Game 58: Lucky Sevens

February 16, 2017, by

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The Rangers are in Brooklyn tonight to take on an Isles team that got spanked by the Leafs the other night. They had won three of four prior, and given it’s the Rangers, I’m assuming the Isles will be coming out to avoid another spanking tonight. But the Rangers have a unique opportunity to extend their win streak to seven while also delivering a blow to the Isles’ playoff hopes.

Matt Puempel will return to the lineup, and Pavel Buchnevich will be a healthy scratch. With the trade deadline coming up, this could also be one of the last games you see the roster as currently constructed. But I just like feeding the trade rumor wolf. It’s fun. Should be a good Rangers crowd tonight in Brooklyn.

Isles Systems

Jack Capuano has been fired by the Isles, and replaced by Doug Weight. On the forecheck, they appear to rotate between a 2-1-2 and a 1-2-2, but use both aggressively. In the defensive zone, it looked like an aggressive zone, likely a hybrid strong side overload/zone. On the penalty kill, it looks like a wedge+1. The powerplay is mostly overload, but they work in a 1-3-1 every now and then.

Islanders Lines

Anders Lee-John Tavares-Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier-Brock Nelson-Ryan Strome
Andrew Ladd-Casey Cizikas-Nikolay Kulemin
Jason Chimera-Alan Quine-Stephen Gionta

Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey-Scott Mayfield
Calvin de Haan-Dennis Seidenberg

PP1: Strome-Tavares-Bailey-Lee-Leddy
PP2: Nelson-Quine-Beauvillier-Mayfield-Boychuk

Thomas Greiss gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Jimmy VeseyDerek StepanRick Nash
Michael GrabnerKevin HayesJT Miller
Matt Puempel–Oscar LindbergJesper Fast

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalNick Holden
Brady SkjeiAdam Clendening

PP1: Zibanejad-Hayes-Nash-Miller-McDonagh
PP2: Stepan-Miller-Kreider-Zuccarello-Holden

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Injuries/Scratches:  Brandon Pirri (healthy), Pavel Buchnevich (healthy), Kevin Klein (sick)

Crazy Prediction: A hat trick for Puempel, just so we can watch the world burn when Buchnevich is scratched again the next game.

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. Chuck A says:

    Burn, baby burn

  2. joe719 says:

    Every time the Isles have threatened, Marc Staal has been on the ice. We can complain all we want on this site about Girardi, but to me, Staal is the real problem. The guy is just filling in a sweater—–there is nothing there. No hits, can’t make a pass, has no shot, constantly gives up the puck—-and his instincts are just not there anymore; if they ever were. He is just a giveaway waiting to happen.

  3. Bloomer says:

    Rangers open the scoring with a goal from one of their good for nothing defencemenm

  4. Leatherneck says:

    I beg to differ on Kreider….he saved a goal…has had a few hits…..but Staal…oh yeah….I also think he is worse than Girardi
    Vesey has been real good tonight

    • Chris F says:

      Girardi gets burned alot, but his effort is rarely in question. Staal can be, and sometimes is, pretty solid, but he seems to disappear and stop playing hard far too often.

  5. Bloomer says:

    The fishsticks always seem to find a way to beat the rangers.

  6. joe719 says:

    Just PATHETIC!!!!!!! 2 1/2 hrs of my life I’ll never get back! If you’re not going to at least try to match the intensity of the opponent, then forfeit!! Once again, they make a 2nd division club look like contenders. Were Kreider and Zabanejad even in Bklyn tonight—or did they miss the bus? Again, PATHETIC!!!!

    • paulronty says:

      Intensity is the ability to force your will on the opponent, which seems to often go missing when most needed by the Rangers.

  7. Spozo says:

    Errrrr merrr gerrrddd 6 game win streak is oooovvvvererrrrrr. Seasssson is overrrrrr!!!

  8. Ranger 11 says:

    It’s as if the Asslanders still feel it’s a rivalry and the Rangers don’t really care. How many times are we gonna see them play harder and fight for loose pucks more the. Us? I realize they need the points more but isn’t there any pride there to say we’re not gonna let them keep beating us. They’ve beat us 6 of the last 7 times and every game we turned the puck over a few times to give them goals. It just looks like they want it more then us always. It’s like watching a tape when we’re behind our net with the puck and they hit so,some who loses the puck or makes a bad pass right to them and they score. I’m really tired of the same story every time we play them.