Game Thread

Game 33: Battle for the non-Ottawa worst

The Rangers are hosting Anaheim tonight in what I’m calling a battle for non-Ottawa bad. I say this because the Rangers just overtook Anaheim as the worst shot share team in the league, non-Senators division. Both teams give up tons of shots to the opposition, so this may be a battle of who does it less bad.

It’s worth re-stating that this is a rebuild. The Rangers are not going to be a good team. We knew that from the get-go. Perhaps that 9-1-1 run spoiled a few people into unrealistic expectations. It happens. That run was fun. Now, in the dog days of the season, the cream rises to the top, and the Rangers sink to the bottom.

The only thing we can ask for is consistent effort. It doesn’t look like we’ve gotten that lately though. Team defense would be wonderful. Baby steps.

Ducks Lines

Rickard Rakell-Ryan Getzlaf-Pontus Aberg
Andrew Cogliano-Ryan Kesler-Brian Gibbons
Isac Lundestrom-Adam Henrique-Jakub Silfverberg
Ben Street-Sam Steel-Joseph Blandisi

Hampus Lindholm-Jacob Larsson
Cam Fowler-Andy Welinski
Marcus Pettersson-Brandon Montour

PP1: Rakell-Getzlaf-Henrique-Steel-Fowler
PP2: Cogliano-Kesler-Gibbons-Lindholm-Montour

Chad Johnson gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Filip Chytil –Mika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Chris KreiderKevin Hayes-Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy VeseyBrett Howden–Vlad Namestnikov
Boo NievesLias AnderssonRyan Strome

Brady SkjeiTony DeAngelo
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Brendan Smith-Adam McQuaid

PP1: Zibanejad-Hayes-Kreider-Zuccarello-Pionk
PP2: Howden-Chytil-Vesey-Buchnevich-DeAngelo

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Kevin Shattenkirk (shoulder), Cody McLeod (hand), Jesper Fast (upper body)

Crazy Prediction: Team defense shows up.

Game time is 7pm.

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    1. You could argue that play by Georgie the whole night,maybe coming across and VH against the post along with Zib not going down.

    1. Play the kid some! He’s got some confidence back( light game but everyone put some effort in )

  1. Believe it or not Sieve I agree Georgi should play with more regularity. I’d like to see Hank finish with about 52 or so games giving Georgi the rest. Makes sense to see what they have as there is no way this is a playoff team.

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