NY Rangers Game 70 Open Thread: It’s not who you play, it’s when you play them

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After last night’s strong win against Dallas, the Rangers are back at it tonight in Denver against the hobbled Avs. Already without Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri, it was announced that the Avs would be without Nathan MacKinnon as well. That’s a huge loss for the Avs, and this is a time when the Rangers need to take advantage.

The Blueshirts are currently 4th in the wild card hunt, three back of Columbus with a game in hand. They also need to leapfrog the Islanders, whom they trail by two points, but the Isles have a game in hand. Remember that the Rangers just need to get to a tie for the WC2 spot, as they hold the tiebreaker.

The Blueshirts are also now without Filip Chytil, who was injured in the first period last night against the Stars. Steven Fogarty was the emergency recall for tonight’s game.

Avs Lines

Gabriel Landeskog-Vlad Namestnikov-Valeri Nichushkin
Tyson Jost-JT Compher-Joonas Donskoi
Matt Nieto-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Martin Kaut
Mark Barberio-Vlad Kamenev-Logan O’Connor

Ryan Graves-Cale Makar
Sam Girard-Erik Johnson
Ian Cole-Kevin Connauton

PP1: Compher-Jost-Namestnikov-Landeskog-Makar
PP2: Donskoi-Kamenev-Nichushkin-Girard-Johnson

Pavel Francouz gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Phil Di Giuseppe–Mika Zibanejad–Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi PanarinRyan StromeJesper Fast
Brett HowdenGreg McKeggKaapo Kakko
Brendan Lemieux-Steven Fogarty-Julien Gauthier

Brendan SmithJacob Trouba
Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo

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

PK Forwards: Fast, Kreider, Strome, Howden, Lemieux, Zibanejad
PK Defense: Smith, Trouba, Staal, Lindgren, Fox

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches: Micheal Haley (bilateral core), Chris Kreider (foot), Alex Georgiev (healthy), Filip Chytil (lower body)

Crazy Prediction: Gauthier’s first as a Ranger.

Game time is 10pm.