- Kaiden Guhle (4) Assists: Denis Gurianov (8), Rem Pitlick (5)
- Alexis Lafreniere (14) (Power Play) Assists: Adam Fox (48), Artemi Panarin (51)
- Alex Belzile (4) Assists: Kaiden Guhle (13), Chris Wideman (5)
- Jacob Trouba (6) Assists: Artemi Panarin (52), Patrick Kane (30)
- Josh Anderson (19) (Shorthanded) Assists: Chris Tierney (4)
- Patrick Kane (17) (Power Play) Assists: Jacob Trouba (16), Artemi Panarin (53)
- Rem Pitlick: Missed
- Kaapo Kakko: Stopped
- Nick Suzuki: Missed
- Mika Zibanejad: SCORES
- Alex Belzile: Stopped
- They found a way to win tonight and the two points are what matter.
- I had hoped that the four days between games would give the Rangers a chance to reset, work on some things, mostly defensively and with the puck….and that didn’t really happen. Maybe they had some rust, especially early, but the Rangers are just making things so much harder on themselves with their lack of defensive coverage and their turnovers/trying to force plays.
- There was good from tonight, Alexis Lafreniere scoring again, coming back three different times, the PPs worked and, maybe most importantly, Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist.
- Kane also had a brutal turnover right before his goal, but you hope that the goal gets him on track. It’s still probably going to take some more time, but these are steps.
- I like the idea of Adam Fox starting with each PP unit and then Trouba coming in when they change. If they were going to stick a defenseman on each unit, I hope that they put Fox and Zibanejad together. Kane and Panarin can QB that unit and you have Trouba up top as a shooting threat.
- I didn’t really think that Alexis Lafreniere in front of the net on the PP would work, but it did and he seems to feel comfortable there.
- Igor Shesterkin made some big saves in the third period, OT and shootout. He still doesn’t look like he is totally on his game, but when the Rangers needed him he was there.
- Next up are the Sabres, who are sort of in the Wild Card race and got crushed by Dallas tonight, on Saturday and then the first of three in a week or so against the Pens.