The Rangers often talk about their identity. Coach John Tortorella has helped craft a team whose consistency stems from defense, physicality and hustle.

The success is undeniable. The style is endearing. But prized free-agent signing Brad Richards still is having issues figuring out how best to utilize his strengths on a team where defense comes first.

"I'm a little lost offensively, obviously," Richards said after yesterday's practice. "[A] defensive game is the way they want to play here and I'm adapting to that, but I've got to free myself up offensively, for sure."