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Rangers fall to NJ 4-3

First Period:

  • Travis Zajac (1) Assists: P.K. Subban (1), Miles Wood (1)

Second Period:

  • Chris Kreider (1) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (2), Artemi Panarin (1)
  • Jack Hughes (1) Assists: Yegor Sharangovich (1), Ty Smith (2)
  • Jack Hughes (2) Unassisted
  • Mika Zibanejad (1) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (3), Artemi Panarin (2)
  • Miles Wood (3) (Power Play) Assists: Kyle Palmieri (2), Jack Hughes (4)

Third Period:


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  • Filip Chytil (1) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (2), Phillip Di Giuseppe (2)

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • The immediate focus after this game is finding out what is ailing Mika Zibanejad to make him look miserable and uncomfortable after he fell. Zibanejad is their most complete player and if they miss him for any amount of time it’s going to hurt. They had some success when Zibanejad was out for a bit in the early part of last year, but they will be a far different team without him.
  • The Rangers were the better team from maybe the middle of the first period on, but they had to keep chasing the lead and couldn’t catch up. They didn’t manage the puck as well as they did on Saturday and it cost them when they either tried to force plays or pass the puck to where guys used to be.
  • The Rangers PP early on was terrific and pretty much held the puck in the zone in each of their opportunities, but when it mattered most in the third period, the Rangers were either overpassing, trying to pass the puck into the net or getting their shots blocked. Adam Fox is outstanding running the PP up top, keeping the puck in the zone and I wonder if they will keep him paired with Artemi Panarin on the top PP unit. Tony DeAngelo will come back in and he has been on the Rangers top PP since last year, but Fox may have usurped him.
  • Also on the PP, I have never really understood why Ryan Strome is on the top PP unit instead of Pavel Buchnevich, Kaapo Kako or Alexis Lafreniere. I know it has to do with right/shot left and positioning, but he isn’t enough of a threat to shoot. With Fox, or DeAngelo, and Artemi Panarin really QBing the PP, I think Strome would be better as one of the QBs on the second unit and have someone else on the top PP who is willing to shoot more.
  • Alex Georgiev wasn’t as sharp as he was against the Islanders and I think it was the right move, for a bunch of reasons, to slot Igor Shesterkin in the third. Shesterkin looked sharp and he will almost certainly start against the Pens on Friday.
  • Next up is two in Pittsburgh and then two in Buffalo for the Rangers first road trip of the season.