NHL: Rangers make a remarkable improvement in faceoff battles
The Rangers have seen a drastic improvement in the faceoff circle in the 2023-24 season, a remarkable occurrence that has evaded the club for years. In their recent 1-0 win over the Penguins, who lead the NHL in faceoff win percentage this season, the Rangers were right there with them despite Pittsburgh’s solid record in the dots over the years.
While Pittsburgh won 52.5 percent of the draws, the Rangers took 47.5 percent. Mika Zibanejad and Vincent Trocheck, the Blueshirts’ top faceoff takers, both won over 50 percent of their draws. Zibanejad posted a 57.1 faceoff percentage (12 of 21) and Trocheck won 52.9 (9 of 17). The team’s improvement in the circle has been credited to assistant Michael Peca.
Head coach Peter Laviolette attributed the success to the players, emphasizing the need for team buy-in and continuous effort throughout the season. The Rangers currently hold the second-best faceoff win percentage in the NHL at 54.8 percent, right behind Pittsburgh. As they travel to Philadelphia for their upcoming game against the Flyers, the team is enjoying a team Thanksgiving dinner and celebrating the recent success of player Alexis Lafreniere, who has scored four goals in the last five games.
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