February 16, 2021

Rangers Roundup: Devils a trap game, Blueshirts quietly good stats, and more

Blackwood kept the Rangers at bay (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Rangers have to avoid a potential trap game against the New Jersey Devils. It’s been two weeks since the Devils have played a game, but the Blueshirts can’t take anything for granted.

Rangers vs Devils: a potential trap game

One might think me crazy considering the Rangers haven’t won a game in a week themselves. The Blueshirts may also be without Artemi Panarin and K’Andre Miller, so they need to be on their toes.

That doesn’t mean the Rangers can’t find themselves up 2-0 in this game and get surprised by a undermanned team that’s rusty. The Devils will likely be without Nikita Gusev, Travis Zajac, Nico Hischier, and Dmitry Kulikov tonight. New York needs to keep the peddle to the metal and come out of this with a resounding win.

New York Rangers must keep shooting, and limiting shots

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Feb 8, 2021; New York, NY, USA; Igor Shesterkin #31 and Libor Hajek #25 of the New York Rangers combine to stop Leo Komarov #47 of the New York Islanders during the first period at Madison Square Garden on February 08, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

“We’ve got to make sure we keep shooting, don’t get discouraged,” Ryan Lindgren said after practice yesterday. “They’ll start going in.”

Keep shooting is exactly what the Rangers must do and do more of. The team for all its recent scoring struggles averages 31.5 shots per game. That is good enough for 7th in the league for that category.

Defensively, David Quinn has them playing sound and only giving up 28.4 shots against per game. Only 8 other teams are giving up less shots. This is a big deal. Last season the Blueshirts were giving up 34 shots per game, a near 6 shot improvement.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 5-1 lead to the lowly Senators in spectacular fashion. Read about that and more here.

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