On Wednesday, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers are a "work in progress" and trying to find their identity.
Following Tuesday's loss to St. Louis, Vigneault said that the Rangers are getting a lot of offensive chances from Mika Zibanejad's line but that he is still looking for chemistry with his other two scoring lines.
Vigneault, on Wednesday, reiterated that there is a search for chemistry when it comes to putting the forward lines together and that the forwards and defense need to get on the same page so the Rangers can play a faster game.
Vigneault said before the season that on paper he thought this Rangers team would be quicker than the one last year.
On Thursday, Vigneault said that the Rangers are trying to find pairings on defense that can "bring us wins" and that they are looking to see if they want to go with a shutdown pair or have a group of six players "with that mandate."
Adam Rotter: As the Rangers enter their back to back this weekend they will hope that some of the changes they made the past two days lead to something positive, certainly a much better start. The optics of the lines and defense for tonight's game are very strange but if they work then the Rangers will ride them and if they don't work they will make changes shift to shift or between periods. The Rangers know what they can be and they have the pieces to be that team but they are still in the process of finding out where everybody goes and fits the best. Again, the Rangers have been in this exact situation with Alain Vigneault before and there is no reason to think that it won't happen again.