NY Rangers Game 17: The trap game

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With yesterday’s game against Ottawa getting postponed, the Rangers had a few days off before tonight’s potential trap game against Buffalo. The Blueshirts have looked pretty solid since coming out of their four day break last week, with strong performances across the board. The loss against Toronto was the good kind of loss, with solid process as a game they can continue to build upon.

The game tonight against Buffalo, though, can be a trap game. The Rangers could get caught looking ahead to games against the Isles, Boston, and the Isles again. All three will be tests, even if Boston has been having trouble of late. But before they get there, they need to continue smacking around bad teams and bank points. That’s been the theme. Bank points while figuring things out.

Sabres Lines

Jeff Skinner-Tage Thompson-Rasmus Asplund
Drake Caggiula-Dylan Cozens-Vinnie Hinostroza
Zemgus Girgensons-Cody Eakin-Kyle Okposo
Anders Bjork-Arttu Ruotsalainen-John Hayden

Rasmus Dahlin-Mark Pysyk
Jacob Bryson-Colin Miller
Will Butcher-Robert Hagg

Dustin Tokarski gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

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

Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba
Patrik Nemeth-Jarred Tinordi

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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Sammy Blais (knee – done for season), Nils Lundkvist (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: A hat trick for Lafreniere.

Game time is 7pm.