Game 66: No Zuccarello in Dallas

The Rangers begin their long stretch of travel for games tonight in Dallas. For the players, they will get to see old friend Mats Zuccarello. For us fans, he broke his arm and is not playing tonight. The hockey gods are cruel sometimes.

The Blueshirts are dressing their youngest roster in years, and the future is looking bright. David Quinn has them competing in every game, and there aren’t many where the Rangers give up and accept defeat.

Interesting note: Alex Radulov won’t play tonight, as he was late to the Stars’ morning skate. They will play 11F/7D, like the Rangers.

Stars Lines

Roope Hintz-Tyler Seguin-TBD
Jamie Benn-Joel L’Esperance-Jason Spezza
Mattias Janmark-Radek Faksa-Blake Comeau
Valeri Nichushkin-Jason Dickenson-Brett Ritchie

Miro Heiskanen-John Klingberg
Esa Lindell-Roman Polak
Taylor Fedun-Ben Lovejoy

PP1: Seguin-Benn-Spezza-?-Lindell
PP2: Janmark-Hintz-Gleason-Heiskanen-Bayreuther

Ben Bishop gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadJimmy Vesey
Brendan Lemieux–Lias Andersson-Pavel Buchnevich
Vlad Namestnikov–Ryan StromeJesper Fast
Brendan SmithBrett HowdenFilip Chytil

Brady Skjei–Kevin Shattenkirk
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
Libor Hajek-Neal Pionk

PP1: Zibanejad-Kreider-Vesey-Buchnevich-DeAngelo
PP2: Strome-Lemieux-Namestnikov-Pionk-Shattenkirk

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Fredrik Claesson (healthy), Boo Nieves (healthy), Connor Brickley (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Gordie Howe hat trick for Lemieux.

Game time is 8:30pm.

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33 thoughts on “Game 66: No Zuccarello in Dallas

  • Mar 5, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    The Hockey Gods are being good to us. I’m so sorry he’s hurt but at least we’re being spared the pain of seeing him in another uniform playing against us. Yeesh!

  • Mar 5, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Still wish him well, and a speedy recovery………

  • Mar 5, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Crazy Prediction – I’ll drop an OxyContin , 2 – OxyCodones , 2 – Tylenol and the ice machine will be running twice ( maybe they will be watching me some ? )

    • Mar 5, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Dude, where are you getting all this Oxys? You do know you need to be careful there, right?

      • Mar 5, 2019 at 8:35 pm

        Yeah thanks buddy … trust me I don’t like taking anything , not even aspirin/Advil . First hip resurfacing was done beginning of January. I took pain meds for 5.5 days . This is the second one , did it yesterday and drove 8 hrs to get home . Along with just following orders. They want aggressive on the meds the first few days , doc tells me if u get behind on bone pain you will be in trouble.Oxycontin one every 12 hours , Oxycondone 2 every 4-6 hours which I will probably cut those down to 1 after day 3-4 and depending on swelling day 5-6 cold turkey. Just ice machine and Tylenol.

        • Mar 5, 2019 at 10:14 pm


          Had no idea you had surgery, get well big guy!!!!

          • Mar 5, 2019 at 11:15 pm

            Had both done … Thanks Walt , suffered for too many years. First one was done in January which is coming along nicely at 8 weeks post op . Second side we did yesterday!

            • Mar 5, 2019 at 11:33 pm

              Feel better soon Sieve because I hate picking on you when you’re down and out…?

              • Mar 6, 2019 at 12:31 am

                Thanks Sittoo … Georgi played a solid game yet again!

            • Mar 6, 2019 at 7:21 am

              What schmuck gives you a thumbs down for having surgery, I just don’t understand these people………..

              • Mar 6, 2019 at 7:41 am

                Everyone loves me Walt …. I take those as positive energy! ? I couldn’t be happier ! I’m sore of course but my joint pain is completely gone ! Along with an added bonus of no more lower back pain! I researched this style hip replacement for 2-3 years and kept dragging my feet to do it. The right hip was probably 2 years late , the left about a year early but I had to get it done because of our lovely health care system that is a complete mess. All my deductible and most of out of pocket was met the first go around so it was almost a 2 for one deal. A expensive one though!

      • Mar 5, 2019 at 8:36 pm

        Plus the pills ease the Ranger pain if they start playing bad … lol ?

        • Mar 5, 2019 at 8:46 pm

          I wish you well! But, be careful or you will be inhaling Narcan to save your life. I’ve seen it over and over.

          • Mar 5, 2019 at 8:49 pm

            Yeah they didn’t really give me bunch , maybe 8 days , I had a few left from the first one for sure

            • Mar 6, 2019 at 8:09 am

              Too much junkie business, the morgues are full of people who thought they could handle it. Why don’t you save your boastfulness, opioid abuse is no joke and certainly nothing to proudly announce.

              • Mar 6, 2019 at 8:13 am

                Really ? F-off

              • Mar 6, 2019 at 8:18 am

                Seriously, who needs to hear that you’re on the verge of a habit? Who cares?

              • Mar 6, 2019 at 8:38 am

                Hooking up the ice machine as we speak , I’m an ice junkie too ! It’s so bad I’m at an hour on , hour off

      • Mar 5, 2019 at 8:49 pm

        I watched the Zuc play in his Dallas debut. He was working his magic setting up his line mates, scored a goal and was hard on the back check. Unfortunately being the big balls Hobbit that he is he broke his arm blocking a slap shot. Heal quickly old friend.

  • Mar 5, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I would have loved to see him play tonight! Are you kidding? The hockey “GODS” hate us!

    Farewell Zucc!

  • Mar 5, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I think the Hockey Gods said it was in our best interest to lose in regulation this evening.

  • Mar 5, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Chytil is so soft, like a sheep. He doesn’t finish his checking or he doesn’t know what checking is. Someone please teach him.

    • Mar 5, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      Zib with the boarding major and game misconduct…yikes

  • Mar 5, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Looks like the refs have embraced the tank.

    Awful boarding call on Ziba.

    • Mar 5, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      Shattenpants turns the puck over then takes a hooking penalty. Friggen lovely.

  • Mar 5, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    These games have to be wearing this team out. Ugh. Another great game for Georg. I remain convinced that he just might beat out Shesty as the heir to the throne. That call on Mika was terrible. Wtf has happened to Kreider? All but invisible…

    • Mar 6, 2019 at 12:12 am

      I love Hank, but the truth is might be one of the vets blocking the rebuild next year. Georgi can’t go down to the AHL, he’s just too good for that … and I’m not sure Shesty would benefit much from any long period of time in the AHL after having played 3+ FULL years in the KHL. Tough situation.

      • Mar 6, 2019 at 1:17 am

        If Shesty turns out to be the real deal my guess is Georgi becomes trade bait. Kreider is a competitor who doesn’t appear to be embracing the tank. If the Rangers can sign Panarin in the off-season, then they need to take a run at the playoffs. Teams can become perpetual losers if the culture permits it.

        • Mar 7, 2019 at 8:52 am

          … and then who back ups whom come the King’s retirement? Unless one of Wall, Huska or Lindbom are ready, we’ll have to find one. Thing is, Georgi will be just 25 when Hank goes, I would rather see him here pushing Shesty — healthy competition.

      • Mar 6, 2019 at 6:20 am

        I’m loving Georgi ‘s foot work , for sure he’s gotten way stronger down low from when we first seen him last year!

    • Mar 6, 2019 at 6:17 am

      The non call on ADA was messed up , dangerous boarding hit and the Ref was right there watching the whole play . What did he think that ADA was diving ?? They need to bring up Lindgren and sit a few vets , let the kids play ! Do you let Gerorgi stay in the nets Sittoo ?

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