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The Rangers didn’t deserve to win Game 1, but they also should have won Game 1. But that doesn’t matter anymore, as now they are in a “really should win Game 2” situation, as the Penguins are playing their third string goalie. That doesn’t guarantee anything though, especially with both teams fatigued after 100+ minutes of hockey on Tuesday night.

Ryan Lindgren is likely to play, which is good news for the Rangers. Benefiting the Rangers also is Rickard Rakell and Casey DeSmith are out. But they may get Jason Zucker back tonight. Lots of injuries on both teams. Either way, the Rangers need to be better than they were in Game 1, or else this will be a quick series.

Penguins Lines

Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Danton Heinen-Evgeni Malkin–Kasperi Kapanen
Brock McGinn-Jeff Carter-Evan Rodrigues
Brian Boyle-Teddy Blueger-Drew O’Connor

Mike Matheson-Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson-John Marino
Mark Friedman-Chad Ruhwedel

Louis Domingue gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Frank Vatrano
Artemiy Panarin-Ryan Strome–Andrew Copp
Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil–Kaapo Kakko
Dryden Hunt-Kevin Rooney-Ryan Reaves

K’Andre Miller–Jacob Trouba
Justin Braun–Adam Fox
Patrik Nemeth-Braden Schneider

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

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

InjuriesSammy Blais (knee – done for season), Tyler Motte (shoulder), Ryan Lundgren (lower body), Barclay Goodrow (lower body)

Crazy Prediction: An equal number of penalties for both teams.

Game time is 7pm.


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