Rangers finding early success while adjusting to Laviolette’s system

The Rangers have a positive outlook on their recent games, including their 5-3 loss to the Blue Jackets. Despite the loss, they were confident that they weren’t outplayed. Vincent Trocheck mentioned that the advanced analytics shown on the jumbotron indicated that they were leading in every category. He also praised their solid defensive game, especially considering the new systems they have implemented.

One notable change in their defensive approach is the hybrid system they now use, combining elements of man-to-man and zone defense. Additionally, they employ a 1-3-1 structure in the neutral zone to force the attacking team towards the right side. This strategy proved effective, frustrating the Coyotes to the point where the home fans started booing them.

Trocheck explained that playing against this defensive style can be frustrating, particularly for players who rely on speed in the neutral zone. However, he acknowledged the confidence it brings to the team, knowing that they can limit opponents to one or two goals per game, especially with Igor Shesterkin performing well in goal.

The Rangers have also showcased their offensive capabilities, scoring a total of 10 goals in three games. They started the season with a convincing 5-1 win against the Sabres and followed it up with a strong defensive performance against the Coyotes, highlighted by their penalty kill and Shesterkin’s crucial saves.

Despite the positive signs, the team acknowledges that there is still room for improvement. However, they are dedicated to learning and improving as a group under coach Laviolette’s guidance.


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