The New York Rangers trail the Los Angeles Kings, 1-0, in the Stanley Cup finals, mostly by taking advantage of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s blocker side.
That spattering of shots from the less dangerous parts of the ice won’t cut it against Los Angeles. However, the big red blob on Quick’s chart indicates a high concentration of goals scored from the right wing side, and the Rangers have the perfect weapon to take advantage of that: Martin St. Louis.
St. Louis has been one of the Rangers’ best skaters in these playoffs, scoring six goals – including two game-winners – and 13 points in 21 postseason games. Plus, his shot chart is a perfect match for Quick’s soft spot.
“We need to play to our strengths,” Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault said. “Let me put it another way: We need to find a way to play to our strengths. They’re probably the best opponent we’ve met. For us to win, we’re going to have to find a way to play to our strengths. Speed is definitely one of them.”
So is letting St. Louis loose on the right side.