Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 39 Open Thread: Better neutral zone play

The Rangers may have beaten the Penguins the other night, but it was not a good game by the Blueshirts. They were outskated and outplayed in every facet of the game, with specific focus in the neutral zone. The Rangers got lucky, and if they want to win tonight, they need to shore up their play in the neutral zone. Better angling, better coverage, and less backing up to the top of the circle.

This is another big game for the Rangers, as they all are from now through the end of the season. By my math, the Rangers can only afford four more losses before they are out of the playoff race. With 17 games left, that means a few big winning streaks are needed. The .500 hockey has to stop.

Penguins Lines

Jake Guentzel-Sidney CrosbyBryan Rust
Jason Zucker-Jared McCann-Evan Rodrigues
Zach Aston-Reese-Frederick Gaudreau-Sam Lafferty
Radim Zohorna-Mark Jankowski-Colton Sceviour

Brian Dumoulin-Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson-John Marino
Mike Matheson-Cody Ceci

PP1: Crosby-McCann-Rust-Guentzel-Letang
PP2: Zucker-Rodrigues-Zohorna-Marino-Matheson

Tristan Jarry gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin–Ryan Strome–Colin Blackwell
Alexis Lafreniere–Filip ChytilKaapo Kakko
Brett Howden-Kevin Rooney–Vitali Kravtsov

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), Phil Di Giuseppe (healthy), Julien Gauthier (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: A defensive struggle, instead of the track meet we saw the other day.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • I would just like to see better process in this game. They’d been good for a bunch of games in a row but took a game off against the Pens the other night.
    It’s ok I guess when the puck goes in like that. Luck always has a way of evening out. I doubt the puck will go in for them like that again.

  • This guy Zohorna on Pittsburgh needs a nickname. How about “Me Zohorna”? There should be a song about it or something.

    I’ll show myself out.

  • The Rangers look weak tonight. They can’t get much past the neutral zone and are being badly out shot. That miss by Zib was a shame. He had a wide open net and shot to the side. Not the Zib that we are used to seeing.

  • Not going to blame coach for tonight’s game – so far this is on the players. Rangers just don’t shoot. Not sure why everyone except for Blackwell want to pass up a shoot in front of the net to pass the puck outside the dots. Also Rangers getting no puck luck tonight – the 2 missed empty netters plus Kreids hands of stone on the penalty shot is the difference right now. Really like Kratsov…would love to see Goat back in but who to take out. Let’s hope for a great 3rd!

  • Not many guys interested in playing tonight. Waiting to get their butts kicked tomorrow. I would just like to see a good effort. The kids try.

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