Game 28: Vic Hadfield Night

The Rangers are back home tonight, trying to end their streak of pretty putrid play. It will be a tall order against the Winnipeg Jets, who are most likely playoff bound and one of the favorites to come out of the West. This might be another rough one.

The main focus of tonight will be on Vic Hadfield. An honor that should have been bestowed upon Hadfield long ago, the final member of the GAG line will have his #11 retired tonight. Hadfield spent 13 seasons with the Rangers (839 games), putting up a career line of 262-310-572. He, along with Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle were a force to be reckoned with, and now all three will finally be reunited in the rafters.

This is an honor that is long overdue. Both Hadfield and Ratelle should have had their numbers retired when Gilbert had his number retired. You can throw Harry Howell into this argument as well. The Rangers were not good at honoring their players until after the 1994 core retired. Better late than never.

Jets Lines

Nikolaj Ehlers-Mark Schiefele-Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor-Bryan Little-Patrick Laine
Andrew Copp-Adam Lowry-Brandon Tanev
Mathieu Perreault-Jack Roslovic-Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey-Jacob Trouba
Cameron Schilling-Tyler Myers
Ben Chiarot-Sami Niku

PP1: Connor-Schiefele-Laine-Wheeler-Morrissey
PP2: Ehlers-Little-Perreault-Myers-Trouba

Connor Hellebuyck gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris Kreider-Kevin Hayes-Filip Chytil
Jimmy VeseyMika ZibanejadJesper Fast
Lias AnderssonBrett HowdenRyan Strome
Matt Beleskey-Steven Fogarty-Vinni Lettieri

Brendan Smith-Tony DeAngelo
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Fredrik Claesson-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Howden-Kreider-Strome-Pionk
PP2: Hayes-Chytil-Vesey-Strome-Shattenkirk

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Adam McQuaid (lower body), Pavel Buchnevich (thumb), Cody McLeod (hand), Mats Zuccarello (groin), Vlad Namestnikov (concussion), Brady Skjei (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: No tears during the ceremony.

Game time is 6pm.

12 thoughts on “Game 28: Vic Hadfield Night

  • Dec 2, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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    Not right that Brad Park was not retired first!

  • Dec 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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    Enough with the retired numbers already, it’s embarrassing that NYR has so many jerseys up in the rafters with only 2 Cups in the last 78 years.

  • Dec 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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    Every good line needs a Hadfield. Someone to do all the heavy lifting and dirty work. It was a tough pair of games for the Rangers in Quebec. The Jets will be a handful tonight and likely give Henk fits.Tonight i hope the Ranger bring the same Moxy as Hadfield did when he put on the Ranger sweater.

  • Dec 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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    It was such a joy to watch him play. Good on the Rangers

    • Dec 2, 2018 at 7:04 pm
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      Love it … 6 dislikes lol. What was the record again on dislikes Leather?

      • Dec 2, 2018 at 7:05 pm
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        I got 3 likes in 10 seconds … lol

        • Dec 2, 2018 at 8:05 pm
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          lol…the thumbs up / down ain’t woth squat….meaningless

  • Dec 2, 2018 at 7:38 pm
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    Rangers up by 2 let by Norris trophy candidate Marc Staal?

  • Dec 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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    My first Ranger jersey was #11 Hatfield, and I still wear it when I’m at MSG!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec 2, 2018 at 9:09 pm
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    Not the end we were hoping for. Henk is mad again.

  • Dec 2, 2018 at 10:47 pm
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    Hank should sue for support. A really poor performance, we didn’t even belong in the same League with the Jets.

  • Dec 3, 2018 at 12:45 am
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    The Jets were just toying with the Rangers. They have so much skills and talent.
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