Game 64: It’s nice not worrying about the results of these games right now

February 28, 2018, by

Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

The dust has settled. The Rangers look completely different after deadline day. In comes Vladislav Namestnikov, Ryan Spooner, and Rob O’Gara (at least for the rest of this season). Out go Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, Nick Holden, Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller. Each trade signified a move towards a rebound. It’s a weird feeling, seeing this happen before our eyes.

But now a new chapter begins, with the Blueshirts in Vancouver tonight. All three newcomers will be in the lineup. We will be watching to see how they perform. But there is no emotion, at least for fans, tied to these games. The Blueshirts are out of the playoffs. We can watch some stress free hockey and enjoy watching these new guys. Stress free hockey, we missed you. Let’s hope your stay is short lived.

Canucks Systems

I have no insight into what Travis Green runs in Vancouver. They’ve only played the Rangers once when I was away, and this is the second time. Plus, who watches the Canucks voluntarily? Sorry folks.

Canucks Lines

Brandon Leipsic-Bo Horvat-Brock Boeser
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Nikolay Goldobin
Sven Baertschi-Sam Gagner-Jake Virtanen
Tyler Motte-Brandon Sutter-Darren Archibald

Alex Edler-Eric Gudbranson
Michael Del Zotto-Troy Stecher
Ben Hutton-Derrick Pouliot

PP1: Sedin-Sedin-Boeser-Horvat-Edler
PP2: Baertschi-Eriksson-Gagner-Leipsic-Pouliot

Jacob Markstrom gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadPavel Buchnevich
Ryan Spooner-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast
Jimmy Vesey-Vladislav Namestnikov-Mats Zuccarello
Paul Carey-David Desharnais-Cody McLeod

Brady SkjeiJohn Gilmour
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Rob O’Gara-Tony DeAngelo

PP1: Kreider-Zuccarello-Zibanejad-Namestnikov (probably)-Skjei
PP2: Hayes-2 more forwards-Gilmour-DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Ondrej Pavelec (knee), Steven Kampfer (hand), Peter Holland (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Cause I’m free…..FREE FALLLLLINNNNNNNN

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. Richter1994 says:

    Oh no Dave, I do worry about the result…

    I was scared to death on Friday night when the Rangers made it 2-1, lol.

  2. Andy says:

    I admit I did voluntarily watch 1 period of Vancouver -Phoenix on Sunday. I think we have a shot of falling below them in the draft. Not a good shot but a shot. They’re underwhelming.

  3. Hockey Sittoo says:

    Still can’t embrace the tank. I desperately want a win tonight, preferably a shutout…

    • Leatherneck says:

      We need to be in the top 4 Sittoo

      that’s way more important than a meaningless win and this is one team ahead of us that we can catch for a better draft position

      the importance is in the 2nd round….too bad we traded our 2nd from Ottawa to Detroit

  4. 43 says:

    I’m worrying about the results—I want L’s. Lots of them. We’re too many points ahead of Buffalo and Arizona to have a legit shot at Dahlin.

  5. Leatherneck says:

    Yeah….I am point watching too….Canadians are beating the Isles….check
    Playing the Canucks….must lose this game in regulation…..check

    Only other team tanking like us is Ottawa

    4th could be had for sure

    By the way Barzal…..man did the Isles hit a home run here or what

  6. Swarty says:

    This has got to stop right now. We are not allowed to start out with 2 goal leads.

    So how’d you all like Vlad’s first shift?

  7. EZ Rider says:

    One period down, gonna go to sleep. This game might end 7-5.

  8. Hockey Sittoo says:

    Does Vancouver typically get this many shots or are the Rangers simply incompetent?

  9. tanto says:

    35 shots through 2 periods. This has to stop, you just can’t bleed that many every night.

    I mean they can lose and I’m ok with it, but want to see a little tighter overall defensive play.

  10. Leatherneck says:

    Believe me by the end of the season he’s gonna waive his NTC,,,,did you see his reaction on the Vancouver’s 4th goal?

  11. Hockey Sittoo says:

    AV definitely has a Hank issue going on. “Yeah he made some good saves and had a good game. At the end of the day he made one more save than the other guy. Good? Thanks guys.” Seriously?

    • tanto says:

      He made some great saves, AV is being a dick — if the exit interviews doomed Torts years ago, then I would love to be a fly on the wall for these exit interviews.

    • Richter1994 says:

      AV is dead man coaching.

      • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

        Thought the plan was to loose?Only watched a few minutes of the first,how bad did they look?:)

        • Richter1994 says:

          They got outshot 55-27, so I figure the reason why they won was because of….. hmmm, who? 🙂

  12. Mancunian Candidate says:

    That was the worst game of Ranger defensive hockey since the Trottier-Ron Low years. Just pathetically easy for one of the NHL’s worst teams to get shots—they were doubled up 55-27 in shots by Vancouver. Unbelievable games from Hank and Spooner. Hayes looks pretty comfortable offensively with Spooner right now, those were the bright spots along with Namestnikov.

    The atrocity that is Vigneault’s defensive system is so bad now that it’s almost comical.

    • Jeff says:

      MC ….I have not been a fan of AV since he let McD and others skate on broken legs….look,as a fan and ex youth hockey coach, I just could not understand that……but is it his system, the guys that are playing it or has the team decided they can play the game without him?
      Serious question not looking to throw darts, it would be way to easy

      • Mancunian Candidate says:

        After watching it for 5 plus seasons, with a variety of different defensemen, I’d say Vigneault’s system consistently results in poor defensive positioning due to overpursuit. Plain & simple. Smart offensive teams can create opportunities just by staying active in the offensive zone—shooting lanes and passing lanes suddenly appear because of the constant chasing Ranger defenders are engaged in. Motion and patience with the puck can beat this Ranger defense at will, and it’s been this way for 2 1/2 seasons now.

    • joe from newburgh says:

      At times, yeah, the defense looked like a fire drill in first grade. But, be realistic. The only good NHL quality defenseman out there is Skjei, and he’s only in his second year. Staal is fading, then there are 3 true rookies, and DeAngelo, who probably should be switched to wing, preferably on another team. For now, this is who we have, so I say, grin and bear it.

  13. Larry says:

    They need to FIRE AV asap, for the benefit and the future for the Rangers.