Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 54 Open Thread: Trap game against the Kings

The Rangers continue their homestand tonight against the Kings, and this is going to be an interesting matchup. The Kings have great process and no skill, so they don’t score and get bad goaltending. The Rangers have significantly improving process and the skill to go with it, but have lacked goaltending lately.

The Kings are very good at controlling the tempo of the game, which is something that we’ve seen the Rangers struggle against. Igor Shesterkin gets the start tonight as the three headed goalie rotation continues.

Kings Lines

Alex Iafallo-Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown
Adrian Kempe-Jeff Carter-Tyler Toffoli
Trevor Moore-Blake Lizotte-Austin Wagner
Carl Grundstrom-Mike Amadio-Trevor Lewis

Joakim Ryan-Drew Doughty
Alex Martinez-Ben Hutton
Kurtis Macdermid-Matt Roy

PP1: Iafallo-Kopitar-Kempe-Toffoli-Doughty
PP2: Brown-Amadio-Lizotte-Cater-Martinez

Jonathan Quick gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess)

Chris KreiderMika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi PanarinFilip ChytilJesper Fast
Phil Di Giuseppe-Ryan StromeKaapo Kakko
Brett HowdenGreg McKegg-Brendan Lemieux

Brady SkjeiAdam Fox
Ryan LindgrenJacob Trouba
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo

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: Alex Georgiev (healthy), Micheal Haley (bilateral core), Brendan Smith (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Shesterkin’s first shutout.

Game time is 6pm.

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    • True, but they’re still a HEAVY team to play so it was nice to see us get through them. This was a trap game for us.

      I knew half way through the 3rd though that Shesty wouldn’t get a shutout, Dave’s crazy predictions are always wrong. 😉

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