Game 51: Game 1 to prove they shouldn’t sell

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The Rangers are back in action tonight, taking on the very talented Leafs in the first of 13 pre-trade deadline games. This is the first game that the players will have to prove to the leadership in the front office that they should not be sellers.

It’s a tall order for this club, as they are without two of their top players and have looked lost without them. Granted, they looked lost with them, but that’s besides the point. The point is the club needs to actually learn how to play defense and stop allowing so many damn shots.

Leafs Systems

Mike Babcock plays a 2-1-2 forecheck/LW lock depending on game situation. In their own zone, it was a straight up zone defense. On the PP, it was an umbrella and a 1-3-1 formation. On the penalty kill they changed up their strategy depending on the opposition’s setup. Pretty straight forward for a team lacking skill.

Leafs Lines

Zach Hyman-Auston Matthews-William Nylander
Patrick Marleau-Nazem Kadri-Mitch Marner
James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Connor Brown
Leo Komarov-Dominic Moore-Kasperi Kapanen

Jake Gardiner-Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott-Justin Holl
Andreas Borgman-Connor Carrick

PP1: Bozak-Kadri-Marner-JVR-Gardiner
PP2: Matthews-Marleau-Nylander-Brown-Carrick

Curtis McElhinney gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Rick NashMika Zibanejad–Pavel Buchnevich
JT Miller-Kevin Hayes-Mats Zuccarello
Michael GrabnerPeter HollandJesper Fast
Jimmy Vesey–David Desharnais–Cody McLeod

Ryan McDonagh–Nick Holden
Brady SkjeiMarc Staal
Brendan SmithTony DeAngelo

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Chris Kreider (blood clot), Kevin Shattenkirk (knee),  Steven Kampfer (healthy), Paul Carey (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: The first of 13 wins in a row, spoiling the party for anyone who wants them to sell.

Game time is 7pm. Be sure to follow on our Snapchat for in-game shenanigans.

31 thoughts on “Game 51: Game 1 to prove they shouldn’t sell

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Yup…Keep Leaky in….we’ll have to sell….

    Nice goal Leaky

    We are Lundqvist’s Rangers for now….slapping my head

    • Feb 1, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      It was a high danger shot !

      • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:03 pm

        lol….our savior needed a rest from the break….to the pine he goes

        • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:05 pm

          These guys need to play back to back every night … 6 day break hurt everyone !

        • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:23 pm

          You definitely can’t say he would be tired if we make a run and don’t go far … He’s been seeing the bench a good bit , the holiday break, the all star break and the bye week … He’s getting plenty of rest

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    “Granted, they looked lost with them, but that’s besides the point.”

    Is it besides the point? Never underestimate a management team’s ability to convince itself that a sinking ship is actually a luxury yacht just in need of a little polish and a paint job.

    • Feb 2, 2018 at 6:45 am

      In most years I would agree my friend, but not this time. They know what they have.

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    When does spring training start?

    • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Al Trautwig to MSG network: “give me anyone to talk to during the intermission that is not on this team right now. I don’t care who it is, just no one wearing a Rangers jersey”

    • Feb 1, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Dave Winfield is at the game.. someone get Mr. May some skates

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Can gum be poisoned?

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    And I shut off the game…just can’t watch it…there is nothing there

    Lundqvists Rangers culture needs to change….errr I meant to say NY Rangers ….hah..

    • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Ok I’ve figured it out. You’re Joel Lundqvist.

      • Feb 2, 2018 at 1:02 am

        Regarding Leather & Joel—If Leather played on a hockey team, it wouldn’t be Frolunda like Joel Lundqvist—Leather’s team is Fromunda. Like Fromunda Cheese.

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    It’s not entirely Lundqvist’s fault, the defense in front of him is spaghetti soft and slow and lots of mistakes, NYR as a team is exposed again when their goalie plays an avg game.

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Gorton hits the sell sell sell button

    • Feb 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    That is just not fair to blame all on Lundqvist when he’s just had an avg game, no one can be a superman every night.

    • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Fire AV

      Been saying that for a long time


      • Feb 1, 2018 at 9:13 pm

        Team is not ready to play, it’s on the coach. AV’s system doesn’t work anymore, especially with the current team roster.

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    It’s not entirely Lundqvist’s fault, the defense in front of him is spaghetti soft and slow and lots of mistakes, NYR as a team is exposed again when their goalie plays an avg game.

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    This isn’t on Henrik because turnover after turnover rush after rush. Seriously it’s time to turn the page already. There’s teams out there thinking like the Rangers think every year. Yes get in the playoffs and we can win it. Play it smart Gorton because the Rangers do have assets the will bring back a excellent haul .

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Pav isn’t playing to bad

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Boom goes the dynamite! Blow this team up!

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm


    Speed kills, the leafs have plenty of it, and it appears that we lost some?

    Please sign AV to another 5 year extension, what leadership, style, and that technique with the gum. Sorry display from the start, can’t wait for the buffoon to be shown the door!!!!!!!!

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Wow the Rangers had no life tonight. The fans at MSG should ask for a refund as their team didn’t show up.

  • Feb 1, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    oooppps…wrong title for article. Should have said….AV has lost the team for good. Wake up GM of Rangers!

  • Feb 2, 2018 at 6:04 am

    After Sat vs Nashville it should be clear we will not make the playoffs unless every team in front of us goes in the tank. Ill bet we lose on Sat. That should be the last game for AV and his associate head coach. Let Ruff be the interim head and search for a new head coach. Got to get something for the UFA’s as a first priority. After that maybe MacD and or Zucc but only if we are on the upside of the deal. Everyone one to sell wholesale which guarantees nothing. more important to get rid of the coaches and evaluate the players under a new voice.

  • Feb 2, 2018 at 6:47 am

    That was a $121 game for season ticket holders, meaning it was a “premium” game. I guess I had the wrong team’s jersey on to benefit from the experience.

    • Feb 2, 2018 at 7:44 am

      oof. well worth the price to watch auston matthews and the ageless wonder pat marleau i hope !

      • Feb 2, 2018 at 10:16 am

        They are a pleasure to watch, the whole team. hey gave the Rangers nothing except for a few, rare scoring chances. There was a Leaf on Ranger players the whole night.

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