Goal Starved Rangers Make A Key Roster Move In Hopes Of More Scoring
History tells you that defense wins championships. This is true in most sports most of the time. Nothing is absolute of course but this blue print is usually on the mark. However you do have to score to win and for the New York rangers, a team with Stanley Cup hopes scoring has been a major problem this year. In that regard the rangers made a big roster move they hope injects some offense into the league’s 27th ranked offense so far this year.
The Rangers announced they have recalled winger Chris Kreider from the Connecticut Whale and hope he gain regain the form that made him a instant hit with Rangers fans.
Kreider has been in and out of the Rangers lineup this season. In 11 games this year he has only 1 goal and 1 assist. He also missed time because of an ankle injury and was benched for inconsistent play as well earlier this year. Kreider has scored 6 goals in his last 8 games with the AHL’s Connecticut Whale team.
So far this year the Rangers have averaged only 2.30 goals per game, 4th worst in the league. Only Nashville, San Jose, and Columbus have been worse off.
The Rangers right now stand 8th in the eastern conference. Only the top 8 teams in each conference make the playoffs. Last year Kreider burst on the scene in the post season, using power, grit, and great speed to ignite the Rangers fan base. Kreider is a former 1st round draft pick.
To make room on the roster for Kreider the Rangers sent out 4th line tough guy Micheal Haley back to Connecticut. The Rangers play game 30 of this shortened 48 game season against the Florida Panthers Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Florida is last in the eastern conference with a paltry 22 points on the season