Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 44 Open Thread: Continuing good process in St. Louis

The good process has been there for the Rangers lately

Fresh off a strong win over the Devils, the Rangers travel to St. Louis to take on the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Blues are in a good spot to defend their title, sitting pretty atop the Central Division and the Western Conference. The Blues are stifling on defense, but the Rangers have been significantly better. Hanging with the Blues would be a big confidence booster, much like hanging with the Avs.

Ryan Lindgren is dealing with a lower body injury, and Marc Staal is dealing with something. Libor Hajek was a full participant in practice, so it’s safe to assume he will play if one of the others can’t go. This is a good barometer matchup for the Rangers – continued success against good teams bodes well for the rebuild, even if the playoffs this year seems to be a reach.

Blues Lines

Jaden Schwartz-Brayden Schenn-Oskar Sundqvist
Zach Sanford-Ryan O’Reilly-David Perron
Alex Steen-Robert Thomas-Tyler Bozak
Mackenzie Maceachern-Jacob de la Rose-Ivan Barbashev

Vince Dunn-Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester-Justin Faulk
Niko Mikkola-Robert Bortuzzo

PP1: Schwartz-ROR-Schenn-Perron-Pietrangelo
PP2: Sundqvost-Bozak-Thomas-Dunn-Faulk

Jordan Binnington gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess – If Lindgren or Staal can’t go, Hajek will be back)

Chris KreiderMika Zibanejad–Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi PanarinRyan StromeJesper Fast
Brett HowdenFilip ChytilKaapo Kakko
Brendan SmithGreg McKeggSteven Fogarty

Brady Skjei–Jacob Trouba
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren–Adam Fox

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

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches: Micheal Haley (healthy), Igor Shesterkin (healthy), Libor Hajek (knee)

Crazy Prediction: A shutout for Hank. He’s due.

Game time is 8pm.

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  • Before anyone says anything stupid about Hank, look at the shot chart for the game. Not that real facts make any difference.

    Hajek-DeAngelo was a hot mess. Strome is a hot mess when Panarin is not doing the hard work for him.

    The good: Lindgren-Fox were the best players on the ice this game. Chytil, who totally carried “the kid line” was great as well.

    Just awful: Not coming close to scoring a goal on the 4 minute PP, and then giving up the goal right after, you could have turned off the game right there. Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, puck lost, and cleared down the ice.

    And the Blues are without their best player (Tarasenko).

    This is what an NHL team with structure looks like. DQ and his band of clowns should watch it over and over again.

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