Game 62: Post Zuccarello matinee

The Rangers have traded Mats Zuccarello. Kevin Hayes and Adam McQuaid are next. But there’s little time to stew over it, as the Rangers have another matinee today. The defending champion Caps are on the docket in Washington, and this is going to be a tough one to watch.

Tough not just because of the matchup, but tough because now we know Zuccarello isn’t going to dress for the Rangers anymore. I mean, we knew it before, but now it’s official. It’s a little tough to focus on the game at hand, especially when this could get ugly fast.

Plus Carl Hagelin now plays for Washington. Ugh.

Caps lineup:

Alex Ovechkin-Evgeni Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana-Nicklas Backstrom-TJ Oshie
Andre Burakovsky-Lars Eller-Brett Connolly
Carl Hagelin-Nic Dowd-Chandler Stephenson

Michal Kempny-John Carlson
Dimity Orlov-Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik-Christian Djoos

PP1: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie-Kuznetsov-Carlson
PP2: Vrana-Eller-Burakovsky-Niskanen-Orlov

Phoenix Copley gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadJimmy Vesey
Filip ChytilLias Andersson-Pavel Buchnevich
Vlad Namestnikov–Ryan StromeJesper Fast
Brendan SmithBoo Nieves–Connor Brickley

Brady SkjeiNeal Pionk
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
Fredrik Claesson-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Kreider-Buchnevich-Strome-Namestnikov
PP2: ??-Chytil-??-Pionk-Shattenkirk

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Brett Howden (knee), Adam McQuaid (healthy), Kevin Hayes (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Another trade!

Game time is 12:30pm.

17 thoughts on “Game 62: Post Zuccarello matinee

  • Feb 24, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Sniper alert.

    • Feb 24, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      The Rangers could use a Tom Wilson player on their roster. Not only does he bring an intimating physical edge but can score goals too.

      • Feb 24, 2019 at 2:53 pm

        That and a few D men , a sniper and a strong winger!

  • Feb 24, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Needed a save from Hank there but that coverage was less than ideal vs the reigning champs.

    • Feb 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      I’m more afraid of the Caps starting to take runs at these guys

    • Feb 24, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      I like the way Brady Skjei is using his big body in this tilt. He also netted himself another goal. The Caps are a heavy team and will run over their opposition if they don’t push back.

  • Feb 24, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Our boys showing some fight.

  • Feb 24, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Brooks Orpik is a piece of garbage, can’t wait until he’s out of the NHL. Too bad Brickley didn’t KO him.

  • Feb 24, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    A tad of defense and a shoot first mentality in OT and that’s a different result. Good for them to be competitive. Reminded me a ton of that Pitt game we lost a couple weeks ago. A lot of goals and no defense – tough nights for Georgi and Hank but entertaining games with no quit.

  • Feb 24, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Zuc Watch: Zuccy sends Faska all alone on a breakaway with a seeing eye pass…1-0 Stars over Hawks

    • Feb 24, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Just seen that ! Let’s hope he gets the Stars going for a good few playoff rounds and signs !

  • Feb 24, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Wow. Watching Hank in tears during the postgame makes me think it would have been a lot smarter to go back to Georgi today. He was a mess and that was hard to watch. Easy to forget theses guys are people not commodities. That brought it home.

    • Feb 24, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      They are Pro’s , they know the deal from the start.

      • Feb 24, 2019 at 6:26 pm

        I don’t disagree with that. But emotions are a tricky thing to just ignore. Hank obviously was not as focused as he needed to be. I’d guess a combo of things including Zucc being traded and the reality of what they will look like for the next couple of years and effectively the end of his career. Would be nice if he could just shut it off but then he wouldn’t be human…

  • Feb 24, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Zuc Watch: Zuccy snaps home a nice cross fed…3-0 Stars.

    • Feb 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      If he keeps that up Dallas just might want to resign him and then Gorton looks like the ultimate genius.

      • Feb 24, 2019 at 4:26 pm

        Zucc playing on a line with Seguin and Radulov and they are on fire. Dallas has the cap space to sign the gifted Hobbit from Norway.

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