Game 29: Lottery jockeying with Florida

After a week off, the Rangers are in Sunrise tonight to take on the Panthers in a game that may have draft lottery implications. As it stands today, the Rangers are ahead of the Panthers, but only by two points. Florida is a team I have pegged to eventually pass the Rangers in the standings, and a Florida win would do them wonders. Not that anyone is hoping the Rangers lose, but it certainly isn’t the worst thing in the world anymore.

As for our Blueshirts, they’ve been absolutely dreadful lately. They’ve forgotten basic fundamentals and have been borderline lazy. On the bright side, the week off was no picnic. They were worked by David Quinn, and worked hard. We will see if that has any impact on them.

Panthers Lines

Jonathan Huberdeau-Alex Barkov-Mike Hoffman
Evgenii Dadonov-Jared McCann-Frank Vatrano
Dryden Hunt-Denis Malgin-Troy Brouwer
Micheal Haley-Juho Lammikko-Colton Sceviour

Keith Yandle-Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson-Mark Pysyk
Bogdan Kiselevich-Mackenzie Weegar

PP1: Barkov-Hoffman-Huberdeau-Dadonov-Yandle
PP2: McCann-Vatrano-Malgin-Matheson-Ekblad

Roberto Luongo gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Kevin Hayes
Jimmy VeseyRyan Strome-Filip Chytil
Vlad Namestnikov–Brett HowdenJesper Fast
Steven Fogarty-Lias Andersson-Matt Beleskey

Brady Skjei-Tony DeAngelo
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Fredrik Claesson-Kevin Shattenkirk

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Adam McQuaid (lower body), Pavel Buchnevich (thumb), Cody McLeod (hand), Mats Zuccarello (groin), Brendan Smith (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Beleskey scores, because of course he will.

Game time is 7pm.

23 thoughts on “Game 29: Lottery jockeying with Florida

  • Dec 8, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    The Rangers up 2 after the opening period. They came out hard against the cats and are skating well. A nice shorty by Name off a sweet feed by Hayes.

    • Dec 9, 2018 at 7:22 am

      And then there was the rest of the game lol

  • Dec 8, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Kreider sitting in the wheelhouse and had no interest in shooting … looking for a pass,unreal!

  • Dec 8, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Where’s Leather when I need him …. really ???

  • Dec 8, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Leaky…is back.

  • Dec 8, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    A rare off period for Hank. Should have had both but hopefully he can pull it together. Great deflection by Beleskey.

    • Dec 8, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      For sure Beleskey filling the scoring void left by McCloud. No chance for Henk on the 3rd Florida marker.

      • Dec 8, 2018 at 8:49 pm

        Hate to say it but he’s noticeable on the ice so far

        • Dec 9, 2018 at 8:32 am

          Why do you have to hate to say it Sieve? It is what it is – he had a a good game. That is what he is here to do. Could it be that he knows he is running out of shots at the big time and has figured it out?

          • Dec 9, 2018 at 8:52 am

            Didn’t mean it that way,Wanted more players noticeable on the ice besides him. Zb line looked pretty good. You just see a different game live vs TV ,which I don’t get to see many live Ranger games ?

            • Dec 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm

              I get you – I was just asking

  • Dec 8, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Well Hank made up for his poor 2nd with an amazing OT performance. I’m surprised Florida doesn’t have a better record. They are tough offensively, but I guess their defense/goaltending hold them back. Nice to see Hayes with a terrific performance and I was glad he came out for the shootout instead of Vesey. Claesson and Beleskey with excellent games too.

    • Dec 9, 2018 at 7:23 am

      Hank’s first win with an under .900 save % in eons.

      • Dec 9, 2018 at 7:58 am

        About time! Gotta win some when your goalie is a mere mortal. But this road issue of not being able to win in regulation is really concerning.

  • Dec 8, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Be prepare for Brooks to write about Hayes so scouts can pick up on his success 🙂

    His he can’t play wing narrative has been played out since his NCAA days.

    Beleskey and Foges played great along with Hank.

    Skjei is still poop 🙁

    • Dec 9, 2018 at 7:10 am

      And you’re still a semiliterate idiot, so it’s pretty much status quo at this point.

    • Dec 9, 2018 at 7:24 am

      Oh Brooks did point Hayes again. Brooks must have signed up to be a shill for Ranger management. It’s embarrassing.

  • Dec 9, 2018 at 7:29 am

    1 win in regulation in the Rangers’ last 23 road games.

    • Dec 9, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Also hate when teams play for a tie! Lots of rules changed over the years,that should be another. Points need to change , 3 for a win in Reg , 2 for OT , 1 for the skills competition and 0 for the loss.

      • Dec 9, 2018 at 11:54 am

        Rangers blew THREE leads last night, they were not playing for a tie, lol. Though you probably were not talking about the Rangers.

        • Dec 9, 2018 at 12:16 pm

          more in overall games,they skated pretty much to the end,florida sat back.

          • Dec 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm

            How did Florida sit back? They were behind most of the game bro, lol.

            • Dec 9, 2018 at 2:32 pm

              After the tie

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