Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 11 Open Thread: Somehow the Predators’ blue line is still cheaper than the Rangers

The Rangers travel to Nashville this afternoon to take on the again Cup contending Nashville Predators. The Preds are deep and have high end skill, but haven’t yet found a way to turn that into a Cup. Yet they compete every year and somehow remain in a great cap position. They have made mistakes, but this is a very well run team.

The Rangers are without Mika Zibanejad again, so the lineup will remain the same. Marc Staal remains a healthy scratch. He’s not overly please about it, based on interviews, but what else can you expect? I wouldn’t be happy either. Considering how the Rangers played against Tampa, this lineup was worth repeating to see if they have something.

Preds Lines

Calle Jarnkrok-Ryan Johansen-Viktor Arvidsson
Filip Forsberg-Matt Duchene-Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi-Nick Bonino-Craig Smith
Colton Sissons-Kyle Turris-Austin Watson

Roman Josi-Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm-Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis-Matt Irwin

PP1: Duchene-Johansen-Forsberg-Arvidsson-Josi
PP2: Granlund-Turris-Bonino-Ellis-Smith

Pekka Rinne gets the start.

Rangers Lines (assumed)

Artemi Panarin–Ryan StromeJesper Fast
Chris KreiderFilip Chytil-Pavel Buchnevich
Brendan LemieuxBrett HowdenKaapo Kakko
Brendan SmithLias AnderssonGreg McKegg

Libor Hajrk–Jacob Trouba
Brady SkjeiTony DeAngelo
Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox

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

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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches: Micheal Haley (healthy), Mika Zibanejad (upper body), Marc Staal (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Andersson gets more than 10 minutes of ice time.

Game time is 2:00pm.

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  • ” The Preds are deep and have high end skill, but haven’t yet found a way to turn that into a Cup. Yet they compete every year and somehow remain in a great cap position. They have made mistakes, but this is a very well run team.”

    I beg to differ a bit as to the perception of the Preds. Yeah they make the playoffs every year, but they almost always seem to fall apart (badly) come playoff time … and they’ve had their cap issues in the past. They’re run pretty well and consistently a good team, but in the final analysis nothing more.

    • A lot of negative votes but no proof whatsoever that what I’m saying isn’t true. They underperform in the playoffs — in the last 15 years (starting with the first time they made the playoffs) 7 times they went out in the first round, 4 times they won 1 round, 3 times they didn’t even make the playoffs and 1 time they won 3 rounds and went to the finals. How exactly does that qualify as a team with playoff success?

  • The Preds are a club that build through the draft and drafted well. The Rangers are playing smart hockey today, just need to capitalize on the PP.

  • What a terrific game by the boys!
    Like I thought, Chytil has come back a far better player than he was when he was sent to the Pack. He was rather terrific. So was Georgiev. Great to watch.

    • And the defense does look much better without Marc. They were clogging the passing and shot lanes very well.

    • Chytil clearly underperformed in training camp this year, he really needed the wake up call and must have downed a “venti” of espresso because he looks wide awake.

  • Back to back wins for the boys. Chytil gets his second game winner, and the defense kept the NHL’s top scoring team to only one goal. Shows again what a difference a speedy defense can do for you. I was glad to see Andersson on the PK, and on the ice with the game on the line. LGR!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SOOOOOOOO nice not to see them just give up the blue line all the time. It isn’t just the players playing better. can’t sit back like you use to, in today’s game more than ever you have to challenge and pressure the puck.

  • Lindgren played a heck of a game. I don’t know how you take him out at the moment. Both he and Hajek playing the big minutes on the 6 on 4 PK with less than a minute in the game.

    • Swarty

      I’m so glad you picked up on this because I posted that both of those kids looked very good to me when I saw them at Hershey. I suspect the team will start feeling good about themselves, and the way they are playing. Lindgren is earning his playing time, no doubt about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Walt, can’t for the life of me understand what some people don’t like about Hajek’s and Lindgren’s game — I mean sure they’ll never be big scoring d’men, but that’s counterbalanced by our right side. We’re going to have a real nice problem on the left side when K’Andre Miller shows up — if Skjei continues to consistently play the way he has the last couple of games. Some how benching Staal upped Skjei’s game. lol

        PS: Last 2 games without Zibby and 2 pretty nice wins, small sample size of course ,,, but at least it looks like Chytil might be ready for those big minutes.

  • Great game today. I have to believe this is Staal’s last season with the Rangers. A buyout of his contract will save a little over 2 million towards the cap next season, we will take a cap hit of a manageable 1.1 million in 2020-2I. Shatty’s hit will then be erased too. This has JD’s fingerprints all over it IMO.

    • Not far fetched in the least. Of all the guys who needed to be bought out it looks like Smith might be the last man standing — or traded.

  • Oh My, 3 days ago it was “David Quinn is on the clock”, now it’s Jeff Gorton’s turn…
    Hands up to BSB.

  • 3 reasons why they have won the last 2 games:

    Gap control
    Gap control
    Gap control
    Gap control, and
    Gap control

    Helps the forechecking, defending in the neutral zone, and in their own end. It’s about time.

    Georgie of course was very good as well. But the Rangers have gotten very good goaltending all year despite their sh-tshow games earlier in the season.

    Chytil, 2 goals in 2 games. I wonder if he’s ready to play with the big club.

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