Oilers 5, Rangers 3

The New York Rangers (1-3-0) lost to the Edmonton Oilers (4-2-1) by the score of 5-3, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.

…while I thought the effort was much better than last night in Calgary, losing to the Flames and Oilers by a combined score of 9-4 is never is good thing even in the preseason. Lots of holes on defense as the forwards seem to be losing their man time and again and way too many odd man rushes.

…on the positive side, you can tell these guys are starting to get comfortable with AV's offensive system as all the defensemen were active in the Oilers end, while there was more traffic in front of the net tonight than all of last year combined.

…if this is how Staal plays with a tinted visor, the entire team should be wearing them. This is easily the most aggressive I've seen him on offense in his career.

…and Miller is officially in the mix for a roster spot.

…especially after a bit of a hiccup from the Hrivik-Linberg-Kristo line, who ended up pointless and a combined -7.

…oh those pesky 5-on-3 power plays. One of these days the Rangers will take advantage of them.

…after these last two games, no one can tell me Allen shouldn't be ahead of both Falk and Johnson for the 7th or 8th defensive spot. Having said that, it might be better for his development to get ice time in Hartford rather than sitting in the press box every night in the NHL.

…while he had flashes, I'm still not seeing enough offensive creativity from Kreider. Starting to get a bit worried the Rangers won't be able to count on him for consistent offense.

…Zuccarello continues to be the Rangers only real play maker so far this preseason.

…combined TWO blocked shots for Girardi and McDonagh. WOW!!!!!

…loved Pouliot's willingness to get his big body in front of the net. Guy pretty much set up office there all night.

…another tough, aggressive game for Haley who could be in the mix with Mashinter for the 13th forward spot.

…big fan of Dom Moore wearing the "A" on his chest tonight.

…with so many key players out for the Rangers, it's really hard to get a good read on this team right now. Overall, I haven't been impressed with what I've seen so far this preseason, but with a new coach and a new system it's going to take awhile. Wouldn't be shocked to see the Blueshirts struggle out of the gate, but if they can somehow get to the home opener on October 28th at .500, I'd feel real good about this team going forward.

…Rangers have off tomorrow, then a reunion with Torts on Thursday in Vancouver.

Here's post game reaction:

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Here's video of goals by Staal and Miller…

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