NY Rangers Game 19: Black Friday Tradition

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One of the nicer traditions the NHL has is their Black Friday one, where most of the league has a game (26 of 32 teams). Kicking off the action for the last few years has been Rangers/Bruins at 1pm. That’s been the game, and while the Rangers never actually look good, it’s a nice tradition. One of the few good things the NHL has done right under Gary Bettman’s rule.

The Bruins, while not good in the standings, are still a dangerous team. Their top line is still extremely dangerous, and they have some serious skill. This is a team that will still likely find their way into the playoffs, and can still make some noise. That said, their goaltending is still a serious question mark, and can be exploited by the Rangers. Especially on the power play.

Bruins Lines

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall-Charlie Coyle-Nick Foligno
Jake Debrusk-Erik Haula-Craig Smith
Anton Blich-Tomas Nosek-Curtis Lazar

Matt Grzelcyk-Charlie McAvoy
Derek Forbort-Brandon Carlo
Mike Reilly-Jakub Zboril

Linus Ullmark gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Kaapo Kakko
Artemiy Panarin-Ryan StromeDryden Hunt
Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Julien Gauthier
Barclay Goodrow–Kevin RooneyRyan Reaves

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

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

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesSammy Blais (knee – done for season), Jarred  Tinordi (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: They actually win this game.

Game time is 1pm.