Game Thread

Game 4: The real season opener and the battle of the rookies

The NY Rangers actually play hockey regularly going forward

The Rangers are finally back in action tonight after playing three games in two weeks to start the season, and they actually play regularly going forward. Tonight they take on the Devils, and the story of this game will be Jack Hughes vs. Kaapo Kakko. We all know the story of how both have started their respective seasons, and we all know the history the Rangers have with this kind of stuff, so let’s not jinx things, ok?

The game at The Pebble will also be the Blueshirts’ first on NBCSN, so we are getting Doc and the Shoe Smacker tonight. Both teams are bad, we know this. The real excitement is watching Hughes vs. Kakko for the first of what should be many times in their respective careers.

Devils Lines

Taylor Hall-Jack Hughes-Kyle Palmeieri
Blake Coleman-Travis Zajac-Wayne Simmonds
Nikita Gusev-Pavel Zacha-Jesper Bratt
Miles Wood-Kevin Rooney-John Hayden

Damon Severson-PK Subban
Will Butcher-Sami Vatanen
Connor Carrick-Matt Tennyson

PP1: Palmeiri-Hughes-Simmonds-Vatanen-Hall
PP2: Bratt-Zacha-Woods-Subban-Gusev

Mackenzie Blackwood gets the start.

Rangers Lines (defense pairs might not be accurate)

Artemi PanarinMika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Chris KreiderBrett HowdenKaapo Kakko
Brendan Smith-Ryan StromeJesper Fast
Greg McKeggLias AnderssonMicheal Haley

Libor HajekJacob Trouba
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
Brady SkjeiAdam Fox

PP1: Panarin-Zibanejad-Buchnevich-Kreider-Trouba
PP2: Kakko-Strome-Lemieux-DeAngelo-Fox

PK Forwards: Zibanejad, Anderson, Fast, Kreider, Strome, Howden, Lemieux
PK Defense: Skjei, Trouba, Staal Smith

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches: Brendan Lemieux (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Kakko and Hughes drop the gloves.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • I like to Kakko net another goal tonight. Hughes looks like a peewee out there on the ice. The devils are struggling, hopefully they don’t break out tonight.

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