Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 58 Open Thread: Biggest game of the season against Boston

If, in October, you told me that the Rangers would be making things interesting in February, I would’ve called you a naive optimist. Yet here we are, with the Rangers making a run. We don’t know if this run will impact their trade deadline plans, but we do know that these games actually mean something right now. If you were looking for progress in a rebuild, there’s your progress.

The Bruins may be a one line team, but they are the best team in the conference right now. That top line is lethal, and they are superb defensively. They rely on boring, low-event games and capitalizing on their chances. That doesn’t match up well with the Rangers, who still take a good amount of stick penalties and struggle against these low-event teams.

Bruins Lines

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Jake Debrusk-David Krejci-Karson Kuhlman
Anders Bjork-Charlie Coyle-Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom-Sean Kuraly-Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk-Jeremy Lauzon

PP1: Marchand-Bergeron-Debrusk-Pastrnak-Krug
PP2: Hanon-Krejci-Coyle-Grzelcyk-McAvoy

Jaroslav Halak 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 SkjeiJacob Trouba
Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
Marc Staal-Tony 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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

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

Crazy Prediction: A Buchnevich hat trick.

Game time is 3:30pm.

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  • We seem to have no offensive punch today ……And now they get a shorthanded goal …..OK maybe we do not have to make any trades .

  • I hate the Bruins … and Marchand is and always will be a PUNK … but at least they didn’t just give up, the boys have some fight in them.

    Side note: Georgiev could have made the save on the shortie, his glove was way too low.

    • I did like the way Buch cranked Marchant during the pile up in the Rangers crease. Lindgren played a gutsy, solid game.

  • Was that the least effort game you have watched all year?
    Cant imagine they even broke a sweat — except for Lindgren (whom I respect immensely because he doesnt have the greatest talent, but has a huge heart)

    What was the headline of this article “biggest game of the season”
    Wow = we are in trouble.

    Prob is too many similar personalities — strome, buch, fast, howdy, skjei, staal — these are all complacent type P (for poop) personalities.

    Guarantee that if you were in a pissing stall next to these guys and you just pissed on their shoes they wouldnt do shit. Its not their nature.

    This isnt what we want or need — give me guys that would rather lose and arm that a game! That’s what NY is all about…. its about less talent and more effort…about heart over class or privilege… about putting on your boots EVERY DAY !!

    OUT with staal, buch, howdy, skjei, smith, and especially strome. Sign Kreids and ADA.

    Gurantee, NONE of these guys will ever win ANYTHING, they dont have the balls !!

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