New York Rangers Game Thread: 11/9, Oilers at Rangers

Benny Pouliot is back in town.

Game Fourteen, the Edmonton Oilers at the New York Rangers
Record: 6-5-2

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Despite scoring four goals last night the New York Rangers came up short and suffered their first regulation loss of November. Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin, and Rick Nash all beat Jonathan Bernier and tallied goals for the Blueshirts, but the Rangers allowed five goals in regulation, including a few special teams goals, and came up short. All in all, it was a pretty frustrating game filled with a lot of mistakes from Matt Hunwick, Conor Allen, and Mike Kostka. Hopefully the Rangers replacement blueliners get their act together tonight against the Oilers.

Tonight the Rangers are going up against the banged up Edmonton Oilers who are without their best player, Taylor Hall. The Oilers were playing some pretty exceptional hockey about a week and a half ago, but lately they have come back down to earth. Here's hoping the Rangers get back to two games above a .500 record and welcome former Ranger Benoit Pouliot back to the Garden with a defeat.

The New York Rangers' November Schedule

Jets at Rangers, 7:00 PM 11/1 (SO loss.)
Blues at Rangers, 7:00 PM 11/3 (SO loss.)
Red Wings at Rangers, 8:00 PM 11/5 (Win.)
Rangers at Maple Leafs, 7:00 PM 11/8 (Loss.)

Oilers at Rangers, 6:00 PM 11/9

Penguins at Rangers, 7:00 PM 11/11
Avalanche at Rangers, 7:00 PM 11/13
Rangers at Penguins, 7:00 PM 11/15
Lightning at Rangers, 7:00 PM 11/17
Flyers at Rangers, 8:00 PM 11/19
Rangers at Sabres, 7:00 PM 11/21
Canadiens at Rangers, 7:00 PM 11/23
Rangers at Lightning, 7:30 PM 11/26
Rangers at Flyers, 1:00 PM 11/28
Flyers at Rangers, 1:00 PM 11/29

Mike's Player to Watch: Anthony Duclair

Alain Vigneault has said he will only keep Duclair up with the Rangers if he can continue to give the kid time as a top nine forward... yet he just played him with Tanner Glass and Kevin Hayes on the fourth line. In a lot of ways Duclair has been the replacement for Benoit Pouliot (well, him and Lee Stempniak), so it would be fitting for him to have a big game against the Oilers tonight. Every night is a big night for Duke, who is still trying to prove that he belongs despite constantly showing us magic and creativity in the offensive zone. There is a lot of room for him to grow in regards to completing his game, but there is no denying that when Duke has the puck everyone should be excited.

Let's go Rangers! Enjoy the game and the thread. Hope you have all had a great weekend.