New York Rangers looking to sweep back-to-back; take on Coyotes

Dec 15, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) celebrates a goal against Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) during the third period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After a four game slide where the New York Rangers went 0-2-2 and watched their once unstoppable power play go 1-15, they unloaded on the Dallas Stars for a 6-3 road win.

The Rangers having outshot both the Colorado Avalanche and the New York Islanders, were a little more selective on Saturday. They scored three times on just seven shots in the third period to pull away victorious.

“Good road game. Two good points,” Gerard Gallant said. “There was some sloppy play in the second, back-and-forth, wide-open, but I thought in the third we played really good, obviously got some great goals.”

Now the Rangers hope to close out this road trip and third set of back-to-backs in the first month of the season with a win on Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes.

Here’s today’s game and broadcast info:

New York Rangers (4-3-2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (2-4-1)
Date/Time: October 30, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET
Arena: Mullett Arena
Radio: ESPN 98.7

New York Rangers looking close trip with a win

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One of the most promising signs against the Stars yesterday was the power play coming to life with two goals. Another was scored on a delayed penalty as Vincent Trocheck tallied before a Dallas player could touch the puck.

“We started seeing them go in,” Trocheck said. “Our power play was good tonight. We were getting a little bit tight, gripping our sticks a little too tight, just from a couple games not scoring. But we’ve been getting chances, and tonight we were able to capitalize on a couple.”

Trocheck hadn’t scored in the team’s previous three games but exploded for two goals and an assist in this contest. His helper came on the game winner when he spotted Zac Jones sliding down from the point.

For Jones it was the first goal of his career and it came after being a healthy scratch the last two games.

“It was great to get that first one and to help the team get a win, it meant more than the first goal for sure,” Jones said. “I didn’t like my game recently and I thought I deserved to get scratched. I took it as a great learning experience.”

Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Julien Gauthier also scored for the Rangers, who posted at least six goals for the third time this season.

“We were in a little bit of a slide there,” Trocheck said. “Anytime you go into a little bit of a rut, it hurts your confidence a little bit. To come in here and get a win and see our team score six, it definitely boosts your confidence.”

Coyotes look for first win at Mullett Arena

After going 2-4-0 on a season-opening six-game road trip, the Coyotes are playing their second game in the 5,000-seat Mullett Arena at Arizona State University. They are hoping to build a modest home-ice advantage after 4,600 fans attended their 3-2 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

“We’re going to pack it out, and have that kind of crowd buzzing, and hopefully put on some good games against some good teams that are coming here,” Arizona forward Christian Fischer said. “It’s going to be our home for three years here, maybe even four. I think the more we embrace it, it’s a tough place to play.”

Fischer scored the first Arizona goals in its new facility but the Coyotes were outshot 35-21 and failed to get the extra point when Blake Wheeler finished off a two-on-none 32 seconds into overtime for Winnipeg.

The Rangers won both meetings between the clubs last season and are 11-1-2 in the past 14 meetings.

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