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Rangers play best game of the season in 4-0 win over Columbus

First Period:

  • Ryan Strome (1)Assists: Artemi Panarin (4), Nils Lundkvist (1)
  • Alexis Lafreniere (3) Assists: Adam Fox (5)

Second Period:

Third Period:


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  • Chris Kreider (5) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (6), Artemi Panarin (5)
  • Chris Kreider (6) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (7), Artemi Panarin (6)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Chris Kreider
  • 2: Adam Fox
  • 1: Igor Shesterkin

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Adam Rotter:

  • This was the best game of the season for the Rangers and it was the game that I’ve been waiting for. It was a game where they just won. They didn’t need to find a way, they didn’t need to grind it out and get some breaks in the third and they didn’t need Igor Shesterkin to steal it. They just played better than the other team for close to 60 minutes and won. They used their advantage of being more talented and better than a young, rebuilding team and won.
  • The PP had two goals, well, Chris Kreider had two goals, but at some point someone else will need to score on it. It was definitely better, it scored, but I still think there are things to work out and players, outside of Fox and Kreider, that can be moved around.
  • I don’t mind that Alexis Lafreniere is on the third line with Chytil and Blais right now. It’s a spot where Lafreniere can have the puck, make plays and be the one who drives the line. He can’t really do that when he’s with Mika Zibanejad and if they are going to roll four lines consistently then he should get enough ice time before eventually moving back into the top six.
  • The issue with Lafreniere on the third line is that it puts Barclay Goodrow on the top line. I wouldn’t mind Goodrow with Panarin and Strome, he can do the Jesper Fast things, but him and Kreider together sort of seems redundant and leaves Mika Zibanejad without a highly skilled third part of the line. I think that can be solved by putting Kaapo Kakko up there on the right side, but the Rangers also need to decide if they want to commit Chris Kreider to the right side so that Alexis Lafreniere can eventually move back up there.
  • Kaapo Kakko had a nice game in his return, Ryan Strome was really good and Artemi Panarin had a nice statistical night.
  • Igor Shesterkin was tested early and then the Rangers took over. He was strong and deserved the shut out.
  • So next up is the return of late night games and trips to the Pacific North West and Western Canada. Seattle, Vancouver, two days off and then a bizarre three in four night stretch where they go to Edmonton, Calgary, fly home on Sunday and play the Panthers next Monday. Then, like this week, they have multiple days off and then the Blue Jacks, though that time in Columbus.