- Phillip Danault (7) Assists: Trevor Moore (8)
- Blake Lizotte (4) Assists: Viktor Arvidsson (12), Trevor Moore (9)
- Mika Zibanejad (13) Assists: Greg McKegg (2), Filip Chytil (6)
- Adrian Kempe (16) Unassisted
- The Rangers got what they deserved tonight. It could have turned out to be a “found a way to win” game, but they just weren’t good enough. They didn’t manage the puck well and LA controlled the final two periods in a really big way. They weren’t that sharp defensively and all of that usually leads to a loss.
- Almost from top to bottom the Rangers struggled. Alex Georgiev made some nice saves, but overall the Rangers just didn’t have it tonight. They got it to within one goal and could have squeezed out a point, but they deserved what they got. It was similar in some ways to the Vegas game where the first was okay, but the opposition took over for the final 40.
- Artemi Panarin returned and was out of sync all night. That is to be expected after missing time and only having one practice, but it’s so noticeable when he is a little off because it rarely happens.
- Barclay Goodrow going on the Covid list forced two lineup chances that need to be explored more: Alexis Lafreniere on the right and Filip Chytil at wing. Those should stay as is until Goodrow gets back so that we can get an extended look at those two in those spots.
- I can see why the Rangers would want to try a Jarred Tinordi and Patrik Nemeth pair, size and experience being the most obvious reasons, but it wasn’t hard to see the two of them struggle together. Nemeth is just returning and Tinordi struggles most nights, but why not just go with Tinordi and Lundkvist again and allow Nemeth another day of practice before returning. My guess is that Tinordi is out against the Sharks and Lundkvist goes back in with him.
- Next is San Jose on Thursday and then the Rangers come back East and, likely, finish up the road trip against the Flyers. I say “likely” because the Flyers had their game tomorrow night canceled because a Covid situation in Philly.