The New York Rangers picked up their third consecutive victory on Tuesday evening at Madison Square Garden by a score of 4-1 over the Anaheim Ducks. Henrik Lundqvist was sensational and it was another strong performance by the King on his “rebound” tour. It is no secret that Lundqvist hasn’t been his usual dominant self for the Rangers, but it is far to say that the rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the top performers from the Rangers’ victory.
1.) Henrik Lundqvist | 3.55
Lundqvist had his busy game of the season against the Ducks and it was a true gem. Lundqvist faced 44 shots and stopped all but one of them. His 43 saves are a season high. During the Rangers’ three-game win streak Lundqvist has stopped 108 of 113 shots and posted a goals-against average of 0.47 and a save percentage of .956. It is safe to say he is getting into a rhythm and that is great for both him and the Blueshirts. Alain Vigneault was very happy with his performance and had this to say after the game.
“There is no doubt that Hank was on top of his game right from the start,” Alain Vigneault said after he recorded his 600th career victory as an NHL head coach. “They had long possession times in our end. He made key saves at the right time and gave us a chance. We were able to get a couple of odd-man rushes that we were able to bury and win the game.”
2.) Michael Grabner |1.76
There is a short list of players in the NHL who have more goals than Michael Grabner. That list includes Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter, Alex Ovechkin and Cam Atkinson. At even-strength Grabner leads the league with 24 goals and Auston Matthews is just behind him with 22 goals. It is simply amazing the impact Grabner is having night in and night out for the Rangers, and the rest of the league has been unable to contain him.
Marc Staal had the following to say about Grabner after the game. As a D-man he is miserable to play against. He’s always poaching, he’s got that long stick and speed. He’s great at anticipating plays. When he’s right, he gets good looks. When he does cheat, most of the time if it doesn’t work out he is quick enough to get back and recover.”
Grabner led the Rangers in shots on Tuesday with six, won a faceoff and had a 5v5 goal differential of +1. In the possession department, he was a -7, and it was a rough night overall for most Rangers.
3.) J.T. Miller | 0.89
J.T. Miller is going to get paid, and it is hard to see the Rangers getting mad when you consider how he has developed. Once again the Rangers’ forward made a difference with his playmaking ability, and he finished the evening with two assists. Miller’s overall game score suffers because of a tough night regarding possession in which his -14 differential was tied for worst on the team. Overall Miller is up to a stat line of 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points in 53 games played. Last season in 82 games Miller scored 22 goals and added 21 assists for 43 points. Safe to say he is going to smash those numbers and establish career bests in 2016-17.
Miller’s overall game score suffers because of a tough night regarding possession in which his -14 differential was tied for worst on the team. Overall Miller is up to a stat line of 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points in 53 games played. Last season in 82 games Miller scored 22 goals and added 21 assists for 43 points. Safe to say he is going to smash those numbers and establish career bests in 2016-17.
4.) Oscar Lindberg | 0.85
Lindberg played a very efficient game for the Rangers, and he’s looked better since stringing some games together. The Rangers’ pivot had double hip surgery during the offseason and was slow out of the gate. On Tuesday he scored a goal on two shots, finished with a forward best -1 5v5 Corsi differential and was neutral in the faceoff circle and goal differential. Lindberg clearly is a talented player, but is a forward who could end up being a trade chip for the Rangers at the deadline.
5.) Pavel Buchnevich | 0.70
It is odd that a player as talented as Buchnevich is getting playing time in the single digits in terms of minutes. In a short amount of time, he’s shown great promise with six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 21 games. Against the Ducks Buchnevich connected with Lindberg for a goal, and once again he showed his ability to make a play in a tight spot. In addition to his two shots on goal, Buchnevich finished with a 5v5 Corsi differential of -3, which was third best on the team in a game in which the Ducks dominated the play.
The Rangers’ next contest is on Thursday at Madison Square Garden vs. the Nashville Predators.