- Josh Bailey (7) Assists: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (14), Anthony Beauvillier (8)
- Brock Nelson (16) Assists: Nick Leddy (25), Kyle Palmieri (10)
- Anthony Beauvillier (9) (Power Play) Assists: Jordan Eberle (16), Noah Dobson (10)
- Kevin Rooney (7) Assists: Brendan Smith (5), Vitali Kravtsov (2)
- Jean-Gabriel Pageau (13) Assists: Josh Bailey (20), Anthony Beauvillier (9)
- Josh Bailey (8) Assists: Anthony Beauvillier (10)
- Jordan Eberle (15) Assists: Travis Zajac (12)
- You aren’t going to win most nights when your fourth line is your best line and you certainly aren’t going to beat an Islanders team like this when your best line is your fourth line. Things look a lot different when you play a team that is built around defense, clamps down and severely limits the chance to be opportunistic.
- The Rangers in a lot of ways had what they had done to New Jersey for the past four games done to them tonight. They were running around defensively, left guys WIDE open and they paid for it. They deserved what they got tonight and while I am sure they will bounce back and be much better on Thursday against Philly, that does nothing for tonight.
- Offensively the Rangers only sustained offensive pressure when Vitali Kravtsov, Kevin Rooney and Brett Howden were on the ice. They had a couple of other isolated chances, but most of the time they had the puck it went right to and Islander stick or off an Islander leg and then back toward Igor Shesterkin.
- Losing Jacob Trouba was enormous and you could argue that the game was over right there, even though it was 0-0. He’s such a big part of the team, the defense and while he wouldn’t have fixed most of what ailed the Rangers tonight, you’d imagine that there would have been a lot less running around.
- Igor Shesterkin didn’t get much help tonight and I understand that he is, and deserves to be, the Rangers number one goalie, but I really don’t understand why Alex Georgiev doesn’t play every game against the Islanders. Again, Georgiev in net might not have changed things, but for some reason he has the Isles number and they should ride that as long as they can.
- I also don’t understand why Libor Hajek wasn’t back in. Anthony Bitetto has had a few moments this season, but I don’t see how Bitetto gave the Rangers a better chance tonight.
- It’s one game, but it feels like much more, especially with Boston winning and the Rangers slim playoff chances getting slimmer. They are going to be able to hang around the playoff race, unless they go on a big losing streak, maybe until the last week of the season, but they are going to need someone else to nosedive to have any actual chance.
- Next up is the Flyers and you’d expect, because they have done it multiple times this season, that the Rangers will be a much better and structured team. They will certainly take a huge hit if they are without Jacob Trouba, but I’d expect the team as a whole to be more cohesive and to put forth a better effort.