Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider give Rangers a ride

Rangers have needed all the offensive help they can get lately but on Friday it was again two of their stars who prevailed.

Mika Zibanejad opened the gate and Chris Kreider finished it for the top line in another productive night in defeating the Devils.

Zibanejad now has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in their last 12 games and 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in their last 21 games.

Kreider, meanwhile, kept pace in the hunt for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as his 36 goals fell short of only Leon Draisaitl (38) and Auston Matthews (37), who participated on Saturday.

“It’s huge,” said coach Gerard Gallant. “Our top players score big goals for us at the right time. Sometimes you get a little frustrated, the game isn’t going the way you want it to and they make a big move. They do that for us.”

Rangers' Mika Zibanejad (left) and Chris Kreider
Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad (left) and Chris Kreider
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Barclay Goodrow’s presence as a Swiss Army knife continues to be valuable to Gallant as he crafts his lineup for each game.

The veteran forward, who has played in Rangers’ top 6 this season, has spent the last few games navigating the bottom 6. After forming an effective fourth row with Ryan Reaves and Kevin Rooney, Goodrow moved to the left wing in the third row on Friday to play with Filip Chytil and Julien Gauthier.

Gallant made the move after Kevin Rooney went on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, but praised Goodrow for his willingness to play any position on any line.

“I don’t see any difference whether he’s playing right wing, middle or left wing, really,” Gallant said. “He likes all three positions. I think he prefers the middle a bit but he never said a word and he always plays the same way no matter where he plays.”

Goodrow said he doesn’t have a preference for any particular location.

“Not really,” Goodrow said. “I just want to win hockey games. Whatever position the coaches find most helpful, I’m up for that.”

Rooney and Kaapo Kakko, both at IR, did not join the team for their four-game road trip beginning Sunday. Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider give Rangers a ride


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