Where the Rangers Stand With 23 Games Remaining

Justin K. Aller

A quick look at some basic stats. Let's talk hockey.

The next New York Rangers game is February 27th. That's a pretty long wait. Thankfully there will be some Olympic hockey for us to sink our collective teeth into but it should go without saying that it will be some pretty slow going in regards to Rangers news.

I thought this would be a pretty good time to take a look at where the team currently sits in the standings and how the players have performed with just 23 games left on the schedule.

Ranks

PP Rank: 9th, 20.1%

PK Rank: 12th, 82.8%

G/G: 18th, 2.56

GA/G: 10th, 2.44

Bigfeet on Team: 1

Standings

Team

GP

W

L

OT

P

Penguins

58

40

15

3

83

Rangers

59

32

24

3

67

Flyers

59

30

23

6

66

Blue Jackets

58

29

24

5

63

Capitals

59

27

23

9

63

Hurricanes

57

26

22

9

61

Devils

59

24

22

13

61

Islanders

60

22

30

8

52

Rangers Top Scorers

Player

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

S

TOI/G

Mats Zuccarello

58

15

28

43

24

4

128

17:04

Brad Richards

59

15

27

42

16

3

192

19:01

Derek Stepan

59

10

25

35

12

2

145

18:31

Derick Brassard

58

11

23

34

24

5

115

15:31

Chris Kreider

52

13

17

30

64

6

115

16:25

Ryan McDonagh

59

8

22

30

18

1

127

24:35

Rick Nash

42

18

9

27

25

4

174

17:12

Ryan Callahan

42

11

13

24

14

4

99

17:52

Carl Hagelin

49

12

11

23

32

0

90

15:36

Benoit Pouliot

57

11

12

23

41

6

96

12:52

PIM Leader: Derek Dorsett, 103 PIM

Player

W

L

OT

GAA

SV%

GS

SO

Henrik Lundqvist

22

18

3

2.44

.918

43

2

Cam Talbot

10

5

0

1.79

.935

15

0

Martin Biron

Tragically eaten by Sharks.

There certainly are a lot of surprises in the top ten scorers, aren't there? Who would have thought that the diminutive Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello, who the Rangers only felt comfortable signing to a 1 year deal worth $1,150,000, would be leading the Rangers in assists and points? Who would have thought that Brad Richards would be outscoring Derek Stepan by a significant margin? Who would have thought this team would still be in the playoff hunt despite Callahan and Nash missing a combined 34 games? I'm not sure what the bigger story is; Zuccarello's emergence as a guy the Rangers must re-sign this offseason or Derek Stepan's regression in regards to point production (although I didn't expect Stepan to match the pace he set last season with 44 points in 48 games).

If we took a poll in September, I think most of us would have happily taken being second in the division behind Pittsburgh with 23 games left on the schedule... though we would have liked to not have seemingly every other team in the Metropolitan nipping at our heels. I think we all recognize that the Rangers have a very good chance to get into the playoffs but we are also all aware that this particular team doesn't seem to have the talent, consistency, and chemistry to take some victory laps with the Stanley Cup in a few months time. But you have to admit, since that disastrous home stand in December the Rangers have looked like a different hockey team. I'm not sure what it is but this team, which is 7-3-0 in their last ten games, looks like it is really clicking... just in time for the Olympics to come around and stop the momentum.

So what are your biggest surprises in the first 59 games of the season? Which players are the biggest disappointments? Who do you think is poised to have a monstrous final 23 games? Will the Rangers be buying or selling on deadline day? Let me know what you think in the comments section guys and girls. Please enjoy the Winter Games. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

Let's Go Rangers!

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