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NY Rangers Game 48 Open Thread: A rivalry renewed

It's been a while since Rangers/Islanders games have meant something

The Rangers and Islanders are back at it tonight for the third time in a little over a week, with the Rangers taking the first two matchups. It’s been a long time since Rangers/Islanders games actually meant something between the two teams. For the fans, they’ve always meant something, but now it looks like bad blood is brewing between the current teams, fueled on by some physical play and seeing each other three times in a week. It also helps that the Rangers won in dramatic fashion in their prior meeting.

The Blueshirts lost in equally dramatic fashion on Sunday night, which meant David Quinn changed up the lines. Brendan Lemieux is back and up with the top line, while Pavel Buchnevich –who appears to be battling the flu– is on the fourth line. I’m always wary of overreacting to one loss, especially with how well the Rangers have played over the past two months, but this one appears to be just flu related.

This is the final game for 10 days, as the Rangers hit the All Star break and the bye week back to back.

Isles Lines

Anthony Beauvillier-Mat Barzal-Josh Bailey
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Jordan Eberle
Michael Dal Colle-Derick Brassard-Tom Kuhnackl
Ross Johnston-Leo KomarovMatt Martin

Nick Leddy-Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews-Scott Mayfield
Noah Dobson-Johnny Boychuk

PP1: Lee-Barzal-Bailey-Toews-Beauvillier
PP2: Brassard-Nelson-Eberle-Dobson-Pulock

Semyon Varlamov gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess)

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

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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches: Phil Di Giuseppe (healthy), Igor Shesterkin (healthy)

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Game time is 7pm.

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  • Funny how the anti-Hank crowd is nowhere to be seen on nights when Georgie has a shaky start. Normally tgeres be plenty of weak jokes being made at the goalie’s expense, down 2-0 after 1 with 2 goals allowed on 8 shots.

    • I think it is absurd that Hank (sure Fire Hall of Famer, Mr. Game 7, etc,etc) didn’t start these 2 “must win” games, but Georg was definitely victimized by the 2 deflections off Lindgren…

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