Early season chemistry, who has it on the Rangers
The Rangers haven’t started the season they way they would have liked, but they have seen some good chemistry from players as they try to figure out lines.
Please be mindful, players on the list have a current chemistry with another player. For example, Lee Stempniak isn’t on the list and he has been great. Matter of fact, Stempniak has been able to produce no matter who his line-mates are.
Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard– These two have played on a line consistently since last season, so it’s no surprise that they can find one another on the ice. As the games have progressed we have seen Brassard and Zuccarello complete the no look passes we became so accustomed to last season. Brassard has 3 goals on the season, and Zuccarello has one assist. We have seen Vigneault play with lines and try to use Brassard and Zuccarello to get other guys going. You will see these two together for most of the season.
Brassard smiles ear to ear when he’s asked about being reunited with Zuccarello
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) October 17, 2014
Rick Nash and Martin St.Louis– You could tell in the first game of the season that these two had somthing going when St.Louis made an outrageous pass to Nash for the eventual winner. You can see as they move up the ice that they read each other well. St.Louis has 4 assists in 5 games. Nash has 6 goals and 1 assist in 5 games. People around the Rangers say that Nash had a great attitude coming into this season. It’s really showing in his play.
Kevin Klein and John Moore– The Rangers defense hasn’t been great as of late, but Klein and Moore have been solid. They do a good job of cutting down the fore-check and haven’t been caught running around too much. They haven’t always been on the ice together, but when reunited they seem to pick up where they left off. Klein has been playing an average of 18:38 per game while John Moore has been playing an average of 15:48. This is partly due to the Dan Boyle injury and partly due to their consistent play. Klein and Moore were partners throughout last season.
Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi– They haven’t been themselves yet this season, but they have still been good and make each other better. Vigneault said that the Rangers veteran defenders need to play better and they answered the bell versus Carolina. The Rangers need more out of their top defense tandem to get back to the elite level. Just like last year they will feed off one another and help this team win.
Chemistry takes time to grow and I expect this team to start finding their groove over the next two or three games.
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