Lee Stempniak’s goal with 2:14 to play lifted the Rangers over the Arizona Coyotes, moving them into a share of first place with two games in hand on the New York Islanders. The Rangers did not exactly play well tonight, especially accounting for the quality of the opponent, and it felt very similar to most other wins during the Cam Talbot era. They never led until Stempniak’s go-ahead goal, falling behind just 41 seconds in and trailed 3-1 at the end of the first period.
The Rangers will face off against the Coyotes tonight at 7pm. This is the second and final meeting between these two teams this season. They played just about two weeks ago, when the Rangers won 5-1 in Arizona.
-They are 20-34-7 on the season, which puts them in third place for the McEichel Race. They are on a 7 game losing streak and are 1-8-1 in their last 10.
-After the trades yesterday, they hold one of the most talked about trade targets left on the market. Center Antoine Vermette, who scored against the Rangers last time out, is likely going to be traded for a price that is higher than he is probably worth, and as Jared mentioned yesterday hopefully the Rangers don’t go down that road.
On Tuesday night against Calgary, J.T. Miller got into a fight and people had opinions about it.
Miller squared off against 21-year old Michael Ferland, who has 11 NHL games to his record.
From Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts:
He and the Rangers are not close on a new deal and he can walk this summer. The simple move for New York is to keep him, make a playoff run and take their chances later. But, there are rumours they will consider trading him, see what they can get and, if necessary, flip that for something else.
I can’t prove or disprove those rumblings, but they’re out there.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Rangers are unlikely to get in on the bidding for either Antoine Vermette or Andrej Sekera unless the price drops significantly.
Restraint isn’t an avenue commonly explored for the Rangers, but I’m glad to see it here. It would be tough for me to see a 2nd round pick and a solid prospect moved for Vermette when Sean Bergenheim went for a 2016 3rd round pick yesterday (with a 7th coming with him, too).
The Rangers (37-16-6) defeated the Calgary Flames by a score of 1-0. Kevin Hayes scored the only goal of the game 3 minutes into the third period. It was his 12th goal of the season, and was assisted by Brassard. Cam Talbot made 21 saves, earning his 4th shutout of the season, the Rangers took 25 shots on goal.
-The Rangers came out flying tonight. They took the first 6 shots of the game, and had a powerplay opportunity. Ramo made an outstanding diving save to rob Miller during the powerplay. Calgary settled down and the rest of the period was pretty even, and both teams were held scoreless.