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NY Rangers Game 5 Open Thread: Trending up, results will come

The Rangers and Penguins square off again tonight in the second game of their two-game set. The Penguins took the last one in a shootout, so the Rangers are going to look to get a series split here. The good news is that the Rangers are trending up and had the better numbers in the last game. A poor defensive play and a randomized shootout meant they didn’t get the second point.

The key again will be consistency. Keeping neutral zone pressure up, not giving up the blue line, and preventing Crosby and Malkin from getting going are all a part of this. Many correlate consistency with goal scoring. I correlate consistency with continuing to pressure. The effort and executing the proper system matters more. Process breeds results. Nail the process, get the results.

Penguins Lines

Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Kasperi Kapanen
Jason Zucker-Evgeni MalkinBryan Rust
Jared McCann-Mark Jankowski-Brandon Tanev
Evan Rodrigues-Teddy Blueger-Colton Sceviour

Brian Dumoulin-Kris Letang
John Marino-Cody Ceci
Pierre-Oliver Joseph-Kevin Czuczman

PP1: Crosby-Malkin-Rust-Guentzel-Letang
PP2: Zucker-McCann-Rodrigues-Kapanen-Marino

Tristan Jarry gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Alexis Lafreniere–Mika ZibanejadChris Kreider
Artemi PanarinRyan Strome–Pavel Buchnevich
Phil Di Giuseppe–Filip ChytilKaapo Kakko
Colin Blackwell–Brett Howden– Julien Gauthier

Ryan LindgrenJacob Trouba
Tony DeAngeloAdam Fox
Brendan Smith–K’Andre Miller

PP1: Panarin-Zibanejad-Strome-Kreider-Fox
PP2: Lafreniere-Buchnevich-Chytil-Trouba-DeAngelo

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

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Brendan Lemieux (leg?), Jack Johnson (healthy), Kevin Rooney (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: The fourth line combines for six points.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Hey Quinn finally listened to Pete and put Tony D with Adam Fox? Man, I got a lot of pull I tell ya! 🙂

  • Nice board work by Howden to get the puck back to Fox on the point. Fox with the shot, tipped by Blackwell. The 4th. line has been good here in the 1st. Period.

  • Rangers on their way to another top 5 draft pick…lol. They played hard tonight but find a way to loose again. Positive note really impressed with Miller – size reach skating ability. Looking forward when Rangers roll Robertson and Schneider out on D. Lafy looks lost on ice Kreider floating again – other teams shutting bread man cross ice diagonal pass down. Fox and Lidgren solid. Fox so good. Rangers continue going 1-4 over 5 game increments how long before DQ yanked….I understand it’s early but I hope we string some wins together soon.

    • Hyperbole. No puck luck whatsoever, in fact it’s been virtually all bad … goaltending has been mediocre … it will flip.

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