My takeaway from last night’s loss to the Red Wings
Another dominating performance stopped by a dominating goalie. Jimmy Howard was incredible last night. He kept the Red Wings in the game when they kept taking penalties back to back to back in the second period. The Rangers controlled possession he entire period, so if your gonna give anybody credit for the Rangers loss, it was Howard.
Or you could give Henrik Lundqvist credit for the loss with his horrible attempt at playing the puck int he beginning of the 3rd period. Luke Glendening took the puck away from Hank, and Drew Miller put the puck in an empty net. For as good as Hank has always been at a number of different things, he may be the worst puck handling goalie I have ever seen.
Chris Kreider is currently playing on another level. Pierre and Eddie Olczyk mentioned it a few times during the NBCSN broadcast, but he looked like a locomotive last night. If Kreider continues to play this way, he will be a Hart Trophy candidate–and I’m not even exaggerating. I will have an article about this in the next couple of days.
Mika Zibanejad also is looking like a beast. Two goals and Three assists through 4 games is no joke, as the New York Rangers look to have stole him away from the Senators.
I thought Brady Skjei played his best game of the season last night. He looked very comfortable out on defense and was an inch away from scoring his first NHL goal off a beautiful deflection. If he can string a couple of those games together, he is going to be pretty good.
Speaking of young kids, Jimmy Vesey has been everything that you could’ve expected so far. He has gotten robbed of about 5 or 6 goals over the last few games. If he continues this play, he could be in the Calder discussion–although I think it will ultimately go to Auston Matthews.