- Artemi Panarin (10) Assists: Ryan Strome (16), Jacob Trouba (9)
- Anton Lundell (6) Assists: Gustav Forsling (14), Ryan Lomberg (5)
- Mika Zibanejad (8) Assists: Libor Hajek (1), Artemi Panarin (25)
- MacKenzie Weegar (1) Assists: Eetu Luostarinen (3), Mason Marchment (7)
- Carter Verhaeghe (8) Assists: Gustav Forsling (15), Radko Gudas (7)
- Anthony Duclair (10) Assists: Sam Bennett (6)
- Chris Kreider (19) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (19)
- Break or not, it’s only one win in the past five for the Rangers and that win was one where they were outplayed for the most part in Arizona but scored two late PP goals to win.
- This was a similar story to how the Rangers were playing before the break. They only played maybe 25-30 good minutes and were outplayed for the rest, especially most of the third period and lost. Maybe “outplayed” is too strong of a word in a game that seemed pretty even, but the Panthers looked like the better team for large parts of the first and third periods.
- Ryan Strome certainly had chances to build on the lead at 2-1 or re-take it after the Panthers tied it at two, but the Panthers got the saves in the third period and the Rangers didn’t. Igor Shesterkin was very good throughout most of the game, but it seemed like the rust that you would expect, after a big layoff for him, would come in the first period, came in the third.
- This was their fourth loss of the season when holding a lead going into the third but only the first in regulation. The first two happened during that trip to Western Canada when Connor McDavid beat them and then they blew a lead in Vancouver, but the third one happened in their last game before the break against Vegas.
- With the long break, it is easy to forget the Artemi Panarin was hurt but he looked great tonight.
- Next up is two against the Lightning, in Tampa Bay on Friday and at MSG on Sunday.