Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 52 Open Thread: Seven rookies

The Rangers and Isles finish their season matchups tonight, and this one is a little meaningless. The Isles are in, and the Rangers are out. For the Rangers, they are dressing seven rookies in the lineup tonight. This includes Morgan Barron’s debut and Tarmo Reunanen’s second game. Plus Zac Jones’ sixth game.

The Rangers are without Chris Kreider, Jacob Trouba, and Ryan Lindgren tonight. Those are three top players. Don’t expect much from them against a well coached Isles team. It’s a little rough to say, but this isn’t one of those games where I have high hopes. On the bright side, whenever I think that, the Rangers surprise me. Let’s hope they do that again this time.

Isles Lines

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

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy-Scott Mayfield
Braydon Coburn-Andy Greene

Semyon Varlamov gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Alexis Lafreniere-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin–Ryan Strome–Vitali Kravtsov
Colin Blackwell–Filip ChytilKaapo Kakko
Morgan Barron–Kevin Rooney-Julien Gauthier

K’Andre Miller–Zac Jones
Tarmo Reunanen-Brendan Smith
Libor HajekAdam Fox

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

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesJack Johnson (sports hernia), Ryan Lindgren (undisclosed), Jacob Trouba (upper body), Chris Kreider (lower body), Brett Howden (broken foot), Anthony Bitetto (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Barron scores in his debut.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Over/under +5 isles

    Hope at least smith punches Martin or clutter buck in the face.
    Brock Nelson has such a punchable mug too. Only thing left to root for

  • sorry but Zibanejad looks Sedin-like out there after getting elbowed; pick your spot and get your pound of flesh instead of looking around for the ref to call something.

  • I am disgusted as to how soft so many of our players are. It’s a disgrace!! They literally turned away multiple times from finishing checks. I am talking to you Chytil!!!!!!!!!!! Mika too and others but Chytil is just soft and has poor hockey sense.

  • That monster shift to end the period courtesy of he who I won’t mention. Poor clear, then was as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

  • This Ranger team just can’t compete in a hard physical game. Their cross ice passes just don’t work against a good defense. I call their system or lack of it, mild country club hockey. If Tortorella or Trotz was coaching this team and anyone played soft they would be benched. Their performance tonight is absolutely anemic and Quinn has to t the blame for the poor system and Gorton for assembling such a soft Euro team.

  • Soft as a MyPillow. Just to much stick checking rather then actually taking the body check. The zone entry’s they are giving the fish sticks are just atrocious. Much blame up and down the line and behind the bench. Last but least Gautier has no business being a healthy scratch to Howden.

  • i’m thoroughly disgusted… thought for certain they’d come out and play it fast and loose and, with nothing to lose, the kids might provide a spark… in a lot of ways, this defeat is worse than the prior two vs. NYI.

    -Chytil is awful.
    -Kravtsov’s worst game as a pro.
    -Despite the high SOG totals tonight, with each passing game, i want to see Zibanejad signed long-term less and less–the pouting after the Miller elbow kinda sealed it for me; not an Eichel conspiracy theorist but at this point, if 93 is involved in a trade pkg, i’m all for it. But i’m sure Gorton will back the Brinks truck into his driveway this offseason.
    -Panarin too is a big no-show in games that matter; when age decline sets in, that contract is going to make CK’s look like a discount.
    -Buchnevich is NOT a 1st line RW.
    -Blackwell can’t skate, Seattle please take him.
    -K’Andre Miller has fallen off a cliff; is slow, rarely takes the body, constantly makes poor decisions… he’s a big gaping pussy. Voted player who misses Trouba the most.
    -Kakko was horrible tonight.
    -i now fully understand why everyone hates Hajek.
    -Barron and Gauthier were ok.
    -F- the Islanders

    i’m venting here but tbh? blow the whole frigging thing up, and anyone not named Shesterkin, Fox/Lindgren, Lafreniere, or Kravtsov is hereby expendable.

  • i’m thoroughly disgusted… thought for certain they’d come out and play it fast and loose and, with nothing to lose, the kids might provide a spark… in a lot of ways, this defeat is worse than the prior two vs. NYI.

    -Chytil is awful.
    -Kravtsov’s worst game as a pro.
    -Despite the high SOG totals tonight, with each passing game, i want to see Zibanejad signed long-term less and less–the pouting after the Miller elbow kinda sealed it for me; not an Eichel conspiracy theorist but at this point, if 93 is involved in a trade pkg, i’m all for it. But i’m sure Gorton will back the Brinks truck into his driveway this offseason.
    -Panarin too is a big no-show in games that matter; when age decline sets in, that contract is going to make CK’s look like a discount.
    -Buchnevich is NOT a 1st line RW.
    -Blackwell can’t skate, Seattle please take him.
    -K’Andre Miller has fallen off a cliff; is slow, rarely takes the body, constantly makes poor decisions… Voted player who misses Trouba the most.
    -Kakko was horrible tonight.
    -i now fully understand why everyone hates Hajek.
    -Barron and Gauthier were ok.

    i’m venting here but tbh? blow the whole thing up, and anyone not named Shesterkin, Fox/Lindgren, Lafreniere, or Kravtsov is hereby expendable

  • OMG, been watching the Rangers 58yrs and never seen a team so soft. Sorry folks but Zibby is my Trade bait for any 1st line C we can find,Panarin folded his tent a few days, very DISAPPOINTED in him, ya can’t blame some of the kids. QUINN HAS TO GO How is this team not ready game in & game out. Against the isles no less, that’s bench folks. I posted before Q wasnt our 1st choice to run this team, I am sure JD will show him the door, after spending 20+ mil in 2yrs this team should have made the playoffs over B’s
    NO EXCUSES !
    I THINK WE ALL SEEN ENOUGH IN 3YRS

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