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Game 25: Florida is a mess

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The Rangers are back at it, again at MSG, to take on the Florida Panthers. The Panthers can only be described with, “WTF?” They made a commitment to analytics, then let injuries last year completely derail their strategy before it even had a chance to get off the ground. Now they are caught in the middle, making silly trades and not really seeing any positive results on the ice.

The Panthers allow a ton of goals, which makes sense because they all of a sudden became frugal and traded away their blue liners. There’s only so much an aging Roberto Luongo can do. That said, the Panthers have a good top line, so they can put the puck in the net.

Panthers Systems

Ron Rivera is the new guy in Sunrise. I have no insight into how he has Florida playing.

Disclaimer: I wrote this well in advance of the game. Lines may not be accurate.

Panthers Lines (presumed)

Jonathan Huberdeau-Alex Barkov-Evgeni Dadonov
Henrik Haapala-Vincent Trocheck-Nick Bjugstad
Jamie McGinn-Jared McCann-Colton Sceviour
Connor Brickley-Chase Balisy-Micheal Haley

Keith Yandle-Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson-Alex Petrovic
Ian McCoshen-Mackenzie Weegar

PP1: Huberdeau-Trocheck-Barkov-Dadonov-Yandle
PP2: Haapala-McCann-Bjugstad-Weegar-Ekblad

Roberto Luongo gets the start.

Rangers Lines (presumed)

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadPavel Buchnevich
Rick NashKevin HayesJesper Fast
Michael GrabnerJT MillerMats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey-Boo Nieves-Paul Carey

Nick Holden-Brendan Smith
Brady SkjeiKevin Shattenkirk
Marc StaalSteven Kampfer

PP1: Nash-Kreider-Buchnevich-Zibanejad-Shattenkirk
PP2: Hayes-Miller-Vesey-Zuccarello-Skjei

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: David Desharnais (healthy), Ryan McDonagh (abdomen)

Crazy Prediction: Grabner with a shorty.

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33 Comments

  1. Dadonov is out for a few weeks. Believe they have a rookie kid (Malgin) in there.

  2. And I believe that Reimer is starting.. he of the 3.70 GAA and .888 save%… Can you say trap game??? Geez I freakin hope not.. LGR!!!

  3. AV Needs to switch Vesey and Fast – it looked like Jimmy and Nash had some good chemistry going last game. I’d love to see that blossom . . . and Quickie seems to thrive on whatever line he’s on . . .

    1. According to the AM skate Vesey is with Nash and Fast is on the 4th line with Boo and Carey

    1. He probably got hurt last game. Late scratch, “upper body” injury suggests post concussion effects.

      It’s possible that he spent too much time in the hot bath after warmups, but I sorta doubt it.

  4. Yup, Florida is a mess. Beat Devils last night and Rangers cant finish. Reimer an all star.

  5. Is there anything more inconsistent than the NHL replay challenge? Seriously I wouldn’t even care if that were a goal or not. But it’s the fact that every challenge seems like a coin flip. From day 1 of the challenge, you see a call happen then you say to yourself “ok I have an idea of how they are going to make these decisions”. Then another one occurs and your understanding of it gets turned completely upside down.

  6. Good push back by the Rangers to get back into the game. Pavelec looking solid between the pipes. Hopefully the Rangers can keep it going and tie this game up in the third.

    1. Limit their chances, keep getting bodies in front of Reimer, keep getting pucks to the net.. I like our chances

    1. The untouchables don’t know the word quit. And where did this Desharden fellow come from? He can make plays.

    2. This team loves to dig themselves down in a big hole and then climb out

            1. Waaah, Girardi, waaahh—stop your whining, he’s still the worst defenseman on his team for the 4th season in a row. And at the end of the year he won’t have a championship either.

              As far as Hank is concerned—only a true moron would criticize the guy whose quality of play just drove an 11-2 stretch for this team. Guess how true your moronity is? It’s so pure, it’s an industry standard.

  7. Oh well…..Only one in family watching tonight……..Everybody else (all Giants fans…..I am a Giants fan also but I love hockey ) out of living room still talking about (and pissed) about Eli Manning .

  8. WOW, Holden! … in a game like this, we needed to at least get to OT to get a point after starting the season the way we did. We need all the points we can get right now.

    I can’t stand this guy, get rid of him. I’d rather a kid from Hartford make that mistake and learn from it. Holden is what he is.

      1. True but he comes back to block the shot in the play. Holden did not play that puck hard enough. HARD OFF THE BOARDS, any defensemen knows that. He has to know there is a minute left and you NEED to get it out of the zone. That was soft.

        I understand we won’t win every game but you gotta be able to steal a point or two when you don’t play well, and you’re missing your two best skaters in Mika and Mcdonagh. We needed something out of this and we got nothing. Brutal loss.

        1. They both made bad plays, but Smith is more egregious bc all he has to do is throw puck in zone and you get a point

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