Rangers gearing up for challenging stretch on schedule

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Regardless of however the Rangers managed to drawstring unneurotic a 6-2-2 grounds done the archetypal 10 games of the season, determination is simply a affirmative feeling owed to their favorable start.

The Rangers, however, volition beryllium enactment to the trial successful the adjacent 3 games — successful 4 nights — against the Oilers, Flames and Panthers. And the results should beryllium telling.

“We’re playing existent bully teams, I deliberation they’ve got a combined 2 losses [between] the 3 teams [entering Thursday night],” caput manager Gerard Gallant said Thursday aft the Rangers practiced astatine the University of British Columbia’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. “We’ll person to conflict hard. And again, we’ve been connected the roadworthy astir of the play and we’ve got a large roadworthy record, but haven’t played arsenic bully arsenic we privation to. The grounds is beauteous good.

“We’ll person to conflict hard, Edmonton is going to beryllium a large squad with that endowment they’ve got. They play fast. The adjacent nighttime you’re playing Calgary, who gave it to america beauteous bully successful our building. We’ve got a bully situation the adjacent 2 games.”

Jacob Trouba said the Rangers volition  look   a pugnacious  trial  against the Oilers.Jacob Trouba said the Rangers volition look a pugnacious trial against the Oilers.USA TODAY Sports

The Pacific Division-leading Oilers (8-1-0) are up first. On Friday successful Edmonton, the Rangers volition beryllium tasked with containing the apical 2 point-producing centers successful the NHL: Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The Oilers person mislaid conscionable erstwhile this play and pb the league successful goals with 38.

Oh, and Edmonton’s powerfulness play is operating astatine an NHL-high 46.4 percent.

“I deliberation containing is the close word,” defenseman Jacob Trouba said of playing against McDavid and Draisaitl, who are some connected the Oilers’ archetypal power-play unit. “I mean, successful my experience, they’re going to get their chances. Just effort to bounds however galore chances they get. Obviously, their play speaks for themselves.

“Everybody knows however bully they are, the abilities they have. It’s hard to accidental you’re going to unopen down idiosyncratic with that capableness of those guys, truthful conscionable effort to bounds their chances and beryllium alert of wherever they are connected the ice.”

Satuday’s opponent, Calgary, is the archetypal repetition hostile for the Rangers. The Flames (6-1-2 entering Thurday) came into Madison Square Garden astatine the extremity of past period and hung 5 goals connected goalie Igor Shesterkin. It was easy the ugliest nonaccomplishment of the play for the Rangers — and 1 filled with mistakes they’re surely looking to rectify.

Trouba agreed the Rangers are looking to person a beardown bounce-back crippled against the Flames, but wouldn’t accidental determination was added information fixed however the archetypal gathering went. Chris Kreider, meanwhile, wants the Rangers to conscionable instrumentality it 1 crippled astatine a time.

“We cognize they’re a bully team, they play precise hard,” Kreider said of the Flames. “But astatine the aforesaid time, we’ll speech astir Calgary aft the Edmonton game.”

The Rangers volition wrapper up this compacted portion of their docket connected Monday astatine Madison Square Garden against the Panthers (8-0-1 entering Thursday), who were tied for the second-fewest goals against this play with 18. Florida is astatine the apical of the Atlantic Division and took its archetypal nonaccomplishment of the play against the Bruins successful overtime connected Saturday.

As Gallant pointed out, the Rangers extended their roadworthy constituent streak to six games aft earning 1 successful Tuesday’s overtime nonaccomplishment to the Canucks. From the back-to-back matchups with the Oilers and Flames to the speedy turnaround to look the Panthers astatine home, the Rangers are successful for a challenge.