Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 2 Open Thread: Being better shouldn’t be hard

The Rangers and Isles are back at it again tonight to finish off their duet of games to start the season. The Islanders destroyed a very sloppy Rangers team on Thursday, and you’d have to assume the Rangers won’t be that bad again tonight. Of course, you know what happens when you assume.

The lines were thrown in a blender again, and Tony DeAngelo finds himself as a healthy scratch. He took a terrible and undisciplined penalty and was just downright atrocious. Yet Jack Johnson, who was far worse on the ice, got a promotion to the second pair. These things need to play out, apparently.

Isles Lines (projected)

Anders Lee-Mat Barzal-Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier-Brock Nelson-Josh Bailey
Leo Komarov-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Ross Johnston
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy-Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene-Noah Dobson

Semyon Varlamov gets the start.

Rangers Lines (projected)

Chris KreiderMika Zibanejad–Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi PanarinRyan Strome–Alexis Lafreniere
Phil Di Giuseppe–Filip ChytilKaapo Kakko
Brendan Lemieux–Brett Howden– Julien Gauthier

Ryan LindgrenJacob Trouba
Jack Johnson–Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Brendan Smith

PP1: Panarin-Zibanejad-Strome-Kreider-Fox
PP2: Howden-Buchnevich-Lemieux-Lafreniere-Trouba

PK Forwards: Kreider, Strome, Howden, Zibanejad
PK Defense: Trouba, Johnson, Lindgren, Fox

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Injuries/Scratches: Tony DeAngelo (healthy), Kevin Rooney (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: They don’t get shut out.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • If this is DQ’s reaction after one game into the season, then what is he going to do if there is a repeat “performance” tonight?

    Bring in the taxi squad?

  • “These things need to play out, apparently.”

    … and that’s the friggin’ problem with this coaching staff. If it continues too much longer I’ll be jumping on the fire DQ bandwagon, but for now I’ll just keep on saying “it’s just 1 game, it’s just 1 game …”.

    • I was on that same wagon with you regarding Quinn thinking he’s gliding a coaches job. But after two years of the same nonsense with treatment of players and mindset. But game of of the new year he lost his mind Tanto. Time to refresh behind the bench.

  • Why the demotion of gauthier?? He was the best forward we had last game (not a high bar, but still)

  • “……..These things need to play out, apparently….” Yes to the point DQ is run out on a plank; the Chytil-KK-Laf’s-Millers regress……

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