LOS ANGELES — Entering their twentieth sport of the season on Tuesday in opposition to the Kings, the Rangers have already confronted their honest share of psychological battles.
Not solely did they begin the season underneath the highlight of their Eastern Conference remaining end final season, however they’ve needed to work by way of the frustrations which have include not getting the outcomes they really feel they deserve. That goes for wins that ought to’ve been losses and losses that ought to’ve been wins.
“I think a number of nights, I’ve come in after the game and said, ‘I thought we played OK, not great, but OK,’ ” Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant mentioned after apply Monday. “You have a look at the numbers and also you say, ‘Well, we probably should’ve gained that sport.’ We had an opportunity to win, we have been higher than the opposite group, we had extra probabilities and it didn’t occur.
“Last year was the complete opposite. We got dominated a lot of nights and we had a good record. I like the wins, but again, I think our team played OK for the most part of the season. We’ve had two or three really good games that I’ve liked. If we can be more consistent, play that 60-minute game, we’ve got a good chance to win every night. I loved our last game in San Jose.”
The Rangers are developing within the middle-to-top a part of the pack when measuring as much as the opposite 31 groups within the NHL. Before Monday evening’s slate of video games, the Rangers’ 22 factors have been tied with the Islanders and Red Wings, which ranks towards the highest of the NHL. Their 56 whole objectives have been tied for thirteenth with the Sharks and Senators, whereas their 51 objectives in opposition to have been good for the eighth least within the league together with the Maple Leafs.
Judging by the Rangers’ traces and defensive pairs at apply on Monday, Ryan Reaves, Vitali Kravtsov and Libor Hajek will seemingly be scratched in opposition to the Kings on Tuesday evening at Crypto.com Arena. The traces have been the identical as they have been within the Rangers’ 2-1 win over the Sharks on Saturday, which Gallant known as “the best game” since their season opener in opposition to the Lightning.
The Rangers have their fifth back-to-back set of the season on Tuesday in opposition to the Kings and Wednesday in opposition to the Ducks. In the primary sport of a back-to-back schedule, the Rangers are presently 2-1-1.