Game 52: Cody McLeod returns to Nashville

February 3, 2018, by

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The Rangers, after failing to show up against Toronto, are now in Nashville to take on my Cup pick. It should be a teary reunion in Nashville, as noted enforcer Cody McLeod returns for the first time since the Rangers grabbed him off waivers. I kid, of course. Mostly making fun of Thursday night’s broadcast where McLeod was seen as a savior by Sam and Joe.

As for the actual game, I don’t expect much anymore. Pavel Buchnevich got added to the walking wounded with a concussion. So now the Rangers look more like the Wolf Pack than the Rangers. But hey, if it helps drive them towards the proper decision to sell, then I’ll take that silver lining. I will never root for them to lose, but I really do dislike how they play right now. Show some emotion every now and then.

Preds Systems

Peter Laviolette likes to have his team throw two different forechecking looks at the opposition. The first look is the 2-1-2 forecheck, and once the they get a lead, they tend to switch to a more conservative 2-3 left wing lock. Both systems send two forecheckers into the zone, but the 2-3 leaves one forward high in the zone, while the 2-1-2 sends an additional forechecker  in deep. The 2-12 also allows defensemen to join the forecheck.

In the defensive zone, the Laviolette play a low zone collapse. This creates a logjam in the high-priced real estate, but gives some leeway at the point for puck movement. On special teams, the Preds play an umbrella powerplay and a hybrid penalty kill.

Preds Lines (expected – I wrote this Friday)

Filip Forsberg-Ryan Johansen-Victor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala-Kyle Turris-Craig Smith
Scott Hartnell-Nick Bonnino-Calle Jarnkrok
Miikka Salomaki-Colton Scissions-Austin Watson

Roman Josi-Ryan Ellis
PK Subban-Mattias Ekholm
Alexei Emelin-Yannick Weber

PP1: Smith-Johanssen-Forsberg-Arvidsson-Subban
PP2: Fiala-Turris-Sissions-Ekholm-Josi

Pekka Rinne is in net.

Rangers Lines (expected – I wrote this Friday)

Rick NashMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
JT MillerKevin Hayes-Jesper Fast
Michael GrabnerPeter HollandPaul Carey
Jimmy VeseyDavid 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), Pavel Buchnevich (concussion)  Steven Kampfer (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: The New York Rangers get rebranded to the New York Wolf Pack.

Game time is 8pm. Be sure to follow on our Snapchat for in-game shenanigans.

Categories : Game Thread


  1. Ray says:

    Fun fact: DeSharnais has one more even strength point than Zibanejad.

  2. JERRY MALEY says:


    • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

      Why get them involved in this shitstrom and get no ice time when V benches em …. leave em out of this

    • Eugene says:

      There are 2 option

      1. AV asking for firing

      2. They are tanking the season

  3. Chris.C says:

    My Prediction tonite – DeAngelo get a goal.


  4. Bloomer says:

    Crazy prediction Lord Leakqvist breaks his stick over the crossbar after letting in a high danger shot.

  5. Bloomer says:

    Rangers play better when they get angry. Preds getting away with murder out there.

  6. Chris F says:

    F@#$ the NHL!

    • Chris F says:

      Boarding on Smith. No call.
      Interference on Hank. No call.
      Head hit on Staal. No call.
      Elbow to the head on Vesey. No call.
      Holland goal. Waived off.

      Preds playing like a bunch of roided up rec league douchebags, and haven’t been down a man once, instead they get 4 PPs.

      I’m about to punch my tv.

  7. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Well Sieveqvist fans… High danger shot again from Subban ? Lmao

  8. Bloomer says:

    Atta boy JT…we got us a hockey game

  9. Rich S says:

    The rangers needs to start shooting the puck at the linemen and the referees head and maybe then they will start protecting these young men!!!!!!!!!!
    Ron Duguay tells us all what we already know…..teams are playing physical with the rangers because they can…..the rangers reputation as a soft team is now RESULTING IN CONCUSSIONS ………Thank you AV , your style of play and your system………abysmal…….Time to go get a Matt Martin , an Evander Kane and maybe a Dylan McIlrath………
    Anyone who thinks the NHL is no longer a ”’physical league”’ and that you dont need any physical players needs to think again!!!!!!
    Prime example of why AV teams will NEVER win a cup!!!

    • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

      And yet some dummies wanna bring our two picks up ! For what ? To get killed and barely any ice time …. Let the sieve sieve it up… Till next year !

    • John B says:

      If only we had someone like Cody McLeod in the lineup to deter this type of stuff.

      Oh wait we do?

      Well shit.

    • Bobby B says:

      Rich S, we have been preaching to choir for 3 years now. Martin/Kane/McIlrath ( redo) are all available, and of course a coach who knows these types of players value. You might not win a cup right away, but you will win RESPECT! Softest non physical team in the league, are now the whipping boy’s of the NHL. Very difficult to watch.

      • odielicious says:

        I say it all the time, this team is soft and it is led by the first line of Nash, Zibenijad, Zuc. All three have had rough head injuries.

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      Cody McLeod arrived, 3 concussions happen in 2 games, 1 likely ending Marc Staal’s career, and the only Ranger to stand up for his teammates is Brady Skjei. When is McLeod going to punch someone? Any defenders of Neanderthal hockey care to explain this correlation?

      • Rich S says:

        Having played and refereed and coached a little I will answer your question…..Teams which are soft/non-physical will get the crap beat out of them because the other teams know that they can get away with this stuff without retribution! If you heard Ron Duguay last night between periods he said the same thing. .’.”teams are playing physical with the rangers because they can”’…..
        and the result is…..CONCUSSIONS… you can thank mngt and AV AV , Why do you think the penguins went out and traded for Ryan Reaves?????
        When a Matt Martin , an Evander Kane, a Dylan McIlrath…are playing the whole team steps up, gives even the non physical players some courage to hit back knowing someone on the bench has their back……

        • Mancunian Candidate says:

          Gimme a break Rich. I asked if anybody can address the fact that McLeod has played 2 games, witnessed 3 teammates receiving concussions, and has done NOTHING about it?

          If McLeod is a real deterrent, why is this happening? If he’s a “leadership” guy, why is this team’s #2 defenseman dropping the gloves for his teammates instead of McLeod? Answer the dang question, don’t trot out tired rhetoric, maybe?

          • Rich S says:

            Cant explain why he seems to be ”’Neutered”’ since he got here…….How does a guy who lead the league in penalty minutes over past 5 year period seem so passive??? Perhaps AV influence….
            Ron Duguay said it last night, this team is soft and thats why they take so much punishment….their opponents KNOW they can take liberties with them……without retribution!!!!! Or do you think he does not know what he is talking about?
            Never the less , have you ever seen a team get so abused game after game???
            What is your solution? Answer the dang question, don’t trot out tired rhetoric.

      • HARLEMBLUES says:

        MC you and others just don’t get it. What kind of Hockey was NVille playing? The Rangers take to much punishment game after game. They don’t dish it out it’s take take take. When has a Ranger run another teams player or delivered a face smashing elbow. The game is nasty. It’s not fights it’s elbows, sticks and down right disrespect. Flip lined Vesey up and crushed him late. No Ranger did a thing. It’s starts with the coach.

        • Rich S says:

          Spot on comments HB………Attitude, desire, perseverance, aggressiveness, HOSTILITY and talent win hockey games ….not turning the other cheek!!!!!
          Fred Shero said it best….take a straight line to the puck and get there with bad intentions!!!!

        • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

          Harl … That makes to much sense for MC to grasp … He’s an idiot

          • Mancunian Candidate says:

            McLeod arrives, 3 Rangers are concussed in the 2 games he plays, he doesn’t drop the gloves, and you guys defend him? Only one word for him, and for you: WEAK.

            • Rich S says:

              Ron Duguay said it last night, this team is soft and thats why they take so much punishment….their opponents KNOW they can take liberties with them……without retribution!!!!! Or do you think he does not know what he is talking about?
              Never the less , have you ever seen a team get so abused game after game???
              What is your solution? Answer the dang question, don’t trot out tired rhetoric.

              • Mancunian Candidate says:

                Rich, you aren’t very smart, so I’ll say it once again: your claim is that guys like McLeod “protect” their teammates. Why then has this supposed tough guy kept the gloves on while his teammates are going down faster than soldiers in WWI? Why has his supposed ability to protect his teammates not been on display?

                If your preferred style of hockey answers these questions, then why in the living hell hasn’t McLeod done something to protect his teammates? Why are you making excuses for a tough guy too scared to do his job?

              • Rich S says:

                By definition you are insane……doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result!
                ANSWER THE QUESTION >>>>>>
                Never the less , have you ever seen a team get so abused game after game???
                What is your solution? Answer the dang question, don’t trot out tired rhetoric.

              • Mancunian Candidate says:

                Rich, you utter dolt—answer the question here: what is McLeod doing on this roster if he’s not “protecting” people? You continually ignore the fact that a tough guy is now on this team, and simultaneously with his arrival the Rangers suffer 3 concussions in two games—and this supposed protector does nothing? Where is the deterrence? Where is the protection? That’s the question I asked first and you refuse to answer.

              • Rich S says:

                mc….I already answered the question …..above….but here is my answer again…
                Cant explain why he seems to be ”’Neutered”’ since he got here…….How does a guy who lead the league in penalty minutes over past 5 year period seem so passive???PERHAPS AV TOLD HIM NOT TO FIGHT!!!! I HAVE NO IDEA WHY HE IS ON THE ROSTER!!!!! HE SHOULDNT BE!!!!
                NOW answer my question…..unless you cant!!!
                What is your solution? Answer the dang question, don’t trot out tired rhetoric.
                Also it sounds like you think you know mor than ron duguay…..here again, is what he said…..Ron Duguay said it last night, this team is soft and thats why they take so much punishment….their opponents KNOW they can take liberties with them……without retribution!!!!! Or do you think he does not know what he is talking about?

  10. Rjcy says:

    Unwatchable. As a fan and as a man. NO ONE goes after Emelin or Forsberg? NO ONE?????? Speed league my butt. This is a contact sport, snowflakes. It may now be a faster contact sport, but it will always be what it is. Grow up. Guys are getting hurt. You don’t complain to the teacher (ref); you handle it.

    • Jerry says:

      Love your “You don’t complain to the teacher….” comment. Right on point!

  11. Stevesse says:

    I predict AV fired by the end of the week. Shows no passion even with blatant illegal hits.And Skjei looks awful. How many giveaways? How many flubbed passes?

  12. odielicious says:

    Gather this was a rough game to watch. Missed the whole thing. Look it is going to be darkest before the sun rises. I saw the ice time… did staal get hurt? If not I bet he is on his way out in the next few days.

    • Chris F says:

      He took a head shot from Emelin. Left the game and never returned.

      Vesey also took a reverse shoulder/elbow to the mouth. He also left the game.

      And Smith got boarded.

      No calls on any of these plays.

  13. Richter1994 says:

    2 games for the Cody McLeod era and 3 Rangers concussed and one bloodied.


    So fans that are calling for thugs thinking that it helps the team have to join us in the real world of today’s NHL.

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      He’s not there to deter or really protect. He’s there so they have at least one guy with balls to dish it out. A guy who hits with bad intentions. One guy isn’t going to stop teams from running the Rangers players and that’s now what’s happening. It’s a team effort but Rangers have to many nice guys. This is on AV it’s his kind of Hockey. He needs to go.

      • Richter1994 says:

        Evidently the Rangers already had their “enforcer.” Thanks Brady.

        I wold have told my players to knock the Preds’ best players into next week. Screw the game.

        The coach is a POS, how casual he was about having 2 of his players seriously hurt like that.

  14. Jerry says:

    It’s going to be very interesting to see how the League views these two hits.

    My take is Forsberg’s hit on Vesey was much more a flagrant foul then Emelin hit on Staal.
    Staal was on his way down. A case can be made Emelin left his feet.
    On Vesey, I don’t see how Forsberg does get some compulsatory games in the press box.

    One thing is for sure, Vesey is one tough kid.

  15. Jerry says:

    Richter my friend.
    There is a world of difference between a Ron Reeves or a Cody McLeod type of player compared to a Tom Wilson/Wayne Simmons/Matt Martin type player. “Thug” vs hard, tough player.
    The latter three can bring something to the table besides fighting.

    I feel, and I do not mean to speak for others, that most here would like to see a tough player who can actually play the game, on the Ranger’s team. I sure would.

    I don’t think McLeod was claimed JUST for his fighting ability. In his defense, he did try and go with Ellis and Watson, both who declined.

    Laviolette, a head coach who actually has the ability to adjust against different opponents, saw a Ranger team that has a well deserved league wide reputation for being soft, had the Preds play a FAR MORE physical game then they otherwise play. Laviolette adjusted, while AV fails to grasp that concept.

    Our team needs a serious make over.

    • John B says:

      The Nashville Predators always play that type of game.

      But we won’t allow that to get in the way of another #narrative.

      And Matt Martin is so effective he’s being scratched. Tom Wilson and his 2 goals away from Ovie is so “effective” away. Those total 9 (including all the goals from Wilson) goals between the two of them, that’s what’s sinking our season, yes.

      Wayne Simmonds is another douche, ala Marchand.

    • Walt says:

      Laviolette has a load of experience coaching against AV from his days in Philly, and knows first hand that AV has been neutered for years. His style stinks, and he will eventually have a player hurt real bad with his hands off, no fighting back philosophy. I hope that both Staal, and Vesey aren’t hurt too bad, but this clown has got to be replaced, last week would have been fine with me!

      • Richter1994 says:

        Very interesting point bro, I was listening to the first period on the radio and Dave Maloney said “these teams are not rivals and have no competitive juices going against each other.”

        Well, it was clear that Laviolette used the Rangers’ passive tendencies against the players and their coach. That effing gum chewing POS stood there just shaking his head. Eff that, he should have been in the refs’ faces sticking up for his players.

        I’m telling you, I really think that he wants to get fired and sit home collecting the rest of his contract. Good effing riddance.

    • Richter1994 says:

      Jerry, I agree my friend, we’ve talked about this.

      I am talking to the Ranger fans who think guys like McLeod and Glass add value to the team. They don’t.

      I was very pleasantly surprised that Carcillo could actually play and he changed my mind about him. McLeod and Glass are stiffs and serve no other purpose than to take up a line up spot.

      We are on the same page my friend.

  16. Spozo says:

    Who remembers that time Stepan wasn’t flattened in to the boards by a late hit that broke some ribs because the big bad Mcilrath was also on the ice.

    • Jerry says:

      Fair point Spozo.

      On the other side of the coin, the Pittsburg brain trust, who certainly are more knowledgeable then I am, TRADED for Ron Reeves. I’m guessing here they didn’t get Reeves for hist skating abilities, nor his play making and I doubt they thought he was going to score 20 goals.
      They got him so their skilled players weren’t pushed around as they were in last year’s playoffs. Sullivan, another example of a coach who knows how to adjust, doesn’t dress Reeves against opponents like the Canes, who are less physical.

      Getting back to McIllrath. Anyone who has watched the Rangers over AV’s tenure clearly can see he does not want his players to drop the mittens. McIllrath was CLEARLY not an AV favorite, so he might have been a bit reluctant . I don’t know for sure and neither do you. What is irrefutable is McIllrath certainly does not shy away from the rough stuff. Also what is a fact and not conjecture is that in the playoffs where the Pens dispatched us in 5 games. McIllrath was dressed for the only game we won, while the worthless Dan Boyle was dressed for the four we lost. I am not saying McIllrath was the reason we won the one game we did, what I am saying he certainly wasn’t the reason we lost the other four.

      • roadrider says:

        I guess that’s why every other NHL organization was drooling over the prospect of obtaining McIlrath for a bag of pucks after the Rangers so unjustifiably let him go …. Oh, wait. The two NHL organizations that have had Dylan’s services for the past two seasons have allowed him a total of 5 NHL games including exactly none this season.

        The guy simply can’t play, no matter how tough he is (which as others have pointed out prevents nothing). Its really that simple.

        • Jerry says:

          Re-read my post RR. No where did I say he was the next Shea Weber.

          I stated a FACT, and not conjecture, relating to the 5 game Pittsburg embarrassment of the Rangers in the playoffs.

          And by the way, he’s still in the Detroit Organization and NOT playing in Europe, as one here so boldly acclaimed. So they must feel he has some value.

          My points were clear. I addressed Spozo’s comment about McIllrath being on the ice when Stepan had his ribs broke.

          Personally I don’t think AV gave him a fair shot.
          Also the kid suffered a horrendous knee injury in training camp which would be horrible for any skater, much less a big man who possessed limited skating abilities to begin with.

          When given the chance he played hard for this team, which is far more than I can say for many who are wearing the uniform presently.

          • roadrider says:

            Why don’t you re-read MY post? When did I say anything about Shea Weber? There’s a huge, yawning gap between being a marginal NHL player, which is something Dylan McIlrath has yet to achieve and being Shea Webber.

            Do you really think Dylan freaking McIlrath would have made a bit of difference in the first-round playoff loss to Pittsburgh n 2016?

            Yes, its a fact that Mcilrath was dressed for the one game the Rangers won in that series. But it IS conjecture to assert (without providing any evidence) that his presence in the lineup was the deciding factor in that game or that his absence was the deciding factor in the other games.

            Let me help you out here with some actual evidence that makes a mockery of your argument about the 2016 PGH series. In that one game the Rangers won McIlrath played a total of 9:07 and recorded exactly 0 (zero, zip, zilch, nada) hits. Dan Boyle ALSO played in that game and had MORE THAN TWICE AS MUCH ICE TIME!


            So how do you conclude that McIlrath was somehow more responsible than Boyle for that win?

            Yes, McIlrath suffered a bad injury that limited his abilities and probably cost him whatever NHL potential he had. That’s regrettable but it doesn’t mean he should be granted a position on an NHL team based on what he might have been (which was probably a 6th or 7th D anyway). Lots of guys have suffered career-ending or career-limiting injuries. Its too bad but guys are judged on their CURRENT abilities not past promise.

            Trying to blame McIlrth’s failure to become an NHL regular on “not being an AV favorite” is just silly. Did AV tell FLA and DET to keep Dylan in the AHL? Does AV have some mysterious, Svengali-like influence on those organizations? McIlrath has failed to become an NHL regular because no NHL organization values him as such. Its unlikely that they’re all wrong.

          • Spozo says:

            He played more NHL games under AV than any of the other two organizations he has been with. How on earth is that “AV not giving him a fair shot”???

  17. Larry says:

    AV was asked about how he feels ref’s no call on those 2 hits to the head of the his Ranger players…

    AV replied:” I can’t comment on that otherwise I am in trouble…”

    Mr. AV, your two players got hit in the heads and they might get concussions from those illegal hits, and there were no calls from the refs…YOU CAN’T EVEN STICK UP FOR YOUR PLAYERS WHO MIGHT GET CONCUSSIONS??!!


  18. Larry says:

    AV was asked about how he feels ref’s no call on those 2 hits to the head of the his Ranger players…

    AV replied:” I can’t comment on that otherwise I am in trouble…”

    Mr. AV, your two players got hit in the heads and they might get concussions from those illegal hits, and there were no calls from the refs…NO RETALIATIONS DURING THE GAME, AND YOU CAN’T EVEN STICK UP FOR YOUR OWN PLAYERS WHO MIGHT GET CONCUSSIONS DURING THE MEDIA INTERVIEWS ??!!


  19. Rich S says:

    AV’s lack of concern and care for these young mens safety is APPALLING! If I was Veseys or Staals Dad the next time I see AV, I just drop him……..so he knows what it feels like to have a concussion!!!!!

    • Bobby B says:

      Again clean house, keep the core of younger players with team friendly contracts. Then surround them with the likes of Matt Martin, Evander Kane, Josh Manson , Patrick Maroon Zack Kassian, maybe make cap room for a Shea Webber or a Dustin Byfiglien . And of course fire AV first!!!

      • Rich S says:

        Once you surround the younger guys with some of these players you will see how quickly they join in the hit parade! Vesey, Miller, Kreider, Buch, DeAngelo, Fast, Letteri, Zib, Grabner all look ready and willing to be physical, they just need a good coach instead of this clown !!!!!
        I would like to see Victor Hedberg and the Undertaker return as well!!!!
        Add to this group Andersson, Chytil, Ronning, Day, Pionk and there is more than enough talent to win!!!!