Game 48: Boston and then a long break

The Rangers have one more game tonight in Boston to wrap up a busy January, then go on a nine day break for their bye week and the All Star break. The Blueshirts have just three wins this month, going 3-6-0 thus far. However, their three wins have come in their last four games, so they are riding a bit of a hot streak at the moment. This comes right as Tony DeAngelo was paired with Marc Staal. There’s no correlation there, just coincidental timing that I thought was funny.

Boston is one of the better non-Tampa teams in the Eastern conference. They currently sit one point behind Toronto and third in the Atlantic. They are a tough opponent, which might be what #TheVision needs for the tank. Remember though, players don’t tank, and you don’t want them to try to lose. Keeping Mats Zuccarello hot to boost that trade value would be nice.

Zuccarello would fit in on Boston’s second line RW spot, though. Makes you think.

Bruins Lines

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Jake Debrusk-David Krejci-Peter Cehlarik
Chris Wagner-Sean Kuraly-David Backes
Danton Heinen-Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson-Ryan Donato

Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
John Moore-Kevan Miller

PP1: Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak-Debrusk-Krug
PP2: Donato-Krejci-Cehlarik-McAvoy-Moore

Tuukka Rask gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

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

Brady SkjeiAdam McQuaid
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren-Kevin Shattenkirk

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

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

Crazy Prediction: No disallowed goals on bad offsides reviews.

Game time is 7pm.

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19 thoughts on “Game 48: Boston and then a long break

  • Jan 19, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    At this stage of the game, all I want is for them to play well, and play for the jersey on their back! Boston is tough, especially at home, so it won’t be an easy game………

    • Jan 20, 2019 at 6:44 am
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      Mission accomplished.

  • Jan 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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    I would love to see Buch on the same line as Strome and Chytil. At some point the Ranger organization has to give the young Ruskie a opportunity to see what he is made of. If it doesn’t work out then move on with him.

    • Jan 20, 2019 at 5:07 am
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      id look to package him with zucc at deadline to get a first.

  • Jan 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Reckless hit by McAvoy.

    • Jan 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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      Rask got hit hard. Chytil is a big kid who was flying and McAvoy slammed him right into Rask’s head and shoulders. That was dangerous.

  • Jan 19, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    WHAT A GOAL!!!

  • Jan 19, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    And what a dumb play by McAvoy to check him into his own goalie after the puck crossed the line…

  • Jan 19, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    Zuc..the master of the red dot.

  • Jan 19, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    Holy HeeeeTaaaal ! Wow ! Howden got a good hit on the hands on the first goal. And who said face offs aren’t important?!?!?

  • Jan 19, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    Zib another beauty shot.

  • Jan 19, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    That was an excellent win. Beat a good team. Yay! See you all in 10 days!

    • Jan 20, 2019 at 6:45 am
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      you’re not posting until then? lol

  • Jan 20, 2019 at 7:00 am
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    The Bees had the puck a lot but the Rangers did something that will keep them in games against anyone: They DEFENDED well in their own zone. They had great gap control and they closed down the Bees’ passing lanes. The Rangers broke up a lot of the Bees’ offensive plays with sticks and just getting in the way of Boston’s offensive flow. Keep it simple!!

    These D pairings are actually working (gasp, DeAngelo and Lindgren make a difference?). Shatty is looking more like the old Shatty and Skjei seems to have settled down. Even Staal has been pretty good.

    Chytil, Zib, and Zuc were the offensive stars last night. IMO, Zib is near an elite player, and always was, his issue was staying healthy. Chytil is the real deal, wow what a move, and he knew he was going to get plastered. I wonder how McAvoy feels today about that stupid hit that took out his goalie.

    Buch was brutal. One sequence in the first where he had 2 brutal giveaways and then a needless icing. I mean WTF is he thinking about? That being said, nailing him to the 4th line is still stupid.

    Fun fact: Georgiev has more points than McLeod does. Yes, that’s true.

    So let me see, Fast has to go into concussion protocol for a possible hit to the head, but no penalty is to be called for the hit that caused that concussion protocol. F–king Mickey Mouse league.

    Congrats Henrik!! Most 15 win seasons to start a career and moving up the ladder for all-time wins. Well deserved. That save on the deflection towards the end of the game was just brilliant.

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