Practice Spotlight on the Power Play

John Tortorella said Monday afternoon that he is not a fan of longer practices, and would have preferred to keep his team on the ice for only 45 minutes or so earlier that morning at the MSG Training Center. But with the team's power play struggling, and having had such limited opportunity to practice so far during this condensed season, Tortorella kept the club on ice for an additional 20 minutes to work on its 5-on-4 play.

After posting an oh-for-4 showing on the power play in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs the Rangers now sit at a 9.1 percent conversion rate, with two goals in 22 man-advantages. Their only power play tallies have been a Ryan Callahan 5-on-3 goal against the Penguins in the season's second game, and Taylor Pyatt's 5-on-4 score against the Flyers on Thursday night.

"We feel like there's been some improvement, and we have a basis for what we want to do (on the power play), so now it's just about better execution," explained Brad Richards after Monday's practice.

Tortorella echoed much of what Richards had to say later on, pointing out that he thought the power play looked better against the Maple Leafs.

"I don't think it's far away," shared Tortorella. "Although we were oh-for, I thought we created scoring chances and had more zone time (against Toronto). But obviously we need to get a little consistency going."

The Rangers practiced with Richards, Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan, Michael Del Zotto, and Dan Girardi on the top power play unit during Monday's practice, with Marian Gaborik, Derek Stepan, Taylor Pyatt, and Anton Stralman on the second unit---with Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal splitting time at the point opposite Stralman.

"We need to move the puck more quickly, make the defense react more to what we are doing, and we also need to get our shots through form the points," offered Stralman. "We need to be more consistent with what we ard oing out there."


In other notes from Monday's practice, Chris Kreider did not skate again. He is sidelined on a day-to-day basis with a chipped bone in his ankle. No word on when he may return to the ice with his teammates.

And former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum paid a visit to the MSG Training Center, stopping by the rink during practice wearing a winter Rangers jacket.

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Jan 28 - 6:54pm