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NY Rangers Game 47 Open Thread: The starting to get healthy Blue Jackets

For the first time in a week, the Rangers play someone who isn’t the Islanders. This is another tough test, as the Blue Jackets are finally starting to get healthy. The Blue Jackets have a good defensive process, which as they get healthier will only improve. They do struggle to score goals, which is going to haunt them if they can’t rectify it.

For the Rangers, this plays to their strengths. We’ve seen them break through against good defensive teams, specifically the last two games against the Isles, but it’s teams that also score at will that seem to give the Rangers trouble. The Blueshirts have been mildly better defensively, so this could be a good litmus test for how they’ve progressed since the start of the season.

Blue Jackets Lines

Gustav Nyquist-Pierre Luc-Dubois-Oliver Bjorkstrand
Nathan Gerbe-Alex Wennberg-Cam Atkinson
Eric Robinson-Riley Nash-Nick Foligno
Jakob Lilja-Boone Jenner-Emil Bemstrom

Zach Werenski-Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov-David Savard
Scott Harrington-Markus Nutivaara

PP1: Nyquist-Dubois-Jenner-Bjorkstrand-Werenski
PP2: Wennberg-Foligno-Atkinson-Bemstrom-Jones

Elvis Merzlikins gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess)

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

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

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches: Phil Di Giuseppe (healthy), Alex Georgiev (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Di Giuseppe actually plays since his recall.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • CBJ is Breadless. Their lost was the Rangers gain. Also Matt Duchene moved on as well as Dzingle. Their seasoned netminder Bobrovsky was replaced with rookie Elvis. This club has every reason to be a cellar dweller yet they sit in a wildcard position. Jack Adams 2 timed winner John Tortorella is making the most of a crummy hand he has been dealt.

  • Tough loss for the Czar. Seth Jones with the pass that led to the winning goal. It was a good game just the same!!!!!!!!

  • played as well structurally the first 2 periods as they have all season. and then totally lost it in the third. tough to see the same nonsense happen every game.

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