The New York Rangers are off to a great start to their mini road trip. The Blueshirts 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers was their second win in as many nights. Once again the Blueshirts received fantastic goaltending as the team was outshot mightily, and some surprise contributors made an impact.
Without further delay here is the Game Score chart from the victory and the three stars of the evening.
1.) Henrik Lundqvist | 2.80
Lundqvist made 43 saves against the Panthers on 45 shots and picked up his 30th victory of the season.
The King has won 30 games in 11 of his 12 NHL seasons and the only year he failed to hit that mark is when he recorded 24 wins during the 48-game lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign. The Rangers’ netminder has found his groove for sure and was under fire early and often against the Panthers. Expect Lundqvist to man the crease against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday as the Rangers look to go 3/3 on the trip down south.
2.) Oscar Lindberg | 1.92
Lindberg is an underrated forward who is doing all he can to show the Rangers why he should be on the team next year. Lindberg is a forward who the Rangers will expose during the expansion draft, or they could seek a trade for the young center to avoid losing him for nothing. Against the Panthers, Lindberg notched two assists, recorded a shot on goal, finished with a -2 5v5 Corsi differential but a +2 goal differential. He also was a +5 at the faceoff circle which was No. 1 among Ranger skaters. Defensively Lindberg has proven himself leaps and bounds, and he continues to illustrate that he can contribute offensively no matter the situation.
3.) Tanner Glass | 1.65
Tanner Glass is a player who doesn’t make the highlights very often, but he deserves some credit for how he played against Florida. The Blueshirts’ chief pugilist and truculence compliance officer finished the evening with a goal and an assist.
The tone of the game didn’t lend itself for fisticuffs, and he wasn’t in a situation to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick. Glass is the worst possession player in the history of the NHL, but against Florida, he finished with a +1 5v5 Corsi differential which was helped by two shots on goal. This performance was out of the ordinary for Glass, but there will be no arguments from the Blueshirts because they will take anything he can provide to help the team while he is in the lineup.
The Rangers’ next game is on March 9 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.