Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 31 Open Thread: Win on the west coast

Win while we sleep

Fresh off their 3-1 loss to LA, the Rangers are in San Jose in what could be an interesting matchup. The Sharks just let go of Pete DeBoer in what was a hockey related firing. Bob Boughner takes over as head coach. He was last the head coach of Florida from 2017-2019, putting up a combined record of 80-62-22 (or 80-84).

San Jose has had bad goaltending for a few years now, but the kicker this year is they are also one of the worst teams in expected-goals rates (yes, the Rangers are still worse by far), so their process wasn’t overly great either. Makes you wonder, though, what would have happened had their goaltending be even close to league average.

Sharks Lines

Evander Kane-Logan Couture-Timo Meier
Tomas Hertl-Joe Thornton-Kevin Labanc
Patrick Marleau-Barclay Goodrow-Joachim Blichfeld
Marcus Sorensen-Dylan Gambrell-Melker Karlsson

Brenden Dillon-Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Erik Karlsson
Mario Ferrero-Tim Heed

PP1: Kane-Couture-Meier-Karlsson-Labanc
PP2: Hertl-Thornton-Marleau-Burns-Heed

Martin Jones gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess)

Brendan Lemieux-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi PanarinRyan Strome-Kaapo Kakko
Chris KreiderFilip ChytilJesper Fast
Micheal HaleyBrett 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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches: Libor Hajek (knee), Greg McKegg (lower body)

Crazy Prediction: Georgiev dons a cape in the third period.

Game time is 10pm.

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  • If I were a suspicious man I would say Georgiev is being showcased, kind of thought Hank would get the start. Again, it’s a mistake to trade the “Prince” even with the Czar waiting in the wings.

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