Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 59 Open Thread: Chicago is no longer a powerhouse

The rolling Rangers are in Chicago tonight to take on the Blackhawks, who are not a good team this year. The Hawks are on the outside looking in for the playoff race, and are unlikely to make up enough ground to get there. They are still potent offensively, but nowhere near as consistent as they once were.

The Rangers are rolling with Igor Shesterkin in net tonight. Julien Gauthier is also playing tonight, and it is my guess he is in for Jesper Fast. Or I could just be reading too deep into the tea leaves. But as of the writing of this post, that’s my guess.

Blackhawks Lines

Dominik Kubalik-Jonathan Toews-Drake Caggiula
Brandon Saad-Ryan Carpenter-Patrick Kane
Alex Debrincat-Kirby Dach-Dylan Strome
Matthew Highmore-David Kampfe-Alex Nylander

Duncan Keith-Adam Boqvist
Erik Gustafsson-Connor Murphy
Slater Koekkoek-Olli Maata

PP1: Kubalik-Toews-Saad-Gustafsson-Kane
PP2: Debrincat-Dach-Strome-Boqvist-Keith

Robin Lehner gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess)

Chris KreiderMika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi PanarinFilip Chytil–Jesper Fast
Phil Di Giuseppe-Ryan StromeKaapo Kakko
Brendan Lemieux-Brett Howden-Julien Gauthier

Brady SkjeiJacob Trouba
Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo

PP1: Panarin-Zibanejad-Strome-Kreider-DeAngelo
PP2: Kakko-Buchnevich-Lemieux/Chytil-Trouba-Fox

PK Forwards: Fast, Kreider, Strome, Howden, Lemieux
PK Defense: Skjei, Trouba, Staal, Lindgren

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

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

Crazy Prediction: Gauthier scores in his Rangers debut.

Game time is 8pm.

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  • I like the trade. I like getting the 4th overall from 2016 and a first round pick as well for rentals.

    LGR!!!

    • sorry, going between my phone and the machine, this was a hypothetical from a pal about getting Puljujarvi from Edmonton for CK with 1st round pick… lol

      • Puljujarvi intrigues me, but also worries me …

        That said the 1st rounder might turn out to be one of those mid-1st rounders because I don’t see the Oilers being a great threat to advance a round. Colorado on the other hand … same goes for Boston.

  • NBC guys spending some time in the pre-game taking about will Henrik soon be on another team . But as always no matter what …….LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!

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