- Chris Kreider (2) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (3)
- Dylan Cozens (2) (Power Play) Assists: Rasmus Ristolainen (3), Eric Staal (2)
- K’Andre Miller (1) Assists: Brendan Lemieux (1), Colin Blackwell (1)
- Tobias Rieder (2) Assists: Matthew Irwin (1)
- Jack Eichel (1) (Power Play) Assists: Victor Olofsson (3), Rasmus Dahlin (1)
- Unlike the two games in Pittsburgh and most of the game against NJ, this is NOT a loss the Rangers could “feel good” about. They had no flow to their game, their special teams failed them and even though Chris Kreider scored, their big players didn’t do enough. With the exception of like 3 or 4 players, everyone was trying to do both too much and not enough.”
- Artemi Panarin has not been the same player as last year. He’s turning the puck over, doesn’t look like he is playing as fast as he was and he hasn’t had the ability to lift the Rangers like he did last year. He looks like he’s trying to do too much and it’s hampering his ability to make the simple, smart, creative plays he made last year. He isn’t the only player that needs to be better, but as the Rangers best player, he needs to raise his game.
- Tony DeAngelo and Ryan Strome continue to struggle as does Mika Zibanejad, but at least Zibanejad has the excuse of just coming off of Covid.
- Adam Fox, however, is playing fantastic and, for right now, has usurped Panarin as the player you want with the puck when a play needs to be made. He can’t be on the ice enough. K’Andre Miller, penalty aside, also continues to improve night to night as does Alexis Lafreniere. I still think Lafreniere needs the puck more and hopefully that will come.
- We’ve seen Jack Johnson and we’ve seen Brendan Smith and I really hope we get to see Libor Hajek sometime soon. Johnson has been as advertised, struggled defensively and takes bad penalties. Brendan Smith is Brendan Smith and so why not give Hajek a chance an see if he can stabilize DeAngelo and get him going at even strength.
- The Rangers are 1-4-1 to start this season, but they do have 50 games left this season. They have played well in four of their six games, but they only have one win and ultimately wins are all that matter. The Rangers rebounded from their struggles in the opener against the Isles and played those four good games, so hopefully they come back on Thursday with a better effort and better performance from the guys who are supposed to lead them.