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Will the Real Rangers Please Stand up?

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LOS ANGELES — The reality is the Rangers and their true state have been exposed through this downward spiral into the second half of a season that started on a sharp incline.


And ahead of a crucial three-game swing in the Golden State, the Blueshirts are in serious jeopardy of losing all the luxuries that their red-hot start afforded them.


Without that cushion, the concrete pavement is never too far behind.


The nosedive this Rangers team has taken to .500 level hockey has been startling.


So will it be the 18-4-1 Rangers that played with a killer instinct and found ways to win?


Or the 10-10-1 Rangers that have buckled after every mistake and are now finding ways to lose?


Will the real New York Rangers please stand up?



The Rangers may still have a game in hand on the Flyers, but the way ex-head coach John Tortorella has Philadelphia playing is not to be underestimated.


Current Rangers coach Peter Laviolette could be faced with a much more difficult line of questioning if the club sheds its first-place shield.


From their team game to individual efforts, the Rangers need a whole lot more from up and down the lineup.



The first 44 games have been a tale of two Rangers teams.


The rest of the season will depend on which one takes the helm.


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I think the real Rangers have stood up over the last quarter of the season.  The question is whether they can play better than they have so far this season and the answer might be yes or it might be no.


Specifically the 5v5 play has to improve.  The team cannot have just one line that makes an impact at 5v5, particularly given that the line also gives up 5v5 goals at a prolific pace.

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