The Rangers sure have a lot of improving to do — and quickly — following Thursday night’s opening 4-1 defeat to the Coyotes in which sloppiness prevailed at both ends of the ice.
“We just made too many mistakes regarding the way we have to play no matter who’s the coach that has nothing to do with it” Brad Richards told The Post following Alain Vigneault’s debut behind the bench. “We want to play a certain way and we’re going to have to work on it if we want to get there.
“We’re in the regular season now. There are no excuses.”
The Rangers want to be hard on the puck. They weren’t at least not nearly enough. They want to create sustained forecheck pressure and get to the front of the net. They didn’t do either again at least not nearly enough. They want to be — and have to be — crisp in their own end. They weren’t at least not much at all.
“You have to give credit where credit is due” Vigneault said the coach praising the Coyotes and goaltender Mike Smith’s puck-hand