Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers spoke during their practice this week about how they needed to eliminate the "big grade-A chances" against and making sure everyone is on the same page with structure. (NYR Game Notes)
McDonagh said that despite those talks, the Rangers allowed big chances to Toronto, let their guard down and gave them too much time and space. (NYR Game Notes)
The Rangers captain said that the Rangers can be smarter with the puck, make higher percentage plays and added "we don't have enough time and enough games here that we can afford to let down our guard and let down our structure and our playmaking ability when we have the puck. (NYR Game Notes)
Rick Nash said that the Rangers had planned to keep things simple early on but instead turned pucks over, didn't get the puck deep and allowed the Toronto transition game take over. (NYR Game Notes)
Alain Vigneault said that neither team generated a lot in the first two periods but that the Leafs made the Rangers pay and the Rangers couldn't do the same to them.
He noted that there were plays the Rangers needed to make but didn't and that after two days of practice they should have been better than they were.
Mats Zuccarello said after Thursday's loss that he was tired of talking about the same issues all season long and that the Rangers came out of their break with "zero spark." (Nettavisen)
Adam Rotter: This is what continues to be frustrating to watch with the Rangers. It's just the same mistakes over and over again, in all three zones, that zap the Rangers of any chance at momentum. It's just, fittingly enough for today, Groundhog Day with this team and it's almost gotten to the point where it' more surprising when they aren't turning the puck over and are able to clear the zone in one attempt.
Some of this falls on Alain Vigneault and his staff and some of it falls on the players. Alain Vigneault and the coaches talk about playing a simple, high percentage game and for one reason or another most of the players struggle to do that. It also doesn't help that with the pressure and chatter around the team, everyone is probably clutching their stick tighter and trying to do too much. You can't ever expect a team to play perfectly but the Rangers aren't giving themselves much of a chance with how they have been performing.