On a day where there was a lot of trade speculation for Patrick Kane, the NY Rangers had a game to play and that would take place at Little Caesars Arena, as the Blueshirts take on the Detroit Red Wings. For New York, Jaroslav Halak took the reins in net while Ville Husso stood opposite for Detroit. Before the game, the Rangers announced that forwards Jake Leschyshyn and Vitali Kravtsov would sit for roster management reasons.
Note from Dave: Welcome Johnluke to the team! He produces the podcast now, and will be chipping in with posts here and there.
UPDATE: Vitali Kravtsov and Jake Leschyshyn will not be available to play tonight due to roster management reasons.
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It was a long night for New York as they went down early, tied it briefly but didn’t come back. Former Ranger Andrew Copp would open the scoring in the first period with a shot past Halak at 15:33 of the first. Going into the second, Vincent Trocheck made a nice defensive play and wound one past Husso to tie the game at 6:06 of the second.
That would be it for New York, as Detroit would score three unanswered goals courtesy of Filip Zadina, Michael Rassmusen and Filip Hronek to seal the deal at 4-1. New York outshot Detroit 31-23 and did not execute on their two power play chances. Halak had a decent game in net by saving 19 of the 23 shots faced to him, all while the Ranger defense let Detroit get prime scoring chances against him.
A controversial moment happened in the second period when Ryan Lindgren got a stick up in the face of Michael Rassmusen, which led to a bit of delay as the officials went to determine whether the hit was a five minute major or only a two minute minor penalty.
Previously, Detroit forward Dylan Larkin was ejected from a game versus Washington where a similar play occurred with Larkin’s stick going up against Oshie. Larkin would be ejected from the game as he was given a five and a misconduct and then fined after the game. Lindgren was not given the major penalty and only served two minutes.
Overall, the team had some spurts offensively in the Red Wings zone but their defensive effort struggled all night and was ultimately their downfall. New York drops their second in a row and look to rebound on Saturday at 1PM against the Washington Capitals in D.C.