Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 42 Open Thread: Rivalry week

The Rangers and Devils begin their own rivalry week, with the first of four straight against each other begins tonight. The Rangers, if they want to stay relevant in the playoff race, really need all four against the Devils. The Devils just need to win one game to potentially play spoiler and keep the Rangers from making a push. Given they’d like to stick it to the Rangers, assume this won’t be a pushover.

The Devils sold off two of their best forwards in Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri, plus a defenseman in Dmitri Kulikov. Despite the young and relatively non-threatening roster, they still have a few guys that can make you pay for being lazy and/or lackadaisical. Given the Rangers need four in a row, they should be coming out hot tonight.

Devils Lines

Yegor Sharangovich-Jack Hughes-Janne Kuokkanen
Miles Wood-Pavel Zacha-Jesper Bratt
Andreas Johnsson-Jesper Boqvist-Marian Studenic
Mikhail Maltsev-Michael McLeod-Tyce Thompson

Will Butcher-PK Subban
Ryan Murray-Damon Severson
Ty SmithSami Vatanen

Mackenzie Blackwood 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), Zac Jones (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: A Shesty empty netter.

Game time is 7pm.

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    • One (unlikely) possibility — if you are planning to protect Blackwell in the expansion draft, this might be a good way to get Seattle to NOT select Gauthier. Could also be a way to push them to Howden, but that seems like putting lipstick on a pig, not a tried and true recipe for success.

  • Interesting changes in line two and PP2. I wish he would give PP2 to Kravtsov. He is certainly one who is missing in PP

  • The Rangers played it smart tonight in the neutral zone, not allowing the Devil’s to attack with speed and numbers. Shesterin with the shutout.

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