The New York Rangers finished 1-2 last week, a stretch featuring plenty of mistakes on the ice, mind-boggling line changes, and benchings.
The New York Rangers didn’t have the best of games last week as they constantly found themselves playing from behind after their win on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks. What followed was a shootout loss in New Jersey and a failure to come from behind loss to Toronto on Saturday.
Last Week’s Results
- 12/19/17 vs Anaheim: W 4-1
- 12/21/17 @ New Jersey: L 4-3 (SO)
- 12/23/17 vs Toronto: L 3-2
Here are a few highlights from last week’s action:
Paul Carey had a career game against Anaheim on Tuesday as he scored two goals in a game for the first time in the NHL. New linemate David Desharnais assisted on both goals in the Rangers 4-1 win.
His second goal of the game:
On Thursday night in New Jersey, Jimmy Vesey scores his seventh of the year against Devils goalie Cory Schneider:
Nick Holden scored off a rebound front a shot taken by Chris Kreider to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead at the time:
At home against Toronto on Saturday night, Jimmy Vesey scored the Rangers first a goal of the game which cut Toronto’s lead down to 2-1:
J.T. Miller finds the back of the net in the third period to bring the Rangers within one, but that is how the game ended as the Rangers lost to Toronto 3-2:
It’s A Power Play Goal
Unfortunately, Rangers fans didn’t hear that call by Sam Rosen. The team was 0-of-12 with the man-advantage last week. The Rangers have begun a downward slide and are currently 13th in the NHL on the power play as 19.8 percent efficiency is not how the Rangers want the power play to look. Some of this is due to Mika Zibanejad’s injury, but most of it is the Rangers trying to do too much with the man advantage.
Jimmy Vesey has been playing extremely well. He scored twice last week to up his goal total to eight on the year.
There is plenty to chose from but for this week the first and second power play units made the top. The team has dropped three spots in the rankings and has no power play goals in the last three games.
On Tuesday, Mike Zibanejad return to the Rangers lineup after missing nine games with a concussion.
OFFICIAL: #NYR Jesper Fast suffered a quad strain last night at NJ and will be sidelined for 2 to 3 weeks.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) December 22, 2017
On Friday, it was announced that Jesper Fast suffered a quad injury during Thursday nights game against the Devils and will be out of the lineup two to three weeks. For now center, Boo Nieves will take his spot in the lineup.
The Winter Classic
It’s starting to look a lot like…A hockey game! #WinterClassic pic.twitter.com/PMic1aZjD1
— Citi Field (@CitiField) December 21, 2017
The transformation has begun at CitiField. The Rangers and Buffalo Sabres will be playing in the Tenth addition of the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2018.
Next Week’s Schedule
- 12/27/17 vs Washington
- 12/2/29/17 @ Detroit