Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 41 Open Thread: Beating the Isles is fun

After a better defensive effort led to a win the other night, the Rangers are looking to sweep this mini set with the Isles, again keeping them somewhat relevant in the playoff race. They aren’t mathematically out of it yet, and a win tonight brings them to two in a row heading into four straight against the Devils. We’ve seen crazier things happen. But a loss tonight means they can only manage two more regulation losses before being realistically out of it.

Igor Shesterkin gets the start tonight, and as of the writing of this post (4pm), there were no other lineup changes. This will be a game of neutral zone play, something we’ve been stressing for a while. The Rangers need to be better at preventing speed through the NZ, and gaining their own speed through the NZ. That’s really it.

Isles Lines

Leo Komarov-Mat Barzal-Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier-Brock Nelson-Josh Bailey
Travis Zajac-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Kyle Palmieri
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy-Scott Mayfield
Andy Greene-Noah Dobson

Ilya Sorokin gets the start.

Rangers Lines

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

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

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

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesJack Johnson (sports hernia), Phil Di Giuseppe (healthy), Julien Gauthier (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: A Shesty empty netter.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Leafs adding grit to their lineup…nhl network talking how that is needed for playoffs…according to many here…we have plenty of grit

  • If there is one thing I want you all to take away from this season, it’s that allowing speed thru the NZ and giving up the blue line is really fucking stupid.

  • Cant win in this league when your top line is so mentally soft. CK MIKA just floating around tonight.

  • Well that was a backbreaker goal with 7 seconds left. The Rangers forwards caught in the Fishsticks zone. The Isles break out with speed and lots of space. A situation that is hard to defend against if one is a defenseman.2 0 Fishsticks after 1.

    • Luckily it was just backbreaking for you as a fan and not backbreaking for the professional hockey players on the ice, who are still playing the game 😉

      • Not very professional move by Zib to skate off for a line change when the other team is on the attack.

  • Kreider, the most inconsistent 6.5mm a year guy…cant win with guys like that…great move Grots…Perk, good move by Gorton to sign him for 7 years with no move?

  • Kravtsov looks pretty good again, and I do not think he ever played left wing before

      • He could have been the best player on the ice tonight. He was pretty good in all the games he has played so far. Tonight was most impressive. He has all the tools to be a special player.

    • If Smitty made $2 million no one would say anything. But his contract is a problem. I’d love him back on a 7D salary.

  • Wondering what are the odds for two Rangers scored by Hajek and Smith?

    Hajek has twice as many goals as Howden. And not a single one is an empty netter.

  • Nice push back but the Rangers fall short, lose in OT. The good news the Bruins got shelled by the Caps tonight.

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