Game 47: Lottery jockeying with Chicago

The Rangers are welcoming Chicago to New York tonight in a battle for lottery positioning. The Hawks are at 41 points (16 ROW) in 48 GP, and the Rangers are at 45 points (14 ROW) in 46 GP. In theory, a Hawks win in regulation gives the Rangers hope they can pass them in points by the end of the season. That’s just the fan view of things, though. The players aren’t going to tank.

Mats Zuccarello is on a tear right now, padding that trade value. Chris Kreider is on his way to 30 goals. Kevin Hayes is still out, though. Those three could bring back hauls at the deadline, if all three are dealt. It would be nice to see repeat performances from Pavel Buchnevich and Tony DeAngelo, as well.

Hawks Lines

Alex DeBrincat-Jonathan Toews-Dominik Kahun
Brandon Saad-Dylan Strome-Patrick Kane
Slater Koekkoek-Artem Anisimov-Brendan Perlini
David Kampf-Marcus Kruger-Drake Caggiula

Duncan Keith-Erik Gustafsson
Henri Jokiharju-Brent Seabrook
Carl Dahlstrom-Connor Murphy

PP1: Strome-Toews-Kane-DeBrincat-Gustafsson
PP2: Saad-Anisimov-Kahun-Keith-Seabrook

Collin Della gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Filip ChytilRyan StromeJesper Fast
Jimmy VeseyBrett Howden–Vlad Namestnikov
Cody McLeodBoo Nieves-Pavel Buchnevich

Brady SkjeiAdam McQuaid
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Kreider-Zuccarello-Strome-Namestnikov
PP2: Howden-Chytil-Buchnevich-DeAngelo-Shattenkirk

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Neal Pionk (lower body), Fredrik Claesson (shoulder), Kevin Hayes (upper body), Brendan Smith (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Lindgren scores in his NHL debut.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Jan 17, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    I of course don’t know, but perhaps Zuccarello has been told he is likely to stay with the team and that has resulted in his apparent renewed enthusiasm? This is the Zucc we all remember.

  • Jan 17, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    see what ranger team shows up tonight. LGR

  • Jan 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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    I enjoyed watching the Rangers in their last outing as they had lots of energy. They are a team that is a lot younger then Ranger teams of the past so I expect then to be consistently inconsistent.

  • Jan 17, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    #72 seems to gain confidence every game! he glides!!!

  • Jan 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    Sweet goal by Chytil. Hank needs to reel in a bit – super agressive but some really good saves. Nice to see them respond in the 1st to their weak start.

    • Jan 17, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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      How about that lethal slap shot from Staal on the 2nd goal ?!?!?!?!

  • Jan 17, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    Hopefully after this game Quinn stops giving DeAngelo the Del Zotto treatment. The kid has wheels and Brady is also finding his stride again.

  • Jan 17, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    Good game against a bad team. Zucc on Fire. That top line looks damn good and that was a great goal by Chytil. Buch is on the wrong line. Happy for Hank. He had to be pissed at that last second goal though…

    • Jan 17, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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      I was hoping after Fast took his second dumb penalty, coach Quinn would of moved Jesper to the fourth line and move Buch up. Not so. Which is a shame, as Buch IMHO, is ready for primetime.

  • Jan 18, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Congrats on the 445 but for some reason watching Roy chase the wins list it was 447 …. he lost two games after they were played?

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