- Artemi Panarin (14) ASST: Marc Staal (2), Tony DeAngelo (14)
- Chris Kreider (7) ASST: Ryan Strome (19), Ryan Lindgren (6)
- PPG – Jacob Trouba (5) ASST: Ryan Strome (20), Adam Fox (11)
- Jesper Fast (4) ASST: Jacob Trouba (12), Brady Skjei (7)
- PPG – Mika Zibanejad (7) ASST: Kaapo Kakko (7), Artemi Panarin (22)
- This was not a great start for the Rangers but Alex Georgiev continued his strong play, kept it scoreless and the Rangers were able to get goals from Panarin and Kreider on back to back shifts.
- They picked up their play after those goals and had a much better second and third period. Overall, Vegas still had too many shots and too many good chances early, but Georgiev came up big, the Rangers continued to be opportunistic in the second, added a fifth goal in the third and get to start their trip out west with a win.
- Since the middle of that win in Montreal, Georgiev has been spectacular in net. He has certainly put away any consideration to being sent down and it won’t totally be a shock if he gets a fourth straight start when the Rangers are in LA.
- So much with Georgiev is about his future and whether he will take over for Henrik Lundqvist or Igor Shesterkin will. The feeling from some around the league is that the Rangers still view Igor Shesterkin as their goalie of the future but Georgiev is certainly making his case. It’s not just that he’s performing well and winning but he’s doing so behind a young defense that doesn’t provide much support. His ability to bounce back from poor starts and even stabilize after tough moments are desirable qualities in a goalie. We have not seen Shesterkin in the NHL, and pending injury, we may not see him this season unless the Rangers fall out of the playoffs and decide to go with three goalies, but the Rangers will have a very tough decision to make.
- I thought that when Mika Zibanejad returned that Brett Howden would go to the fourth line and allow the Rangers to really roll four lines and allow Howden to still get minutes. That wasn’t the case as his minutes were dropping but he’s back on the third line now and Ryan Strome is on the wing. I’m not sure where Strome fits best as a winger but it may be next to Howden where he can control the puck and make plays. The Rangers probably want Filip Chytil to control the puck when he’s on the ice so maybe he and Pavel Buchnevich flip.
- Jacob Trouba has been pretty steady this season but we are starting to see more offensive production. Ultimately the Rangers would love for Trouba to add offense but they acquired him to eat big minutes and play against the other team’s best players.
- Next it’s on to LA and a Kings team at the bottom of the West. The Rangers need to guard against a let down and follow this win over Vegas with a strong performance against LA, not like when the Senators came to MSG and beat the Rangers.