NY Rangers Division Final Game 1: Better opponent, better process needed

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After their dramatic comeback against the Penguins, the Rangers face arguably the most complete team in the East in the Carolina Hurricanes. The mistakes they made against Pittsburgh won’t go unpunished, as Carolina is talented, deep, and has very few holes in the lineup. This is a team that can, and probably should, come out of the Eastern Conference.

But you know what? Why not these Rangers? The Canes are vulnerable and beatable after a long series against the Bruins. You can be sure Gerard Gallant is looking at that game film and trying to match what the Bruins did. Can he? Will the rest of the Rangers show their post deadline form? We will know very early on.

Hurricanes Lines

Andrei Svechnikov-Sebastian Aho-Seth Jarvis
Max Domi-Vincent Trochek-Teuvo Teravainin
Nino Niederreiter-Jordan Staal-Jesper Fast
Steven Lorentz-Jesperi Kotkaniemi-Martin Necas

Jaccob Slavin-Tony DeAngelo
Brady SkjeiBrett Pesce
Brendan Smith-Ian Cole

Antti Raanta gets the start.

Rangers Lines

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

K’Andre Miller–Jacob Trouba
Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
Justin Braun-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), Barclay Goodrow (ankle)

Crazy Prediction: Gallant calls a timeout at a good time.

Game time is 8pm.