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Game 81: #FuelTheTank

April 5, 2018, by

Tonight the Rangers are in Brooklyn to take on the Isles in a battle of the tank. Well, it’s funny. The Islanders bought at the deadline –sorta– and couldn’t win to save their lives. The Rangers sold at the deadline and can’t lose to save their lives. It’s kinda funny, yet kinda sad.

But here’s the important thing: An Isles win in regulation moves them ahead of the Rangers in the standings. I can’t root for the Isles, but I can be less irritated by a loss to the Isles with that caveat. I know, I’m playing Switzerland here. Fully admitting it.

Isles Systems

On the forecheck, Doug Weight appears to have the Islanders rotating 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
Andrew Beauvillier-Matt Barzal-Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd-Brock Nelson-Shane Prince
Ross Johnston-Chris Wagner-Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy-Dennis Seidenberg
Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Thomas Hickey-Brandon Davidson

PP1: Lee-Tavares-Bailey-Barzal-Leddy
PP2: Beauvillier-Nelson-Eberle-Ladd-Pulock

Jaro Halak gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadRyan Spooner
Vlad Namestnikov-Kevin HayesPavel Buchnevich
Jimmy VeseyFilip Chytil-Mats Zuccarello
Peter Holland-Lias Andersson-Paul Carey

Brady SkjeiJohn Gilmour
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Rob O’Gara-Ryan Sproul

PP1: Kreider-Namestnikov-Zibanejad-Buchnevich-Pionk
PP2: Vesey-Spooner-Zuccarello-Hayes-Gilmour

Ondrej Pavelec gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Steven Kampfer (hand), Cody McLeod (healthy) Tony DeAngelo (ankle), Jesper Fast (something)

Crazy Prediction: Both teams stop skating in an attempt to lose.

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5 comments

  1. Walt says:

    We have to root for the Hawks, and Oilers as well. If we lose the remaining games, and Oilers win both, Hawks win one more, we move to the 7th position. Sorry to all our fans, but my heart isn’t in the game as it normally would be. Let’s get into the 7th position, and then we all can be happy!!!!!!!

    • tanto says:

      Walt Walt Walt, you know we’re going to win tonight, right? 😉

      • Walt says:

        Well if they do, I can’t be too upset about it. You know how we Ranger fans hate the Fishsticks right!!!!!

        • tanto says:

          The best revenge this year is drafting right before them though.

          Ok, just 1 more game to lose and we stand a pretty good shot of taking 8th. Go Chicago Go!