Game 13: Kudos to you who stay awake for these games

The Rangers are in action tonight in Anaheim, closing out their first west coast trip of the season. They lost to LA late on Sunday and then beat San Jose in a shootout on Tuesday. So a win means they actually close out their trip with a winning record. Hey, it’s the little things.

The lineup is the same tonight as it was on Tuesday, so make of that what you will. I’m going to venture a guess that keeping McLeod in the lineup over Buchnevich –while also giving him more minutes than Chytil– is going to rub people the wrong way.

Ducks Lines

Rickard Rakell-Ryan Getzlaf-Pontus Aberg
Andrew Cogliano-Ryan Kesler-Brian Gibbons
Isac Lundestrom-Adam Henrique-Jakub Silfverberg
Ben Street-Sam Steel-Joseph Blandisi

Hampus Lindholm-Jacob Larsson
Cam Fowler-Andy Welinski
Marcus Pettersson-Brandon Montour

PP1: Rakell-Getzlaf-Henrique-Steel-Fowler
PP2: Cogliano-Kesler-Gibbons-Lindholm-Montour

John Gibson gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Jimmy VeseyMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Chris KreiderKevin HayesRyan Spooner
Vlad Namestnikov–Brett Howden-Vinni Lettieri
Cody McLeod-Filip Chytil-Jesper Fast

Brady SkjeiTony DeAngelo
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Brendan Smith-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Zuccarello-Kreider-Spooner-Shattenkirk
PP2: Hayes-Chytil-Vesey-Howden-Skjei/Pionk

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Pavel Buchnevich (healthy), Adam McQuaid (undisclosed), Frederik Claesson (lower body), Boo Nieves (concussion)

Crazy Prediction: I don’t fall asleep before the end of the first period.

Game time is 10pm.

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22 thoughts on “Game 13: Kudos to you who stay awake for these games

  • Nov 1, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I will be watching, hoping for some roast duck!

  • Nov 1, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    I want to see someone punch Kesler in the face. Which brings up a thought. Will the struggling Ducks make a coaching change? If so, will AV get a call?. …..I would like to see Alain take the over the Anaheim bench and leave behind a smoking ruin like he did in New York and Vancouver.

    Crazy prediction… Hayes breaks out with a hatty!

  • Nov 1, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Didn’t they lose to the Hawks to start the trip? Or no?

    • Nov 1, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      Yes the Rangers lost to Hawks and King on this road trip. The Blue Shirts have a tendency to shat the bed in the late going of the game. But they found redemption against the Sharks.

  • Nov 1, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Chytl-McLeod-Letterri in the first period.

    Six shifts (including one immediately after a TV time out).

    Three shifts generated no shots for either side, but the Rangers had a noticeable edge in possession on all three. A fourth shift had a Rangers icing, which forced these guys to go against Anaheim’s top line. Chytl loses face-off, which led to an unscrewed point shot by Fowler. Glove save. Stoppage. Line change. The two other shifts led to scoring chances for both teams, but the Ducks had better ones.

    Chytl had exactly one rush where he carried the puck into the zone with controlled possession. (You would think he’d do this all the time against fourth liners.) One time he tried a fancy tip play to McLeod rather than carrying the puck himself. Another time, he made a strong attempt to enter the zone with possession, but was competently checked and separated from the puck.

    Twice, the Rangers attempted a hard pass from their own zone to Letterri, who was expected to tip the puck into the zone. Twice, Letterri screwed that up.

    All of these shifts started in the defensive zone, whether changing on the fly or starting after a whistle.

    • Nov 1, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      Yeah overall Rangers played better as the period went on, I like what Kreider brings right now and how defensively the Rangers are maintaining their shape and positioning.

      The Rangers 4th line looks disjointed. No chemistry there for sure.

  • Nov 1, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Multiple nice plays by Chytl on that power play goal.

    First was his zone entry, where he backed up two defensemen with speed, then made a controlled pass to a teammate.

    Second was his attempted shot, followed by a quick pass from behind the net, which directly led to the goal.

    I like the kid when he’s using controlled aggression to drive the possession game.

  • Nov 1, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    The Howden Fast Vesey line teams up to make it 2-1 Rangers. This line is solid I hope coach Quinn keeps them together.

  • Nov 2, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Another nice game for Georgi. Looks calm and composed. I don’t think he’s planning to make way for Shesty…

  • Nov 2, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Another entertaining game. The Rangers played well for 59 and a half mins of regular time before they Shattentheirpants allowing the Ducks to tie the game. They play smart cautious puck possession hockey in overtime. Zucc opened the shootout with a sneaky hobbit snap shot that got by Gibbons. Then Zibaner finished the deal with the winner. Bring on Buffalo, the Rangers are back baby.

  • Nov 2, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I’m old, I can’t stay up for these games. But paying $120 per ticket is giving enough blood for this team.

    • Nov 2, 2018 at 8:30 am

      I’m old too Tony, about to hit the Medicare rolls in January! But I figure that if I don’t watch the games now there might not be many more I’ll have a chance to see! 🙂

      It was another entertaining hockey game. Started out slow for both teams and it got better as the night progressed. They’ve got to work on their late game 6 on 5 play when the other team pulls the goalie. I think the forwards are possibly not doing their jobs well defending. But dang, they have been pretty awesome in the overtime periods and the shootouts.

      Howden and Vesey (except for one bonehead play) had nice games.

      • Nov 2, 2018 at 9:16 am

        Georgiev looked good as well and stoned them nicely during the shootout

      • Nov 2, 2018 at 11:07 am

        In all honesty Peter that play by Getzlaf was so all-world that only Rackell knew what was happening. Against LA, well I’m sure that’s one Hank would have wanted back.

        • Nov 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

          You’re right Tanto, that pass by Getzlaf was pretty amazing. I guess I was thinking that they got through the neutral zone rather easily right before the pass. But, they did have six skaters so that made it easier. So, maybe I am being too hard on them. It is pretty incredible that they’ve had so many last minute tying goals against them in the last few games.

          • Nov 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm

            I keep thinking that despite the fact we have a lot of holdovers from the 2016/17 team, the guts of this team was ripped out. Mainstay guys that would always play the last few minutes of games in the past like McD, Nash and Grabner are gone … not to mention Miller … even just in general terms of team performance, that’s about 75-80 goals total and our TOP D’man. This is why I remain optimistic, patient and relatively content with what I’ve seen so far.

            On a VERY positive side note, K’Andre Miller was named the Collegiate National Rookie of the Month, putting up 2-5-7 in 6 games and a +9. If he keeps that pace up he’s going to be ready a lot sooner than later.

      • Nov 3, 2018 at 7:11 am

        LOL, congrats in medicare my friend, I have a few more years before that.

        I’m afraid that we are going to win just enough to miss out on the top 2-3 draft picks, and that would be a disaster given that this is a throw away season anyway.

    • Nov 2, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Richter1994…..They do sell Hockey Viagra vitamins for those that wish to stay up and watch the late

      • Nov 2, 2018 at 1:25 pm

        True Richter I have them. Been watching those’s late games myself.
        Very entertaining game theses last few games..

      • Nov 3, 2018 at 7:12 am

        Do you get a Cohiba with every purchase? lol

  • Nov 2, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Making a early Cup run !

  • Nov 2, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Geezuzz H Keezer!..We are ruining our chances at a top 3 pick….Stop winning dammit!!…lol

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