Rangers Notebook: Penalty kill unit playing among league best

Isles coach Jack Capuano is impressed with his veteran leadership.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano has his team playing much better recently.
Credit: Getty Images

One of the topics dominating the conversation about the 2013-14 Rangers has been their dynamic man-advantage units, a polar opposite from the not-too-distant past.

The success of the Rangers’ power play — seventh in the NHL as of Tuesday morning — has been such an all-encompassing theme it has overshadowed a penalty kill that has been among the league’s best.

Entering last night’s revival of hostilities with the Islanders, the Rangers penalty kill was ninth overall. The Rangers have killed 126-of-150 power plays against this season.

“I think you want to be aggressive as much as you can,” Dominic Moore said after the morning skate at the Garden. “Keep teams on the run but there’s a happy medium there, too. There’s experience that comes in when you know when it’s time to go and when not to. We have guys who are reading and reacting together. It took awhile for us to get on the same page. On the [penalty kill], it’s important you read and react together as a unit. If everybody’s on the same page it’s a lot easier to be aggressive at those times.”

That aggressiveness has led to three shorthanded goals this season. But that does not mean the Rangers have suddenly become a team that will take risks at every opportunity.

“There’s a time for both [aggressiveness and sitting back],” Moore said. “It comes down to experience, knowing when those times are.”

Isles on the rise

The Islanders are quietly beginning to make a move in both the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference playoff races.

Prior to last night’s game the Islanders had won 10 of 15 games, and closed to within five points of Columbus for the last wild-card berth.

“We’ve been playing well,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said after his team’s optional skate at the Garden. “We talk about puck management, doing the right things and playing high-percentage hockey.

“We have to make high-percentage plays. We’ve been more consistent [in terms of playing to their strengths] and that’s why we’re having success.”

Out of retirement

As part of the festivities for the upcoming Stadium Series games, the NHL held a pick-up game at the rink at Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park with Devils, Islanders and Rangers alumni.

Brian Leetch, Mike Richter and Dave Maloney represented the Rangers. Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver and Jim Dowd played for the Devils, while Pat Flatley, Eric Cairns and Glenn Healey dressed for the Islanders.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Network host E.J. Hradek and WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason were also in attendance, as well as the New Jersey Avalanche, a Tier 1 Squirt Minor team.

Follow Rangers beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor pledges lower greenhouse gas emissions from New…

Just hours before the start of the People’s Climate March on Sunday, and two days ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, Mayor Bill de…

National

The best places to see the Northern Lights…

A large solar storm hit the Earth's atmosphere and will tonight illuminate the skies with aurora borealis -- also known as the Northern Lights.

Local

Police officer killed Sunday morning Bronx crash, 8…

One NYPD police officer was killed and eight other officers were injured early Sunday morning when the van they were traveling in crashed  in the…

National

Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt near home of suspect's…

A police manhunt intensified on Friday for the gunman who killed an officer and wounded another in an ambush at a Pennsylvania police barracks a week ago.

Television

'How to Get Away with' mischaracterizing Shondra Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes read Alessandra Stanley's New York Times piece about her being "an angry black woman" and "a romance writer" and it did not sit well with her.

Gossip

New nude celebrity selfies leak … and Clay…

A new batch of nude selfies of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Lake Bell and Avril Lavigne hit the web and Clay Aiken has something to say!

Television

James Spader's route to villainy on "The Blacklist"

In honor of the second season premiere of "The Blacklist" tonight, where James Spader plays good guy/bad guy Raymond “Red” Reddington, it’s a good time to look back at Spader’s…

Television

True Detective

NFL

Jay Cutler takes Marc Trestman's coaching to heart

While Jay Cutler turned to an autobiography on the man who would be his head coach, Trestman had personal experience with the player.

NFL

Jets vs. Bears: 3 things to watch

Jets fans likely chalked up Monday's matchup with the Bears as a loss when the NFL schedule came out. But given their team's play so…

NFL

Rashad Jennings carries Giants in first win this…

Rashad Jennings, who came to New York from Oakland last year, by way of Jacksonville, was highly coveted this offseason by general manager Jerry Reese.

NFL

3 things we learned as Giants pick up…

The Giants picked up their first win of the season over the Texans.

Career

Here's how to make the most of visit…

You’re primped, you’re looking polished, you’re prepared with a stack of resumes. Job fair hunters, unite! There are a few things to keep in mind…

Education

Learn how to study effectively and stop cramming…

Picture this: It’s midterm week, and college students everywhere are trying to frantically memorize all of the math formulas, political theories and historical facts that…

Parenting

How motherhood inspired Bethenny Frankel's new book

Bethenny Frankel's new children's book is about how her daughter and dog didn't always get alone.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.