Rangers hold on for 2-1 win over Nashville

First Period:

  • Filip Chytil (2) ASST: Libor Hajek (2)

Second Period:

  • Ryan Strome (4) ASST: Artemi Panarin (6), Jesper Fast (4)
  • PPG – Viktor Arvidsson (6) ASST: Filip Forsberg (4), Roman Josi (9)

Third Period:





Three Stars:

  • 3: Viktor Arvidsson
  • 2: Filip Chytil
  • 1: Alex Georgiev

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • This one wasn’t as dominant or pretty as the win over Tampa Bay but the Rangers got it done and especially held on late in the third by killing those two penalties.
  • One of the things the Rangers haven’t had to do a lot this season is defend a lead but they did it today against a tough Nashville team.
  • Alex Georgiev was probably the main reason the Rangers were able to defend their lead. He was excellent again and will probably make it three straight starts on Monday against Ottawa. Winning is the name of the game and the Rangers should, and probably will, ride this lineup…at least until Wednesday and Thursday when they play back to back.
  • Another very good game for Filip Chytil. His goal was superb but he’s all over the ice, wants the puck and certainly looks like he is taking the next step.
  • Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox and Libor Hajek were all very good again and don’t seem overwhelmed by the moment or anything. Lindgren looks like he is never coming out of the lineup.
  • At some point, hopefully soon, Kaapo Kakko is going to start shooting the pucks that Artemi Panarin feeds him on the PP. When that happens, Kaapo Kakko is going to score a lot of goals. Until then, though, the Rangers need to find a way to convert the chances they are getting.
  • Ryan Strome has picked up from where he left off last season and that is great for the Rangers because he is putting up points and helping them win, but it will eventually bring up a tough question of what to do with him. It’s similar, in some ways, to how I think about Chris Kreider. Strome is an RFA, Kreider is a UFA, but you need veterans, or at least older young players, and Kreider and Strome are like that. There is a lot that will happen between now and the end of February, but these are important guys to helping this team develop.