The Rangers got out to an early lead and never looked back, beating the Predators, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon. >> Read more
- 14:58 NYR Jesper Fast; Assist: Kevin Hayes
- 19:34 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: J.T. Miller, David Desharnais
- 1:44 NSH Mattias Ekholm; Assist: Filip Forsberg
- 12:46 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Brady Skjei
- 15:30 NSH Filip Forsberg; Assists: Roman Josi, Ryan Johansen
- 19:21 NYR Jimmy Vesey (ENG); Assists: Brendan Smith
- 3: Filip Forsberg
- 2: Henrik Lundqvist
- 1: Kevin Hayes
- A win!
- This was very likely the Rangers best game of the season defensively. They were excellent on the PK, Henrik Lundqvist was excellent and they blocked 18 shots. The Rangers still turned the puck over too many times, 18!, but were in much better position to defend and limit those opportunities.
- The Rangers have stumbled upon a really effective line with Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey and Jesper Fast. They all scored today, killed penalties and played their second good game in a row. There is tinkering that needs to be done around the other lines, but this looks like like it can be a reliable two-way line for the Rangers. Hayes has been really good in the past few games.
- This was a good team win and something that they desperately needed. Even as the losses had mounted in the past few days they had been starting to play better and this was the result.
- You have to hope that his goal today will get Chris Kreider going on the right track. He has had a sluggish start, like in the past, where you can see him skating around but nothing was really happening. He had been solid in front of the net on the PP but had also taken some bad penalties and was looking more like the Chris Kreider from a few years ago, not the one from last season that was so effective and important to the team.
- It's a win, and ultimately that is all that matters, but this has to be the start of something. They still need to make some better decisions with the puck but the way they defended today has to be the foundation for how this team plays.
- I really don't love the 11 forwards and 7 defenders look, especially if Tony DeAngelo is only going to get around 5 and a half minutes, mostly on the PP. I don't think Paul Carey or Adam Cracknell are necessarily the answer but I do think it's time for the Rangers to go with one for a few games in a row or call someone up from Hartford.
The Rangers host the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden on Monday at 7 p.m.