Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 57 Open Thread: The depleted Blue Jackets

The Rangers have a quick turnaround tonight, following up their 3-2 comeback win in Minnesota with a game against the depleted Columbus Blue Jackets. The entire Blue Jackets roster is hurt, apparently. That doesn’t seem to matter though. John Tortorella has them playing relatively well (6-1-3 in their last ten) and are a very dull team. The Rangers struggle with low-event teams, so this might be one of those frustrating ones.

As for the Blueshirts, they recalled Joey Keane. The RD is likely to skate for the banged up Tony DeAngelo. This is his first NHL game in his first pro season. He certainly earned the call up, and is rocketing up the prospect depth charts. He’s someone to watch tonight.

Blue Jackets Lines

Nick Foligno-Pierre Luc-Dubois-Oliver Bjorkstrand
Gustav Nyquist-Boone Jenner-Emil Bemstrom
Nathan GerbeRiley Nash-Eric Robinson
Sonny Milano-Kevin Stenlund-Jakob Lilja

Zach Werenski-Marcus Nutivaara
Vladislav Gavrikov-David Savard
Scott Harrington-Andrew Peeke

PP1: Foligno-Dubois-Bemstrom-Bjorkstrand-Werenski
PP2: Nyquist-Jenner-Stenlund-Milano-Nutivaara

Elvis Merzlikins 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
Brendan Smith-Joey Keane

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: Igor Shesterkin (ankle), Micheal Haley (bilateral core), Marc Staal (flu), Tony DeAngelo (banged up?)

Crazy Prediction: Joey Keane scores in his first NHL game.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • 7 games for Kassian is way too light. NHL again getting it wrong with its discipline. The league is allergic to handing out any real penalties.

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