Read: The Rangers Top Line and How They Are Playing

Mats ZuccarelloAgainst the Islanders on Tuesday, Alain Vigneault put Derek Stepan in the middle of Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello.

Since being put together, Kreider has two goals, Stepan has two assists and Zuccarello has two assists.


According to Extra Skater, at  5 on 5 last night:

  • Zuccarello: 21 shot attempts for, 11 shot attempts against. 16 shots on goal for, 4 against
  • Kreider: 20 shot attempts for, 11 against, 15 shots on goal for, 4 against
  • Stepan: 20 shot attempts for, 11 against, 15 shots on goal for, 4 against

Zuccarello had eight shot attempts, 5 on goal, 1 that missed the net, 2 that were blocked, Stepan had 7 shots on goal, and Kreider had six shots on goal and one shot that missed the net.

They played mostly against Mark Pysyk and Christian Ehrhoff


Stepan said after the game, to SNY’s Nick Licalzi, that the line has worked because “the two wingers are great. Chris’ speed alone is something that makes more space for me and Zucc to make plays and Zucc has been making great plays the last two games and he has been able to back the D off with Chris’ speed and make plays underneath.

Zuccarello told Licalzi, “Kreids is a big body, strong, wins a lot of pucks. Step is one of the smartest players there is. He reads the game well, he is a good passer and smart. I fly around a little bit. It’s going well but we have to stay humble and keep working  the same way. It’s just hard work that makes us successful.”

Carl Hagelin told Licalzi that the line “looks good” and that Kreider’s size and speed compliment how good Stepan and Zuccarello are with the puck.

Adam Rotter: The line has been really effective for the Rangers at creating chances and possessing the puck. It’s three guys who didn’t have the starts to the season that they wanted but have, especially Zuccarello and Stepan, come alive since being put together.