Game 15: Make it three in a row

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For the first time all season, the Rangers enter tonight’s game against Florida after winning two in a row. A win tonight makes it a winning streak. That’s big for the Rangers, as they dug themselves so deep a hole that they needed the two wins to barely stay above the magic number of three.

The good news is that the Panthers are a mess. The better news is that the Rangers played a very good game against Tampa, one with great process that can be built upon. The best news is that a win tonight puts the Rangers just one point out of a wild card spot, and in a much better position to rebound from their horrendous start. These are all good things. Despite how we feel about certain players/coaches, we all want the team to win and succeed.

Panthers Systems 

Bob Boughner is the new guy in Florida. I know nothing of his systems.

Panthers Lines

Jonathan Huberdeau-Alex Barkov-Evgenii Dadonov
Connor Brickley-Vincent Trochek-Radim Vrbata
Jamie McGinn-Jared McCann-Nick Bjugstad
Micheal Haley-Derek MacKenzie-Colton Sceviour

Keith Yandle-Aaron Ekblad
Ian McCoshen-Mark Pysyk
Michael Matheson-Alex Petrovic

PP1: Huberdeau-Trochek-Barkov-Dadonov-Ekblad
PP2: McGinn-McCann-Bjugstad-Vrbata-Yandle

James Reimer gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadPavel Buchnevich
Rick NashKevin HayesMats Zuccarello
Jimmy VeseyDavid DesharnaisJT Miller
Michael Grabner-Boo Nieves-Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonaghNick Holden
Brady SkjeiKevin Shattenkirk
Marc StaalSteven Kampfer

PP1: Nash-Miller-Buchnevich-Zibanejad-Shattenkirk
PP2: Hayes-Desharnais-Kreider-Zuccarello-McDonagh

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Paul Carey (healthy), Brendan Smith(healthy)

Crazy Prediction: A shutout for Hank, because apparently he’s an average goalie, according to a few loud people.

Game time is 7pm. Be sure to follow on Twitter for gifs, and on our Snapchat for in-game.

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74 thoughts on “Game 15: Make it three in a row

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Nieves (flu) is out. Carey dresses in his place.

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      I thought Carey was supposed to already be in for DD?

      • Nov 4, 2017 at 5:36 pm

        That was supposed to be the plan…but then Boo got sick. Who catches the flu while in Florida? 🙂

        • Nov 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

          AV ain’t scratching a Frenchman

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Watched some Devils last night, wasn’t brian gibbons with us for preseason couple years ago? If I remember correctly he had looked good, quick but rangers let him go?

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Gibbons didn’t make the smoothies the right way.

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      I dont recall his brief Rangers pre-season tenure, but he spent 2015-16 in Hartford. Then got a PTO with the Devils and spent all of last year in Albany and couldn’t crack the the NHL on a bad NHL Devils team.

      This year, at age 29, he’s having a remarkable start to his season. Maybe he’s a late bloomer. Or maybe this is just a fluke. I don’t think that’s an indictment of the Rangers or all 29 other NHL teams that didnt think much of him either.

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Big Ranger win, book it.

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    The cats can score goals. But if you think the Rangers defence is bad…check out theirs. It will be close…New York in a shootout Zuc get the winner with his Hobbit shootout moves.

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    The title says it all……Make it 3 in row……LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!!

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Soft goal by Leaky. He’s washed up.

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      He’s let in some bad ones, but this hate is ridiculous. Perfect redirect off a broken play, nothing he could do.

      • Nov 4, 2017 at 8:45 pm

        I was being sarcastic and poking fun at some anti Hank commentators.

        But I think it’s saying a lotthat you believed my post! There have been enough idiotic comments about the goalie that my comment didn’t seem out of place.

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Spoke to soon….he is washed up

      • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:57 pm

        You’re a joke

        • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:08 pm

          Coming from you I’ll take it….and laugh

      • Nov 5, 2017 at 7:07 am

        Acceptable: Henrik made some really good saves but he should have had that 4th goal.

        Unacceptable: What you say.

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    There is no killer instinct in this team……DANG IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Grabner nets #5 and his on way to another 20+ season.

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    To Dream The Impossible Dream…………THIS TEAM HOLDING A LEAD AAANNND …..WIN……..THIS……GAME !!!!!. The impossible dream ? ….LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm


  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Can’t………..hold……….a……………..lead !

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Sieveqvist … Oh Sieveqvist

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Oh Leaky Leaky

    How many more do you Leaky lovers need to see that this guy has lost it?

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      You’re a joke

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Why is he always on his knees?
    Stand up !!!

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Do you losers just sit around waiting for the an opportunity to trash Hank?

    That 4th goal wasn’t soft. That was a rocket snipe right under the crossbar. It’s physically almost impossible to glove that or raise your should high enough to stop that one.

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Yep…thats what Sieve and Leather live for….anything Hank does wrong is like their dream….their own version of winning the Cup. Pitiful.

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      It was a perfect shot no doubt about that.

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      From way off angle

      • Nov 5, 2017 at 1:09 am

        Angle is meaningless when you put it right under the crossbar like that.

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    That’s a winner!!!!!!!!

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Well the Rangers bailed out Leaky tonight

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Actually not really…but after all the years of Hank bailing the Rangers out with his future HOF brilliance, it’s abut time that the rest of the team should bail him out…if this was even a bailout.

      • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:03 pm

        It’s a team game Eddie and Henk is a big part of the team. Miller with the winner in Tampa and 3 helpers tonight to lead him in scoring amongst the untouchables.

        • Nov 5, 2017 at 12:50 am

          Now that’s a statement I can respect. More than fair.

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Couldn’t help but notice your silence during the Tampa game, you hypocritical troll. Be proud, you’re a true fan.

      • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:10 pm

        Did you miss my posts

        • Nov 5, 2017 at 7:19 am

          Is that what you call them?

          BTW, yesterday, you didn’t spell your ID name correctly. Guess you’re not perfect. How come?

          You as critical about yourself in what you do as you are Lundqvist? You give money back to your employer when you make a mistake, thinking that you don’t deserve the paycheck?

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Well in OT do not have to worry about holding a lead……IT IS A WIN Now get back to .500…………LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    The 4th goal was not on him???? OOOOKKKKKK then

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Lh yeah….I missed it….sorry Leaky…it was Danny G’s snow angel when he had no reason to….lol

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Neither goalie played that well…….Hanks play reminded me of the finals against the kings when he lost 3rd period leads in 3 different games!
      But, on the bright side maybe now AV will PLAY JT MILLER AT CENTER AND LEAVE HIM THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!
      AND please no more talk about trading Miller or Kreider or Buch or Vesey!
      Consider them untouchable!
      Why doesnt Hayes, who is terrific with the puck and a great passer not used on the power play?
      Still would like a winger who likes to throw his weight around.

      • Nov 5, 2017 at 12:37 am

        Rich…your new name is Mr. Hyperbole! Why dont we actually wait until Miller, Kreider, Buch and Vesey, oh, I don’t know, actually ACCOMPLISH something before we consider them untouchable?They’re playing well right now, and that’s great. But untouchable? Uh, no. Few players on this team could or should be considered untouchable.

        Now as for your mischarterizatioins of 2014, Hank was brilliant vs the Kings. He was the only reason we were even in those games. You are incredibly ungrateful and being factually inaccurate to blame him for the loss when it was our putrid offense that failed us time and time again in that series.

        • Nov 5, 2017 at 3:34 am

          Eddie, in regards to 2014, with out Hank we do not get a sniff in 2014. In that CUP final he was very good, but Jonathan Quick was better. the BIGGEST disappointment and total no show was Rick Nash, if he delivered any type of production ( his contract say’s he is an elite player) we win that year!!!!!!

        • Nov 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

          Come on 3E…Using your logic Austin Matthews and Connor Mcdavid would not be untouchable since they have not ACCOMPLISHED anything either!
          There is no way you would get close to equal value for these guys who are young, fast, skilled, physical, [ kreider, miller]
          proven 20+ goal scorers , carry puck end to end, go into corners, can and do sometimes take over a game ….and on reasonable contracts…..
          Trade either and we watch another Mike Ridley or Rick Middleton excel on another team for the next 10 years!!!!!!!!

          • Nov 5, 2017 at 11:10 am

            Let’s see….

            McDavid—Art Ross, Ted Lindsay, Hart, NHL First Team All-Star

            Matthews-Calder, NHL All Rookie

            You’re right. Those two haven’t accomplished anything. Really no different than Miller, Hayes and Kreider who combined, haven’t even made an all-star team.

            You once again are misunderstanding what I am saying. I’m not saying the Rangers SHOULD trade them. I’m saying let’s see if they can actually deliver some level of sustained excellence, something none of our “Trilpets” have ever done. Hayes and Miller get new contracts after this season. They won’t come cheap. Decisions will have to be made.

            No one is saying trade them for crap, or repeat those awful deals. In a cap world, I doubt those deals could happen today. But a good GM is always looking at options. And if there’s a way to address the center issue, or upgrade on defense, you consider just about anything. That’s all I’m saying.

            And please, for the love of all that is hockey, STOP making these so far unremarkable players into something they are not until they actually demonstrate otherwise!

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      high danger shot % just went down … lol

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      If I remember correctly when Hank first arrived he was average, at best, nothing special. When the rangers added Girardi and McDonagh and strallman and klein and the forwards arrived callahan, dubinsky, anisimov and tortorellas defensive system then Hank became a top goalie…… as the game has opened up and we no longer have a great defensive team, he is facing more difficult shots and more overall. And he is 35.
      He has been a great ranger, an all time great ranger, but the last 3 years have not been his best!!!!

      • Nov 5, 2017 at 12:47 am

        False again Mr. Hyperbole!

        Hank was terrific when he first arrived. So much so that he almost immediately forced Renney to make him the number one in short order. Average at best? Weekes himself said the guy was brilliant from day one. Totally wrong!

        Certainly, as Hank matured he got better and better, no argument there. But to say the guys you mentioned above….mostly average non-memorable players that will hardly live in the annals of NHL history…that THEY were the reason he started to become a top goalie? OMG! You truly have gone delusional.

        You are right about one thing… the defense has gotten weaker the last season or two and Hank has faced more high danger shots the last season plus…and he’s older and not the same guy he was when he was in his prime. Well done Captain Obvious! You got that one right!

        Then you conclude by saying that, after you rip him, he’s an all time great Ranger? Why would you say that when you said he was average at best and his success was due mostly because of a bunch of no-stars? You are all over the map my friend. Which is it?

        And then you conclude by saying the last THREE years have not been his best? He had one off year….last year. That’s it. Look it up. And stop with the mischacterizations of reality Mr. H!

        • Nov 5, 2017 at 10:45 am

          I am not a big believer in goalie value…..look at the last 5 or 6 cup winning goalies….anti neimmi, cam ward, corey crawford/scott darling, marc fluery………..IMHO give me a great forward or two rather than a great goalie, thats what wins cups!!!!!

          • Nov 5, 2017 at 10:52 am

            That’s great. And if we had players like Kane, Crosby, Malkin, etc, and the choice was to sign Hank or one of them, then sure, I’m with you. You go with the elite forwards.

            The problem for the Rangers, and the reason this franchise has had so little success in terms of winning Cups, is that our drafting since the inception of the draft has been terrible, especially in terms of elite forwards. We’ve never even once drafted a HOF forward. Never.

            What I don’t understand is why you would punish Hank for that. That’s what I don’t get. What should the Rangers have done differently in 2013 when they signed Hank that would have yielded a different result? I’ll save you the time…there was no other move to make. Signing Hank was the only decision and the correct decision.

            • Nov 5, 2017 at 11:31 am

              I amnot sure if we drafted him or if he is in the HOF….Jean Ratelle ??
              The only thing we could have done different back then would have been to NOT TRADE dubinsky, anisomov, tutin for nash……and then later , not sure of time frame, callahan , two #1s for st louis …..yes I know when his mother died the team responded ……we went to the finals…..but neither st louis nor nash helped us get a cup…….
              I agree we HAD to sign lunquist……but I maintain, goalies dont win cups…..

              • Nov 5, 2017 at 11:46 am

                Rangers got Ratelle before the inception of the draft.

                The Nash deal was a gamble, but it was the right move to make at the time. We would have continued to stumble along as a borderline playoff team. We needed a guy who was a star. He was a star. Unfortunately, his star faded.

                And if it hadn’t been Nash, those guys would have been dealt for someone else. No way in a cap world we could have kept all of them.

                Cally for St. Louis was a no brainer. You take your chance and go for it. MSL was tremendous. Cally was a solid player but there’s no the Rangers would have re-signed him anyway. Too much money for not enough return.

                You cant be that black and white on these things….if it doesnt deliver a Cup then it was a bad trade. That’s silly. Those two seasons, AV’s first two, were two of the most exciting in Rangers history, They have ZERO chance of happening if the Nash and MSL deals aren’t made.

                And as for the number ones we traded to TB….the Bolts turned around and dealt them anyway. When you are close, you go for it. If all you do is play for the future, then you are doomed to perpetual mediocrity.

              • Nov 5, 2017 at 11:56 am

                And BTW, didnt you say like, as recently as yesterday, that Nash is the best Rangers forward in twenty years….yet now you regret the trade?

                Rich, you are like a human rollercoaster ride with all these knee jerk reactions! 🙂

            • Nov 5, 2017 at 1:16 pm

              Jagr has been our best forward in the past 20 years although like nash we got him past his prime…..will we ever get/draft a true star from day1?
              GGot to admit though 3E, miller has been aawesome the past few games, all over the ice carrying the puck with a purpose into the o zone and making plays!!!!!!!

      • Nov 5, 2017 at 3:57 am

        Hank was a vezina finalist his first season in the NHL.

      • Nov 5, 2017 at 7:13 am

        RichS, just making things up as he sees fit. Lundqvist was great from the get go in his NHL career. But then a real Ranger fan–one not given to moronic statements–would know this already. Thanks for outing yourself as clueless, once again.

        But the best line is when you mention Torts’ “defensive system” and the role it allegedly played in making Hank great. Hank WAS Torts’ entire defensive system while Torts was here.

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Miller was hard on the puck the whole night …. Buch is noticed as soon as he hits the ice …. Staal and Kampfer were scary …. line changes were quick for sure …… let me keep trolling , lmao

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I for one am thrilled that the guys bailed out Henrik in this one. And yes Sieveqvist and Leather, Hank should have stopped at least one, if not both, of the last 2 goals. But he didn’t and they still won because the team is starting to play as a team. What a game for Shattenkirk and a lot of others. Kreider a monster, Grabs with a sweet goal, and Nash with a tremendous deflection. I like what I’m seeing for the first time all year even with Hank being “leaky” at the end… LGR!

    • Nov 5, 2017 at 7:22 am

      I thought Hank should have had the 4th goal, if he were positioned better. It was a great shot but I think Hank should have had that one.

      But then again, how many great saves did he make to get the game to that point? Including a deflection by McD at the beginning of the game that Henrik stopped.

      • Nov 5, 2017 at 8:27 am

        So much so in fact that the press named him the third star for the game. Despite giving up four goals, they still recognized the fact that he played a great game. I guess they don’t think he’s a “Leaky Sieve”. 🙂

        • Nov 5, 2017 at 8:35 am

          It gets exhausting after a while, like hearing complaints about the coach.

  • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Oh and I forgot to mention Miller who was spectacular all over the ice!

    • Nov 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Didn’t get to see a good replay of the third goal … Looked like it maybe hit someone ?

      • Nov 4, 2017 at 11:01 pm

        I thought he was just screened. Didn’t react at all until it went past him.

        • Nov 4, 2017 at 11:08 pm

          I was at the game so they only showed like two replays and couldn’t get a good look … Got three good views of the 4th one though !! AV had everyone playing back to protect , hate when they do that cause they kinda over do it all the time !

          • Nov 5, 2017 at 12:03 am

            Saw a closeup of the 3rd goal. Looked like Zibanejad stuck his foot out and deflected it into a floating knuckle puck. I hate those feet in the lane blocks…

  • Nov 5, 2017 at 6:37 am

    This team is better with JT playing at center with confidence. He’s a center AV a center. He wants to carry the puck and create opportunities. That his nature. Keep him there because the positives will far out way the negatives down the road. No panick just patience. Long season ahead. To all the Boo haters, BOO. He doesn’t play and Florida’s 4th line scores two. He’s played a strong 2 way game since being put in the lineup. Our 4C.

    • Nov 5, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Miller was a beast yesterday. This is what the Rangers need from him.

      • Nov 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

        Exactly. If he does this more often, then he will truly be an “untouchable elite beast” and then we have a legit chance against anyone. Having a strong game once or twice per month doesnt make him anythng but a tease. Same with Kreider.

        • Nov 5, 2017 at 8:36 am

          Loved Vesey and Fast as well last night. They play under the radar games that the Rangers will need to succeed.

    • Nov 5, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Thought they said stomach virus for Boo ? Smith out in the doghouse still ?

      • Nov 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

        Boo had the flu, he was not a healthy scratch. DD was supposed to be the healthy scratch for Carey until Boo coludn’t go.

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