- Andrew Copp (6) Assists: Michael Rasmussen (19), David Perron (22)
- Vincent Trocheck (17) Unassisted
- Filip Zadina (2) Assists: Dylan Larkin (35)
- Michael Rasmussen (10) Assists: David Perron (23), Andrew Copp (24)
- Filip Hronek (9) (Power Play) Assists: Andrew Copp (25), Dominik Kubalik (21)
- The Red Wings were just the smarter, more structured team and seemed to block just about every shot or pass the Rangers were attempting.
- It just seemed like the Rangers were sloppy and that most of their best guys had rough games with and without the puck.
- I’m not sure if the Rangers thought that tonight would be easy considering that they dropped eight on the Red Wings the last time they were in Detroit, but they certainly played a looser game in all areas and less engaged, outside of the little bit of physical play and scraps.
- I didn’t think that the decision to start Jaro Halak was that big of a deal. Halak had been really good for most of the last few months and Igor Shesterkin seemed like he needed an extra day of practice or just more time on the ice to work. I’m sure Shesterkin will be in goal on Saturday in Washington and if he has a strong game and/or doesn’t have that much work, I wouldn’t be shocked if they went with him back-to-back to try and get him back on track.
- It’s now three losses in a row and back-to-back games with only one goal. They have lost their find a way to win magic over the last couple of games and their structure, which was okay at best, has fallen off as well. It’s better to have this little streak now than in six weeks, but second place is starting to drift away. They are still comfortably in third place in the division, but it’s looking like they will start their potential series against the Devils on the road.
- I don’t think any of this new talk about Patrick Kane/scratching Kravtsov and Leschyshyn had much of an impact. The only player, outside of Leschyshyn, who this really impacts is Jimmy Vesey and I thought he was maybe the Rangers best player for stretches of this game. Someone else will get dropped off the PP, but overall, I think the idea of getting Kane is potentially exciting…the issue is that it may not happen for a week and the Rangers have four more games before the deadline.
- I’m assuming that there will be some follow up steps with Kravtsov and Leschyshyn sitting, such as Leschyshyn going on waivers tomorrow, but I don’t love this idea of going with Ben Harpur and 11 and 7. They don’t have any other option, but the fourth line doesn’t play a ton anyway and only using Harpur for around 3 minutes just adds more minutes to other guys.
- Next up they visit the Caps on Saturday and then come home for LA on Sunday.