The Rangers’ record since Carl Hagelin returned to the lineup is a perfect 3-0. It is no coincidence that inserting the Swedish speedster’s tenacity into the lineup has led to the Rangers’ first three-game win streak of the season. His aggressiveness, nose for the net and blistering speed create problems for opposing defenders, leading to turnovers and offensive opportunities for the Rangers. His linemates should receive the benefits of Hagelin’s style of play.
He potted his first two goals of the season in the Rangers’ 5-1 win over the Hurricanes, including the game winner midway through the second period. Hagelin’s return gives the Rangers a crucial complementary scoring threat.