Game Thread

Game 67: Rebound in Buffalo

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The Rangers haven’t lost back-to-back games since December, but just went on a rough 1-2-0 stretch against the three other playoff Metro teams. Luckily they are in Buffalo tonight to take on the lowly Sabres and their significant lack of depth. Don’t get me wrong, the Sabres have oodles of talent, but aren’t deep enough to contend yet.

As for the Rangers, they are without Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, and Dylan McIlrath tonight. Brady Skjei was recalled, joining Magnus Hellberg as the emergency recalls. Skjei should get some significant minutes tonight, or he might make a mistake and get benched for accountability reasons. Who knows.

Sabres Systems

Dan Bylsma is in his first year as Sabres coach and runs an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck in the offensive zone. encouraging puck pursuit in most situations.  In the defensive zone, he uses a zone defense, taking out lanes and protecting the slot. On special teams, it’s a 1-3-1 power play and  a diamond force penalty kill.

Sabres Lines

Evander Kane-Jack Eichel-Sam Reinhart
Marcus Foligno-Johan Larsson-Brian Gionta
Zemgus Girgensons-Cal O’Reilly-Nicolas Deslauries
Daniel Catenacci-David Legwand-Matt Moulson

Josh Gorges-Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe-Zach Bogosian
Carlo Colaiacovo-Mark Pysyk

PP1: Larson-Eichel-Reinhart-O’Reilly-Ristolainen
PP2: Moulson-Gionta-Kane-Bogosian-Pysyk

PK: Legwand, O’Reilly, Gionta, Kane, Girgensons, Gorges, Ristolainen, McCabe, Bogosian

Robin Lehner gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
JT MillerDerick BrassardJesper Fast
Viktor StalbergEric StaalKevin Hayes
Oscar LindbergDominic MooreTanner Glass

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Keith YandleKevin Klein
Brady Skjei-Dan Boyle

PP1: Yandle-Klein-Miller-Hayes-Fast
PP2: Zucc-Boyle-Kreider-Stepan-Brassard

PK: Stepan, Moore, Lindberg, Fast, Glass, McDonagh, Staal, Klein, Girardi

Antti Raanta gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Rick Nash (leg), Marc Staal (back), Dylan McIlrath (knee), Henrik Lundqvist (neck)

Crazy Prediction: A game where we don’t want to pull our hair out.

Be sure to check out our ticket link if you’re looking for tickets to the game. Game time is 7pm on MSG. All gifs will be on

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  • Serious game tonight.

    Tear in first period,

    Put marchant into next week.

    Smack Chara early,

    Do our thing.

    Rangers Win.

  • Put McIlrath on LTIR and use his salary to call up Skjei full time and have extra room so if anybody else goes down we don’t have to use and emergency call up.

    • McIlrath is out for at least two weeks. I read something about LTIR on another site that I wanted to share with you but I forgot. Blueshirt Banter maybe? It was a few weeks ago and laid out why doing that with Nash would not have really been helpful…. that using LTIR is more difficult then perhaps we thought it was? Not sure, but thought I’d point that out.

      Good news for DMC is it isn’t the knee he seriously injured a few years ago. Bad news is, if it’s “at least” two weeks, that means it could be more. That won’t leave much of the season left, and since he’s the 7D, depending on the Rangers situation in the standing and the play and health of the other defensemen, we might not see much of him the rest of the season.

      Will they keep Skjei here long term once M-Staal is back? Or will they send him down so he’s not sitting? If that’s the case, will they recall Summers, or Diaz, who might be better suited for a backup role?

      In terms of the rest of the injuries, mostly good news. Nash and Hank are improving. Hank should play this weekend. Nash by the start of the west coast trip. Staal’s back is day to day.

      With a little luck, we might have our full starting lineup back in a week!

      Also, AV indicated that he’s got a lot of forwards with bumps and bruises right now, which will limit minutes of certain guys. So don’t go crazy if you see some weird TOI stats. :).

      Sounds to me like a coach who is pacing his team a bit, and making sure they are rested and ready for what matters five weeks from now.

  • Sorry Guys – I got carried away. I was watching “NHL On The Fly” I effing hate that man.

    joe710 and all – sorry. I’ve had a long day here.

    My pal tells me that DB has a similar bone bruise to Nash. DB has been out for six months now.

    Don’t risk Nash.

  • I try to be cautiously optimistic with our Rangers, especially after the lousy effort against the Islanders. I was expecting a herculean effort vs Buffalo tonight. What we got was a nail bitter against a Buffalo team going nowhere, at times we made them look like the 80’s Edmonton Oilers. I will say that if I was Gorton, and I was looking to improve the size and grit of my team, I would try to get Evander Kane or Marcus Foligno or both next year.

  • this was a bounce back for the boys although it was another sloppy game but give credit where credit is due again Zucc and Brass had good games both are at 50 points will see you guys on sunday. miss you brass

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