The Rangers seem to be doing more right than they are doing wrong these days and for the first time this season, the majority of fans are starting to see the bigger picture.
From day one we’ve been preaching patience, defending Sather and Tortorella till we were blue in the face over roster decisions, line permutations, tactics, etc. Lucky for us, the team is progressing just as we pontificated it would.
Below are some key points laying out how this team is improving and why you may need to start drinking our Kool-Aid.
One of the biggest offseason needs was acquiring someone who could win faceoffs. The Rangers obviously made a major upgrade in signing Brad Richards, but the silver lining has been the progress of Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov, especially on the draw.
Over the summer I was challenged by the stat geeks when I suggested that Stepan could potentially increase his faceoff winning percentage from last year’s abysmal 38.5% to the mid to high 40′s. I was ...