NY Rangers Game 4 Open Thread: Manage the injuries

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Fresh off their first win, and three points in their last two games, the Rangers are in Toronto to continue their road trip. The Leafs are not the Habs, and are quite good. The Rangers are also pretty banged up in their top six. Ryan Strome is still in COVID protocol, and now Kaapo Kakko is on IR with a lower body injury. The depth they once thought they had is now gone, and Kevin Rooney is now their 3C. That’s no bueno.

It’s going to be a tough ask for the Rangers to get two points in regulation against the Leafs. They are loaded up front, and the Rangers have made taking penalties a habit. If you give this team too many chances, they will make you pay. Stay out of the box, stay in the game.

Just a note about the lines – I do the best I can, but with Gerard Gallant playing games, it’s tough to nail these before the post goes up.

Leafs Lines

Nick Ritchie-Auston Matthews-Mitch Marner
Michael Bunting-John Tavares-William Nylander
Alex Kerfoot-David Kampf-Ondrej Kase
Pierre Engvall-Jason Spezza-Wayne Simmonds

Morgan Reilly-TJ Brodie
Jake Muzzin-Jared Holl
Rasmus Sandin-Travis Dermott

Jack Campbell gets the start.

Rangers Lines (Best Guess) 

Alexis Lafreniere-Mika Zibanejad-Chris Kreider
Artemiy Panarin–Filip Chytil–Barclay Goodrow
Sammy BlaisKevin Rooney–Julien Gauthier
Dryden Hunt–Greg KcKegg-Ryan Reaves

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

PP1: Lafreniere-Zibanejad-Panarin-Kreider-Fox
PP2: Hunt-Chytil-Blais-Lundkvist-Trouba

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesRyan Strome (COVID protocol), Kaapo Kakko (lower body), Libor Hajek (healthy), Jarred Tinordi (healthy), Morgan Barron (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: The entire fourth line scores.

Game time is 7pm.