Game Thread

Game 5: Getting those sea legs in DC

The Rangers play the tail end of a back-to-back in DC

The Rangers are back at it tonight in DC, fresh off their loss to the Devils. I know you may think this game thread is premature, but believe it or not the Rangers are allowed to play twice in the same week. I know, I’m just as surprised as you are. As for their opponent, the Caps have actually played a few games, twice as many as the Rangers.

The standings are still a jumbled mess, but the Caps are expected to be in the thick of things once March rolls around. The Rangers…not so much. The Caps might not have the immediate results yet, but their metrics look solid, and with that talent the goals will start coming.

Caps Lines

Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-TJ Oshie
Carl Hagelin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana-Lars Eller-Garnet Hathaway
Brendan Leipsic-Chandler Stephenson-Richard Panik

Jonas Siegenthaler-John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov-Radko Gudas
Nick Jensen-Tyler Lewington

PP1: Kuznetsov-Backstrom-Oshie-Ovechkin-Carlson
PP2: Vrana-Eller-Wilson-Ovechkin-Orlov

Brayden Holtby gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Artemi PanarinMika Zibanejad-Chris Kreider
Pavel Buchnevich–Brett HowdenKaapo Kakko
Brendan Lemieux-Ryan StromeJesper Fast
Micheal Haley-Lias AnderssonBrendan Smith

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches: Greg McKegg (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Someone other than the top line scores.

Game time is 7pm.

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