Tweaks Alain Vigneault Needs to Make Before NY Rangers Face Pittsburgh Penguins

November 10th, 2014 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

The New York Rangers have dropped two games in a row and will drop a third against the Pittsburgh Penguins if changes aren't made.

Over the last two games, the Blueshirts have been outscored 8-5, and both were contests in which they could have won if they played responsible, mistake-free hockey.

The surprising part of the Rangers' last two defeats is that they came during a time in which top center Derek Stepan was in the lineup. The Blueshirts' No. 1 center had missed the previous 12 games with a broken fibula but returned to action against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 8.

The Rangers are in for a tough battle with the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins, and Alain Vigneault will need to make some tweaks before the puck drops on Tuesday night for his club to have a fighting chance.

Vigneault first and foremost needs to make changes involving personnel. That means either AV has to put a new player or two in the lineup, or he will have to reshuffle the lines to better support each player's individual set of skills.

The current lineup as constructed won't get the job done, because under this ...

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