Game Thread

Game 76: A date with Boston

The season is almost over, folks. After getting crushed by Pittsburgh on Monday, the Rangers are facing Boston tonight. The Bruins would be in first place if not for the runaway Lightning, and would probably win the President’s Trophy. The B’s are that good, and tonight might be even worse than Monday.

Henrik Lundqvist is back in action. He’s getting more rest down the stretch than we are used to. I like this approach, since Hank is clearly no spring chicken anymore, but yet is still capable of being an elite goalie. It also gets Alex Georgiev some additional starts. That’s a win-win for me.

Chris Kreider is getting there, but he’s not coming back tonight. I’d expect the same lineup as Monday.

Bruins Lines

Brad Marchand-Patrics Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Marcus Johansson
Danton Heinen-Charlie Coyle-Chris Wagner
Joakim Nordstrom -Noel Acciari-David Backes

Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
Connor Clifton-Steven Kampfer

Jaroslav Halak gets the start.

Rangers Lines (doing the best I can here)

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

I give up on the powerplay units.

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

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

Crazy Prediction: Someone punches Marchand.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Was just thinking to myself about how happy I am right now that we didn’t draft Wahlstrom. Not to in any way suggest he’s a bust (way way way too early to say that), but it must be a little disconcerting to the Islander organization that he just had a very mediocre year at BC and then quickly jumped ship. I can only imagine the chirping that would be going on in here right now if we had drafted him. Gorton must go!!!

  • This season can’t end soon enough. There is just no semblance of defense being played in front of the net with Hank having little to no shot on 5 of those goals. At this rate he will hit 450 wins sometime in January 2020. Yikes. But one positive is Mika hitting 30 goals and 70 points. Great season for him.

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