Rangers skate to second place, look to overtake Hurricanes


The Rangers moved up to second in the Metropolitan Division with an impressive win over the Penguins on Tuesday night.

The 3-2 victory – which saw goals from Chris Kreider, Frank Vatrano and Braden Schneider – gave the Blue Shirts their 91st point, to overtake Pittsburgh in the division. The team is only 5 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Penguins scored first in Tuesday night’s game, when Brian Boyle scored against phenomenal Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin, but Vatrano’s goal on an assist from Kreider tied the game in the second period. Schneider then struck again for the MSG team, when Artemi Panarin passed the puck to his charging defender for an open look in front of the net.

Kreider then scored on a third-period power-play goal to give New York a 3-1 lead, but another power-play goal by Penguins legend Sidney Crosby brought his team within a point.

Shesterkin managed to hold out the rest of the contest and bring another crucial victory to the Garden. The goaltender continues to post the best save percentage in the NHL.

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The team now has 15 games left and, after resolving some roster issues caused by a succession of list movements, they could be looking to overtake the Hurricanes for the top spot.

New York still has two crucial games against Carolina on its schedule (April 12 and April 26, both at Madison Square Garden). They could potentially overtake the metropolitan rival for the top spot in the division and give them an easier road into the playoffs.

The team currently has a tie for the 10th best odds to win the Stanley Cup trophy, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which lists the team as +2000 odds – meaning bettors would win $20 for every $1 wagered.

The team’s success was largely due to the team’s star roster, with five players accounting for over 50% of the team’s total points. Artemi Panarin (77), Mika Zibanejad (69), Adam Fox (65) and Chris Kreider (64) recorded a total of 275 points, out of 548 for the Rangers squad.

Kreider, meanwhile, is the 3rd leading scorer among all NHL players this season, having found the back of the net 45 times this year – behind only Oiler Leon Draisaitl’s 48 and Maple Leaf Auston’s 49. Matthews.

In the last 5 games alone, the winger has scored 5 goals and made 4 assists, for a total of 9 points.

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