Game Wrap-ups

Rangers fall for the trap game, lost critical game to Devils

The game they couldn't lose

The New York Rangers are in a must-win situation nightly, and last night’s contest against the New Jersey Devils was one that should have presented an easy opportunity for two points. But the Rangers didn’t show up, and let the Devils score four in the second for a 5-2 loss. This was a game the Rangers couldn’t lose, but they did.

Igor Shesterkin looked rusty and shaky, which is a little expected after two weeks off the ice and only one practice. The Rangers had zero defensive zone coverage all game, which is why they gave up four in the second period. Just an overall sloppy game in the obvious trap game.

Rangers 1, Devils 0 – Fox for Calder

Adam Fox is so, so good. He draws three Devils to him on this rush before dishing to Julien Gauthier. Gauthier quickly circles the net with all three of those Devils with their backs to the slot. Filip Chytil was wide open. Poor Mackenzie Blackwood, no chance.

Devils 1, Rangers 1 – Oof

Not a goal you expect Shesterkin to give up.

Rangers 2, Devils 1 – Swedish Jesus

Fox again with a great play, keeping the zone twice to set this up. Then a nice give-and-go. The Devils are #bad.

Devils 2, Rangers 2 – Rebounds

The Devils got two separate whacks at two rebounds, and one went in. Not the best net-front coverage here, and the Blueshirts’ second period woes continue.

Devils 3, Rangers 2 – Turnovers and missing coverage

Gauthier with the turnover in the offensive zone. But no one covers the third man in for the Devils, and Kyle Palmieri wires it top shelf.

Devils 4, Rangers 2 – Defensive letdown

Don’t really know how the Rangers missed the guy in front here.

Devils 5, Rangers 2 – Too many DZ issues

No one ties up John Hayden’s stick in front, coming after a forecheck forced them into a turnover.

Devils 5, Rangers 3 – They have life

This started with a well executed 3-on-2, even if it didn’t wind up with a shot. The key is getting the puck to Pavel Buchnevich as the third man in, which drew the Devils off their assignments. Eventually Brendan Smith got the puck on net and Greg McKegg got his skate on it.

Devils 6, Rangers 3 – empty netters

Travis Zajac empty netter.

Devils 6, Rangers 4 – At least they scored

No gif on this – sorry.

Shot Heatmap – Not the best

This wasn’t the best game for the Rangers. They ceded quality to the Devils, which isn’t something you want to do when it’s a non-playoff team. Teams have clunkers, but this wasn’t the best time for one.

Skater Results – All quantity, no quality

They won the quantity, but not the quality. A rare occurrence for the Rangers. They really laid an egg.

Luckily for the Rangers, the Isles, Blue Jackets, and Canes are all in slumps. It’s no longer a 98 point target, but a 95 point target. They have 4 regulation losses and 1 OT loss left to give. Doable, but difficult.

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  • If the concept of a trap game exists for a team in their current standing situation, they don’t belong in the playoffs.

    • Amen, Agentsmith.
      However, maybe after losing this game to –of all freakin’ teams!– the Devils…they really don’t have any more leeway/can’t afford ANY more losses against teams they SHOULD beat…or, you’re right, 100%, they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.

  • Last night Quinn said Devils wanted it more. For a team in the playoff hunt that is a hint that they are NOT a playoff caliber team ………..YET !

  • I missed the reason Sam Rosen did not do the game.Cannot find a reason in print?BTW frequently used my high school GO card to go to MSG games during the 60’s.Ratelle was my idol.As was Giacomin who i modeled my goaltender style after.One thing,all of the Cat Francis teams were strong up the middle and were required to play 2 way games.D men like Seiling,Neilsen,Park,Harris and Marotte were all adept at blocking shots the right way.This upright,vertical style which was taught by Tortorella leads to needless injuries((Kreider)and screens goalies.The defense has to challenge skaters more near blueline.We are not good at clearing our own zone and are inferior to good faceoff teams.AV getting his guys to do what his Rangers couldn’t or wouldn’t do.

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