Here they are again, the Rangers' power play unit struggling and unable to come through when needed most.

So far through the Blueshirts' 1-3-0 start, their man-advantage is ranked 25th in the 30-team league, converting just 11.1 percent of the time. As it was last season and throughout the postseason run to the Eastern Conference Finals, when the Rangers draw a penalty, it is more often than not a time for disappointment rather than elation.

"It's just too deliberate," coach John Tortorella said after Thursday night's 2-1 loss to the Flyers. "We're just simply not getting enough big plays from our top guys in that type of situation."