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Rangers Review, October 2015

The Rangers have started off the 2015-16 NHL season well. The month of October ended with the team sitting tied for second in the Eastern Conference standings with 16 points, and seven wins.

One of those seven wins just happened to be against the defending Stanley Cup champions, Chicago, on opening night in the Windy City.

Madison Square Garden - Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Madison Square Garden – Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks raised the banner and the Rangers lowered the boom, which is something that’s sure to motivate the Rangers for the entire season.

The Rangers have only suffered two regulation losses to this point and those came back to back in games four and five of the season against Winnipeg and Montreal respectively. Since then, the Rangers have gotten at least a point in six straight games, including four wins and two shootout loses. In head to head divisional matchups the Rangers have beaten Columbus twice and gotten a point apiece against Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Individually, it was certainly a month to remember for Oscar Lindberg, who scored four goals in the first three games and Mats Zuccarello, who netted seven goals, including a hat trick in his last game against Toronto. However, Rick Nash likely wants to forget about October’s lone goal, especially as it came courtesy a penalty as he was taken down in front of an empty net.

The Rangers have a tough month of November with 14 games coming up. If they continue to get the same production they’ve been getting offensively and add in more goals from Rick Nash as well as Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle, November can prove to be even more successful!

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