K. Z. B. That’s the intro. Let’s get to the thoughts tonight shall we?
- There are a lot of criticism’s of David Quinn amongst the fanbase and the twitter-verse, but one thing his system encourages is an ability to create amazing scoring chances when the game becomes a track meet.
- While this may cause some high danger chances against, the Rangers are able to generate their own high danger chances with their top 2 lines.
- I focus on the top 2 lines because those are definitely the ones that go out there and can drive not only possession, but have tangible change on the game itself. Whether it’s Panarin, Kreider, or Zibanejad, those top 2 lines have some elite play driving ability.
- It was good to see Chytil get on the scoresheet again as his game has been really good the last 3 weeks or so while playing with Kakko and Howden. I’m of the take that he is going to take huge strides and can be that 2C with Panarin or Kakko riding shotgun with him as early as next season.
- When Zibanejad and Kreider scored 6 seconds apart, you have to wonder if Kyle Dubas was messaging Gorton in the other suite about striking up a deal for Georgiev. The Leafs are in big trouble if they can’t get even average goaltending out of their backups. Georgiev could absolutely provide that stability back there for them after working with Benoit Allaire and Henrik Lundqvist for parts of the last 3 seasons.
- Igor Shesterkin might just be the greatest young goalie in the game and that is furthest from an exaggeration. Against an offense like the Leafs had, he weathered the storm, and really further made a case that he is not only ready for the NHL, but can perform at an above average level. Raw GAA and Save % stats can be deceiving–like any stat without proper context–but you cannot ignore how this guy plays behind this defense. He is like Lundqvist in that he gives the Rangers a chance to win whenever he is in net. He is anything but a liability.
- Has there been a Ranger more on fire post all-star break than Chris Kreider? It took him A LONG TIME to get going this season, but he has really done a good job for himself turning his season around and creating a buzz around his stock again.
- Kreider has always been a streaky goal scorer, so you wonder if this is the year he hits 30…
- Holy crap can Trouba throw punches
- This was a great effort the entire night by the Rangers, much better showing than Monday against Dallas. The future is bright in more ways than one in New York!
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