NY Rangers Game 37: No Gallant, no problem
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.
#NYR notes for LAK:
– They're good. Top 10 in xGF/60 (top 5 lately) and avg. at xGA/60
– Low shot % year & J. Quick has been good in goal
– 1L/2L/4L are all >56% (!!!) xG, 3L is new
– 1D solid at 54% xG, 2D/3D <46%
Could be a high-event game if NYR can generate chances. pic.twitter.com/nTth0Fmo5E
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.
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.
Alex Georgiev gets the start.
Scratches/Injuries: Sammy 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.