Eh. You play who's on your schedule. It's like Parcells says about your record. During the 9-game win streak, they were opportunistic cashing in on team's mistakes. NYR lead league in shooting percentage at almost 11.0 percent. They also aren't too good on Corsi/possession. There's room for improvement. Particularly from Stepan and Kreider. Neither of who have been consistent. McDonagh and Girardi have picked it up.
Regarding the Bolts, even minus 2/3 of the Triplets, Callahan, Paquette, Drouin, they still boast a great tandem in Hedman-Stralman. Also have checkers like Boyle who mixed it up with Hayes. And gritty guys like J.T. Brown. They know how to play them. Limit the stretch pass and stand up at the blue line. That makes it more difficult for their transition. Particularly Zuccarello. Funny aspect is it was winnable. Kreider got in for a break and had a penalty shot but shot it into Bishop. Moore tied it on a rare Stralman miscue. And they had a power play in the final 80 seconds. But just terrible execution from Stepan forcing a pass which handcuffed McDonagh. Brown made the perfect dish across to Filppula and bang. Game. Set. Match.
Rangers with 2 costly turnovers. Both in net. Yandle to Killorn who beat Hank from way out. Maybe he has his number. That's what they've been doing so far. Capitalizing on mistakes. Their next one is Saturday night at Florida. I bet their speed gives them problems. Luongo vs Lundqvist too.
The Rangers strategy when it comes to offense is to make the extra pass(es) to set up for a higher percentage shot. They do not simply fire at will on goal. So, with that in mind, they are going to have less shots and shots attempted which will lower their Corsi. As for possession, you have to look at that with a grain of salt. They have trailed for only ~130 minutes this season, have led for over 300 minutes and more than 150 they have led by 2 or more. While, they have only trailed by 2 or more for about 10 minutes. Teams possession numbers tend to tank when they are up by 2 or more and tend to sky rocket when they are trailing by 2 or more. So, put that all together, and it is not a surprise their possession numbers are not so hot.