After losing 4-2 to the Bruins in Boston yesterday, the Rangers return home to face the Capitals, who also played yesterday and lost, falling 4-3 to the Nashville Predators in Washington. The Capitals currently hold a three point lead over the Bruins for the first wild card spot in the East, meaning that if the playoffs started today, the Rangers and Capitals would square off in a playoff series for the 5th time since the 2008-2009 season.
The Rangers (47-19-7) defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 5-1. For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Cam Talbot made 23 saves, the Rangers took 32 shots on goal.
-I really don’t know what the main highlight from this game should be. They defeated the Hamburgaler, TANNER GLASS scored, and they clinched a playoff spot. Either way, it was an impressive game tonight for the Rangers.
Bob McKenzie reports that the Rangers are among the front-runners for college UFA goaltender Matt O’Connor.
An O’Connor signing isn’t imminent, however. The goalie is still in action for Boston University, and may visit with some finalists.
Larry Brooks reported that the Rangers were expected to be interested in the goalie a few weeks ago.
The Rangers (46-19-7) lost to the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 4-2. For the scoring, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Cam Talbot made 31 saves, the Rangers took 36 shots on goal.
-This was a tough game tonight. The Kings, despite the fact that they currently in the playoffs, they clearly are still a very strong team. They were able to dominate the forecheck and play along the boards, and really made it tough for the Rangers to do much of anything in the defensive zone to move forward.
-The Rangers actually got off to a fast start tonight, Miller made a great rush up the boards and then behind the goal, before passing to Zuccarello who beat Quick. From that point on, the Kings really took over. Talbot made some big saves, but also a costly turnover behind the net on the second goal. Nonetheless, it was only 2-1 Kings after 2.
-The Kings came out flying in the third, and scored an early goal when Carter was left open in front for a tap in. A few minutes later, Muzzin scored, which essentially sealed the deal for the Kings. They sat back (they only had 4 shots the entire period) and were intent with waiting it out. The Rangers kept peppering Quick with shots, and managed to score on with about 4 minutes left when Hayes scored his 14th.
-Overall, aside from some defensive breakdowns, the Rangers weren’t awful tonight. They had their chances (36 SOG), but Quick played well, and the Kings capitalized on their chances. I think the play of Miller and Fast was a big positive tonight. They both have looked good lately, which is a promising sign as the team moves forward.
The Rangers will go to the land of the hamburglar. Hopefully none of the players get hit with hamburgers during the game. They will face the hot Ottawa Senators at 7:30 on Thursday.
The Rangers host the Kings tonight for the first time since Game 4 of last season’s Cup Finals.
The Kings recently got defenseman Alec Martinez back in their lineup. He scored a goal against the Rangers once, or something.
24 hours after defeating the Hurricanes in a shootout in Carolina, the Rangers return home to face the Western Conference leading Anaheim Ducks in a matchup that features the teams currently holding the two best Presidents’ Trophy odds. Though tied on points (99) with the Canadiens, the Ducks also sit in 2nd place in the league standings having two fewer regulation or overtime wins than Montreal. Right behind the Ducks, who come into New York on a four-game winning streak, are the Rangers, who have 97 points but three games in hand on both Anaheim and Montreal.