Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 61 Open Thread: They bet on the current roster, now prove it

The Rangers bet on themselves. They didn’t add at the deadline, only extending Chris Kreider. They traded Brady Skjei in what is going to be looked at as a cap savings move, and that hurts the team short term, but they bet on his replacement(s). In essence, the team today is the team they want.

That said, the Rangers are going to be without Igor Shesterkin for a few weeks, possibly the rest of the season because of the car accident. As of the writing of this post, there is no word if Pavel Buchnevich will be playing tonight, although he is likely to return in short order.

Isles Lines

Anders Lee-Mat Barzal-Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier-Brock Nelson-Derick Brassard
Andrew Ladd-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Josh Bailey
Leo Komarov–Otto Koivula-Matt Martin

Andy Greene-Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews-Scott Mayfield
Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk

PP1: Lee-Nelson-Eberle-Barzal-Toews
PP2: Brassard-Beauvillier-Bailey-Leddy-Pulock

Semyon Varlamov gets the start.

Rangers Lines (best guess)

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

Brendan SmithJacob 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, Zibanejad
PK Defense: Smith, Trouba, Staal, Lindgren, Fox

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches: Micheal Haley (bilateral core), Greg McKegg (healthy), Igor Shesterkin (rib)

Crazy Prediction: No fights?

Game time is 7pm.

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  • I don’t buy they’re betting on Skjei’s replacement. Right now that means Brendan Smith, he can be OK at times when he doesn’t try to do too much … but he isn’t Brady Skjei.

    Re: Pavel, I know this is an important game … but if he isn’t feeling at least 90%+, he should sit … it would be nice to see what we have in Gauthier, but playing him 6-7 minutes a night won’t do it.

  • Trouba really lowered the boom there. Ole time hockey is back in town. Reminds me of the subway series in the early 80s.

  • What a rocket by Zib to finish off the Fishsticks. Nice feed by Bread who got the pass off while getting checked by 2 islanders.

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