The New York Rangers got crushed 7-1 by the New Jersey Devils Friday night. It was a game the Rangers want to forget. The Devils controlled the game from the first shift and the Rangers looked lost in the defensive end. After P.K. Subban kicked off the scoring 4 minutes into the game the Devils didn’t look back. New Jersey jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period before Mika Zibanejad blasted a one-timer set up by rookie Nils Lundkvist while on the power play to cut the lead to 3-1.

Unfortunately, that is where the Rangers highlights end. The Devils would go on to score four unanswered goals to end the game. Two Rangers that really struggled tonight were K’Andre Miller and Jacob Trouba. They both ended the game with -4 +/- ratings and K’Andre might have played his worst game ever in a Rangers jersey. He basically handed the Devils their 7th goal, mishandling the puck and giving up a breakaway which Dawson Mercer capitalized on.

Vitali Kravtsov Injured

Kravtsov left the game early with a “lower-body” injury. While the Rangers did not have an update postgame on his status, Coach Gallant did say he did not believe it was a long-term injury.

Julien Gauthier Impresses

Postgame Gerard Gallant did say that while it’s tough to say anyone played well in a 7-1 loss but he did single out Julien Gauthier. This is the second time in as many days the Gallant has spoken positively about the 23-year-old former first-round pick. If Kravtsov does miss any time with this new injury look for Gauthier to get the first look in his spot.

Familiar Face, New Place

Rangers fans got their first look at Jimmy Vesey in a Devils jersey. Vesey scored the Devils 6th goal of the night. The former Ranger is currently playing on a PTO with New Jersey. Vesey had three solid seasons for the Rangers before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres. The Devils would be the 4th team Vesey has played on in the 3 years since getting traded. I was always a fan of Vesey so I hope he sticks with the Devils and gets his career back on track.

Former New York Ranger Jimmy Vesey scored the Devils 6th goal in their 7-1 preseason win

Highlight Reel Save

Jonathan Bernier made one of the best saves you will see all season. He absolutely robbed Rangers prospect Lauri Pajuniemi of an open net goal. Bernier’s full-extension diving glove save was a fitting end to the Rangers lack of offensive production tonight.

Training Camp Notes

The Rangers assigned Anthony Greco, Jonny Brodzinski, Ty Ronning, Tim Gettinger, Anthony Bitetto, and Keith Kinkaid to the Hartford Wolf Pack after all six players cleared waivers. The team also assigned 2021 first-round selection Brennan Othmann to his junior team, the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League. There are now just 34 players remaining at training camp.

Upcoming Schedule

The Rangers head up to Boston for a game tomorrow with the Bruins. Gallant has already said this will be another experimental lineup so do not expect the opening day lineup to play. After Saturday the Rangers will have two more preseason games next week before heading to Washington for the season opener.

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Kyle Hall

Kyle is a lifelong diehard New York Rangers fan and in 2020 took over as the teams beat writer for Belly Up Sports. Kyle hosts a NY Rangers podcast on the Belly Up Podcast Network called The Broadway Hat Podcast. Kyle also covers USA Hockey and is a credentialed media member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

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