Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 20 Open Thread: Future Ranger Jack Eichel?

The Rangers are getting healthy, finally. Filip Chytil is back in the lineup tonight. Kaapo Kakko is off the COVID list but not in the lineup just yet. Things are looking up, as the Rangers are trending up as well. Tonight they have the Buffalo Sabres, who might just be trade partners this summer with Jack Eichel.

The Rangers need to get their offense going, since their team defense has basically been carrying them. Chytil gives the Rangers much more balance on the third line, and an actual scoring presence at center. He’s a massive upgrade over Brett Howden in that role. Yet tonight could be a trap game against a Buffalo team that is struggling. You never know.

Sabres Lines

Victor Olofsson-Jack Eichel-Sam Reinhart
Taylor Hall-Eric Staal-Kyle Okposo
Casey Middlestadt-Cody Eakin-Tobias Rieder
Jeff Skinner-Curtis Lazar-Riley Sheahan

Rasmus Dahlin-Rasmus Ristolainen
Matt Irwin-Henri Jokiharju
Brandon Davidson-Brandon Montour

PP1: Hall-Eichel-Olofsson-Reinhart-Dahlin
PP2: Skinner-Staal-Middlestadt-Okposo-Ristolainen

Carter Hutton gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

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

Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Brendan Smith
Libor HajekJack Johnson

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

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Jacob Trouba (thumb), Kaapo Kakko (COVID list), Artemi Panarin (Russian Hit Piece), Anthony Bitetto (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Mika Zibanejad and Jack Eichel hat tricks.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Geez…didn’t even get a chance to enjoy Buchnevich’s goal and then boom……tie game…wtf.

  • Doesn’t the term trap game imply a team takes another lightly? How can the Rangers take any team lightly right now?

  • Nice win by the Rangers. The player the Rangers should be interested in trading for is Dylan Cousins, the hell with the overpaid deadbeat Echiel.

  • Sloppy game,but I’ll take it..Good teams win games like this
    Eichel is playing to get himself traded out of Buffalo, absolute non factor last night.
    On another note if Lindgren is gonna fight,he needs to learn how to!, lol

  • When everyone gets back in the lineup. I propose these be our 3 top lines.
    Panarin – Zibanejad – Kakko
    Lafraniere – Chytil – Buchnevich
    Kreider – Strome(ugh) – Blackwell

  • Eichel is having an awful year, so is Skinner. Both are being paid really big contracts. If these guys are really that good why are they not producing now? You need to produce to be a valuable trade option at $8 and $9 million per year. I say pass. Too risky.

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