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NY Rangers Game 26 Open Thread: Continue the run

Rangers look to extend their 4-0-1 against Vegas

The Rangers, who had a strong November, get into the meat of their season now, with a rough stretch coming up. First up is Vegas, a team expected to make the playoffs for the third year in a row. Vegas is good, with good process on the ice to support it.

With Mika Zibanejad back, the Blueshirts are much deeper and seem to be getting some of that secondary and tertiary scoring back. Defensively a nightmare, but offensively they seem to be firing on all cylinders. If they are going to win, they need the offense to outpace the defense.

Vegas Lines

Jonathan Marchessault-William Karlsson-Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty-Paul Stastny-Mark Stone
Will Carrier-Cody Glass-Alex Tuch
Tomas Nosek-Nicholas Roy-Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb-Nate Schmidt
Nicolas Hague-Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill-Deryk Engelland

PP1: Tuch-Marchessault-Smith-Theodore-Karlsson
PP2: Pacioretty-Stastny-Stone-Theodore-Glass

Malcolm Subban gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess)

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

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

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

Crazy Prediction: Hank finally gets a shutout.

Game time is 7pm.