NY Rangers Game 37: No Gallant, no problem

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The Rangers continue their west coast coast swing tonight in LA, taking on the surprisingly good Kings. Perhaps they are a product of their division, but LA is up there in most possession metrics, offensively and defensively. That said, their bottom two pairs can be exploited.

The Rangers get a boost with Panarin coming back, but take a step back by dressing Nemeth-Tinordi as the third pair. One step forward, two steps back, as per usual. However, the offense should be able to work that bottom four from LA pretty good, assuming the even strength offense figures itself out.

We don’t get to see Lias Andersson play against his former team tonight, which is disappointing. We will get to watch Brendan Lemieux hopefully get run over by Jacob Trouba, though.

Kings Lines

Adrian Kempe-Anze Kopitar-Alex Iafollo
Trevor Moore-Philip Danault-Victor Arvidsson
Rasmus Kupari-Alex Turcotte-Dustin Brown
Brendan Lemieux-Blake Lizotte-Arthur Kaliyev

Mikey Anderson-Drew Doughty
Olli Maata-Matt Roy
Tobias Bjornfot-Sean Durzi

Cal Peterson gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Kaapo Kakko
Artemiy Panarin-Ryan Strome–Barclay Goodrow
Alexis Lafreniere–Kevin RooneyFilip Chytil
Tim GettingerMorgan Barron-Jonny Brodzinski

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

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

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesSammy Blais (knee – done for season), Libor Hajek (healthy), Igor Shesterkin (Covid protocol), Julien Gauthier (Covid protocol), Ryan Reaves (Covid protocol), Greg McKegg (healthy), Nils Lundkvist (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Another 9-0 without the head coach.

Game time is 10:30pm.