The Rangers played a sound game Saturday afternoon getting the win against Nashville. All that hope that maybe the Rangers would start to turn it around. Well, that was short lived. The Rangers laid another clunker Monday night losing to the Sharks 4-1. Their first period woes continued, as they let in the first goal again, and for the sixth time in 10 games that the first goal was let in within the first five and a half minutes of the game. The first goal, scored by Logan Couture, was deflected off Chris Kreider’s skate. Although redirected, probably a shot that Henrik needs to stop.The second goal, we don’t even want to go there. Another terrible one let in by Lundqvist. By the time some people turned on the television they were already behind the eight ball. The Rangers had 16 shots in the first period to the Sharks eight, but somehow they found themselves down by two goals. Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal for the Rangers in the third period when they were already down four goals. Another disappointing game for the Rangers, who are now 2-6-2 in their first 10 games.
There are a lot of problems surrounding this team, but the players are not the problem in my opinion. Part of the problem is the way they are being managed by coach Alain Vigneault. The other problem is they are not doing their jobs right now. Not enough goals are being put in the net, with really only one line playing well. Simply put from the coaching to goaltending to defenseman to forwards, this team is simply not good enough right now. ten games in so it is still early, but time is starting to run out. They need to figure it out and figure it out quick. In my opinion, their biggest problem is confidence. The level they are at is a big fat 0. When they let in an early goal or something doesn’t go their way they are shot and already mentally out of it. Confidence is something that spreads fast both good and bad. When things start going right, it will start to mount to something bigger and the Rangers will get out of this funk. Unfortunately for them, the only way to get out of this funk is by getting the job done, and they haven’t done that enough yet. The final game of the six-game homestand is Thursday as Derek Stepan returns to New York with the visiting Arizona Coyotes.