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2020-21 Rangers

Rangers finish the season with 5-4 win over Boston

First Period:

Second Period:

  • K’Andre Miller (5) Assists: Justin Richards (1), Filip Chytil (14)
  • Nick Ritchie (15) Assists: Charlie McAvoy (24), Sean Kuraly (6)

Third Period:


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  • David Pastrnak (20) Assists: Brad Marchand (39)
  • Mika Zibanejad (23) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (26), Ryan Strome (34)
  • Alexis Lafrenière (12) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (27), Anthony Bitetto (3)
  • Vitali Kravtsov (2)Assists: Ryan Strome (35), Zachary Jones (4)
  • Brad Marchand (28) (Power Play) Assists: David Krejci (33)
  • Mika Zibanejad (24) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (28)
  • Patrice Bergeron (23) Assists: Charlie McAvoy (25), Matt Grzelcyk (15)

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • The game didn’t matter and won’t impact much for them, but I thought the Rangers played pretty well today and I’m glad they get to end the season with a win. These last couple of weeks have been rough with all the injuries, losses and everything that happened this week, but it’s nice that at the very least they can go into the summer with a win.
  • And thus ends a wild season for the Rangers. We knew going in that this was going to be a year like any other and the Rangers sure did their part to make sure that was the case. They started slow and couldn’t hold leads, started to get better, got really hot and made a push for the playoffs and then everyone got hurt and the wheels came off.
  • There were highs (those blow outs against the Flyers, beating the Caps a few times) and lows (the start of the year and the last few weeks) and ultimately the Rangers finished about where I thought they would. I thought the Rangers had an outside shot at the playoffs, which they did, but that they were ultimately going to finish fifth or sixth and a few games out. All the losing in the last couple of weeks has made it that they are more than a few games out, but on the whole, the Rangers were who I thought they were.
  • The one constant throughout this season, outside of Adam Fox, was that the Rangers were young, stayed young and kept adding young players and rookies. Alexis Lafreniere and K’Andre Miller played the whole season, Vitali Kravtsov came in for a bunch and guys like Zac Jones and Morgan Barron came in late.
  • Adam Fox was outstanding and will probably finish second or third in the Norris voting, Artemi Panarin was terrific when he was in the lineup and healthy, Pavel Buchnevich jumped a few steps and was pretty solid all season. Ryan Strome had another nice year and took on a bigger leadership role. Mika Zibanejad had two different seasons, one where he looked like a shell of himself and another where he very much looked like himself. Chris Kreider started slow, got extremely hot for a bit and then slowed again before he was injured. Jacob Trouba didn’t put up a lot of points, but he played a ton of tough minutes and also became one of the leaders on this team. Colin Blackwell, who was one of a few NHL/AHL type players signed in the summer, was the Rangers best scorer at various points in the year. Kevin Rooney had a real solid year as a fourth liner and penalty killer.
  • Filip Chytil played the first few games of the season like someone who was about to take the next 2-3 steps in his development, got hurt on an awkward collision, got Covid and was never really able to get back to that level. Kaapo Kakko was a dramatically improved two-way player and at times looked every bit of the superstar the Rangers thought/think he can/will be. He too got Covid, but on the whole he took a nice step in his development. It may not have been as big of a step as we thought he might, especially offensively, but it looks like he has a much greater foundation to build on for next season. K’Andre Miller was just solid all year. He wasn’t flashy, he was just solid and someone that the Rangers trusted to play key minutes as a rookie.Vitali Kravtsov came over from the KHL and showed a ton of promise especially when he was creating offense and making plays when he was in the bottom-six. Then there is Alexis Lafreniere who truly got better with each game he played. He didn’t have the year many thought he would and he’s not going to win, or even get a lot of votes, for the Calder trophy, but you can just see how much more comfortable and confident he is with the puck and the plays that he’s making. It’s not exactly a bold prediction to say that a #1 overall pick is going to break out in his second season, but I think we are going to see that from Lafreniere next season.
  • In net the Rangers brought back the three goalie rotation for a little while, but Igor Shesterkin established himself as their goalie of the present and future. He struggled early and struggled late, but he was, like he was last year, an enormous part of the playoff push. Alex Georgiev had an up and down season and showed that he is probably at his best with a few days rest and practices between starts. Keith Kinkaid came in and won some games for the Rangers in the middle of the year. I think the Rangers would trust him to be the back up to Shesterkin next year if they decide to move Georgiev.
  • So that is it. Tony DeAngelo threw a punch and was exiled, Artemi Panarin missed two weeks because of a Russian smear campaign, the entire coaching staff got Covid, Tom Wilson threw Artemi Panarin to the ice, twice, and only got fined for an unrelated incident and then there was the big finale with John Davidson and Jeff Gorton being fired and Chris Drury being promoted to run the team. It was quite an eventful season and I hope that next season is much quieter, the players that need to develop and the Rangers make their return to the playoffs.
  • So what is next, the first thing that has to be settled is David Quinn and the coaching staff. Quinn has two years left on his contract and it seemed like, under John Davidson and Jeff Gorton’s regime, that he was safe and that next season would determine whether he would be extended or fired with one-year left on his deal. With Chris Drury in charge, we aren’t really sure what will happen with Quinn. Drury and Quinn are close and Drury played a huge role in getting Quinn to coach the Rangers, but none of that may matter. Quinn was hired to be a developmental coach and he has had way more successes than failures, especially on defense, but if the mandate is to push things forward quicker, someone else may be behind the bench next season. There is also the James Dolan/Glen Sather aspect of it as well and if they want a change, there will almost certainly be a change. If it were up to me I would follow the same path as Gorton and JD and keep Quinn for next season and then make a decision on his future. Who stays, who goes, Mika Zibanejad’s future, and everything else will follow that decision as Chris Drury takes the seat at the head of the table and makes the Rangers his own.