Another day, another game with a shorthanded roster for the NY Rangers. They will again be without K’Andre Miller, Tyler Motte, and Ryan Lindgren. Thus, the Rangers are playing with 16 skaters, and will be without two of their three best defensemen. Not quite the recipe for success against the best team in the NHL (by a country mile, mind you). This could get ugly fast today.
The good news is that the Rangers have 4 days off after this one, and will (hopefully) be back to full strength next week. The bad news is that this is still Boston and the game could get ugly quickly. The Bruins are a very good team, but they do not generate sustained offense, relying mostly on putting their opponent’s mistakes in the back of the net, and rely on suffocating team defense. It’s a formula that is working quite well, but this is a team that is beatable with enough offensive pressure.
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jake Debrusk
Pavel Zacha-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
AJ Greer-Charlie Coyle-Trent Frederic
Jakub Lauko-Tomas Nosek-Garnet Hathaway
Hampus Lindholm-Charlie McAvoy
Dmitry Orlov-Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelyck-Connor Clifton
Linus Ullmark gets the start.
Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin-Vincent Trocheck-Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko
Barclay Goodrow-Jimmy Vesey
Niko Mikkola-Adam Fox
Jacob Trouba-Braden Schneider
Igor Shesterkin gets the start.
Injuries: Ryan Lindgren (shoulder), K’Andre Miller (suspension), Tyler Motte (head)
Crazy Prediction: This game doesn’t become a disaster
Game time is 1pm.