Game Thread

Game 63: The tankathon begins

The Rangers are now in their post-deadline days, and with the trades of Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes, and Adam McQuaid, have entered full tank mode. The trade deadline saw the removal of two of their best four forwards, and the only NHL body that comes to the Rangers is Brendan Lemieux. Suffice it to say, that’s a significant downgrade on the current on ice product.

Helping matters along is the Tampa Bay Lightning coming to town. The clear cream of the crop, the Bolts are basically Stanley Cup or bust this season. For the Rangers, this bodes well as a Cup means they get Tampa’s 1st rounder (31st) instead of their 2nd rounder (likely 58-61). That’s a big jump.

Bolts Lines

Ondrej Palat-Steven Stamkos-JT Miller
Tyler Johnson-Brayden Point-Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn-Anthony Cerelli-Yanni Gourde
Adam Erne-Cedric Paquette-Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev-Anton Stralman

PP1: Kucherov-Point-Stamkos-Gourde-Hedman
PP2: Miller-Killorn-Johnson-Palat-Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevsky gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadJimmy Vesey
Brendan Lemieux–Lias 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: ??-??-??-Pionk-Shattenkirk

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Brett Howden (knee), Filip Chytil (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Lemieux scores in his first game.

Game time is 7:30pm.

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    • Don’t like sitting Chytil and Smith up on the wing , makes no sense!

  • PP – it’s killing us , especially the one when McD took the shot off the knee ( it was pretty much a 5 on 3 for a good bit )

  • Pick plays are seldom called…but nonetheless a great hockey. Thank-you David Quinn and his New York Rangers for the entertainment.

    • Only caught the 3rd and OT but am impressed again with the battle level of this team. Easily could have won with the pressure they put on Vasilevskiy in the 3rd. Georg made 3 or 4 outstanding saves. Heard Lemieux was really good in the 2nd. Have to say it felt pretty hollow knowing I wasn’t going to see Zucc on the ice. Will take some getting used to…

      • The first was ugly. Glad they turned it around and played hard the rest of the way. Have to make PP’s count.

  • these guys aren’t tanking. they may lose a bunch, but definitely not tanking. wouldn’t be surprised at all if they stick around +/- .500 for the rest of the way, for better or worse

  • TANKING The only people that tank are our representatives in Washington. It is illogical to think the coach and players, who have their jobs on trial every day care about some draft pick position. If anyone believes otherwise that’s your right but if that’s your team tanking you shouldn’t spend your money watching

    • Well, it’s possible to tank unintentionally, but I don’t see that happening here either. These guys have good hustle, on most nights, there’s just enough skill still in the lineup, and squishy parts of the schedule to likely avoid the kind of month long winless streaks we saw last year

      • Every game he tries to tank. Look at his lineup. 7 D. Put Fast on the line with talent and they don’t score. He definitely is not trying to win but wants people to play hard. Handcuff the lineup but play hard. That is why they come close but don’t win or stay average. If that thought was not genius, nothing is!

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