There’s not typically a lot bang for the buck in the NHL preseason, so it’s a bonus when followers get to see a participant who all by himself is definitely worth the worth of admission.
That man, on Friday evening in Newark, was the Rangers’ Artemi Panarin.
After spending a lot of the night establishing teammates for futile makes an attempt on web, Panarin despatched a shot from the left circle previous the stick facet of beforehand impenetrable Mackenzie Blackwood 3:48 into the third interval. The Rangers went on to a 2-1 victory at Prudential Center after Okay’Andre Miller scored virtually eight minutes later.
In his first look of the preseason, the 30-year-old Panarin performed an eventful 20 minutes and 10 seconds on a line with Filip Chytil and Vitali Kravtsov.
“You know how Bread is, he’s a special player,” Miller mentioned. “He’s all over the ice. He’s always making plays for us and giving us scoring chances. We missed him a little bit, but it was good to see him back out there tonight.”
Earlier in coaching camp, Panarin expressed disappointment in his efficiency final season, although he notched a career-high 74 assists and totaled 96 factors. But on Friday, he sounded fairly content material with the proceedings.
“It’s always good to get back to a real hockey game,” Panarin mentioned. “A scrimmage and a practice are different things. So I’m happy to be back, just do what I can do, and we win, so …”
During the common season, the Rangers anticipate to roll out a nominal second line that options Panarin in tandem with free-agent middle Vincent Trocheck, however that mixture has but to play collectively in a recreation. Last evening, Trocheck sat out with an sickness.
“I’m not worried about that right now,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant mentioned. “Obviously, I think Fil went in there tonight with Kravtsov and Panarin and played really good, so whatever the line shakeup, at the end of the day we’re getting ready for game one [and] it really doesn’t concern me. We’ve got some top-end forwards and I think they can interchange with different lines.”
Another first-time preseason participant was Barclay Goodrow who, like Panarin, was carrying the “A” as alternate captain. The 29-year-old proper wing, who performed eight extra video games final postseason after coming back from an ankle harm he suffered in opposition to Pittsburgh, noticed just a little greater than 17 minutes of ice time.
“He had a long offseason with the injury and I thought he played really good tonight,” Gallant mentioned. “He’s a character guy that’s important to our team.”
The Rangers may wish to discover a approach to bottle the primary 20 minutes from Friday. They regularly received puck battles, fed the slot and peppered Blackwood with 17 photographs, all of which he stopped.
Louis Domingue’s first actual motion in the Rangers’ web got here midway by way of the interval. Domingue might have phoned in an order of spicy pork and broccoli, the meal he famously ate between overtimes earlier than being referred to as on to play in the Penguins’ triple-OT victory on the Garden in Game 1 of the primary spherical sequence final season.
The possibilities started to even out, and Domingue didn’t get away unscathed as Jack Hughes scored on a top-shelf dart 2:21 into the second interval.
The Rangers trimmed eight gamers from their camp roster, the most important identify being Brennan Othmann.
The Sixteenth-overall choice of the 2021 draft was returned to the Flint Firebirds of the OHL, for whom he scored 50 objectives and 97 factors final season.
Othmann, 19, collected two assists in two preseason video games. He was not eligible to be despatched to Hartford of the AHL.
The Rangers had the choice of enjoying the precise wing in as much as 9 regular-season video games with out triggering his entry-level contract, however the workforce shipped him out earlier than the three-day team-bonding train subsequent week in Providence.