Viagra online shop As the New York Rangers hit the quarter-pole, viagra online shop they are hardly the strapping stallions that started the season 7-1. Viagra online shop Rather, viagra online shop they look like the same old Rangers that have to struggle at the finish just to qualify for the playoffs. Viagra online shop If you look even closer, viagra online shop they appear to be the same team under John Tortorella that they were under Tom Renney.

Viagra online shop Despite the coaching and player changes, viagra online shop the one thing that is constant and consistent about the Blueshirts is their inconsistency. Viagra online shop The Rangers are one big roller coaster ride from the beginning of the season to the end. Viagra online shop They start the season by winning seven of their first eight games and then go into the tank the tune of a 2-8-1 stretch.

Viagra online shop Then again Ranger fans have gotten use to living on the roller coaster. Viagra online shop Last year, viagra online shop the Blueshirts opened the season five consecutive wins on their way to a 14-5-2 record during their first 21 games. Viagra online shop What followed was yet another season-long struggle to make the playoffs before another heartbreaking elimination – this time in the first round.

Viagra online shop Just how bad are things?

Viagra online shop Don’t look now, viagra online shop but the Rangers (11-9-1) are tied with the New York Islanders (8-6-7) with 23 points. Viagra online shop Yes, viagra online shop those are the same Islanders team that started their season 0-3-3 and won only one game in their first 10 games (1-4-5).

Viagra online shop What does this mean for the Rangers this season?

Viagra online shop It means the Rangers are going to have to fight tooth and nail all season to secure a playoff berth. Viagra online shop It means their margin of error is slim to none and it means that they will have to over-rely on Henrik Lundqvist during the second half of the season – Olympics or not.

Viagra online shop Some people might point to the injuries that hit Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky in the Calgary game. Viagra online shop That really isn’t the case because the Rangers were just 3-5-1 in their nine games prior to the Flames game. Viagra online shop When the offense was producing, viagra online shop the defense was letting them down. Viagra online shop When the defense kept the goals against down, viagra online shop the offense was nowhere to be found.

Viagra online shop Besides, viagra online shop injuries are a convenient excuse to use when management, viagra online shop coaches and players are looking deflect blame. Viagra online shop The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing a defense corps that resembles an AHL blue line as opposed to an NHL blue line because of injuries. Viagra online shop Yet, viagra online shop the Penguins are battling the New Jersey Devils at the top of the Atlantic Division while the Rangers are battling the Islanders to stay out of the basement.

Viagra online shop The Rangers inability to sustain prosperity lies within the organization’s inability to show consistency.

Viagra online shop Coach Tortorella espoused a system where the Rangers would feature sustained puck pressure that would put their opponents on their heels. Viagra online shop Of late, viagra online shop it has been the Rangers who have been pinned in their own end. Viagra online shop He tells Sean Avery to mind his “p’s and q’s” and then says that Avery needs to be more involved. Viagra online shop He warns against the ills of taking penalties and then bemoans the fact Matt Gilroy didn’t take a penalty on Matt Bradley’s eventual game-winning goal.

Viagra online shop The Blueshirts have gotten everything they expected (and more) out of the likes of Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal. Viagra online shop The two rookie defensemen, viagra online shop Gilroy and Michael Del Zotto, viagra online shop are showing themselves to be bona fide NHL blueliners despite their inexperience. Viagra online shop Artem Anisimov has struggled at times because he could use more bulk, viagra online shop but he has shown that he will be a solid NHL player.

Viagra online shop The problem is that the rest of the lineup has been, viagra online shop you got it, viagra online shop inconsistent at best.

Viagra online shop Young guns like Dubinsky, viagra online shop Ryan Callahan, viagra online shop Daniel Girardi and Marc Staal have not stepped up their play the way they should have – and the way the Rangers needed. Viagra online shop While Callahan’s defense and shot blocking has been superb, viagra online shop he received his new contract on the hopes that he would become a 30-goal scorer.

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Viagra online shop Even The King has been a mere mortal. Viagra online shop Henrik Lundqvist has set a high standard from himself, viagra online shop but he has not been able to steal as many games as he had in the past. Viagra online shop Could that be a byproduct of Tortorella’s more open system as opposed to Renney’s closer to the vest system?

Viagra online shop Of course, viagra online shop this bring us to Glen Sather. Viagra online shop The Rangers President/GM’s inability to manage the salary cap has been the biggest constant since the end of the lockout. Viagra online shop With the Rangers close to the salary cap, viagra online shop Slats has no room to maneuver to bring in replacements. Viagra online shop Even if he utilized the Long Term Injured Reserve option, viagra online shop the relief he receives lasts as long as Dubinsky and/or Drury are out. Viagra online shop Once they are ready to return, viagra online shop the Rangers would have to cut salary/players.

Viagra online shop Sather did not leave himself with too many options in Hartford when it came to replacements at the center position. Viagra online shop Tyler Arnason bailed out on the Wolf Pack when he saw the writing on the wall. Viagra online shop Corey Locke is one of those Quadruple-A players whose skills are just a notch below the NHL. Viagra online shop The organization does not seem willing to rush Evgeny Grachev so the only other alternative for the Rangers is to use wingers at center.

Viagra online shop So what can we expect out of the Rangers out of the second quarter of the season?

Viagra online shop The Rangers are going to be like the girl with the curl – when they are going good they will get fans dreaming about a Stanley Cup run. Viagra online shop When they are are going bad, viagra online shop it is going to be more ulcers and agita. Viagra online shop My advice is to ask Santa Claus for a lot of Maalox because it is probably going to get worse before it gets better.

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