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.
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
Roberto Luongo gets the start.
Rangers Lines (presumed)
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Scratches/Injuries: David Desharnais (healthy), Ryan McDonagh (abdomen)
Crazy Prediction: Grabner with a shorty.
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