Game 49: Long break and then 11F/7D

After nine days off, the Rangers return to the ice tonight to shake off the rust against the Flyers. The Rangers are keeping #TheVision intact by dressing 11 forwards and 7 defensemen, a move that is questionable at best when there are no injuries, the team has just finished nine days off, and the scratch is Pavel Buchnevich.

This is likely the beginning of the end of the Blueshirts careers for a few players. Kevin Hayes is someone we have an eye on. Mats Zuccarello another, but he’s out tonight. Chris Kreider may be on his way out as well. There are other names being thrown out there, but those are the big three.

The Flyers are trying to claw their way back to the playoffs, and the once last place team is now three points behind the Rangers.

Flyers Lines

James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Nolan Patrick-Wayne Simmonds
Philip Varone-Mikhail Vorobyev-Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Christian Folin-Andrew MacDonald
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas

PP1: Giroux-Couturier-Simmonds-Voracek-JVR
PP2: Lindblom-Patrick-Konecny-Sanheim-Provorov

Anthony Stolarz gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris Kreider–Mika ZibanejadBrett Howden
Jimmy Vesey–Kevin Hayes–Vlad Namestnikov
Filip ChytilRyan StromeJesper Fast
Cody McLeodBoo Nieves

Brady SkjeiAdam McQuaid
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
Neal Pionk-Brendan Smith-Kevin Shattenkirk

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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Fredrik Claesson (shoulder), Mats Zuccarello (foot) Pavel Buchnevich (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: All 7 defense get a point.

Game time is 7:30pm.

12 thoughts on “Game 49: Long break and then 11F/7D

  • Jan 29, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    It may get ugly tonight!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jan 30, 2019 at 6:54 am

      Did you mean the possible feistiness or the play of the game itself?

  • Jan 29, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Yea We have 1 and 1/2 4th lines!

  • Jan 29, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    This is mind-boggling.

  • Jan 29, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    … and then there were 10

  • Jan 29, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Nice idea playing 11 forwards…well 10 forwaards…

    I guess coach can have ADA play wing, he’s done it before.

    • Jan 29, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      Right? Good thing Buchnevich isn’t dressed, Howden’s injury will give McLeod the chance to shine!

    • Jan 29, 2019 at 9:45 pm

      When the Rangers announced their newest rookie coach, I promised myself to reserve judgement. But I am having a hard time trying to see the logic in sitting Buchnesvich while inserting cement hands McCloud into the lineup.

      I can only speculate that Buch must be on the trading block and the Rangers dont want to risk him being injuried.

    • Jan 29, 2019 at 10:13 pm

      We should take bets now on which d’man sits when Quinn decides he should go with 12 forwards.

  • Jan 29, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    If only we had one more offensively gifted player to insert in the lineup tonight, if only …

  • Jan 29, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Buch is a goner. He wasn’t able to put it together for either AV or Quinn so I have to think he deserves some of the blame here. If the Rangers were a team like Tampa he could probably shine playing on a high powered offensive juggernaut. But sadly they are anything but that so they need to work hard with and without the puck and play a style that doesn’t suit Buch. C’est la vie. My only real problem with that is his trade value has to be at an all time low…

  • Jan 30, 2019 at 12:05 am

    If Buch goes to a good team 30 goals next year is in the cards. Let’s hope other Russian prospects and free agents aren’t take notice of this.

    It may be a blessing Buch did not play he might have banged in or setup a goal which would have hurt out lottery position.

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