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.
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
Chad Johnson gets the start.
Alex Georgiev gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: Team defense shows up.
Game time is 7pm.