- Adam Fox (2) (Power Play) Assists: Vincent Trocheck (2), Artemi Panarin (6)
- Braden Schneider (1) Assists: Jimmy Vesey (2), Adam Fox (6)
- Alexis Lafreniere (4) Assists: Artemi Panarin (7), Braden Schneider (1)
- A pretty strong effort and win for the Rangers against an Edmonton team that was without Connor McDavid, but also seems to have many issues that even he can’t paper over.
- The Rangers should have had more than three goals, but Skinner was soild in net for the Oilers. Still, the PP came through, they got another goal from Alexis Lafreniere and some tertiary scoring on the goal by Braden Schneider.
- Blake Wheeler had his best and most active game for the Rangers, rang one off the post and should have had an assist on a Will Cuylle goal that was waved off from a distinct kicking motion. Wheeler’s struggles haven’t been a major topic so far, but it was nice to see him get going tonight. He returns to Winnipeg on Monday in whatw ill probably be an emotional night for him.
- That Panarin, Chytil, Lafreniere line continues to buzz in the offensive zone. All three of those guys are playing with a determination level that we have only seen either in spurts or not in a while. Chytil has continued his steady progression year to year, Lafreniere hasn’t looked this good, if ever, since the playoffs two years ago and Panarin is playing a more assertive game and his overall play and production look a lot more like it did when he was a Hart Trophy nominee in his first year with the Rangers.
- Mika Zibanejad still hasn’t scored and Kaapo Kakko only has one goal, but that line is getting chances and it seems like only a matter of time before they start hitting the scoresheet a lot more.
- Good for Braden Schneider to score. He’s had some trouble at times adjusting to this new system, but he and Erik Gustafsson seem like a nice pair.
- I was a little surprised that Jonathan Quick got the start tonight instead of on Saturday, but it was clearly the right move as he was excellent. There were some obvious questions around him after the preseason, and it’s only been two starts and part of another game, but he looks very steady in net.
- Next up the Rangers head to Vancouver on Saturday, Winnipeg on Monday and then home to face the Hurricanes on Thursday.