The Rangers are coming into this game off a tough loss to Montreal, a game where they struggled 5-on-5, but the takeaway from this game was that the Rangers are making young, and inexperienced mistakes, which on the flip side is a positive sign.
The Rangers goaltender Alex Georgiev made 38-saves in his NHL debut and played pretty well for the Rangers, a defense with a ton of youth on the back end right now, sporting Rob O’Gara in his Rangers debut, Neil Poink, Tony De’Angelo, John Gilmour the young goaltender fared well in his debut with a list of inexperienced defenseman.
The Rangers struggled later in the game, they controlled much of the first period due to power play time, in which they went 1/4 on and then ran into their own penalty trouble in the second and third period which put them on their heels, with little momentum to get going. Rangers did kill all five penalties Thursday night, but allowed 41 shots and had 14 giveaways.
Well, another loss for the Rangers their eighth in ten games and fifth straight. To a bad Montreal team, and now they travel from Montreal to New York to welcome the hot road team Minnesota Wild. The Wild have taken two road games already this three-game road trip, coming off a win vs New Jersey Thursday night. Minnesota also beat the Islanders Monday night and just last week beat the Rangers at their place, the Excel Center, 3-2.
The Rangers news right now is basically all trade talk, Rick Nash got pulled from the lineup Thursday night as he is expected to be moved real soon, would not be surprised if it was later this day. As well Michael Grabner, as he was traded Thursday night to New Jersey for a 2nd round pick and Russian prospect defenseman Yegor Rykov. Last but not least Ryan McDonagh trade talks have heated up and by the time the deadline comes we can possibly see McDonagh, Nash, and more all gone.
Onto tonight vs Minnesota
Onto tonight though the Rangers, come into this game with their sights probably not set to high, they have lost a handful of games in the recent month and have clearly made it obvious they are looking towards the future right now. Jeff Gorton and Glen Sather have made it clear they want to acquire youth, picks and start a new path to the Stanley Cup.
The Rangers and Wild meet two times all year, per usual, the Wild took the first one as we spoke earlier, and they head to Madison Square Garden for their final road game of the three-day trip. The Wild are trying to secure a playoff spot so don’t expect this team to come out sluggish or have any bus legs. They are in the first wild-card spot with 73 points, on a two-game winning streak, 6-2-2 in their last ten and 13-15-1 on the road. The Wild want to make that playoff push once again and with teams on their tail every point matters. If the Wild win tonight they have a chance to secure a third-place spot in the Central division, with that on the line, we can expect the Wild’s back end and Devan Dubynk to hold the fort down and rally the troops for another win.
Who to watch tonight?
Devan Dubynk, he is 4-3 in his last seven starts allowing 16 goals over that span. Dubynk has picked up six wins over the last month posting 2.68 goals against and .918 save percentage. He has 21 wins on the year with 2.64 goals against and .917 save percentage.
For the Wild on the offensive side of things, Wild’s forward has 3 goals, 2 assists, 14 shots on goal over the last two week. Also, Matt Dumba who has tallied 3 assists and 8 shots on goal over the last two games.
For the Rangers, Kevin Hayes as he has been the Rangers best forward and most consistent player right now scoring in back to back games and tallying eight points over seven games(4 goals, 4 assists). As well as the Rangers young defensive core as they see even more ice time and have the opportunity to make a name for themselves and be around for the future of the rebuild.