As we approach the midway point of the 2009-10 season, it still remains difficult to tell what type of team the New York Rangers really are.

One game, New York will instill a false hope in its fans by playing competitively, but then the next game, they will skate with no effort and look as if they don’t belong in the NHL.

It's like flipping a coin to find out which team will show up.

Yet, for all of the negative analysis of a team that has been underachieving since mid-October, the Rangers are just five points out of fifth place in the Eastern Conference.  Through 38 games, the Rangers stand at 18-16-4 for 40 points...not bad for a struggling, inconsistent group of players.

The bottom dwelling teams in the Eastern Conference—the Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, and Toronto Maple Leafs (with the exception of the Carolina Hurricanes)—are all within a few points of each other. This will make the start of the second half of the season thrilling, at least for a short time before teams slowly fall further down the standings.

Rangers' fans can only hope their team won't be the first to fa ...

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