Game Thread

Game 73: John Gilmour’s last stand

The Rangers are back home after a long stretch of travel to take on the tanking Red Wings. This game doesn’t have direct #tankathon impact, but the Rangers still have a chance of getting into the top-five, something they haven’t done since 1999. Detroit is in the top-three and not looking back (forward?).

John Gilmour and Vinni Lettieri got the call up yesterday, but I’m unsure where they slot into the lineup. I’m guessing for the most part nowadays. The Wings are bad, but Jimmy Howard in MSG is always tough. With the way the Rangers are playing lately, they might get into that top-five spot sooner than we thought.

Red Wings Lines

Tyler Bertuzzi-Dylan Larkin-Anthony Mantha
Luke Glendening-Andreas Athanasiou-Filip Zadina
Darren Helm-Frans Nielsen-Thomas Vanek
Justin Abdelkader-Jacob de la Rose-Michael Rasmussen

Nicklas Kronwall-Madison Bowey
Jonathan Ericsson-Trevor Daley
Danny Dekeyser-Filip Hronek

PP1: Athansiou-Larkin-Mantha-Rasmussen-Hronek
PP2: Vanek-Zadina-Bertuzzi-Nielsen-Kronwall

Jimmy Howard gets the start.

Rangers Lines (doing the best I can here, they change hourly)

Chris Kreider–Mika Zibanejad–Ryan Strome
Vlad Namestnikov–Brett Howden-Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey-Lias Andersson-Brendan Lemieux
Filip ChytilBoo Nieves-Vinni Lettieri

Brady SkjeiNeal Pionk
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
John Gilmour-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Namestnikov-Vesey-Buchnevich-DeAngelo
PP2: Strome-Chytil-Howden-Fast-Shattenkirk

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Libor Hajek (shoulder), Frederik Claesson (healthy), Jesper Fast (banged up), Brendan Smith (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Gilmour scores a hat trick.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • I wonder if they lineup is right, why sit Smith ? He’s actually played half assed decently the past 10 games .

    • Skinny Smith has been better this year. He still has a good skating stride and knows how to seperate players from the puck. He should be a mainstay in the Ranger lineup.

      • Yeah well the initial lineup changed . Has he been great ? I would say better for sure , and seems better on the wing but that’s a lot of $$$ for a 4th line wing Bloomer. At least he engages and is not afraid of the body. We found out quick Vesey wasn’t first line material after Zuccarello the spot open, that lasted 2 games.

  • Laaa Moi has been invisible since his spark the first few games.

  • Good loss for the tank and effort was there…win-win

    Funny how people will remember Nielsen beating Gilmour for the goal and that’s how he will be remembered but in actuality he played well

    Lettieri played a good game too.

    I came to realization that negativity is contagious and for many addictive. The media runs with it and a nation as a whole falls for it.

    Do us a favor, point to the good things and unite us.

    Rangers at #3 select (insert name) for me Cozens.

    • Too much negativity, says Leather, the guy who expresses rampant negativity towards:

      Henrik Lundqvist
      the entire Ranger drafting/scouting departments
      the GM
      K’Andre Miller
      Vitali Kravtsov
      Kevin Shattenkirk

      Got it—negativity is ok, if it agrees with your negative assessments. If it doesn’t, it’s bad.

        • Leather,I don’t remember you ever saying anything bad about Hank. Maybe pointed out some facts that’s about it.

          • I’d laugh at how disingenuous your remark is, but then I remembered that you’re fond of opiates. How would you remember anything, when you were likely in an opiate haze?

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