rangers predators chris kreider

Sure looks like the NY Rangers have figured themselves out. They dismantled the Penguins 6-0 last night, sweeping both games at MSG and essentially securing the #3 seed in the Metro Division. The lines seem to be clicking, driving possession, and scoring. The defense hasn’t been great yet, but Igor Shesterkin is covering for the mess ups.

The Predators come to town to try to slow the Rangers down, but it’s a tall order for them. Roman Josi did not travel with the team, and while the Preds are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, they were clearly sellers at the deadline. The Rangers hope to play a little spoiler here to wrap up another back to back and three in four.

This does have the makings of a trap game, given the lineup Nashville is playing tonight.

Preds Lines

Phillip Tomasino-Cody Glass-Matt Duchene
Kiefer Sherwood-Thomas Novak-Evan Evangelista
Yakov Trenin-Colton Sissons-Cole Smith
Egor Afanasyev-Mark Jankowski-Michael McCarron

Ryan McDonagh-Dante Fabbro
Jeremy Lauzon-Ty Barrie
Kevin Gravel-Cal Foote

Kevin Lankinen gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris Kreider-Vincent Trocheck-Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin-Mika Zibanejad-Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko
Tyler Motte-Barclay Goodrow-Jimmy Vesey

Niko Mikkola-Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba
Ben Harpur-Braden Schneider

Jaro Halak gets the start.

Injuries: Ryan Lindgren (shoulder)

Crazy Prediction: Shutout for Halak

Game time is 7pm.


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