Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 17 Open Thread: What’s next?

Can we go one month without any drama? The Rangers are now without Artemi Panarin for an extended period of time, as he is on a leave from the team. Kaapo Kakko is also out, as he’s on the COVID list. So it’s on Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider to get their games going, because the top-six won’t survive on the backs of Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich, no matter how well they’ve been playing.

Meanwhile, the Flyers got Claude Giroux back. So this team is better than the team the Rangers faced just last week. Team defense is going to be the strategy for the Rangers. Either that, or maybe Zibanejad shaves his head and gets going. Sometimes you just need to change things up.

Speaking of changing things up, expect a ton of lineup changes throughout the game. David Quinn said he needs to find what works, and one practice wasn’t enough.

Flyers Lines

James van Riemsdyk-Sean CouturierJoel Farabee
Claude Giroux-Kevin Hayes-Connor Bunnaman
Michael Raffl–Nolan Patrick-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Carsen Twarynski-Andy Andreoff-Maksim Sushko

Ivan Provorov-Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim-Phillippe Myers
Robet Hagg-Erik Gustafsson

PP1: Patrick-Couturier-Farabee-JVR-Gustafsson
PP2: Raffl-Hayes-Kase-Provorov-Gostisbehere

Brian Elliott gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Alexis Lafreniere-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Chris KreiderRyan Strome–Colin Blackwell
Brendan Lemieux–Brett Howden-Julien Gauthier
Phil Di Giuseppe–Kevin Rooney-Jonny Brodzinski

Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
Jack Johnson-Brendan Smith
Libor Hajek–Anthony Bitetto

PP1: Strome-Zibanejad-Blackwell-Kreider-Fox
PP2: Lafreniere-Buchnevich-Lemieux-Bitetto-Miller

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesFilip Chytil (upper body), Jacob Trouba (thumb), Kaapo Kakko (COVID list), Artemi Panarin (Russian Hit Piece),  K’Andre Miller (COVID list)

Crazy Prediction: Adam Fox plays under 30 minutes.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • So cool that Flyers make time to play with a local Bantam team. Has to be a great experience for those kids.

  • I knew this game was going to be tough to watch….BUT….really tough to watch the #1 overall draft pick that was clearly heads and tails above all other draft picks and deemed NHL ready regress and swim out there on the ice…also Gauthier confidence is completely shot -poor kid every mistake he makes it gets magnified by 100x under DQ… this team even completely healthy is disjointed. Looks like another high draft pick- got to think there will be a lot of tinkering in the off season.

  • Ugghhh Z with a chance to tie and pulls the same move he tried earlier and it hasn’t worked this year. Vally spoke about his move and how goalies have adjusted…need to come up with a new move.

  • Pass,pass,pass,cross ice pass, cross ice pass, Flyer breakaway, Zibby shoots misses,Zibby shoots misses. Chinese fire drill. Lost in space, LaFreniere, Gauthier,Smith, Hajek. Missing in action Howden. Great…Shesty. Skill matters….other than Fox, right now we have none.

    • i think the game is just too fast for him right now. like how many pucks in his wheelhouse can he flub? Id expect him to be much better come october but right now its just not there.

      I get it, DQ is coaching for his job it feels like but I cant find any defense for playing blackwell on top pp unit over him tonight. He wont get his timing down playing with the B-roll.

  • Reasons to be cheerful: Kreider awakes. Despite being short so many, they managed to get within one goal even though Claude was on the other team.

  • At first the Rangers looked like kids playing against men. They played better as the game went on but there were just too many players in the bottom six or AHL caliber on the ice for the Rangers. They were just out matched.

    WTF is Johnson doing out there? Reunanen should be given a chance if Miller is out another game. Bietto and Hajek have been okay but Bietto, Hajek, Smith and Johnson as two of your three pairings? Ouch.

    Looking ahead to the two Boston games makes me feel like a teenage girl in horror movie approaching a shed asking, “Bobby? Was that you?”

    On the plus side Kreider, Fox and Igor looked good. Brodzinski needs to go back to Hartford.

  • Every time I see the Flyers lineup, they suddenly have all these different players. Sushko, Twarynski, Bunnaman? I am out of the loop.

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