At Christmas, the Rangers are 18-18-2 ranking fourth in the Metro with 38 points. They are tied with the Flyers in points but have played one extra game. While it’s been a disappointing year so far, there have been a few bright spots. Whose light has shined the brightest so far?
A.Ryan McDonagh (6-14-20 in 38 GP): The club’s top defenseman has added more offense. His six goals, 14 assists and 20 points are by far the most on the blueline. Even with a recent slump, Mac Truck ranks fifth in team scoring. He plays the most minutes and faces the league’s best and does it without taking many penalties (8 PIM). Without him, the Rangers would be in big trouble.
B.Brad Richards (9-17-26 in 38 GP): Tied with rookie Chris Kreider for first in goals (9) and leading the team with 26 points, he’s bounced back. Richards also leads the club in shots (119). It’s hard to argue with numbers. On a low scoring team, he’s produced. However, his play has slipped recently. With no goals in eight straight and only three helpers, Richie must pick it up following the break.
C.Cam Talbot (8-2-0, 1.60 GAA, .938 save percentage, 2 SHO in 12 GP): As we documented in a previous post, the rookie’s play in net has been huge. No one would’ve thought another goalie would be largely responsible for keeping the team afloat at almost the halfway point. In Cam We Trust.
D.Mats Zuccarello (8-17-25 in 37 GP): The most popular chant from the Blue Seats this season is “Zuu—ccc!!!!!” And for good reason. Since his benching, Zuccarello leads the Blueshirts with 25 points over the last 30 games. No longer an afterthought, the 26-year old pint sized Norwegian is the team’s most consistent forward. He combines superb skills with a tireless work ethic. Nobody plays with more guts than Zucc.
Vote on our poll above to select the Rangers Christmas MVP.