Perhaps the preseason schedule, during which the Rangers packed six video games into 9 days in order that they could possibly be carried out with all of it by Sept. 26, wasn’t fairly the panacea represented by head coach Alain Vigneault.
As a result of in evaluating his personal recreation as a tepid “all proper’ after surrendering three objectives on the primary 18 photographs he confronted within the Blueshirts’ empty-internet-abetted four-2 defeat in Thursday’s opening night time on the Backyard, Henrik Lundqvist was requested whether or not it had taken him a while to grow to be acclimated to the rise in tempo from the exhibition season to this.
“No, it isn’t that,” stated Lundqvist, crushed on a rebound, an influence play one-timer from the best circle and a low proper-circle wrister to stay aspect from late man Tyson Barrie at 17:50 of the second interval that broke a 2-2 tie. “It’s extra that it was my first recreation in 10 days.
“I didn’t anticipate to really feel good, however I used to be increasingly snug as the sport went on.”
The Rangers certainly might have gained this one. They outshot Colorado 39-26 and cobbled collectively various shut-in possibilities towards Semyon Varlamov, who appeared unsteady and not sure a lot of the night time, however managed to make a handful of spectacular level-clean saves when the sport appeared there for the house staff’s taking.
“I do know, however it’s a must to give him credit score,” J.T. Miller stated. “It appeared like they have been sort of hanging on, however he made the stops once they wanted him.”
It’s humorous, although. Even with the 39 photographs — 15 of which have been generated in 9:fifty three of energy-play time — the Rangers by no means appeared sharp or crisp. They didn’t construct shift-to-shift momentum in a match that includes simply forty two:forty nine of 5-on-5 play. Certainly, each of their objectives got here on the facility play inside a 2:30 span late within the second interval, and each have been scored by Mika Zibanejad.
The Blueshirts have been sloppy with out the puck within the impartial zone and on a number of rush reads and coverages. That value them dearly when Matt Duchene slipped house a rebound for a 1-zero lead at 5:29 of the primary, after which once more when Barrie beat Lundqvist for the eventual winner. They usually have been uneven with the puck, with too many passes going unaccountably awry.
“I feel we will clear up our recreation within the impartial zone and minimize down the variety of turnovers,” stated Kevin Shattenkirk, who was clean on the facility-play level in main the Rangers with 23:38 of ice time, but in addition was minus-three regardless of a sixty seven-% Corsi (sixteen/eight). “It undoubtedly was not my greatest recreation. I may be higher in my…