Game Thread

Game 75: No one likes the Penguins

After Saturday’s surprising win over the Leafs, the Rangers are back in action tonight against another playoff team. I think we can all agree that outside of potentially the Isles, the Penguins are all of our least favorite playoff teams. Their time will come. But it isn’t this year.

The Rangers are dressing weird lineups, as elite fourth line forward Brendan Smith continues to play on that fourth line. I guess it makes sense, since the Rangers are apparently shutting down Kreider and Fast. He’s looked surprisingly decent in that role too.

As long as the kids get good, long looks, I’m ok with basically everything else. I’d like to see Lias Andersson get much longer looks and gain some confidence. Ditto Filip Chytil. That’s all I ask in the final seven games.

Penguins Lines

Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Theodore Blueger-Jared McCann-Phil Kessel
Dominik Simon-Nick Bjugstad-Patric Hornqvist
Adam Johnson-Matt Cullen-Garrett Wilson

Brian Dumoulin-Zach Trotman
Jack JohnsonJustin Schultz
Marcus Pettersson-Erik Gudbranson

PP1: Guentzel-Crosby-Hornqvist-Kessel-Schultz
PP2: McCann-Bjugstad-Simon-Pettersson-Trotman

Matt Murray gets the start.

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

Brendan Lemieux–Mika Zibanejad–Pavel Buchnevich
Vlad Namestnikov–Filip ChytilVinni Lettieri
Jimmy VeseyLias AnderssonRyan Strome
Boo NievesBrett HowdenBrendan Smith

Brady Skjei–Kevin Shattenkirk
Fredrik Claesson–Tony DeAngelo
John GilmourNeal Pionk

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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Libor Hajek (shoulder), Jesper Fast (lower body), Chris Kreider (lower body), Marc Staal (lower body)

Crazy Prediction: Crosy doesn’t complain about anything tonight.

Game time is 7pm.

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    • Yeah,I think Gilmour getting a hat trick in his first game up from Hartford was more likely to happen.

      • Too late Dave as Crysby chirps the Ranger bench after the first. I am liking the effort out there so far by the Blueshirts and Georgiev looking more and more like the real deal, playing in back to back outings

  • Too much to think that this team is going to put together back to back great performances. Georgi was off tonight – first time in a while. Will be interesting to see how he bounces back in his next start. They did play a heckuva 1st period…

  • Penguins have picked up their play recently and it showed.

    I was not able to watch the entire game. I did catch the second period unfortunately. Man, Shatty was pretty brutal in the 2nd. But, overall it fell about quickly team-wide that period. Too bad, would have liked to see a competitive game against the flightless birds!

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