My 3 Rangers stars
- Ryan Strome made a great return from the injury list, scoring the crucial first power play goal and contributing a two-way game. He was effective on the penalty kill and made a key defensive play early, breaking up an odd man rush with a strong backcheck.
- Chris Kreider scored the game winner on a fabulous deflection of a pass from Artemi Panarin. There is no one better than Kreider when it comes to deflections and he proved it again this game.
- Alexandar Georgiev wasn’t challenged much, but he was there when he was needed, especially in the third period when the Devils pushed hard for a goal. The only goal he gave up was off a turnover and on a breakaway. It was a fine game for Georgiev and he appears to be over the issues that he had earlier this season.
- Honorable mentions are deserved by Braden Schneider, Artemi Panarin and Justin Braun.
The official 3 stars
- Chris Kreider
- Ryan Strome
- Artemi Panarin
Thursday night should be a fabulous game as the Pittsburgh Penguins come to Madison Square Garden in a key game for second place in the Division. The Penguins will be one determined team after losing two in a row to the Avalanche as well as their last two to the Blueshirts.
Start time for the game is 7pm and it will be televised on ESPN+/Hulu. The MSG Network announced that they will be providing full pregame and postgame coverage.
Saturday the homestand continues with Ottawa coming to New York, then it’s two days off before back-to-back games against Carolina and the Islanders.