After today’s game, it is clear to say that the New York Rangers have plenty of work to do. The New Jersey Devils outlasted the Rangers in a 4-3 thriller at The Garden. Many of their goals came from the powerplay, making them lose the ability to score on full strength. Mackenzie Blackwood was incredible and had made 47 saves on 50 shots, and helped his team obtain the win in tonight’s battle. Let’s break down what was great and some improvements the Rangers need to make.
What Was Great For Both Teams?
What was truly great for the New York Rangers tonight? Their power-play was the key to partial success as the team capitalized on 3 out of 6 power-play chances. Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and Filip Chytil each registered their first goals for the season on the man-advantage. The Rangers heavily outshot the Devils 50-28, with a lot of those shots coming in the third period. New York could not persevere to the point where they were able to obtain the win. Hopefully, the team will make some changes and be ready for their next matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, January 22.
The Devils on the other hand put together a solid performance on offense. Travis Zajac and Miles Wood each registered a goal, but the big blows to the Rangers came from Jack Hughes. Hughes tallied three points, including two goals. A majority of the scoring came in the second period. Both sides combined for five goals, three from New Jersey and two from New York. Mackenzie Blackwood was the huge difference-maker for the Devils, stopping 47 of 50 shots thrown his way. The power-play kill for the Devils came up big near the end, and they tallied their first power-play goal of the season thanks to Miles Wood.
How Can The Rangers Improve?
Although there were nice performances by the team, there are multiple things to focus on. The reason that the Devils came out and scored early was due to a horrible line change. The line that had gone off the ice should have overlooked to see whether or not it was great to come off. New Jersey took advantage of the play and went on a forecheck with then left Travis Zajac with a rebounded shot. Another negative represented the number of shots taken that didn’t transform into goals. At some points, the Blueshirts were deep in the opponent’s zone, allowing the fans at home to smell a goal, and sooner or later, it didn’t go as planned. Instead, many were blocked or went wide of the net. A helpful suggestion is scratching Jack Johnson and replacing him with Tony DeAngelo for better offensive help and puck movement. Hopefully, coach Quinn and his coaching staff will be able to analyze the videotapes of this game and build team confidence that would transform into the game on Friday!