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New York Rangers Score Nine Goals in First Two Preseason Games

Madison Square Garden - Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Madison Square Garden – Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers have come out firing in their first two pre season games, a win/loss split against the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers.

Over the course of the two games, the Rangers netted nine goals by six different goal scorers. Scoring goals is crucial after offseason departures of Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin, who combined scored over 30 goals last season.

There are some names you might expect to see on the score sheet more regularly like Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, and Viktor Stalberg, but the Rangers also got big time contributions from Brian Gibbons, Jayson Megna, and Matt Bodie.

In addition to the goals it was also a positive for the Rangers to see Dylan McIlrath and Brady Skjei get considerable amounts of time on the ice. Both played just under 20 minutes against the Devils with Skjei being a plus three and getting an assist in the win.

Obviously final scores don’t mean much in pre season, especially this early, but the Rangers can take solace in the fact that they’re getting positives out of the games already. Of course on the flip side there’s still things to work on for the Rangers as well, including special teams (1/9 on the power play and 5/11 on the penalty kill) and giving up goals (eight in the first two games).

The Rangers will get a chance to improve in those areas and continue to excel in the goal scoring department when they next skate on Thursday night at 7:00 pm in Boston.

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