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

The Rangers face the Devils in another matinee

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.