Game 61: Lineup decisions starting to become the focus

As the Rangers prepare to take the ice against the Devils and what appears to be a newly rejuvenated Cory Schneider, the attention is not on the game. No, it is on David Quinn and what will be his decision to dress or not dress Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes, and Adam McQuaid. DQ was adamant last game, saying that as long as they are here, they will play. Then McQuaid got hurt on his first shift and was held out for the rest of the game. Suffice it to say, the decision to play them was concerning to say the least.

With Matt Duchene off the roster, things are hot and heavy for the pair of forwards, and DQ had a conversation with both yesterday after practice. Neither wanted to address the media. Reading between the lines, it looks like Thursday was their last game on Broadway.

For the actual game, there are draft implications here, and major ones at that. The Devils are four points back of the Rangers, but have won three of their past four. The Rangers have played .500 hockey for some time, but haven’t looked particularly good in a week or so. Watching the Devils lose is always fun, but as with every other game this year, I’m not going to be overly upset if the Rangers lose. Emotion free hockey is kind of nice for a change. I could go for another Mika hatty, though.

Devils Lines

Jesper Bratt-Nico Hischier-Kyle Palmieri
Miles Wood-Travis Zajac-Blake Coleman
Drew Stafford-Kevin Rooney-Joey Anderson
Kenny Agostino-Brett Seney-Kurtis Gabriel

Andy Greene-Damon Severson
Mirco Mueller-Eric Gryba
Will Butcher-Steven Santini

PP1: Zacha-Zajac-Palmieri-Coleman-Butcher
PP2: Johanssen-Hischier-Bratt-Severson-Greene

Cory Schneidergets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadJimmy Vesey
Filip Chytil-Lias Andersson-Pavel Buchnevich
Vlad Namestnikov–Ryan StromeJesper Fast
Brendan Smith-Boo Nieves–Connor Brickley

Brady SkjeiNeal Pionk
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
Fredrik Claesson-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Kreider-Buchnevich-Strome-Namestnikov
PP2: ??-Chytil-??-Pionk-Shattenkirk

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Brett Howden (knee), Mats Zuccarello (healthy), Adam McQuaid (healthy), Kevin Hayes (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: A trade!

Game time is 1pm.

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9 thoughts on “Game 61: Lineup decisions starting to become the focus

  • Feb 23, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Yes! Lias should be centering the 3rd line… 🤦‍♂️

  • Feb 23, 2019 at 11:41 am
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    Dreiger and Friedman report that none of the three will dress.

    Don’t Nuke Zucc!!

  • Feb 23, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    NHL.com is reporting all will play. I guess we will know soon enough

    • Feb 23, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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      Nice pass Claessen. Krieder is a monster and Vesey doing a good job filling in for the soon to be traded Zuc.

  • Feb 23, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    I’m reporting that I am confused by all the reporting. 😉

  • Feb 23, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    That is not really DQ’s decision whether or not they will dress in this circumstance though. That’s Gorton’s job.

  • Feb 23, 2019 at 1:47 pm
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    The very funny Kurtis Gabriel stories remind me of this random NHL fact.

    The largest number of NHL games starting a career without scoring a single point is 82. The player was Cam Jansen.

    • Feb 23, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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      Yeah, but then he really picked it up with 13 points in his next 254 games!

    • Feb 23, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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      Cam Janssen was a loathsome hockey player. As a goon he always tried to fight smaller players, he was such a bully/coward combo.

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