Ho hum, the New York Rangers scored seven goals in their latest game. They continue to lead the NHL in goals scored with 72. Second in the league? The Philadelphia Flyers, who have only scored 57 in as many games.
Hell, the last place team in the NHL when it comes to scoring is the Buffalo Sabres, who have only put up 30 in 16 games. The Rangers: they’re anywhere from 15-42 goals better than everyone else.
Of course, they lead the NHL in goals per game, too, with 4.24. In second are the Columbus Blue Jackets, at 3.36 - and remember, they’re the guys who had a 10-0 game.
The Rangers haven’t scored 10 goals in a single game this season (yet?), but they are leading the NHL in five+ goal games. Via the Elias Sports Bureau:
The Rangers beat the Canucks, 7-2, on Tuesday night, marking the ninth time that the Blueshirts scored at least five goals in a game this season, more than twice as many as any other team. Next on the list is Winnipeg, with four games of five or more goals in 2016-17.
So... the Ranger have scored at least five goals in over half of their games so far this season.
The best part? A lot of them doing this are kids. Six Rangers have at least seven goals this season, and half of them - Kevin Hayes (24), J.T. Miller (23), and Jimmy Vesey (23) still have their best years ahead of them.
Miller and Hayes also lead the Rangers in overall scoring, while Mika Zibanejad (23) is tied for third in team scoring, too.
Vesey is tied for sixth in league-wide rookie scoring, while Brady Skjei - who has no goals, but 10 assists - is tied for seventh, too.
While we probably can’t expect the Rangers to score five+ goals half their season - Hayes’ 34.8 shooting percentage is especially likely to fall, but so are Michael Grabner’s 24.4%, Vesey’s 24.1%, Pavel Buchnevich’s 22.2%, and maybe even Miller, Mats Zuccarello, and Brandon Pirri’s 17.9% - this is all undoubtedly very fun right now, and definitely still gives a lot of hope for the future while we’re at it.