The Rangers are struggling so badly to score consistently that coach Alain Vigneault is entertaining the idea of playing a more conservative game.
“(Monday night’s 5-0 loss to the Lightning) was our 24th game, and in 15 of those games we’ve scored two goals or less,” Vigneault said after practice Tuesday afternoon. “That’s a pretty good chunk if you want a segment that tells you what you have. There’s a chunk there that tells us we’re not scoring a lot. Maybe we’ve got to play even tighter to the vest than we are and go into games with that mentality of (trying to win) 2-1.”
The thought sounds frighteningly familiar, but it’s also clear Vigneault would follow through on that idea only as a last resort. Tuesday, he ran an hour-long “offensive-skill” focused practice, reflected optimistically on his team’s frequent chances and puck possession in defeat, and changed little to nothing about his lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.