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Frank Seravalli The Daily Faceoff put together a list of the top 15 trade targets as we close out the second month. Amongst the list is former Ranger J.T. Miller, whom is among several Canucks players that might become available given their start to the season.

There's a lot working against this one though, especially with the Rangers now talking to Strome about an extension. While Miller can also play wing as well as center, the challenge will likely be trying to fit the $5.25M salary into the roster for next year, not to mention what they would do after next season when he becomes a UFA.

The 28 year old forward (29 in March), certainly has done well in Vancouver, putting up nearly a point a game (141 points in 146 games), and could well want out if the Canucks decide to rebuild. Alternatively, the Canucks might want to keep much of their current team, and certainly someone who has been such a good fit there.

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Igor Shesterkin 12/3
Left the ice without being able to put weight on his leg, did not look good
 
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Sammy Blais 11/16
Blais will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL
 
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Earlier this year the Rangers won by a margin of nine goals as they beat the Flyers 9-0. How many times has the margin been bigger?

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Shoot To Thrill
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 6:51:54 PM - November 15, 2021

After a five day layoff, the Rangers got back on the ice Saturday in Columbus, to see if the time off had been well spent.  With concerns over the offense, particularly at 5v5, as well as a paucity of shots, the focus for Gerard Gallant and his team had been how to generate more chances, and therefore more goals.

After 20 minutes in Columbus, it looked as if the team had learned nothing in between gamges, but a span of 90 seconds, as well as some good signs in the follow-up win on Sunday, may point to a Rangers team that is starting to learn a few things.

Twenty thoughts about the games this weekend:

  1. EIGHT IS ENOUGH: Of the eight goals scored in the 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets, and the 4-3 shootout win over New Jersey, seven were scored at 5 on 5.  Only Chris Kreider's PP goal which made the score 5-2 in Columbus on Saturday was not at full strength for both team

  2. A season high 41 shots were put on goal for each of the two games this past weekend, you have to go back the better part of eight years to come up with consecutive games when the Rangers matched that feat
  3. In Saturday's game, Chris Kreider scored his team leading 11th goal and 7th on the power play.  That ranks him 3rd and 1st overall in the NHL as of the conclusion of Sunday's games

  4. Artermi Panarin seems to have taken the time to adjust his game, putting up 6 shots in each of the two games, and scoring twice in Columbus.  In the thirteen games prior to Saturday he had scored twice and had just 21 shots

  5. WHAT TIME'S THE GAME?  While both games started well for the Rangers, it was the opposition who ultimately scored the first goal in each.  In Columbus it was Jacob Voracek who scored his first of the year on the power play, beating Shesterkin through a screen off a partial rush.  Against New Jersey it was Jesper Bratt who beat Georgiev on a breakaway

  6. Speaking of breakaways.... Alexandar Georgiev has developed a bit of a reputation for struggling against them, and the Bratt goal reinforced that notion, but the Bulgarian born netminder had the last laugh, stopping one during OT, then stopping 3 of the 6 shots, as well as poke checking a 7th away to come away with the shootout win

  7. IT'S BEEN A WHILE: It's been 35 games since the Rangers last played a shootout, a 3-2 loss to the Sabres back on April 3rd.  Coincidentally, the last time they won a shootout was also in the 15th game of the season last year: 3-2 also with Georgiev in net.  Georgive is now 6-2 lifetime in shootouts

  8. NOT A GOOD WEEKEND TO BE A GOALIE: First Igor Shesterkin got crushed by Alexandre Texier with less than 7 minutes to go in Columbus, with Patrik Nemeth driving his opponent into the netminder.  Shesterkin was ushered off the ice to go through the league's concussion protocol and did not return - still picked up the win though.  Then Mackenzie Blackwood was similarly sent to the lockerroom on Sunday in the seventh minute of the third period, after Kaapo Kakko drove to the net and made contact as he put the Rangers up 3-2 at the time.  Blackwood also would not return

  9. Speaking of Kakko, he picked up his first assist and first goal of the season on Sunday, in what was his 11th game of the year, and then added a timely shootout goal to make it 3 from 5 in his career.  The former number 2 overall pick has not had the best of luck to start the year, and it was starting to wear on him, including missing a fairly open net earlier in the game, and having an assist taken away against Florida after the play was called offside

  10. Alexis Lafreniere also got on the board with the Rangers second goal of the game against New Jersey, breaking a six game drought that had included him spending time on the fourth line

  11. The king of offense for the Rangers though, remains Adam Fox.  With a goal and two assists in the two games, he continues to lead the Rangers with sixteen points through fifteen games

  12. With another win in Columbus, the Rangers have now won three straight in the Buckeye State, as well as three games overall, including an earlier 4-0 win at MSG.  The three game winning streak in Columbus matches a similar three game span from January 16th, 2015 to April 4th, 2016 when they also won three.  The overall record though is a seven game streak in that same timespan

  13. SPEAKING OF STREAKING: The Blueshirts also extended their winning ways against New Jersey to seven games.  They completed last year with six straight wins, and have now matched their best winning streak over their neighbors, set back on March 27th, 2008, when the Rangers beat New Jersey for the seventh straight time.  The home win streak against New Jersey is now at three games, with the highest being a five game span that went through to October 13th, 2008

  14. With a pair of wins this weekend, the Rangers are now 7-0-2 against teams ranked 11th-32nd in the league in terms of Win Percentage.  Conversely they are are 2-3-1 against the other nine teams in the top ten, with wins coming over Florida (ending their hot start) and Toronto (before their hot start)

  15. SUCH A TROUBA Aside from Fox, who has been otherworldly, has their been a better defenseman for the Rangers this season than Jacob Trouba?  He picked up a goal and two assists on the weekend as well, including the game winner in Columbus

  16. Shesterkin <> Bad Goal.  Except that he did on Saturday, allowing a rising wrist shot from a bad angle to Eric Robinson.  It gave Columbus a 2-1 lead, which 1:46 seconds later changed to a 4-2 Rangers lead on the back of goals to Kreider, Panarin and Trouba - good to know they've got his back

  17. Prior to this weekend, the Rangers had been outshot in 10 of their first 13 games.  They managed to make it 10 of 15, and improved their record to 4-0-1 when outshooting their opponents

  18. The Rangers are 6-0-2 when scoring first this year, but improved to .500 when trailing first after two wins this weekend.  They're now 3-3-1 when they give up the first goal of the game

  19. Despite having given up more goals than they've allowed, the Rangers are 6th in the league with 21 points in 15 games for a Win Percentage of .700.  The next team to have a negative goal differential is the 20th ranked Detroit Red Wings who have 18 points from 16 games

  20. WHAT WAS SIX IS NOW FIVE: Saturday's game against the Ottawa Senators has been postponed to a later date yet to be announced due to a COVID outbreak.  The Rangers had been scheduled to play six games in nine nights, beginning last Saturday, now they'll get a little break between Thursday's visit to Toronto and the visit by the Sabres on Sunday


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