As the Rangers were running for the President’s trophy, one thing that stood out was the incredible depth they had in their squad. This was evident throughout their game against the Penguins where they won 4-1 in their first round series. There is a test coming up for the Rangers with the injury to Mats Zuccarello, a big blow to them and everyone will be looking to see how they cope with that. You can learn how Zuccarello’s injury will affect the NHL betting odds as there are some interesting facts that you must check out.
Let us take a look at how their depth has helped them win games so far. Echoing the words of their coach Alan Vigneault that you can’t win anything without depth as proven in game 5 on Friday as the lightning fast left wing Carl Hagelin scored 10:52 which was only the second time he got his name on the board as Dominic Moore assisted twice.
The diversity and winning mentality of the Rangers was evident as they had seven players scoring in their 11 first-round. Everyone but Tanner Glass and Jesper Fest have failed to record a point during the series which goes to show the diversity and winning mentality of the Rangers.
Hagelin, the hero on Friday is fast becoming a crucial member of the team earned the plaudits in game 4 as Kevin Hayes put the finishing touch on a sleek team goal.
The Rangers’ victory in game 5 came at a cost as they lost their star player Mats Zuccarello with minutes to spare in the first period. His helmet did little to help as he took a slap shot to its left side from Ryan McDonagh. He was removed and could not continue with the game.
No official communication has been made on the state of his injury besides a statement on Friday that Mats is being evaluated, we all know what that means .After the game, head coach revealed he heard Mats was all right trying to downplay the injury and added that they will be cautious with him.
In case Mats fails to feature his natural replacement would be James Sheppard who would appear for the first time this postseason.
Mats’ teammates are however talking big with center Derek Stepan saying they have enough depth to overcome this injury. The question of depth has been answered previously when Keith Yandle came in for the injured Klein though he played through an illness as they only conceded eight to Pittsburgh. They also kept Evgeni Malkini quiet as he has failed to score against them the whole series.
Their depth in front of goal was tested with Henrik Lundqvist missing 25 games but Cam Talbot stepped up as the Rangers soldiered on as he went 16-4-3 in his 23 starts disproving any doubters.
Let’s call it as it is Zuccarello’s injury is a big blow to their ambitions but they have proved all doubters wrong before with multiple injuries but still finding a way around it. This, however, is a huge test for them and we have to wait and see how they cope without their star player.