The Rangers are getting a bit nervous about their lack of secondary scoring.
The team has just 12 goals in its first six games of the season. A third of those goals have come from Marian Gaborik. Another third have come from a combination of grinder Brandon Prust and sophomore defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
That pattern probably won’t be sustainable over the course of an entire season.
Much has been made of the lack of offense from players like Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, and Brian Boyle. All three players saw career high scoring last season.
And that just might be the problem. What if last season was the aberration and the slow start this season is the more typical performance?
Look at Boyle. In his first 107 NHL games, he scored just 12 goals. In the next 82 games, aka, last season, he scored 21 goals. And now, in his first six games of this season, he has just one goal.
But looking at Boyle’s career, which seems more typical? Last season’s goal-scoring outburst or this se...