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Preseason Game 3: Battle of New York (Part 1 of many)

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The Rangers take on the Islanders tonight in their third preseason matchup of the season. This is when the roster is going to start thinning out, and those with a legitimate shot of making the team start sticking around.

I find this matchup to be funny. The Islanders are trying to be a good team this year, but likely are going to be bad. The Rangers are trying to rebuild, but may actually finish with more points than the Islanders. One of those situations is better than the other, and it certainly isn’t the Isles’ situation.

Rangers lineup:

Isles Lineup: TBD, they just made roster cuts.

Crazy Prediction: Bobby Butler scores, because Google always knows.

Game time is 7pm.

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32 Comments

  1. Hey, I’ve asked this a few times with no response. I’ll try again. What happened to Jeff Beukeboom? I can’t find anything at all. Just some golf tourney he helped at over the summer. Thanks.

  2. Any team with Trots behind the bench is going to be competitive. He is probably the league’s most underrated coach.

  3. Wish we knew who Bobby Butler was. Sounds like a NASCAR driver, or someone that Will Ferrell played in a movie.

    1. He is heading right to the Wolf Pack after this game. He played a UNH up here in NH. But he is 31 now and will be in the AHL.

  4. Zucc with a nice move in warmups mucking pucks out of the net along w/ Hajek, chatting him up.

  5. I hope tonight is the first of many nights this season that McQuaid kicks some Islander’s rump.

    1. Hopefully he picks up weak side threats better than he did at 11:25 of the 1st tonight.

      Doesn’t look like he thinks the game that fast, can’t read the ice well.

      1. Agreed, that’s why McQuaid has taken his fair share of bodycheck punishment throughout his career. Doesn’t see the ice well, and his tendency to overplay in the d-zone corners has gotten him lit up quite a bit in the past.

  6. Mcquaid Hajek pair looks solid and Howden has drive. Unlucky knuckler gets passed Georgiev.

    The Rangers overall look organized, and zuc still has magic.

    1. Hajek had a huge giveaway while under pressure in the 2nd period, but Georgiev saved his bacon. I like him but he needs time in Hartford.

      Rangers had better gap control for half the game and then lost it in the 3rd. Looked like a continuous Isles’ PP the last period.

      I wish Zuc would apply his magic into shooting the puck.

        1. and what’s worse, how many of those chances end up with no shot on goal. maddening.

  7. People are at the end of the beer line *with full beers* tonight in Bridgeport. Cider stand already bone dry.

  8. Yikes fish sticks with more offensive weapons pick the Rangers pk apart and break the game wide open. Zuc with a magical hobbit pass to Spooner cuts the goal deficit to 2.

    1. Bit of a mismatch as fish sticks had most of their regular lineup out there. Hajek was impressive and Chytil should stick with the big club. Still concerned with the Ranger netminders as neither goalie looked sharp.

        1. Love fans like you bro, if you keep saying that the King is overrated, at some point it has to come true, right? Even if it takes 15 years to make your prediction come true.

          🙂

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