2021-22 Rangers

Rangers beat Devils 6-2

First Period:

  • Mika Zibanejad (2) Assists: K’Andre Miller (2), Adam Fox (1)

Second Period:

  • Kaapo Kakko (2) Unassisted
  • Mika Zibanejad (3) (Power Play) Assists: Ryan Strome (1), Adam Fox (2)
  • Andreas Johnsson (1) Assists: Jesper Bratt (2), Pavel Zacha (2)
  • Sammy Blais (2) Unassisted
  • Barclay Goodrow (1) Assists: Jacob Trouba (1), Sammy Blais (1)

Third Period:


  • Marian Studenic (1) Assists: Mark Jankowski (1)
  • Artemi Panarin (2) Assists: Ryan Strome (2)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Igor Shesterkin
  • 2: Sammy Blais
  • 1: Mika Zibanejad

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Adam Rotter:

  • Chris Kreider played this game as if he were trying to make up for not being in the lineup when the Tom Wilson incident happened. He didn’t like what Subban did to Reaves, Subban does have a history as a slew footer, and he jumped in for vengeance. For as hot and cold as Kreider can be as a player, one of the main reasons why the Rangers extended him was because of his role as a leader and mentor to the young players. He went out and set the example for his teammates to follow.
  • Reaves likely won’t get the chance, and Sammy Blais will probably jump at it the first chance he gets, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Kreider be the first one to tangle with Wilson on opening night.
  • As for the game, other than falling asleep for a stretch in the first period after they took the lead, the Rangers dominated and filled up the scoreboard on a low level Devils team in the same way that the Devils did to the Rangers last week.
  • Adam Fox made some outstanding passes, Mika Zibanejad finished them and Igor Shesterkin shut the door when he was challenged. Artemi Panarin was quiet tonight for most of the game and then Kaapo Kakko forced a Devil to change direction, Ryan Strome stole the puck and Panarin buried it. Kakko had another strong game and showed a nice burst of speed on his breakway goal.
  • It’s still preseason, but Sammy Blais just continues to impress and show that he could potentially fill up the scoresheet with something other than just hits. Gerard Gallant wants to roll four lines and that will give Blais a chance to make an impact.
  • So the Rangers do lose Ryan Reaves to what sure seemed like a serious injury. Dryden Hunt is the most role specific replacement, but maybe this gives Morgan Barron a chance to stick around.
  • Until Reaves’ injury the only spot up for grabs is the RW next to Chytil and Goodrow. That spot was ticketed for Vitali Kravtsov, but he got hurt and Julien Gauthier has been solid enough. Kravtsov is back skating and if he is healthy and can play on Saturday than Chris Drury and Gerard Gallant will have a decision to make. Gauthier needs waivers and Kravtsov doesn’t, so that may play into it, but we will see.
  • With the exception of Jarred Tinordi for Patrik Nemeth, and now the Reaves injury, this was the opening night lineup for the Rangers.
  • One more game and then the Rangers will name their captain and start the 2021-22 season.