NY Rangers ECQF Game 5: Win or go home

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

It’s a must win for the Rangers tonight. But baby steps are needed, it’s a must show up and play hockey first. The Rangers were laughed out of Pittsburgh, giving up 12 goals and 2 empty netters in what can only be described as the worst back to back playoff games we’ve seen. Game 4 was easily the worst game of the season for the Rangers.

Things aren’t going to get better either. Pittsburgh is too well traveled to take their foot off the gas. We know this Rangers team doesn’t give up, but we also know this Rangers team hasn’t exactly shown up most of the series. But they’ve mounted comebacks all year, and at least one player on this team knows what it’s like to come back from 3-1 down, twice.

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 (will change by puck drop)

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Frank Vatrano
Artemiy Panarin-Ryan StromeAndrew Copp
Alexis Lafreniere-Filip ChytilKaapo Kakko
Kevin Rooney-Ryan Reaves

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

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), Barclay Goodrow (ankle)

Crazy Prediction: We don’t want to slam our heads through a wall after the game.

Game time is 7pm.