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‘Everything is going well’ for the Rangers

Jan 14, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

Chris Kreider,  Rick Nash AP

The New York Rangers are in a good spot these days.

Looking back, they can take confidence in an 8-2-1 record over their last 11 games, a stretch that’s seen them move into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Looking forward, they’ve got an opportunity to keep climbing the standings, with eight of their 12 games before the Olympic break at Madison Square Garden and two of the four road games not really being road games at all, given they’ll be at Yankee Stadium.

Tonight, the resurgent Rangers host Tampa Bay. On Thursday, the Red Wings are in town.

“I think before the good stretch, we talked about playing tighter,” forward Derick Brassard said, per The Record. “I think we found chemistry between lines. We’ve been hot on the power play. When we’re not scoring, we’re looking for answers. Now we’re scoring so we don’t really talk about it. Right now, we’re just playing well. Everything is going well.”

And, of course, it helps greatly that goalie Henrik Lundqvist is starting to find the form that earned him that big contract extension.  In five January starts, Lundqvist’s save percentage is .923, which certainly compares favorably to the .888 mark he registered in December.

  1. 7mantel - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Rangers have to much talent to be so unpredictable as they were the first couple of months.

  2. cruuuzcontrol - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    A couple of role players got hot which got the Rangers rolling. Now Nash is getting hot. If Nash does what he’s supposed to do and continues producing offense on his own and Henrik is himself… Then that’s a recipe for the Rangers to get this thing goin’.

  3. cofran2004 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Ah crap… they know they’re playing well. Expect a fall from grace soon.

    But seriously… I like how the team is playing lately. There haven’t been too many defensive breakdowns, and the players are all filling their roles well. Nash is getting hot, and Zuccarello is showing little people that with a little (a lot of) hard work, you too can be successful in the most prominent hockey league in the world.

    And I won’t declare myself right about hank… but do you notice the people claiming that he was only good because of “5 other goalies on the ice and his huge pads” have shut up a bit? I have… and the silence is golden.

  4. villi5ed - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I am hopeful. I have watched this team with my stomach in knots since 1965. But as that great leader of men (Captain Trips) once sang so sweetly: When life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door.

    • slaugin - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      He also said The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down

  5. nyeagles10 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    One of the hottest teams of late. Love the attitude they played with vs the flyers. Carcillo needs to stay and play him as much as possible. He is bringing not only energy to the players but also to the garden (which has been missing since avery ) . Also of course Nash and The King getting back to form isnt hurting them.

  6. stepanup - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    So long as they keep bringing intensity to the rink, they’ll be fine. They’re clearly getting the system, and the production is falling in-line. My biggest question early on was their competitiveness, but it looks like that may have been system related, and a general lack of confidence in their actions.

  7. joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I still like the Rangers to finish ahead of the Flyers because they have the more experienced coach and a better goalie.

  8. crushers68 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Rangers Suck! The King is really a Queen and they only win a Cup every 54 years. No reason for anyone to root for this loser franchise!

    • 7mantel - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Thank you for your mature, intelligent post !

    • joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Please tell us how you really feel.

  9. sportsfan69 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Hey crushers68,

    Why don’t you crawl back into your dirty Philly hole.

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