Rangers fall to the Panthers 4-3 in Florida

First Period:

  • PPG – Mike Hoffman (8) ASST: Keith Yandle (14), Jonathan Huberdeau (16)
  • Ryan Strome (6) ASST: Jesper Fast (6), Ryan Lindgren (3)
  • PPG – Evgenii Dadonov (9) ASST: Jonathan Huberdeau (17), Keith Yandle (15)
  • Artemi Panarin (9) ASST: Ryan Strome (12), Libor Hajek (4)

Second Period:

  • Tony DeAngelo (6) ASST: Artemi Panarin (14), Greg McKegg (1)
  • Brett Connolly (7) ASST: Brian Boyle (4)
  • Evgenii Dadonov (10) ASST: Keith Yandle (16), Jonathan Huberdeau (18)

Third Period:





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Adam Rotter:

  • This was better than Thursday, a very low bar to clear, but not good enough to win. They battled throughout but they still gave up two PP goals early, were only able to hold a lead for a couple of minutes and couldn’t convert on their own PP chance in the third.
  • The PK needs to be better and, overall, the defense needs to be tighter in limiting chances.
  • Artemi Panarin was outstanding and played nearly half the game.
  • As good as Panarin was, the Rangers were very short on other offensive contributors tonight. Filip Chytil was pretty quiet, Chris Kreider had no shots on goal and Pavel Buchnevich was okay and had the puck a lot in the last few minutes but missed the net on one chance and whiffed on another. The Rangers shouldn’t be missing an 18-year old so much, but with Kakko out they were without one of their big offensive pieces.
  • In terms of people the Rangers are really missing, Sam Rosen said that Mika Zibanejad skated again today. It seems like it’s been forever since the Rangers have had their best center and when he comes back, hopefully Wednesday, the Rangers will have a nice 1-2 punch with Zibanejad and Ryan Strome.
  • In general, this was better for the Rangers and the Rangers were the better team at 5 on 5. The difference though ended up being Florida being able to win on special teams. The Rangers aren’t good enough or deep enough to win consistently, or maybe at all, if they can’t get their special teams on track.