Analysis on the Rangers’ first preseason game.
Preseason games are not usually the most exciting events in the NHL. The Rangers preseason opener against the New York Islanders was no different. In a game full of penalties and constant stoppages in play, fans and coaches alike were still able to see the great potential this team has.
The Rangers seventh overall pick Lias Andersson made his NHL debut along with college free-agent signing Neil Pionk. Both of these players were absolute standouts and have a great chance to make the team out of camp. Andersson was doing everything right in all three zones while Pionk’s name was consistently mentioned by Sam Rosen.
On the flip side of things, the Rangers were presented with multiple opportunities on the man advantage. The Rangers appeared to have picked up where they left off as they did not capitalize on the power play and went 0/8 on the night.
The game ultimately came down to one goal as both teams remained scoreless at the end of regulation. Ondrej Pavelec and Brandon Halverson did a solid job protecting the net. For Pavelec, this hopefully means success in his time with the Rangers as the backup to Henrik Lundqvist.
With open ice and more chances for both sides, Neil Pionk out of Minnesota-Duluth scored the game-winning goal in overtime on a spin around move commonly found in the NHL video game. This sent the Rangers fans home happy and excited as the future showed up on Broadway.