It’s full meaningless hockey for the Rangers tonight, and quite honestly, not a moment too soon. The Rangers are without three top players again (Chris Kreider, Ryan Lindgren, Jacob Trouba) and are barely passing for playable hockey of late. The injuries are a problem, but it’s not the reason for lack of playable hockey. There’s something missing.
The Caps, meanwhile, are in the playoffs. But they are without John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin. Perhaps that evens things out tonight. But this is still a playoff team. And lest we forget, the Rangers are a playoff team in any other division but the East. Sometimes, that’s how hockey happens. Showing up tonight would be fun though.
Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-Tom Wilson
Connor Sheary-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Anthony Mantha
Michael Raffl-Lars Eller
Carl Hagelin-Nic Dowd-Garnet Hathaway
Brendan Dillon-Trevor van Riemsdyk
Zdeno Chara-Nick Jensen
Dmitry Orlov-John Carlson
Vitek Vanecek gets the start.
Igor Shesterkin gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: The Rangers show up.
Game time is 7pm.