Game Thread

NY Rangers Game 53 Open Thread: Walking Wounded

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.

Caps Lines

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.

Rangers Lines

Artemi Panarin-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Kaapo KakkoRyan Strome–Alexis Lafreniere
Colin Blackwell–Filip Chytil–Vitali Kravtsov
Morgan BarronKevin Rooney-Julien Gauthier

Zac Jones-Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Libor Hajek
Tarmo Reunanen-Brendan Smith

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: The Rangers show up.

Game time is 7pm.

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  • Well Brendan Smith, Lindgren, Trouba, Kreider and Howden are out. show the kids how to hit, snarl a little and what standing up for your teammates means. Just try to do it without the dumb penalties, Smitty!

  • I really like the early pass from Kakko to Laffy as soon as they entered the zone. How many times do you see the puck carry hold on to the puck way too long just to put the pass in to the defender or if they actually decide to shoot they just cut their angle down the longer they hold on to it.

    • Th trouble is that no one on the Rangers can stand toe to toe with Tom Wilson. A few Rangers got roughed up Got to give credit to Buch for jumping in and Strome for standing tall. In the off season management must look at this situation and bring in some players that know how to push back

      • I know right? Imagine if Brandon Lemieux were still on this team. No way that happens. Oh wait. Yes it does.

        This is entirely on the NHL and their joke of a player safety committee. That committee is supposed to deter this type of behavior but it flat out doesn’t. The NHL allows this player to continue this behavior. Nothing of consequence will come of this. Nothing.

        • Spozo, you’re right on the money—if the league won’t stop Wilson nobody will. Ryan Reaves is the toughest guy in the NHL, and even he couldn’t prevent Wilson’s cheapshot antics from occurring.

          Wilson is a total dirtbag. When his day comes it’ll be well-deserved.

          • Unfortunately his day may never come. Karma is a lie … when it happens it’s just coincidental.

    • I’m interested to see the Rangers response to Wilson when that jackass returns early in the third. Not only did he cheap shot the prone Buch, but he manhandled their star player. I don’t care if they have to dog pile his ass, he has to pay for his bullshit.

  • Tom Wilson should be banned from this sport. Acting the buffoon cannot be tolerated in professional sports, especially at the expense of another’s health. He is an embarrassment to the NHL but they are too fucking stupid to even know it.

  • I hope JD and Gordo are taking this in. Your ace Panarin gets pile driven into the ice; the other guy getting a hatchet job on the back of the neck. By a bully. The NHL won’t fix it. There are rules …. then there is the Right Thing To Do. I’m from the camp you hit me once I hit back twice. The Rangers need to protect the guys who make this whole show work. Can you imagine if that was done to Pasternak? I’m looking for some changes next year where a Wilson gets knocked out in retribution for something like that crap.

    • People have been trying to knock Wilson out for 8 years now. It’s happened twice. It doesn’t change anything about how that chump plays the game. The dirtiest player in the game is also one of the 3 toughest guys in the league.

  • His problem isn’t his toughness. Knocking him out will not work. He’s a buffoon with nothing of any value between his ears. Dumb as a rock. Just stop him from ruining the NHL. As we used to say in the FH, you can’t fix stupid and this guy is just too dumb to know how good he has it. Ban him! Let the players spend their Union money to defend him and others like him for months on end in court. They will then do all the policing you need by keeping these idiots off the ice.

    • Unfortunately,most Rangers fans would love him to be on our team. Aside from that,the Rangers have no real bangers. Finishing a check is verboten. I think that K’Andre uses his stick but he has hit a wall.How much does Jones weigh? The two toughest Rangers are Rooney and Blackwell.That is it in a nutshell.

      • While it may be true that the Rangers can use some toughness on their team, particularly when the playoffs arrive. That has nothing to do with Tom Wilson being a total animal and a detriment to the league. Toughness and goonery are two different things in the league must address the latter.

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