Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 56 Open Thread: A trip to The Shire

Returning to Mats Zuccarello's home

The Rangers continue their hectic February schedule with a trip to Minnesota to visit Mats Zuccarello. The Wild have gone through a bit of a transformation lately, and it’s hard to figure out the club’s direction. The Jason Zucker trade signals sellers, but they in the thick of the postseason race in the Western Conference.

The Rangers are playing significantly better, but are still likely to miss the playoffs this year. They have shown progress in each year since the letter though, and this was certainly a season in the right direction. I say this now, as we are probably seeing Chris Kreider in his last games as a Ranger. Possibly others as well.

I still miss Zucc.

Wild Lines

Zach Parise-Eric Staal-Mats Zuccarello
Alex Galchenyuk-Luke Kunin-Kevin Fiala
Jordan Greenway-Joel Eriksson Ek-Jordan Greenway
Ryan Donato-Mikko Koivu-Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin-Matthew Dumba
Carson Soucy-Greg Pateryn

PP1: Parise-Staal-Fiala-Suter-Spurgeon
PP2: Galchenyuk-Kunin-Zuccarello-Donato-Dumba

Alex Stalock 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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches: Igor Shesterkin (healthy), Micheal Haley (bilateral core), Brendan Smith (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Zucc and Kreider fight.

Game time is 8pm.

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