NY Rangers Game 44: The calm before the tears

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The Rangers are in Columbus tonight to take on the lowly Blue Jackets, who had 62 shots put up against them last night. It’s unlikely the Rangers do that to them tonight, since that’s not their offensive style. The Rangers go for quality and sacrifice a ton of quantity. They also sacrifice some quality for even better quality, much to the chagrin of all of us hoping they just shoot the puck.

The Blue Jackets are quite bad defensively, per Rob Luker.

The Blue Jackets are also on the second of a back to back, which means tired legs, in theory. This should be a dominating performance by the Rangers. They will need it, since tomorrow is going to be emotionally draining for some.

Blue Jackets Lines

Patrik Laine-Boone Jenner-Gustav Nyquist
Max Domi-Cole Silinger-Oliver Bjorkstrand
Jakub Voracek-Jack Roslovic-Alexandre Texier
Eric Robinson-Sean Kuraly-Yegor Chinakhov

Zack Werenski-Jake Bean
Vladislav Gavrikov-Gavin Bayreuther
Gabriel Carlsson-Andrew Peeke

Joonas Korpisalo gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Julien Gauthier
Artemiy Panarin–Ryan Strome-Barclay Goodrow
Alexis Lafreniere-Morgan Barron-Dryden Hunt
Greg McKeggKevin RooneyRyan Reaves

K’Andre Miller–Jacob Trouba
Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
Libor Hajek-Braden Schneider

PP1: Strome-Zibanejad-Panarin-Kreider-Fox
PP2: Lafreniere-??-Goodrow-Miller-Trouba

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/InjuriesSammy Blais (knee – done for season), Kaapo Kakko (lower body), Filip Chytil (lower body), Patrik Nemeth (personal), Jonny Brodzinski (healthy), Zac Jones (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Shutout for Georgiev.

Game time is 7pm.