Week 5 Results
11/10 vs. Carolina: W 3-0
11/12 vs. St. Louis: W 6-3
11/14 at Ottawa: W/so 2-1
11/15 vs. Toronto: W 4-3
The Rangers were fairly average in three of the four games last week, but they came to the calling against a hot Blues team. Jake Allen came into the game with back-to-back shutouts and having stopped 96 consecutive shots. He surrendered 3 goals on 5 shots and got pulled. Zuccarello was a stand out for the Rangers, tallying 2 goals and 5 assists in the 4 games.
Another solid week for the Rangers, as they stymied their opponents yet again. McIlraith played for Boyle against the Maple Leafs and logged a 11 minutes of ice time, but was a -2 for the game. He has looked good previously, but was shaky against the Leafs. However, moving forward, he is a big body that can provide the Rangers some much needed insurance.
Lundqvist posted his first shutout of the season against the Canes, however he was even more impressive against the Blues, despite surrendering the 3 goals. He held the fort down after the Blues surged from a 3 goal deficit. And once again, Raanta filled in and got another win. He is now 4-0-0 to start his Ranger career. Not too shabby.
Special Teams: B
Their power play was 2-8 in the four games, which is pretty solid, and it looked good overall. It provided the kind of momentum a power play usually provides a team. On the flip side, the Rangers killed off 13 of the 15 times they were short handed, including a 6-6 effort against the Hurricanes. I have to note though, it is bizarre that the Rangers draw the least amount of penalties in the league. They are one of the fastest, if not the fastest, teams in the league, yet continually see very few power plays. Maybe if they were on the man advantage more often, then their power play could find more of a rhythm. Just a thought.