Only 6 of the Rangers 13 goals so far this season have come at 5 on 5 while the Rangers have allowed 12 goals at 5 on 5.
The Rangers had two 5 on 5 goals against the Leafs and Canadiens and one each against the Blue Jackets and Devils this past weekend. (Natural Stat Trick)
Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers are aware of their scoring issues so far and that they are working on being more efficient with the puck while trying to make plays.
Vigneault said that the Rangers are generating a lot of opportunities but need to be a little faster and create more traffic in front of the goalie.
Rick Nash said that part of the Rangers struggles at even strength have to do with losing 1 on 1 battles and a forecheck that hasn't been "good enough." (NYR)
As of Monday evening the Rangers had 242 shot attempts at 5 on 5 and have put 138 of those attempts on goal.
Adam Rotter: With all of the turnovers and lack of precision with the puck it's almost as if the scoring issues for the Rangers have flown a little under the radar through six games. The PP has been effective at times but also didn't/couldn't convert at key moments during the weekend. As of Monday night the Rangers are in some pretty nice company, along with Dallas, Edmonton, San Jose and Anaheim, in the bottom third of the league in goals per game.
Michael Grabner, and his 26 goals at even strength last year, has not had the same amount of breakaway opportunities, Chris Kreider has not made a big enough impact offensively yet and while Hayes and Miller have scored at even strength, neither are at the level they need to be at. Rick Nash has been robbed of at least 2-3 goals at even strength, same with Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich. For the Rangers to put up better numbers at even strength they need to hold onto the puck at even strength. Holding onto the puck at even strength should lead to more opportunities and more opportunities, in theory, should lead to more goals and, hopefully, wins for the Rangers.