Pre Game Analysis
Tonight the Rangers will take on the Flyers and look to get the win. Heading into the game the Flyers sit 1 spot above the Rangers in the standings but both teams sit out of the playoffs. This is a very important game for both teams because the 2 points, in the long run, could determine a playoff berth for both teams. The Rangers also lost Pavel Buchnevich and Adam Fox late today due to the COVID-19 list.
Key players for the Rangers are Chris Kreider, the team’s second-best defender Ryan Lindgren, and rookie Defenseman K’Andre Miller. Kreider will need to keep up his good play tonight or even elevate it with the absentness of Pavel Buchnevich. The two defensemen will also need to step it up with the absentness of an elite NHL defenseman in Adam Fox.
Flyers 2, Rangers 0, at the end of the first period. The Flyers got 2 goals in the first 5:05 of the period provided by James van Riemsdyk and Ivan Provorov. Shots on goal were 11-6 in favor of the Flyers and everything else was pretty equal. the one thing the Flyers did much better than the Rangers though was blocking shots, the Flyers blocked 5 compared to the Rangers 0. Heading into the second the Rangers need to play with more heart if they want to win.
Flyers 3, Rangers 3, end of the second period. The Rangers came out buzzing and playing with heart in this period. The stats stayed pretty even except for shots on goal. The Flyers registered 0 shots on goal in the first 11 minutes of the period and were outshot 7-12. Artemi Panarin opened the scoring for the Rangers on a cross-ice assist from Tarmo Reunanen who is playing in his first NHL game tonight, Panarin also had 2 assist giving him 3 points in the period. Then Colin Blackwell scored on a 2 on 1 on a pass from Panarin. Julien Gauthier then scored on a breakaway where he hit a speed of 23mph. Heading into the third, the Rangers will be on a powerplay for the first 1:45 of the period.
Flyers 4, Rangers 4, end of the 3rd period. This was an even period in almost every aspect. It was not a very entertaining period with a lot of back and forth. The Rangers goal was scored by Kevin Rooney on a dump and chase assisted by Brett Howden. The Flyers goal was scored by Claude Giroux on a powerplay. The Flyers outshot the Rangers 11-5, so with a lack of shooting and a bad powerplay the Rangers did not have a good period, to say the least.
Flyers 5, Rangers 4, end of the game. The Rangers would lose this game in overtime on a turnover by goalie Keith Kinkaid. Kinkaid came out to play the puck and tried to make a pass to Panarin who was at the red line. Jakub Voráček would intercept the pass and come in on a breakaway and score.
The Rangers cannot win a game by playing one good period, no team can. In the end, their 3rd best penalty kill failed twice tonight and the team having the 27th worst powerplay really showed. The one positive is we got 1 point from the overtime but you can’t win games playing the way they did tonight.