- Patrick Kane (7) Assists: Brandon Hagel (3), Seth Jones (17)
- Ryan Strome (5) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (20), Artemi Panarin (18)
- Adam Fox (5) Assists: Ryan Strome (12), Artemi Panarin (19)
- Artemi Panarin (7) Assists: Jacob Trouba (6), Ryan Strome (13)
- Alex DeBrincat (14) Assists: Seth Jones (18), Patrick Kane (14)
- 3: Ryan Strome
- 2: Alex Georgiev
- 1: Artemi Panarin
- Six in a row and eight at home for this Rangers team. They gave up a ton of chances in the first period, Chicago scored once and hit a couple of posts, but the Rangers dominated the second period and were good in the third defending the lead and closing it out.
- Alex Georgiev was solid. He didn’t need to steal a game, the Rangers, after the first period, defended pretty well in front and then spent a lot of time in the Chicago zone. It’s still game to game with Georgiev and his ability to instill confidence, but he had a good weekend and he’ll be the guy until Igor Shesterkin comes back.
- It’s going to be really interesting to see what ultimately happens with Ryan Strome’s future. The Rangers are a much better team with him and Artemi Panarin together, but how much and for how long will it cost? He’d have to take a discount, both in years and money to stay with the Rangers and Panarin, but, again, how much of a discount? Strome, as a pending UFA, certainly isn’t going to be traded at the deadline if he isn’t signed, so this isn’t a super pressing issue, but the more three point games he has the tougher it’s probably going to be to keep him.
- There are just some games where Artemi Panarin looks like he is playing at a higher speed and higher level than everybody else. This was one of those nights. He was the best player on the ice by far.
- The winning streak, big games from Kreider, Strome, Panarin and Fox and Kaapo Kakko’s recent streak make it easy to overlook that Mika Zibanejad isn’t scoring and while the “Kid” line is getting chances, they aren’t scoring a lot either. The Rangers haven’t needed those guys in big ways during this streak, but the Rangers will only get better and reach a higher level when/if those guys can start producing consistently.
- So the Rangers sweep the weekend, seemingly dodge a bullet with Igor Shesterkin possibly only out a week and see some of their big players lead the way. It’s Chicago again on Tuesday and then back home for Colorado on Wednesday.