Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/23/13
Very little has gone right so far this year for the Rangers from the injuries that have depleted the team’s attack to the surprisingly erratic play of Henrik Lundqvist and suspect work in front of him by the Blueshirts’ defensemen. The biggest problem however is the team’s inconsistent effort coach Alain Vigneault said. “I do know that my teams compete my teams play hard and they’re hard to play” he said. “We haven’t been that way and it’s my responsibility to get us there.” Vigneault said he has not been happy with the 2-5-0 Rangers’ effort in just two of their seven games. When asked how they can improve on that he simply said: “It’s just about being a professional. “It’s not very hard to understand what I want” Vigneault said. “It’s a matter of them putting the right compete level on the ice. If you do that usually you’re in pretty good shape.” The Rangers it should be noted echoed their new coach before his press conference talking about giving maximum effort and not letting missteps get them down. Too often this season one bad play has snowballed Ryan McDonagh said one goal turning into two and three one giveaway becoming an epidemic. “If something bad happens we’ve got to be able to respond in the right fashion” the defenseman said. “We haven’t done that consistently enough. It seems like when we’ve given up a goal we’ve become deflated and gone away from what we’ve done in the past to be successful.” The Rangers hope this mini break four days between games will benefit them. On Monday Vigneault put them through extra conditioning and Tuesday’s practice wasn’t a typical early-season workout. Wednesday figures to be more of the same. “We’re you’re 2-5 you need to find a solution” center Derick Brassard said. “Our solution is working hard.”
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