Following Friday's loss to Columbus, Henrik Lundqvist said that "turnovers" are killing the Rangers and preventing them from playing fast.
Following Saturday's loss to New Jersey, Brady Skjei said that "turnovers" are killing the Rangers and preventing them from playing fast. (MSG)
Asked what changed after a strong first period on Saturday, Alain Vigneault said "turnovers. We turned the puck over and couldn't play as fast as we did in the first period."
Rick Nash said on Saturday that the Rangers had "way too many turnovers" in the second period and couldn't establish their forecheck. (NYR Game Notes)
Nash added, "I remember a stretch on the bench where we turned it over four or five times. That was the difference in the second period." (NYR Game Notes)
Lundqvist said on Friday that if the Rangers work on their turnovers they will "start winning."
Adam Rotter: It's impossible to play a perfect hockey game and at some point the puck will be turned over, it's part of the game. But the Rangers right now are committing turnovers at a crazy rate and in the worst parts, especially in their own zone, on the ice. The worst part may be that in many cases the Rangers are committing these turnovers with little to no pressure on the puck carrier, they are just making very poor decisions.
It all seems so easy to fix, just stop forcing passes/plays, but then they go out and make the same mistakes shift after shift and game after game. The intention, before the puck is actually turned over, is to execute the Rangers system of wanting to play fast, stretch the ice and score off the rush, but when the play isn't there you can't force it into action. Again, this all seems so easy to fix and it's now on Alain Vigneault and his staff to make sure the players make smart plays with the puck or find players who will.