Through seven games to start the season, Ryan McDonagh has two assists, a minus two rating, 10 PIM and an average of 23:29 per game.
McDonagh has been credited with 9 giveaways, including 6 last night in the Rangers loss to the Penguins.
McDonagh turned the puck over in OT last night, leading to the Penguins game winner, and said that he let the team down and made a "really bad play."
Asked about McDonagh after the game, Alain Vigneault said "you guys know Ryan as much as I do and how much he cares and wants to do the right thing. There is always that fine line of wanting to do too much to help the team. Ryan is a great captain and a great person and he will do like the rest of the group and work himself out of this and we will be on the right track real soon."
When McDonagh has been on the ice at 5 on 5 this season the Rangers have had 57% of the shot attempts but only 45% of the goals scored. (Natural Stat Trick)
Adam Rotter: McDonagh is trying to do too much and is trying to force too many things. He, more than anyone, needs to play simple, make easy plays with the puck and not try to hit a grand slam on every play. He, and many of his teammates, are looking too far ahead when they have the puck and making high risk plays that, when they work, lead to great chances and opportunities, but more often than not don't work. I wouldn't be shocked if teams game plan around the Rangers that way, knowing they can give some space to the potential receiver of the puck and putting more players and sticks in between to force turnovers. The Rangers don't necessarily need more from Ryan McDonagh in the way that they need more from some other players, he's already giving everything he has, he just needs to make simple/smart plays with the puck.