Forget about the point that the New York Rangers managed to get in their shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.
Though every single point is precious in today’s National Hockey League, the bigger story was the fact that the Rangers, who took a total of 48 shots-on-goal, had once again failed to score more than two goals in a game.
This inability to score has doomed the Rangers through the first 32 games of the 2009-10 season. The Rangers have scored two goals or fewer for the 16th time in their last 20 games.
The Blueshirts have now lost seven of their last eight games and are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders for third place in the Atlantic Division and tied for ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 31 points.
How can a team manage to take a total of 48 shots and not win the game? If you're the Rangers, it's pretty easy actually.
Though the Rangers led in shots for the entire game against the Thrashers, they never had the lead.
This time, it wasn't for a lack of effort, but as my fellow Bleacher Creature Frank Castaldi mentioned in his story, players shouldn't be rewarded for their effort at the pro level...putting in hard work and a solid effort should be expected.
The 2009-10 season has the makings to be just like the 2008-09 season, where the Rangers will have to scratch and claw their way into a playoff spot.
Henrik Lundqvist stole numerous games for New York last season, but he just doesn’t seem to be playing with that same consistency this year.
There are times when Lundqvist is brilliant in net and there are times where he just doesn't seem to have that same confidence. He has given up some big goals and a lot of weak goals this season and the Rangers just don’t have the makeup to overcome many deficits, whether it's early in the game or late, thanks to their players not performing as expected.
Fans can only hope that the offensive effort in these last few games are a sign of good things to come for New York. Could the Rangers be on the verge of breaking out of this nasty offensive slump?