Rangers’ faceoff woes stifling their offense against Hurricanes

Perhaps it is time for Chris Drury to speed dial Pierre Racicot.

Remember back in training camp when the Blueshirts’ newly minted president-general manager invited the newly retired NHL linesman to work with the team on its perpetual issues at the faceoff dots?

Racicot’s counsel paid some dividends during the season, maybe scant, but the Blueshirts did improve from 44.5 percent a year ago — a performance that was not only last in the league but the next-to-worst record of any club in nine seasons — to 48.1 percent this year, 24th in the league.

Even more encouraging is that the Blueshirts were just over 50 percent for the final 22 games of the season dating back to March 17.

But the Rangers have regressed since the opening puck drop of the playoffs, dropping back to 42.8 percent that ranks last among the 16 tournament qualifiers. If there is good news to be gleaned from all these stats, it is that the mighty two-time running Stanley Cup champion Lightning — next on the docket if the Blueshirts advance — are 15th.

 If there is bad news to be gleaned by perusing the numbers it is that the Blueshirts have gotten worse in this round against Carolina, entering Tuesday’s Game 4 at the Garden having won merely 41.9 percent of their draws against the ‘Canes. They were 20-for-49 in Game 1, 27-for-62 in Game 2 and 26-for-63 in Game 3.


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