- Artemi Panarin (9) (Power Play) Assists: Vincent Trocheck (8), Erik Gustafsson (8)
- Jack Hughes (6) Assists: Dougie Hamilton (8), Jonas Siegenthaler (4)
- Jimmy Vesey (2) Assists: Braden Schneider (3), Zac Jones (2)
- Ondrej Palat (1) (Power Play) Assists: Jesper Bratt (15), Tyler Toffoli (7)
- Erik Haula (6) Assists: Jack Hughes (16), Dougie Hamilton (9)
- Artemi Panarin (10) Assists: Vincent Trocheck (9)
- Jimmy Vesey (3) Assists: Tyler Pitlick (2), Vincent Trocheck (10)
- Blake Wheeler (2) (Empty Net) Unassisted
- Well, that was a nice way to come back from a little break.
- I thought it was a pretty even game, both teams had some chances, both teams were a bit sloppy and it was either tied or a one-goal game for most of it.
- It seemed like the difference was going to be that Igor Shesterkin, in his return from injury, let two squeak past him and that the Devils would likely get one extra save, but the Rangers started to push in the third and off a broken faceoff Artemi Panarin rifled one home to tie the game. Jimmy Vesey followed his shot to the net for the rebound and the winner and what seemed like a potential loss, once again, turned into two points.
- Artemi Panarin just continues to play at a level that we likely haven’t seen before. He’s playing fast, he’s not afraid to shoot and he’s still making fantastic passes. He’s just been dynamite to start this season and he and his line have carried a lot of the offense so far this season. He’s back to being a Hart Trophy candidate.
- Vincent Trocheck also continues to play his best hockey as a Ranger.
- Jimmy Vesey continues to be a really nice fit that can slot all around the lineup. He’s never become the scorer we thought he was going to be, but he still has nice hands around the net and they showed again tonight. He’s an important depth player, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he gets a shot on the top-line with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. Blake Wheeler nailed an empty netter, but that line still needs a spark and maybe Vesey could provide it for a little while. I’m not sure where you slot Wheeler in if you do that, but the Rangers need more from that line at 5-on-5. I’d go back to Kakko in that spot, but I wouldn’t be opposed to Vesey getting a shot.
- Igor Shesterkin struggled in the first, but he was pretty close to top-notch after that. He made some big saves and most importantly it’s just nice that he is back and healthy.
- They are 10-0-1 in their last 11 and have four straight wins. They are winning in different ways, through different game situations and they seem to have that confidence again that they will eventually get the needed goal. The schedule starts to pick up in terms of opponents and days between games, but they have built up a nice cushion in the standings and foundation that they can return to when things inevitably slide a little. They aren’t perfect every night, but they are finding ways to come out on top of close games.
- Next up is Dallas on Monday.