Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 18 Open Thread: Welcome back, fans

The Rangers are back at MSG, and the fans are back as well. Tonight is the first night the Rangers will welcome fans back to MSG. MSG will operate at 10% capacity, in line with NY State guidelines, for the time being. It will be nice to have actual fans and fan noise back at The Garden.

As for the on-ice product, the Rangers are presumably dressing the same lineup tonight. Artemi Panarin and Filip Chytil are no-go’s tonight. It’s a fair assumption that neither K’Andre Miller nor Kaapo Kakko are off the COVID list either. That means it’s the same lineup that barely looked salvageable against the Flyers. This could get ugly, but the Bruins aren’t as offensively inclined as the Flyers.

Bruins Lines

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Nick Ritchie-Charlie Coyle-Craig Smith
Jake Debrusk-jack Studnicka-Anders Bjork
Trent Frederic-Sean Kuraly-Chris Wagner

Urho Vaakanainen-Charlie McAvoy
Jakub Zboril-Brandon Carlo
John Moore-Connor Clifton

PP1: Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak-Ritchie-McAvoy
PP2: Debrusk-Coyle-Smith-Studnicka-Moore

Tuukka Rask 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
K’Andre Miller-Brendan Smith
Libor HajekJack Johnson

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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesFilip Chytil (upper body), Jacob Trouba (thumb), Kaapo Kakko (COVID list), Artemi Panarin (Russian Hit Piece),  Anthony Bitetto (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Adam Fox plays under 30 minutes.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Miller didn’t need to hold there, but the refs missed an obvious interference right before that along with the Unsportsmalike conduct on Pasternak at the start of the game.

  • Exciting game tonight. Ranger playing like they are hard to play against. Perhaps adversity has motivated the team with the fans providing a boost. Goals by Strome and Kreider were terrific and goals in the absence of Panarin by the low budget guys Gautier and Blackwell could not have come at a better time.

  • Who are these guys playing at Madison Square Garden wearing NY Rangers uniforms and where the Rangers players I have been watching lately kidnapped and substituted with the guys playing tonight ?????

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