Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 30 Open Thread: Godspeed to those who stay awake

Gotta love these west coast trips

Note: Don’t expect any recaps from these late games. We all have work and stuff and are in bed long before these end. Sorry.

The Rangers continue their west coast swing tonight with a date in LA. I, for one, look forward to the 97 replays of stupid Alec Martinez. It was five years ago, just stop. Please.

The Kings should be better than their record of 11-18-2, and that’s almost entirely on their goaltending. Remember when everyone said Jonathan Quick was better than Henrik Lundqvist? Yea that aged well. Neither Quick nor Jack Campbell have a SV% over 90%, and with the Rangers shooting the way they are, they should be able to get a bunch of goals. The Kings also don’t score at all. On paper, this has the makings of a potential blow out.

So of course this is going to be a 1-0 game.

Kings Lines

Alex Iafallo-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown
Jeff Carter-Mike Amadio-Tyler Toffoli
Adrian Kempe-BLake Lizotte-Austin Wagner
Kyle Clifford-Trevor Lewis-Matt Luff

Joakim Ryan-Drew Doughty
Ben Hutton-Matt Roy
Kurtis Macdermid-Sean Walker

PP1: Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown-Kempe-Doughty
PP2: Carter-Amadio-Toffoli-Lizotte-Walker

Jonathan Quick gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess)

Brendan Lemieux-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin-Ryan Strome-Kaapo Kakko
Chris Kreider-Filip Chytil-Jesper Fast
Micheal Haley-Brett HowdenBrendan 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: Libor Hajek (knee), Greg McKegg (lower body)

Crazy Prediction: A closer game than last time?

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Lundqvist save percentage is .910 below the league average and nothing to write home about. Yes Quick has struggled, but the Kings are a very unpredictable hockey club. This game could go either way.

    • Quick’s SV% is at .884, which ought to have him in the minors. What’s with the Lundqvist comparable? Quick has sucked for 2 straight years now, and he’s 5 years younger than Hank. Hank might not be what he once was, but at 38 he’s way better than the 33-year old Quick.

  • Tough lost. Hopefully the Rangers get a better outcome next game against the Sharks when they have their regular goalie back in net.

    • You can’t blame Hank for this loss. Tough to win when you can’t score. Tough to score when you don’t shoot. Quick played a good game as well.

  • if nyr wanna change the passy happy culture … I keep saying it starts on the front lines. the guys drafting our players DONT VALUE SHOOTING. until those bozos are gone expect more of the same.

  • Watched the game and then had a nightmare the Rangers attempted 287 lateral passes around the net and all 287 lateral passes were broken up. When I woke up I realize it wasn’t a nightmare…it really happened. SHOOT THE PUCK!

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