The New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers by a score of 4-2 on Thursday evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The loss snapped the Blueshirts’ six-game win streak and it was a game in which the team didn’t deserve to win. Here’s how the game went for the Blueshirts in terms of Game Score.
1.) Brady Skjei | 1.75
The Rangers’ rookie defender came to play against the Islanders and was arguably the team’s best player. He was a beast regarding possession with a +7 5v5 Corsi differential, fired two shots on net while blocking three shots.
Additionally, Skjei picked up his 24th and 25th assists of the season and now sits second among Ranger defenders in points with 27. Among NHL defenders Skjei is eighth in even strength points with 23 which is ahead of defenders such as Kevin Shattenkirk, Jacob Trouba and Ryan Suter. The Blueshirts really have a gem in Skjei, and it has been amazing to see him blossom during the 2016-17 campaign.
2.) Jimmy Vesey | 1.05
Vesey scored on the power play for the Rangers and it was the second game in a row in which he tallied a goal.
The goal was his 14th overall on the season and put the Rangers within a goal of tying the game. The former NCAA standout took four shots on goal and was neutral in all other categories that factor into Game Score. It was a straightforward game for Vesey who has been playing better as of late on the Rangers’ second line, and he continues to show potential. Through 56 games Vesey has a stat line of 14-8-22 with a shooting percentage of 16.5 percent.
3.) Mats Zuccarello | 0.92
Zuccarello had a good game against the Islanders. The Rangers’ skilled winger picked up an assist and blocked a shot in just over 18:00 of ice time.
Zuccarello sent the Rangers to a power play after being hooked on a golden chance in front of Thomas Greiss during the second period. Regarding possession Zuccarello finished with a -1 5v5 Corsi differential against the Islanders. The Blueshirts’ dish master now has 31 helpers and 42 points through 57 games.
4.) Rick Nash | 0.92
Nash had another solid game for the Rangers in which he was all over the ice trying to make things happen. The Rangers’ veteran winger picked up his 12th assist of the season on a goal scored by Vesey on the power play. Nash took three shots on and was also a +3 in the Corsi department. The only negative element of his stat line vs. the Isles was a penalty taken, but it was a bogus call in which he was shoved into the goaltender. Nash continues to find ways to contribute for the Rangers, and he’s looking dangerous when he isn’t scoring goals.
5.) Nick Holden | 0.90
Holden has had a rough few games over the past two weeks for the Rangers, and he returned to form against the Islanders. The former Colorado Avalanche blueliner scored his ninth goal of the season after exiting the penalty box. It was a brilliant play that was executed after some nifty work started by Skjei and Zuccarello.
In addition to his scoring, Holden finished with two shots on goal, two blocked shots and a +1 Corsi rating at even strength. This season Holden has done a decent job overall logging major minutes, and his stat line is up to 9-18-27 through 57 games. This is very notable since Holden finished the 2015-16 campaign with a stat line of 6-16-22 in 82 games played. Holden has his flaws, but all-in-all the Rangers have benefited from having him on the roster.
The Rangers’ next game is Sunday February 19 at 12:30 p.m. against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden that will air on NBC.