The Rangers came back home after an impressive road trip looking to build some good ju-ju with the new kids in the lineup. They did not, getting shut out by a very talented and dangerous Winnipeg Jets team. Patrick Laine notched the hat trick, outscoring the Rangers on his own. That sounds worse than it is, since Laine is pretty damn good.
This wasn’t a lack of effort by the Blueshirts. It’s just that Winnipeg is really good. Limiting the Jets to just two goals by one of the best goal scorers in the game today is pretty good. It just so happens that the Blueshirts don’t have any talent or depth to match up to the Jets. Such is life in a rebuild.
On to the goals.
Laine 1, Rangers 0
When Laine gets room to shoot, he’s going to score. He used Paul Stastny as a pick to block John Gilmour from getting his stick on the puck. Kevin Hayes was caught here, and ideally you want him to slide over to get in Laine’s shooting lane. However if he does that, then Stastny has a clear path to the slot for the pass from Laine. It’s lose-lose here.
Laine 2, Rangers 0
Laine is really good, but the Blueshirts let him walk in on this one. The play is to force him to the outside, not gift him a path to the slot.
Laine 3, Rangers 0
At the writing of this post, I couldn’t get the game charts. Sorry.
Winnipeg is a really good team that beat the rebuilding Rangers. That’s all there really is to this one. It stinks to lose, but it’s going to be part of the process until the rebuild is complete. We can take a strong effort with us to smile about, though."Laine 3, Rangers 0",