Game 14: Back home against Buffalo

The Rangers are back home after back-to-back shootout wins against San Jose and Anaheim to close out their road trip. Both wins came after the Rangers gave up late tying goals in the third period, only to come back and win it on Kevin Shattenkirk shootout attempts. More often than not, that kind of situation will wind up with losses, but let’s enjoy the wins while we can.

Buffalo is in town, and they aren’t the pushover they used to be. They are off to a decent start, and newly acquired Jeff Skinner has fit right in and made this team much more dangerous. The additions of Conor Sheady and Casey Middlestadt have rounded out their depth as well, making them more than a one line team. Can’t forget about that Rasmus Dahlin character too, some say he might be halfway decent.

Sabres Lines

Jeff Skinner-Jack Eichel-Jason Pominville
Conor Sheary-Casey Middlestadt-Sam Reinhart
Evan Rodrigues-Vlad Sobotka-Kyle Okposo
Patrik Berglund-Johan Larsson-Zemgus Girgensons

Jake McCabe-Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella-Zach Bogosian
Rasmus Dahlin-Casey Nelson

PP1: Skinner-Eichel-Pominville-Middlestadt-Dahlin
PP2: Sheary-Reinhart-Okposo-Sobotka-Ristolainen

Carter Hutton gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Vlad Namestnikov–Mika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Chris KreiderKevin Hayes–Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy VeseyBrett Howden-Jesper Fast
Cody McLeodFilip Chytil-Vinni Lettieri

Brady SkjeiTony DeAngelo
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Brendan Smith-Kevin Shattenkirk

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Adam McQuaid (lower body), Frederik Claesson (lower body), Boo Nieves (concussion), Ryan Spooner (lower body)

Crazy Prediction: The Rangers don’t blow a late lead.

Game time is 7pm.

12 thoughts on “Game 14: Back home against Buffalo

  • Nov 4, 2018 at 9:17 pm
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    That Howden injury looked really bad, like something that could cost him four weeks or longer. No official word yet, though.

  • Nov 4, 2018 at 9:37 pm
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    Watching these games can be a lot of fun when you keep your expectations really low, good times.

    I really hope Howden is okay, that looked brutal. I think I read they kept him out for precautionary reasons, hopefully doesn’t miss much time.

  • Nov 4, 2018 at 9:37 pm
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    Good win……Now get back to .500 LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!

  • Nov 4, 2018 at 9:39 pm
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    All Hank
    Hope Howden got out of that one with a little sprain

    • Nov 4, 2018 at 10:20 pm
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      Name change coming???

      • Nov 5, 2018 at 7:33 am
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        No Ma’am … I’ll give you an E for Effort

  • Nov 4, 2018 at 9:45 pm
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    Not pretty but the Rangers come away with the W. Henk looked sharp he battled hard.The rest of the club looked jet lagged. I am liking the way Vesey has played so far this season, not sure why all the hate towards him.

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 12:05 am
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      He looks better, but I imagine there are a lot of people wondering whether or not this is just a little streak for him.

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 8:03 am
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    Vesey still is nothing special, he scores two goals in a game and goes to sleep for the next five or six games. It’s his career pattern so far. He’s had 7 2-goal games now in his career I believe, in 2+ seasons.

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 9:39 am
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      Problem is, just when you’re sure he’s unable to shoot and actually get a puck past a goaltender (not work out of a net front scrum and put the puck into the open side) he scores a nice goal like his first of last night.

      Not enough to jump back on the Vesey bandwagon but maybe have a glimmer of hope…think he’ll have this season to prove his worth before being on the trade block

      Still feel he’s better served as a 4th liner or part time third liner….would much rather see him or Belesky on the left side of Chytl instead of McLeod

      • Nov 5, 2018 at 9:46 am
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        Vesey would be a decent 3rd liner if he came to play every night. Him & Chytil would be a decent combo too, Vesey does get into position to score a lot.

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 8:07 am
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    Hayes hitting himself in the face with his own stick and falling in a heap on the ice after colliding with Vesey is pretty much the metaphor for Hayes’ season so far. Man do I wish NYR had traded him over the summer, before Hayes’ value began to plummet. Hayes is an empty jersey out there, good thing he’s from Boston or Coach Quinn might actually have to scratch him.

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