NY Rangers Review: Another inconsistent week for the Blueshirts

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Nov 10, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

NY Rangers Review: The team went 2-2-0 for the week of 11/7/22 to 11/12/22 as their quest for consistency continues.

The Blueshirts enter this week with a record of 8-6-3 and will play only twice. That’s due to travel as they begin a 4-game western trip starting with the Seattle Kraken on Thursday, followed by the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. The trip concludes just before Thanksgiving the following week with stops in Los Angeles and Anaheim.

New York currently sits tied for third place in the Metro Division standings with 19 points. The Carolina Hurricanes have played two less games and officially hold the spot. The Rangers are up by 3 points over the Philadelphia Flyers (2 games in hand) and are 1 point behind the New York Islanders for second (1 game in hand).

This past week was another see-saw battle to find out which Rangers team would show up.

The Rangers outshot their opponents easily in three of the four matches but lost two of those contests. They fell to the Islanders 4-3 despite a 40-26 shot advantage, and lost 2-1 to the Predators with a 35-18 edge.

They walloped the Red Wings by an 8-2 score, and yesterday at home against the Coyotes needed Igor Shesterkin to stop 17 shots in the first period before finally waking up at the Garden.

“Plenty of times last year our goalie stole games for us,” Gerard Gallant said after beating the Coyotes Sunday. “He didn’t need to steal this tonight but he kept it scoreless until we got going in the second half.”

Let’s review the week that was and the week ahead for the Blueshirts.

NY Rangers Review: 11/7/22 to 11/13/22

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Islanders 4 vs Rangers 3 (11/8/22)

Anders Lee scored with 5:30 remaining in the final frame as the Islanders rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Rangers at the Garden down by 2 goals.

On the game-winner, Kaapo Kakko was tripped right in front of the referee preventing him to play the puck and allowing it to get to the point. Alexander Romanov simply put it at the goal where Lee was all alone.

“Did you guys not see it?” Gerard Gallant said. “I thought we played hard but we lost and it was tough to swallow.”

Chris Kreider and Vincent Trocheck scored power play goals in the second period to give the Rangers the lead they would eventually blow. Igor Shesterkin stopped 22 shots and dropped to 1-6-1 lifetime against the Islanders.

Rangers 8 vs Red Wings 2 (11/10/22)

The New York Rangers came into Detroit on a three-game slide having blown two goals leads in back-to-back games

It took all of 2:56 in the third period of a 2-2 contest for the Rangers to scream enough was enough. They scored 4 times during that time against the Detroit Red Wings and then added a couple of more to make a statement in snapping a three-game skid.

Adam Fox led the way with four points (1G -3A). He was followed by Barclay Goodrow, who recorded three points (1G -2A) all in the third period. Mika Zibanejad scored two goals and Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist for the Rangers. Julien Gauthier, Libor Hajek, and Jimmy Vesey were the other goal scorers. Igor Shesterkin stopped 18 shots for New York.

“It was good obviously, especially with the last game,” Zibanejad said. “We really played a full 60 tonight. This one was nice with the dads here.”

Predators 2 vs Rangers 1 (11/12/22)

Juuse Saros made 34 saves and goalied the visiting Rangers in a rough and tumble match up. Saros came into the game allowing 13 goals in his last three starts and gave up just one goal to Filip Chytil in the second period.

The Rangers went 0-5 on the power play, including a 4 four minute double minor late in the game with a chance to tie.

“[The power play] wasn’t as good as it should have been,” Gerard Gallant said. “I mean, that was the difference, obviously. They had some looks, but they didn’t have the premier looks that they usually get. Just a little off, that’s all.”

Rangers 4 vs Coyotes 1 (11/13/22)

Igor Shesterkin stopped all 17 shots he faced in the first period en route to 31 total as the Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.

It was huge for the Blueshirts, who were dead-tired after landing in NY from Nashville at 3 AM and simply had no legs to start.

“I felt not good before the game, but when I face 15 or so shots in the first period I woke up and tried to play my game,” Shesterkin said via NHL.com. “When I face a lot of shots, I feel more confident. I keep in the game and I started to see all the shots.”

Barclay Goodrow and Adam Fox brought the home crowd alive with goals just 1:18 apart. The Rangers would add two more thanks to a Chris Kreider power play goal early in the third and a Ryan Carpenter insurance tally after the Yotes made it 3-1.

NY Rangers: The Week Ahead

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The New York Rangers will play two games this week both on the road as they start a long western trip that will lead into the following week.

On Thursday, the team will open against a much improved Seattle Kraken team that comes into play with a record of 8-5-3, good for third in the Pacific Division.

The Rangers then travel to San Jose where they will face David Quinn’s San Jose Sharks, who have won their last two contests and are 5-9-3 to start the week.

Thu. Nov 17 10:00 PM at Seattle MSG, MSG2
Sat. Nov 19 10:30 PM at San Jose MSG
NYR Schedule this week

Both these games are very winnable and the Rangers need to start out-willing their opponents instead of out-skilling them on this trip.

New York Rangers injury report

“He had the flu yesterday morning and his teeth are really bothering him so he spent the morning in the dentist’s chair,” Gerard Gallant said Sunday via the team’s YouTube channel. “That’s the latest update I got.”

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