- Chris Kreider (4) Assists: Mika Zibanejad (4), Kaapo Kakko (1)
- Clayton Keller (1) (Power Play) Assists: Nick Schmaltz (2), Logan Cooley (3)
- Vincent Trocheck (1) (Power Play) Assists: Artemi Panarin (3), Adam Fox (4)
- 3: Chris Kreider
- 2: Vincent Trocheck
- 1: Igor Shesterkin
- A pretty good win for the Rangers that saw them hit most aspects of the game. The PK gave up a goal, but came up huge in killing that two-man advantage late in the second and early in the third. The PP scored a clutch goal for the winner and the Rangers did a really good job of defending that lead and limiting the Coyotes chances. The second period was less than ideal, but Igor Shesterkin kept the game close and the Rangers picked up their game again in the third period and came away with the two points.
- Igor Shesterkin was excellent, stopped the penalty shot late in the third and capped it off by nearly getting into a scrap after the game ended.
- Offensively the Rangers were passing up big shot opportunities and missing the net on others. Artemi Panarin continues to buzz around the ice. He looks much more active, quicker and especially looking to fire pucks at the net.
- Vincent Trocheck is in a little bit of a different role than last season but he seems to be embracing it. He’s still on the first PP, but his main focus is forechecking. We’ll see if Blake Wheeler sticks next to him and Will Cuylle but at the same time, where else would Wheeler fit?
- Overall the Rangers were probably better than they were in Columbus, especially defensively, but this wasn’t up to the level of the Buffalo win. Things are still being ironed out and figured out and a crisper game is likely to follow in the future. I wouldn’t necessarily say that they found a way to win tonight because it seemed like a pretty even game, but ultimately Igor came up with the big saves and the PP came up big late.
- They get Nashville on Thursday and then head out to Seattle and Western Canada to get that trip out of the way early this season.