Game 44: Another date in Brooklyn

The Rangers and Islanders finish up their home and home and their 2018-2019 season matchups today in Brooklyn. Thursday’s spirited affair left the Rangers with a last minute loss in regulation, and I’m sure the Blueshirts would like to keep the season series tied.

The Blueshirts dominated most of that game, but it was the one shot they allowed in the third that got through on some pretty terrible defensive play. The penalty kill was a disaster for the Rangers too, so staying out of the box would be a step in the right direction.

#TheVision is always something on the minds of fans, but beating the Islanders should be a bigger priority.

Isles Lines

Anthony Beauvillier-Matt Barzal-Josh Bailey
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Jordan Eberle
Ross Johnston-Valtteri Filppula-Leo Komarov
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuck
Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews-Scott Mayfield

PP1: Lee-Eberle-Nelson-Barzal-Leddy
PP2: Beaulivier-Bailey-Filpulla-Toews-Pulock

Robin Lehner gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Filip ChytilRyan Strome-Jesper Fast
Jimmy VeseyBrett Howden–Vlad Namestnikov
Cody McLeodBoo Nieves-Pavel Buchnevich

Brady SkjeiAdam McQuaid
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
Fredrik Claesson-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Kreider-Zuccarello-Strome-Namestnikov
PP2: Howden-Chytil-Buchnevich-DeAngelo-Shattenkirk

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Neal Pionk (healthy), Brendan Smith (healthy), Kevin Hayes (upper body)

Crazy Prediction: No fights in the stands.

Game time is 1pm.

44 thoughts on “Game 44: Another date in Brooklyn

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Oh my, even DQ decided to finally sit Pionk. Hell must have just frozen over — now poor ADA has to pair up with Staal.

    Have I missed something or has anyone heard anything regarding Hayes’ mysterious upper body injury?

    Crazy Prediction: The Chytil-Strome-Fast line is again the best line for the Rangers. Zucc actually shoots a puck on goal and scores one off Nick Leddy’s arse.

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      Another crazy prediction: McQuaid gets involved in the rivalry… physically.

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      They are saying lower body injury, not healthy scratch

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Why is Stahl playing after his garbage performance. When it gets rough rather have Smith.
      Frick n Frak on pregame show say Pionk is hurt. So much for healthy scratch

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 1:56 pm


      It’s called contractitis, or better known on the street as dogging it!!!!!

      • Jan 12, 2019 at 4:19 pm

        Hey Walt, we call that Salon talk over here. Zero sources and it keeps getting said by the same person but oh well.

        Yo Tanto, Brooks said it was lingering issues from when he crashed into the boards. It was said that he’s been playing hurt ever since the first Yotes game. I guess he wanted to continue his monster scoring streak and push it out for the boys? It’s quite common for player’s to randomly take a seat due from a injury in the past.

        Btw I wouldn’t consider Pionk’s situation as Quinn personally taking him out the lineup. He has been injured which was why he didn’t play in today’s game, ADA caught a break. Unless you think Pionk has been “dogging” during today’s morning skate?

        • Jan 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm

          Salon talk is your his ass wipe, and I had to correct them and advise them you were his agent……………………Need any more toilet paper??

        • Jan 12, 2019 at 6:50 pm

          Said with no hint of irony…

          • Jan 12, 2019 at 7:26 pm


        • Jan 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

          I was going by what Dave wrote above, a healthy scratch. Of course it was an injury, St. Pionk must never sit!

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm


  • Jan 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    LGR’s !

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Terrible penalty to take. Use your legs. No clutch n grab anymore.
    No physical play yet by the softies

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Stahl ugh
    No hits.
    Is it the system or just ineptness? The puck gets to the strong side point and our SSW is down in the circle.. Time after time the opposition gets free shots. Why

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Staal isn’t gonna engage in hits. He will also shy away from any incoming hits. We just seen Nash retire. He knew it was time. Hated seeing him skating tight after the concussions he had with the Rangers. Zib is another one, one big hit and after that how many can he take?

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Georg looking good. I’m all in favor of giving him the rest of the games until the bye week. Rest Hank (who needs it) and let’s see what Georg has.

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      Sittoo – it’s not gonna happen. Hank is playing tomorrow night

      • Jan 12, 2019 at 2:32 pm

        Did they announce that Sieve?

        • Jan 12, 2019 at 2:43 pm

          No … just a hunch

          • Jan 12, 2019 at 2:51 pm

            It makes sense. But imo makes more sense to get Hank 2 weeks off to clear his head, rest, and come back to face whatever hell awaits …

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Tony DeAngelo is so bad, he needs to be the 1st one to go. Bad decisions all the time, bad temperament to be a D man…He has no idea what to do when he gets the puck in the D zone.

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Hmm, I only caught the third period, and he had a good period from what I saw. He needs to play not rust in the press box.

    • Jan 13, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Must be sarcasm since it’s the reverse. 😉

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Someone from the Rangers give Matt Martin a concussion please, it’s not going to McLeod, McLeod is a coward.

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Not cool

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      that concussion talk is uncalled for my man…………..

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      totally dude, not cool. he is a man with a family. What the F is wrong with people in this world. Jeez

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm


  • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Great effort, win in brooklyn

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Nice win! Georgi really good. Nice to see Zucc so engaged.

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:44 pm

      Good overall effort …. Georgi has the Isles number it seems ?

      • Jan 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

        Yup! ?

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Good game, Rangers defencemen were more engaged on the attack and the PK was better. The Rangers can skate when they want too and that was the difference in this match.

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Let’s hope they have some legs tomorrow vs Columbus. But these last couple of games have been much better. Not good. But better. Hope Claesson is ok…

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Let’s hope the few hours more rest help the legs ( Columbus plays tonite at 7 in Wash ). We shall see?

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Only caught the final period, but the Rangers played quite well. The Isles might not be quite as hate worthy as in their glory years, but it is still always nice to beat them. ?

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Two last games they had very good 3rd periods. Stahl, Smith McQuaid need to rotate
    Let all the other d play. Not gonna be any worse

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Pionk needs sometime in the press box. He has talent but not seeing any improvement in the defending part of his game. While he will never be the next Scott Stevens, he can be more effective if he learn to use body position and how to break up plays.

      • Jan 12, 2019 at 6:09 pm

        He certainly has speed which you can’t teach. The way Freddie was holding the shoulder I doubt he skates tomorrow so ADA should dress again ( I hope )

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Zucc’s play has improved significantly. If his value is lower than we think it is or will be at the deadline, then resign him. Shipping Hayes out and whatever other smaller pieces would be our best “value” move. Moving Zucc for a third rounder or lower would be a huge loss…

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 7:45 pm

      I like that thought process. Unfortunately I think he’s a goner.

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      what other than Fan emotional equity do you gain by not trading zucc for a 5th rounder if all that’s there? utterly ridiculous statement imo.

      • Jan 12, 2019 at 9:16 pm

        lol, ok. utterly.

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Top 30 trade deadline list

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