Rangers coach Alain Vigneault had promised the Rangers would get back on track, and it seems he has delivered as the Rangers could potentially be just two points out of first place if they can find a way to beat the Boston Bruins tonight at MSG.
7-7-2 is certainly a much less dismal record than the Rangers’ 2-5-2 record they had leading up to this four game winning streak that started with the heart-racing, comeback win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Halloween.
Now the Rangers are proving to the league that they’re a force again as the likes of Kevin Shattenkirk, JT Miller, and Mika Zibanejad lead the offensive surge that has propelled the Rangers to score 18 goals throughout this four game winning stretch.
After posting another come-from-behind win against (one in which Sam Rosen announced to the world he was “ready to consume… the pizza!”) the Rangers have still expressed defensive struggles and inconsistencies that still need to be addressed.
Given the nature of the Bruins and the current situation with the Rangers encouraging Vigneault to key-in on a stronger defensive showing, look forward to a tight-checking and low-scoring contest.
Player to watch
Henrik Lundqvist has posted a streak of games that has given the Rangers the extra saves and the added chance to get a win in each of the last four games. Though he has allowed 3 goals against on average over the streak, his performance in making the key saves is not registered on the stat sheet.
Lundqvist typically struggles in October throughout his career and even considering his struggles were particularly noticeable this year, he almost always rebounds in November.
The 35-year-old has played with a will and intensity to prove he is not slowing down athletically and mentally like some people suggested. He is 25-12-2 all-time against the Bruins with a .936 save percentage and 1.93 GAA.
Rangers Projected Lines
Chris Kreider — Mika Zibanejad — Pavel Buchnevich
Rick Nash — Kevin Hayes — Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey — David Desharnais — J.T. Miller
Michael Grabner — Paul Carey — Jesper Fast
Ryan McDonagh — Nick Holden
Brady Skjei — Kevin Shattenkirk
Marc Staal — Steven Kampfer