NY Rangers Game 2 Open Thread: Ok let’s play the real lineup now

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The Rangers played well last night at even strength, but dug their own graves with the number of penalties they took. There was definitely some rust as well. Luckily both of these issues should work themselves out over time. The Rangers are now at home for their home opener.

The big thing tonight is playing the proper lineup. This, at the very least, means Nils Lundkvist and Igor Shesterkin are in the lineup. The fourth line wasn’t bad last night, and they were certainly not the reason why the Rangers lost. Playing your best lineup wins you games.

Stars Lines

Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Alexander Radulov
Jacob Peterson-Roope Hintz-Joe Pavelski
Michael Raffl-Radek Faksa-Denis Gurianov
Joel Kiviranta-Luke Glendening-Tanner Kero

Ryan Suter-John Klingberg
Esa Lindell-Miro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera-Jani Hakanpaa

Braden Holtby gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Alexis Lafreniere-Mika Zibanejad-Chris Kreider
Artemiy Panarin–Ryan StromeKaapo Kakko
Julien Gauthier–Filip Chytil–Barclay Goodrow
Dryden HuntKevin Rooney-Ryan Reaves

Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba
Patrik Nemeth-Nils Lundkvist

PP1: Strome-Zibanejad-Panarin-Kreider-Fox
PP2: Kakko-Chytil-Lafreniere-Blais-Lundkvist

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Sammy Blais (lower body), Libor Hajek (healthy), Jarred Tinordi (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Lafreniere with a four point game.

Game time is 7pm.