After winning six straight games, the New York Rangers have dropped two in a row. They will look to avoid a third straight loss when they host the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.
The Rangers (9-9-2) have allowed 85 shots the past two games in losses to the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets, a departure from the defensive improvement they showed in their winning streak. Henrik Lundqvist, however, wasn't at fault in the Rangers' 2-0 loss to the Blue Jackets on Friday, as he stopped 40 shots.
The problem was the Rangers played defensively like they did during their 2-6-2 start, allowing too many quality chances and not generating enough of their own.
"At the end of the day, it's not good enough," Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello said to the New York Post after the loss in Columbus. "We have to create more. We have to get on the inside, get some pucks through, and make some plays. >> Read more
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