The Rangers are, for all intents and purposes, out of the playoff picture. They aren’t mathematically eliminated yet, but they need more than a little bit of help. At this point, the Rangers can only afford two losses to close out the season, plus need Boston to stop winning every game they play. Mathematically possible, but so is winning the draft lottery three times in a row.
Jacob Trouba is out tonight, and Zac Jones will make his Rangers debut in his stead. The defense pairs are a mess, and I think the coaching staff galaxy brained this. But the forward lines look good with Alexis Lafreniere and Chris Kreider swapping spots at even strength. Maybe this means Lafreniere will get powerplay time too?
Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim-Robert Hagg
Shayne Gostisbehere-Tyler Myers
Brian Elliott gets the start.
Igor Shesterkin gets the start.
Scratches/Injuries: Jack Johnson (sports hernia), Jacob Trouba (lower body), Phil Di Giuseppe (healthy), Julien Gauthier (healthy), Anthony Bitetto (healthy)
Crazy Prediction: A powerplay goal from Lafreniere.
Game time is 7pm.