NY Rangers Game 7: Five in a row?

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Don’t look now, but the Rangers have won four in a row and have nine points in their last five games. That is very good. All this without a pair of their top six forwards. Also very good. As of the writing of this post (230pm, since I’m going to the game tonight), Ryan Strome is due back soon, but may not be cleared tonight. Kaapo Kakko is skating. Things are looking good right now.

Calgary, though, is a difficult team to play against. They are good defensively and have good forward depth. This may be a slog of a game, with a lot of neutral zone clogging and not many offensive chances. Of course since I’m writing that, this is going to be a 6-5 track meet.

Flames Lines

Johnny Gaudreau-Elias Lindholm-Matt Tkachuk
Blake Coleman-Mikael Backlund-Tyler Pitlick
Andrew Mangiapane-Christian Dillon Dube-Brett Ritchie
Milan Lucic-Sean Monahan-Trevor Lewis

Noah Hanifin-Rasmus Andersson
Oliver Kylington-Chris Tanev
Juuso Valimaki-Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom gets the start.

Rangers Lines (Best Guess) – if Strome plays, these lines are irrelevant

Artemiy Panarin-Mika Zibanejad-Chris Kreider
Sammy BlaisFilip Chytil–Alexis Lafreniere
Dryden HuntKevin Rooney–Barclay Goodrow
Morgan Barron–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), Julien Gauthier (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Barclay Goodrow gets the game winner.

Game time is 7pm.