Game Wrap-ups

Goal breakdown: Rangers dominate Senators to open season 2-0

The NY Rangers dominated the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 win

The Rangers went to Ottawa looking to build momentum off their season opener win over Winnipeg, and that they did. The Blueshirts dominated the lowly Senators, with Mika Zibanejad leading the way. The Rangers’ top center notched a hat trick, with a goal at each strength, and an assist to give him 8 points through two games. Spinning those sick beats must be helping.

The top powerplay unit showed how good they are with tremendous puck moving ability and creativity. The new defense pairings looked good. Eventually Lias Andersson found himself as the 3C, swapping with Brett Howden, but both had pretty strong games. All around solid by the club.

Rangers 1, Sens 0

Ottawa just kind of lost Zibanejad here, but that’s what happens when that top unit gets moving and controls the puck. Eventually the PK just breaks down, and that’s what happened here.

Rangers 1, Sens 1

Marc Staal absolutely mauled Brady Tkachuk here, but he still wound up with the goal. Nothing you can do about it, just a hockey goal.

Rangers 2, Sens 1


Rangers 3, Sens 1

Wow again.

Rangers 4, Sens 1

Another powerplay goal, and again creativity reigns supreme. This time it was Artemi Panarin’s turn.

Shot Heatmap

Now this surprised me a bit because the Rangers dominated, but that’s an interesting shot heatmap. The Rangers actually didn’t get many chances from high danger areas at even strength. Just interesting.

Expected Goals

Ottawa was actually getting the better quality chances at even strength based on this. It ties into the shot heatmap, which is also at even strength. It makes logical sense, since the Rangers scored twice on the powerplay and once shorthanded. This needs to be taken with a grain of salt though, since the Rangers were out on top early and score effects play a role here.

The Blueshirts looked a lot better last night compared to Thursday night, but again it’s Ottawa. Even though it is the Senators, there are a lot of positive takeaways from the game, specifically the special teams, the defense pairings, and the play of the kids. Now a week off because of the NHL schedule.

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  • I would say that we won the Zib-Brassard trade. and BTW, we also got a 2nd round pick out of it too.

  • A very entertaining game indeed if one is a Ranger fan. Not only was I impressed with the Zib trio, I really liked the way the Rangers broke out of their own end and their quick transition. Howden and Anderson continue to grow as players and the Rangers PP hasn’t been this deadly since the Leetch, Zubov days. Hockey is back in the Big Apple.

  • Cautionary note, we need secondary scoring —- and Strome is killing those around him. I see no reason why DQ shouldn’t try Lias in the 2nd line role, not that I think it would be a permanent solution to the 2C crisis but he surely couldn’t do any worse than Strome right now.

    • Agree, Strome has been pretty lousy. He should probably center the 4th line. Seems to me that Lias and Howden should get shots at 2C and if they aren’t working there then Namestnikov.

      That being said, I believe they are trying to have the youngsters build their confidence before putting them on the 2nd line. Seems that is how DQ does things.

      • I know that there are always 10 differing considerations for who plays where and when, but right now Strome is looking terrible at center — 2nd line or otherwise. I say move him to the wing for now and let him play out of his funk. I think Andersson and Howden could be interchangeable — I have no issue with Lias even playing some as the 4th line center, but for God’s sake DQ please roll the 4 lines and get that 4th line 10+ even strength minutes and add a couple of minutes on the PK for Lias. I would even try Names at 2C or consider calling up Chytil (I would think the message was sent to him concerning his play when they sent him down for a couple of games). Point is, what DQ is doing with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines really isn’t working, at all.

        • Testing Vlad N at 2C would be my choice for a bit. I don’t think anyone else in the lineup who can play C currently has the hands to effectively play with kreider and Kakko. At least Names will be able to control the puck sometimes in the offensive and distribute the puck to kakko for some potent shots. Kreider can dig out pucks and haunt the crease. Decent second line there.

  • I didn’t see Andersson as a 3rd C, all the lines are mixed in the 3rd period. But what I know is Andersson only got 10:10 ice time, by far the lowest of all Rangers while Howden played 17:44, I don’t know any NHL team with their 4C playing major minutes like Howden. With all your enthusiasms about LIas, I see him going back to Hartford pretty soon. Let’s face it, Andersson is Vinni Lettieri without a good shot.

    Names had a bad game, so did Strome.

    Hajek and Fox played well, Fox as a rookie who was playing his 2nd game is impressive. Hajek is good but he needs to stay off the IL.

    Mika had a great game, but how good is Panarin? The guy is lethal weapon anytime he’s on the ice.

    Trouba is a stud, what impress me the most is not his goals and assists, it’s how good he is in the defense zone. Very impressive. The guy is only 25.

    • Larry

      Take that burr out from under your saddle, the Andersson kid will be around probably longer than you posting here………….

    • I don’t see Andersson or Howden going anywhere. They are both going to be NHL caliber forwards. How much upside they have is yet to be determined.

  • Mika’s 3rd Goal breakdown: On this 2 on 1 odd man rush, Mika saw Andersson was on his wing and he told himself ‘Oh No, it’s Lias…I better shoot the puck myself…’ and he scored. That’s how Mika got his hat trick last night.

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