Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 36 Open Thread: Beat the bad team

The Rangers travel to Buffalo for a pair of games against the lowly Sabres. Buffalo finally snapped their losing streak at 18 games, beating the Flyers handily last night. This is good news for the Rangers, who now can’t possibly be the team that has a let down game and hands Buffalo their first win in forever. The bad news is that this is still a trap game.

Buffalo is likely relieved their losing streak is over, but that doesn’t mean they are going to sit back and let the Rangers walk all over them. Given the recent trend for the Rangers to take a few periods off, that could come back to bite them against a team looking to start a different kind of streak.

The Rangers do need points to stay relevant in the race. Buffalo is a team they need to beat and get those “easy” two points.

Sabres Lines

Dylan Cozens-Victor Olofsson-Sam Reinhart-Kyle Okposo
Taylor Hall-Casey Middlestadt-Tage Thompson
Jeff Skinner-Curtis Lazar-Riley Sheahan
Tobias Rieder-Cody Eakin-Steven Fogarty

Jacob Bryson-Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin-Henri Jokiharju
Colin Miller-Brandon Montour

PP1: Hall-Olofsson-Reinhart-Middlestadt-Dahlin
PP2: Skinner-Okposo-Thompson-Miller-Ristolainen

Dustin Tokarski gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin–Ryan StromeKaapo Kakko
Alexis Lafreniere–Filip Chytil–Julien Gauthier
Phil Di Giuseppe-Kevin Rooney–Colin Blackwell

Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba
Libor HajekBrendan Smith

PP1: Strome-Zibanejad-Panarin-Kreider-Fox
PP2: Kakko-Buchnevich-Chytil-Lafreniere-Miller

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesJack Johnson (sports hernia), Brett Howden (COVID protocol)

Crazy Prediction: This isn’t a trap game.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Is Cozens actually a go? Saw that he missed a game due to “upper body level injury”.

    • I think Cozens is out—saw an article that said their GM said he’s supposed to be out for a week.

  • Rangers pressing but couldn’t buy a goal in the second. Keep shooting the puck…tabernac.

  • Why the hell is the kids line only getting 4 mins? DQ is a dumpster fire. Sickening to see them sitting.

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