Alain Vigneault said yesterday that he is expecting more from Ryan McDonagh offensively and defensively and said that he knows McDonagh has "more to give"
Vigneault listed McDonagh last week as one of the players that the Rangers need more from.
Prior to the game against Montreal, Vigneault said "when Mac is skating and moving the puck he is one of the best defensemen in the league. I mentioned prior to that last game that we need Mac to bring his "A" game, we are getting an "A" effort but we need an "A" performance and I think his last game was a step in the right direction."
In 12 games this season, McDonagh is a minus one, has five assists, 0 goals, 10 PIM, 21 shots on goal, 40 shot attempts and an average of 23:33.
When McDonagh has been on the ice at 5 on 5 this season, the Rangers have 54% of the shot attempts, 52% of the shots on goal and 50% of the goals scored. (Natural Stat Trick)
McDonagh's ice time this season has broken down as 17:20 at even strength, 1:27 on the PK, 3:49 on the PP.
Adam Rotter: It still, to me, looks like McDonagh is trying to do too much at times and that it's hurting his overall game. Like the rest of the team, a simple game from McDonagh, where he uses his legs and makes high percentage plays with the puck, will lead to a better performance from himself and the team. The Rangers need their captain to be at his best and if they can get that tonight they will be in good shape against Vegas.