I try to keep things in a positive perspective. The Rangers are 8-4-1 in their last 13 games. That's a pretty good pace, and something to keep in mind when trying to put last night's stinker into some broader context. Here are your morning notes.
The effort and performance the Rangers put in against Carolina simply wasn't consistent with what the team has been showing the past few months. Lackluster play in the offensive zone, defensive blunders, and just an all-around poor showing. Wouldn't be surprised to see a defenseman sit on Thursday in lieu of Raphael Diaz. Here are some recaps of the 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes. [NY Post] [ESPN NY] [Daily News] [The Record] [Newsday] [Blueshirts United]
It will be needed if the Rangers will truly find success down the stretch run, but Derek Stepan's line is again beginning to click. [The Record]