Game 48: Desperation mode

January 21, 2018, by

rangers kings Rick nash

The Rangers lost yesterday in a less-than-comforting effort to the Colorado Avalanche. Tonight they travel to LA to kick off their Pacific coast road trip with three tough games against LA, Anaheim, and San Jose. All three will test the shorthanded Rangers. And if our Blueshirts want to stay relevant in the playoff race, they will need a bunch of points.

It may seem alarmist to say desperation mode, but that’s where we are right now. Injuries have crippled the Rangers, who weren’t even playing well to begin with. Now they look worse and are dressing a good amount of players that are either career AHLers or at least started the season in the AHL. They are going to need some luck, but you create your own luck by playing a full 60 minutes. The latter is in their control.

Admin note: As you are all aware, these games start very late and end in the wee hours of the morning. All of us at BSB have regular jobs and such, and cannot stay up that late for a recap. So there won’t be any recaps the next three games. Sorry folks.

Kings Systems

Daryl Sutter was shown the door last year after a long run in LA. John Stevens is the new man in town, and I will have to update this with the systems he deploys.

Kings Lines

Alex Iafallo-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson-Adrian Kempe-Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford-Nick Shore-Trevor Lewis
Marian Gaborik-Torrey Mitchell-Jussi Jokinen

Jake Muzzin-Drew Doughty
Kurtis Macdermid-Alec Dream Crusher
Derek Forbort-Christian Folin

PP1: Brown-Kopitar-Toffoli-Doughty-Muzzin
PP2: Pearson-Kempe-Gaborik-MarIHateYou-Macdermid

Jonathan Quick gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Rick NashMika ZibanejadPavel Buchnevich
Mats ZuccarelloJT MillerVinny Lettieri
Jimmy VeseyDavid DesharnaisPaul Carey
Daniel CatenacciPeter HollandJesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh–Nick Holden
Brady SkjeiSteven Kampfer
Brendan Smith-Tony DeAngelo

PP1: Nash-Zuccarello-Buchnevich-Zibanejad-McDonagh
PP2: Vesey-Miller-Desharnais-Skjei-DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Chris Kreider (blood clot), Steven Kampfer (healthy), Kevin Hayes(contusion), Marc Staal (lower body), Michael Grabner (flu).

Crazy Prediction: The fourth line doesn’t play in the third period, with five minutes left, and down a goal (I can’t believe that qualifies as a crazy prediction, but nowadays it does).

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. Joe Cafardo says:

    When you look at the Kings lines…..I see….oh….6 goals to 1?

  2. Stevem says:

    I saw Hayes as doubtful, Staal as a game time decision, and Grabs probable.. so if Staal plays I wouldn’t mind Smith sitting in favor of DeAngelo.. but Smith for ALL his warts has snarl and the Kings are a heavy team.. so maybe Smith plays and the kid sits

  3. wwpd says:

    Kings D lines 🙁 Dave.

  4. Stevem says:

    Grabs is a go.. Staal still a game time decision, No Hayes

  5. Stevem says:

    Here’s my recap so far.. we were real good in the first.. and we really suck so far in the second

    • Bloomer says:

      Pretty much sums it up…Rangers are skating well in 3rd but not many scoring chances to show for it.

      • Stevem says:

        Did you hear that stat between periods? Gave up 3 PPG’s in a period for the first time since February 2009. That stings

  6. Stevem says:

    Effing deadline cannot come fast enough.. for all that is holy I want this team blown up

  7. Walt says:

    It’s getting harder to watch everyday!!!!!!!

    • Stevem says:

      Walt, I know you have been a fan for a long long time, but in your opinion, which were the toughest teams to watch, if not this one?

      • Walt says:

        In the mid to late 50’s, thru the early 60’s before we got guys like Park, the GAG line, and that era began………..