Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 3/13/13
Heupel/AP Over the past few seasons, the Rangers have been relatively atrocious on face offs, but have always shown improvement. This year, all that improvement is coming to fruition. Through 25 games this season, the Rangers are in the top-ten (8th) in face off percentage, winning 51.4% of their draws. They are well behind the top four teams (Boston – 57%, Minnesota – 53.3%, San Jose – 53.2%, Phoenix – 53.1%), but a few strong games in the circle can move them all the way to fifth (Pittsburgh – 52.0%). How much of an improvement is this? Just last season, the Rangers were 18th in the league in face offs, winning a little less than 50% of their draws. It’s worth noting that NHL.com rounds up, as the Rangers are noted to be at 50% on the site, but in reality were 2286-2291 on draws. In 2010-2011, the Rangers were 25th in the league in the circle, winning just 47.7% of their draws. In two years, the Rangers raised their success rate by 4%. That’s roughly 300 more face off wins per yea...
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