(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
The Rangers are one of those teams again.
The results are stellar (10-3-0), the underlying numbers are so-so at best and the eye test tells you it’s not a fluke.
But the eye test can lie to you, right? Teams that win a lot tend to look very good even if they aren’t. So the question for the Rangers is what does a full season of playing like this look like?
Right now, just to throw out some basic numbers, the Rangers have a plus-26 goal differential, and that’s with Henrik Lundqvist playing like garbage for the first two and a half weeks of the season. Already he’s back around recent league-averages in save percentage, so it’s not really a huge problem. And there are signs that Alain Vigneault and the team in general have kind of figured some things outRead More »from What We Learned: Are the NY Rangers actually this good?