Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 21 Open Thread: Almost healthy

The Rangers are almost healthy. Kaapo Kakko skated after his removal from the COVID list. Jacob Trouba was at practice but in a non-contact jersey. Artemi Panarin’s two week leave of absence should be up after this weekend. Things are trending up for the Rangers, as the stats show a better season long outlook as well.

Despite all the injuries, the Rangers still managed to find a way to win on Tuesday. It was definitely a clunker of a game, but a win is a win. Learning how to win those games matters to these kids. They have another tough one against the Devils, but expect the Rangers to be much tighter defensively. Learning to win with injuries is important as well.

Devils Lines

Yegor Sharangovich-Jack Hughes-Janne Kuokkanen
Miles Wood-Pavel Zacha-Kyle Palmieri
Andreas Johnsson-Travis Zajac-Nathan Bastian
Mikhail Maltsev-Michael McLeod-Jesper Bratt

Dmitri Kulikov-PK Subban
Ty Smith-Damon Severson
Will Butcher-Sami Vatanen

Mackenzie Blackwood 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/InjuriesJacob Trouba (thumb), Kaapo Kakko (COVID list), Artemi Panarin (Russian Hit Piece), Anthony Bitetto (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Jack Johnson scores.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Does anyone know if Kakko had the virus? If he did, I hope he doesn’t have Zibanejad syndrome.

    • Given the number of days, I would suggest yes … but since he’s practicing, probably not a severe case.

    • Sam slipped a few games ago when he said “he’s doing well. He doesn’t have symptoms”.

      So he tested positive and was either asymptotic or only had very mild symptoms at the beginning.

  • Have we scored a goal on the swamp rats this year? It’s already looking like Blackwood will be another goalie that we can’t solve…let us pray…..

    • Sorry man, Devils seem to own us. Always play better (more quicker and more-organized) against the Rangers.

      (And after the 1st period… they ARE the better team.)

      And on paper? Our team looks like the better team (especially our first line vs. theirs) …. BUT

  • Rangers looking very slow and disorganized tonight. Devils repeatedly getting behind the Rangers D and getting too many quality shots on Shesterkin. They better start tightening up the play if they expect to win this game.

  • Krieder with another hat trick. This is Ranger hockey folks. Next up with be Dave with his fancy stats explaining how on paper the Rangers weren’t suppose to win this game.

    • Jesus Christ… give up an odd man rush on a freaking power play and Igor goes down for what looks like the season….right knee….I hope Igor is okay, but it looked very very bad

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