FINAL: Oilers 5 Rangers 3

First Period:

  • Marc Staal from Mats Zuccarello
  • Taylor Hall
  • David Perron

Second Period:

  • David Perron (PPG)
  • JT Miller from Arron Asham and Chris Kreider
  • Ben Eager (SH)

Third Period:

  • Jordan Eberle
  • Dan Girardi (PP) from Ryan McDonagh and Benoit Pouliot



Adam’s Thoughts:

  • JT Miller was probably the best Ranger tonight and has probably vaulted himself from afterthought who will start in Hartford to probably the top candidate to take one of Carl Hagelin or Ryan Callahan’s spot.
  • The rest of the young players have, as Joe noted in the case of Oscar Lindberg, leveled off. They have their moments but the more they play during the preseason the more it seems that they need some time in Hartford. Marek Hrivik is probably best positioned, of the group with Danny Kristo, Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg, to make the team out of camp.
  • I hope that on Thursday against Vancouver the Rangers dress what will likely be their opening night lineup. That full group needs a game together and the guys on the bubble should play on Friday in Vegas.
  • Marc Staal had another strong game and another goal. Besides the visor he looks like the All-Star player he was before his injury.

Rangers game notes:

Team Notes:
–      The Rangers continued a three-game Western Canada road trip with a 5-3 defeat against the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Rexall Place.
–      New York is now 1-3-0 overall in preseason action, including a 1-3-0 mark on the road.
–      The Rangers notched one goal in five power play opportunities (1-5, 7:38), and are now 2-6 (33.3%) with the man advantage in the last two games.
–      The Blueshirts out-shot the Oilers, 27-22, including a 24-15 advantage after the first period.
–      New York out-hit Edmonton, 19-14, with five players being credited with two or more hits in the contest.
–      The Rangers won 34-65 faceoffs (52%), led by Derick Brassard’s team-high, 11 faceoff wins (11-21, 52%).
Player Notes:
–      Marc Staal notched a goal and led all skaters with five shots in 19:47 of ice time. He has tallied a goal in each of the last two games.
–      J.T. Miller registered a goal and won 8-14 faceoffs (57%) in 14:40 of ice time, while making his preseason debut.
–      Dan Girardi tallied a power play goal, registered four shots on goal, tied for the game-high with three hits, and led all skaters with 25:20 of ice time.
–      Ryan McDonagh recorded a power play assist and two hits in 24:57 of ice time.
–      Benoit Pouliot tallied a power play assist and three shots on goal in 16:58 of ice time.
–      Arron Asham and Chris Kreider each registered an assist on J.T. Miller’s second period goal.
–      Mats Zuccarello tallied the lone assist on Marc Staal’s first period goal, and logged 19:02 of ice time.
–      Martin Biron made 17 saves and is now 0-1-0 in two preseason appearances.