The Rangers not only tightened things up in their defensive zone, but dominated the struggling Oilers with the sort of offensive attack that could help the Blueshirts make a deep playoff run.
What it means: The Rangers have now won six of their last seven games, seemingly hitting their stride at precisely the right time of year.
Though the Philadelphia Flyers briefly reclaimed second place in the Metropolitan Division after earning a point in their overtime loss to Boston earlier in the day, the teams flip-flopped again before the night was over. The Rangers now lead the Flyers by two points, though Philadelphia has two games in hand.
Road Warriors: With Sunday’s victory, the Rangers tied a franchise record with 24 road wins on the season. The only other team in the NHL that has matched that effort? The Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues.
Coming together: Even with veteran forward Martin St. Louis struggling to produce -- the defending Art Ross champ has yet to score his first goal as a Ranger -- the Rangers are rolling offensively. Their fourth line has established a hard, gritty identity. The skilled trio of Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot has been reunited, and Nash delivered with a fine performance Sunday night. The star winger, who has been streaky this season, tallied twice in the middle frame for the Rangers. The latter, his 25th of the season, was a shorthanded marker as the 29-year-old big man seems to be thriving on the team’s penalty kill.
Sitting one out: The NHL education for J.T. Miller continues as the 20-year-old prospect watched Sunday’s game from the press box as a healthy scratch. Miller, summoned from the minors in the wake of an injury to Chris Kreider, seems to be stuck between the AHL and NHL levels. The promising young center has been dominant recently for the Hartford Wolf Pack but hasn’t quite been able to make the same impact for the Rangers at the pro level. Daniel Carcillo replaced Miller in the lineup, skating on a win with Nash and Derek Stepan.