- Brendan Smith (4) Assists: Filip Chytil (11), K’Andre Miller (7)
- James van Riemsdyk (15) (Power Play) Assists: Travis Konecny (20), Ivan Provorov (16)
- James van Riemsdyk (16) (Power Play) Assists: Ivan Provorov (17), Kevin Hayes (16)
- Jakub Voracek (9) Assists: Sean Couturier (19), Shayne Gostisbehere (8)
- Artemi Panarin (17) Assists: Adam Fox (37), Mika Zibanejad (24)
- This was a very disappointing game, maybe more disappointing than the Islander game. The Islander game never seemed that winnable, this was a winnable game but the Rangers spent the second and third period in the penalty box and barely got anything going offensively. They had chances and Brian Elliott made some great saves, especially on Panarin, but the Rangers, again, missed a bunch of open nets.
- The Rangers had a pretty good first period and the lead, but they gave the Flyers chance after chance on the PP and eventually one, even if it went off of JVR’s face, was going to go in. The Flyers built on that, started winning battles, being quicker to pucks and the Rangers fell behind in multiple ways.
- They made it interesting at the end and had one chance to tie it, but it was too little too late in a game where they were second best. It was also frustrating that they didn’t have the bounce back and resiliency that they have had in the games after poor performances. The penalties certainly played a big part in that, but maybe if they had been playing better they wouldn’t have taken those penalties.
- It was nice to see Zac Jones and I suspect we will continue to see him the rest of the way. I think we also have to be close to seeing Vitali Kravtsov elevated in the lineup, even though Colin Blackwell hasn’t done much wrong. Morgan Barron will also probably get called up at some point soon to get a few NHL games in. I also hope that Alexis Lafreniere stays with Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich, he looked pretty good with them and he looks so much more comfortable when he gets to play with the puck.
- I do wonder if the compressed schedule and all the minutes they’ve played have caught up with the young Ranger defensemen and that is part of why the defensive structure the Rangers had for most of the season is gone.
- The brief dream of the playoffs is pretty much over at this point. It was always a remote chance since Boston has those games in hand and games against the Sabres, but that remote chance is pretty much gone.
- They get to see the Flyers again tomorrow and hopefully they stay out of the box, bury their chances and try to get more of a good feeling back as they begin closing out the regular season.