Despite a less than stellar performance overall, the Rangers broke their two game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Rick Nash opened the scoring for the Rangers 6:30 into the game, beating Hurricanes’ goalie Cam Ward short side with a wrist shot from the left circle, a shot Nash has had success with before. Nash made a great defensive play to create the chance, intercepting an outlet pass from Andrej Sekera in the neutral zone. Read more
The Rangers (27-15-4) were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 1-0. Max Pacioretty scored the only goal of the game. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves, the Rangers took 24 shots on goal.
Good news: the Rangers take on a team that isn’t the Islanders or the Lightning tonight. Those two teams have combined for 5 of the Rangers’ last 8 losses, dating back to mid-November. Instead, a familiar foe in the Canadiens come to visit MSG.
The Rangers have faced the Canadiens twice since their combative Eastern Conference Finals win which saw John Moore take out Dale Weise, Brandon Prust take out Derek Stepan and Alexei Emelin take out Carey Price. Both teams have won a game against the other this season.
The Islanders beat the Rangers for the third time in three matchups this season, this time beating the Rangers 4-1. Jaroslav Halak stopped the first 40 shots he faced before Carl Hagelin ended his shutout with 9 seconds left in the game.
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The Wolf Pack have played another quarter of their season since I first took a look at the numbers, bringing them to the halfway point and the All-Star break. I am using an identical approach as last time to go a bit further than what is available on the AHL’s website, which entails maintaining a spreadsheet that records which players were on the ice for every goal for and goal against. The value of this exercise is breaking down a player’s production by manpower situation, calculating their 5v5 goal differential, and estimating how Ken Gernander allocates out ice time throughout the lineup.