Watching the Rangers' power play – even after just a short practice and a terrible preseason camp – is a smash hit, revealing how much more offensive skills are on the list than a year ago.
Flying with ice dishes from Artemi Panarin to Kaapo Kako is something to behold, as well as missing one-touch passes from Mika Tsibanajad in the middle. Jacob Trumpet orchestrates from the top with dexterous washer movement and a low-shot bubble as Chris Crader adjusts to the screens at the front, also using his large body to win freewheel fights. the show's discoverer, Panarin noted one of the four man-made advantages during the team's 4-3 loss to the Devils on Wednesday night in the Garden.
Panarin left the game after the second period with a slight tension in the groin, which does not seem too troublesome, but it came after he had put home a timer from the top. on the left circle – assisted by Tube and Kako to make fans' mouth water. Earlier in the game, the quintet was able to hit three posts within 10 seconds, forcing Devils goalie Cory Schneider to comply with the sequence.
And all this was done without mentioning a power play that could have the offensive talent of Adam Fox, Philip Chitil, Pavel Buchnevich and Vitaly Kravtsov.
Yes, it's early. It's too early.
But the advantage of man is where the ranger skill in skill is most evident.
"You don't have to train when the power play is clicking," Quinn said. "For me a power play, you give them some structure and you give them a mental attitude, some things you look to do. But at the end of the day they are there and they have to account for the murder. ”
It will be difficult to read from penalty kicks when Panarin has such a dangerous shot for a prone player. distribute. And with his right shot from the left circle and Kako's left shot from the right circle, the threat of pucks to go to the net is ubiquitous.
Which is what Kraider keeps on his toes in front with such skill around him now that he can be deceived as much by the opposition.
"Some players are pretty good at hitting the other team with misdirection and just settling down on things they are trying to sell to manipulate the penalty kill," Kraider said. "We know they are trying to sell 'this' because they will take 'this'. There is a steep learning curve for me. I'm sure I'll get a few washers I don't expect, and I'm sure I'll miss a few screens sooner.
"But there is a reason these players are as good as they are and why their skills are so effective. This is because they are constantly hiding what they are trying to do. "
When it comes to expectations for power play as a whole, Quinn put it simply by saying," Many goals. Many production. Even when your power play looks good, it drives your whole team together. "
a season where the Rangers continued their recovery and missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year, their power play ranked 17th in the league, scoring 19.4 percent from their chances. Much of this season and the season's opening on October 4 will determine if they will improve in this volume a lever, but one thing that man's advantage has already made clear is that there is a big improvement in
"Yes, a lot of skill," said Kreider. "A lot of potential."