At 6-2-2, the Rangers are out of the gate in good shape, but not all the parts are in sync.
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Henrik Lundqvist (4-2-2, 1.98, .941 save percentage in eight games) and Antti Raanta (2-0, 0.50, .978) have been exceptional.
Mats Zuccarello, Oscar Lindberg, J.T. Miller and Derek Stepan, who has played through jaw pain in the last two games, have been the most consistent and effective of the top nine. Obviously, the Blueshirts need far more production from Chris Kreider (1-4-5) and Rick Nash (1-2-3).
Derick Brassard and Kevin Hayes seem to be improving. But is it time for Brassard to go back between Nash and Zuccarello? I wouldn't mind seeing a pairing of Jesper Fast with fellow Swede Lindberg on the third line or trying Lindberg on the second line, if head coach Alain Vigneault is concerned with Miller's defense.
The fourth line (with two centers, Jarret Stoll and Dominic Moore) has mostly worked, despite a rotating third wing (Viktor Stalberg, Emerson Etem, Tanner Glass).
Before Monday's games, the Rangers were tied for 19th in shots on goal per game with 29.4 and were scoring 2.8 GPG.
Kevin Klein has been the best overall blueliner, especially defensively, and has two goals.
Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal are improving. Dan Girardi, Dan Boyle and Keith Yandle need to crank it up.
The team is allowing 31.9 shots per game. Only six teams are worse. Lundqvist has bailed them out far too often.
Good signs: Faceoff wins have improved: The Blueshirts are eighth in the NHL at 52 percent, andthe penalty-kill ranks sixth.
Bad signs: The power play ranks 21st in the league. Overpassing, missing net and failing to get traffic in front are issues. Vigneault hasn't found enough time for Dylan McIlrath yet. He could be beneficial against heavier, more physical teams on the third pair.