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NY Rangers Game 13 Open Thread: The process needs to be better

The Rangers take on Detroit, looking to right the ship

The Rangers are back in action tonight in their first of back-to-backs. Tonight it’s Detroit on NBCSN for “Rivalry Night,” which is clearly loosely defined because I can’t remember the last time the Rangers and Red Wings were considered rivals. Really milking that Original Six matchup stuff, I guess.

Marc Staal and Greg McKegg return to the lineup for the Rangers. Ryan Lindgren and Lias Andersson sit for the two veterans. Perhaps this is all part of David Quinn’s master plan, where he plays a noticeably inferior lineup against other teams that can finish ahead of them in the tankings. Then again, Detroit did just call up old friend Dylan McIlrath for this one.

Wings Lines

Tyler Bertuzzi-Dylan Larkin-Anthony Mantha
Andreas Athanasiou-Valtteri Filppula-Adam Erne
Taro Hirose-Frans Nielsen-Brendan Perlini
Justin Abdelkader-Jacob de la Rose-Darren Helm

Patrik Nemeth-Filip Hronek
Dennis Cholowski-Dylan McIlrath
Joe Hicketts-Madison Bowey

PP1: Bertuzzi-Larkin-Hirose-Cholowski-Mantha
PP2: Erne-Filppula-Athanasiou-Perlini-Hronek

Jimmy Howard gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Artemi PanarinRyan StromeKaapo Kakko
Chris KreiderFilip Chytil-Pavel Buchnevich
Brendan LemieuxBrett HowdenJesper Fast
Brendan SmithGreg McKegg-Micheal Haley

Libor HajekJacob 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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches: Mika Zibanejad (upper body), Lias Andersson (healthy), Ryan Lindgren (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: A goal a piece for the fourth line.

Game time is 8:00pm.