Game Thread

Game 9: The equally bad Panthers

The Rangers are back at it tonight looking to figure out how to score. This might bode well against the Panthers, who are equally bad and will hopefully give the Rangers room in the offensive zone. As Rob noted this morning, the Rangers have been getting victimized by luck lately. That will correct itself. The forwards are too skilled for it, although it would be nice to see more shots.

The Panthers are using that loser point for all it’s worth, with three of them so far to help them stay somewhat relevant. However this is a team that is going nowhere. They lack the depth up front and on the blue line to really compete. However they do have a few dangerous players, so this team is no pushover either.

Panthers Lines

Evgenii Dadanov-Alex Barkov-Nick Bjugstad
Jonathan Huberdeau-Vincent Trochek-Denis Malgin
Frank Vatrano-Jared McCann-Mike Hoffman
Troy Brouwer-Juho Lammikko-Colton Sceviour

Mike Matheson-Aaron Ekblad
Keith Yandle-Alex Petrovic
Bogdan Kiselevich-Mackenzie Weegar

PP1: Barkov-Trochek-Huberdeau-Dadonov-Yandle
PP2: Hoffman-Vatrano-Bjugstad-McCann-Ekblad

James Reimer gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris Kreider–Mika Zibanejad–Mats Zuccarello
Filip ChytilKevin HayesJesper Fast
Jimmy VeseyBrett Howden-Pavel Buchnevich
Cody McLeod-Vlad Namestnikov-Ryan Spooner

Brady SkjeiAdam McQuaid
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Brendan Smith-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Zuccarello-Kreider-Spooner-Shattenkirk
PP2: Hayes-Chytil-Vesey-Howden-Skjei/Pionk

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Vinni Lettieri (healthy), Tony DeAngelo (healthy), Frederik Claesson (lower body)

Crazy Prediction: McQuaid get a goal.

Gametime is 7pm.

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  • “The forwards are too skilled for it, although it would be nice to see more shots.”

    Dave, did you mean to say a higher shooting percentage? The Rangers are 6th in the League for SOG/GP at 34.4 which is a pretty high shot total.

  • Tired of ADA not getting his game minutes if not playing him, trade him. What a waste of time. And no reason Cody McLeod is even up. Getting frustrated on this so called rebuild which is more of a retool……

    • Something tells me if we end up dead dead last they will find a way to give the #1 pick to some other market or better yet we would pass him by for a Russian that may come to the NHL some day !

  • I hope Dave Maloney doesn’t put on his rose-colored eyeglasses and sugarcoat this crappy first period.

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