NY Rangers Game 25 Open Thread: No Hughes in the Kakko/Hughes Showdown

The Rangers are back in action today, taking on the Devils in their second matinee in as many days. Jack Hughes, who has started to produce like the #1 overall pick, is out with a lower body injury. Shucks.

The Devils, like the Rangers, are not a good team. It was mostly their goaltending for a while, and they made the drastic decision to send Cory Schneider to the AHL. Talking about a good goalie who just lost it. Man, what happened to him?

The Rangers, although still a defensive nightmare, are strong offensively. If they ever had structure to their defensive game, then they might be a dark horse for the playoffs. Alas, there is no defensive structure. This could be a chippy game.

Devils Lines

Taylor Hall-Nico Hischier-Kyle Palmeieri
Jesper Boqvist-Pavel Zacha-Wayne Simmonds
Blake Coleman-Travis Zajac-Nikita Gusev
Miles Wood-Kevin Rooney-Jesper Bratt

Andy Greene-Damon Severson
Sami Vatanen-PK Subban
Will Butcher-Matt Tennyson

PP1: Palmeiri-Hischier-Gusev-Vatanen-Hall
PP2: Boqvist-Zajac-Simmonds-Subban-Severson

Mackenzie Blackwood gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess)

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin-Filip Chytil-Ryan Strome
Brendan Lemieux-Brett Howden-Kaapo Kakko
Micheal Haley-Brendan Smith-Jesper Fast

Brady Skjei–Jacob Trouba
Libor Hajek–Tony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren–Adam Fox

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

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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches: Marc Staal (ankle), Greg McKegg (lower body), Boo Nieves (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Haley scores, because of course.

Game time is 1pm.