NY Rangers Division Final Game 5: Best of Three

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It is now a best of three between the Rangers and the Hurricanes. For the Rangers, they’ve been trending in the right direction, with each game better than the last. The bad news is that two of the three are away from MSG. Still, it’s hard to count them out of it with the high end skill and Igor Shesterkin in net.

Carolina hasn’t been getting many offensive chances, but they’ve also been good at taking away the Rangers chances. This certainly hasn’t been a track meet series, but both teams have the offensive firepower to turn it into one very quickly. A track meet may favor the Rangers, given the advantage in net, but the Canes have a ton of skill too.

Hurricanes Lines

Andrei Svechnikov-Sebastian Aho-Seth Jarvis
Max Domi-Vincent Trochek-Teuvo Teravainin
Nino Niederreiter-Jordan Staal-Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinook-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 ChytilTyler Motte
Kaapo Kakko-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: A shutout for Shesty.

Game time is 7pm.