- Philip Tomasino (5) Assists: Alexandre Carrier (7), Filip Forsberg (7)
- I think this one just comes down to their goalie being a little better than the Rangers goalie. Georgiev was good, but Sarros was better.
- Nashville played a very defensive, physical game, the kind of game that the Rangers usually see from the Islanders. Nashville was very comfortable sitting back in the third and letting their defense and goaltender stop the Rangers.
- It’s a loss, but this was a good test for the Rangers and I think they played fairly well, especially in the second half of the game. Again, did Nashville, once they got the lead, decide to sit back and block shots and try to win 1-0? Maybe, but the Rangers kept coming. The problem was that they kept coming in 2-3 Predators waiting for them and a goalie who was happy to freeze the puck when needed and shift it to the boards other times.
- These are the kinds of games the Rangers are going to start facing as the schedule gets tougher and we start, slowly, heading toward the playoff push. I’m not sure there is any big cause for concern, but it is two losses in the last three games and Friday’s game against Buffalo being one where they were only good in the first period and should have had to play at least OT. They get the Avs again on Tuesday and then Arizona the next night, which in some ways could mirror this past week’s game of Colorado and then Buffalo two nights later.
- The question now for Tuesday against Colorado is who goes in net? It’s the same issue as last week. Do you play your better goalie against the better team, or do you go with Keith Kinkaid against the Avs, hope for the best, and then go with Georgiev in what should be a more winnable game against Arizona? I guess it isn’t impossible that Igor Shesterkin returns, but he hasn’t had a full practice yet and my guess is either we see Shesterkin next Friday against Vegas or maybe then just hold him out until after the Christmas break.