At one point during an intense practice session Monday, the Rangers hit the ice for a round of push-ups while coach John Tortorella barked:
"Seventeen shots and no [expletive] rebounds!"
It was a jarring reminder of their meager offensive effort in the team's 4-0 shutout loss to Montreal Saturday.
But, according to Tortorella it wasn't just the last game"
"It's been in our game a little bit here," Tortorella said. 'We're not getting enough rebound chances because we're missing the net so much, especially on the power play."
Scoreless on three man-advantages in Montreal, the Rangers are only 9-for-70 on the power play (12.9%) which ranks 27th in the league.
'We had some chances," captain Ryan Callahan said. "but we've got to get more shots on net."
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Ruslan Fedotenko was one of many across the National Hockey League glad to see the return of superstar center Sidney Crosby, who has missed the past ten months recovering from post-concussion symptoms.
The two players were teammates in Pittsburgh from 2008-10 and won a Stanley Cup together in 2009.
"It's nice to see him come back. He's a great player and the face of the NHL and I definitely think it will help [the league] with him playing," Fedotenko said. "I won a Cup with him and can't say a bad thing about him. He's a very talented player and it's good to see him back and ready to go."
Crosby will make his season debut Monday against the Islanders.
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Brandon Dubinsky missed practice with the flu; Brad Richards was given a "maintenance" day.
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A 12-minute preview of this season's 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic will air on HBO on Friday, November 25 at 9:15 p.m.