Oilers at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 11

Rangers vs. Oilers – 7:00 PM MSG

It took five games but we finally have a poll for you to vote for your three Rangers stars.  This is clearly a half-assed venture.

Tonight’s probable lineup for the Rangers (7-3):

Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello

Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller

Pavel Buchnevich-Brandon Pirri- Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi

Marc Staal-Nick Holden

Brady Skjei-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist returns to the net for his second consecutive start.  His last time out was his best game of the season, shutting out the Blues and making several great saves in the process, especially on breakaways.  I have a strong suspicion that he will have to make several more breakaway saves tonight.

Oscar Lindberg and Adam Clendening are Prucha’d for their second and sixth straight games, respectively.

For the Oilers (7-2-1), it’s all about Connor McDavid.  He’s the most electric player in the game today, but after starting the season with six points in two games, he has six in his last eight, including none in his last two.  Leon Draisaitl is also ice cold, pointless in his last six.  These players are too good to be held off the score sheet for so long.

As a team, the Oilers are off to an impressive start, leading the Pacific Division, however, have faced questionable competition in accruing their record.  Of the 10 games the Oilers have played this season, only two were playoff teams last year (although they did win both of those games by a combined score of 7-2).  Six of the remaining 8 games came against teams that drafted in the top 8 of last year’s draft, including 5 in the top 6. In other words, let’s see how they’re doing in a couple of months.

Former Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot gets the start in goal.  You figure there might be some money on the board in the Edmonton dressing room tonight.

Unfortunately for Sioux, NODAK alum and prized college free agent signing Drake Caggiula is yet to make his season debut for the Oilers as he battles a hip injury suffered just before the start of the season.

I’ll be in attendance tonight so bear with me on the game review tomorrow as I won’t have the benefit of the TV broadcast to help me break plays down.

Once again, a personal note, thank you so much for joining me here. If I can make this blog even half as good as Carp’s, I’ll be pretty damn proud.

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237 thoughts on “Oilers at Rangers … It’s Go Time!”

  1. I dont think ive seen McDavid play either. Should be fun. Expecting a close but high scoring game. I say 6-4 Rangers.

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  2. Wick- Someone else’s puke. patient having an obstructive series after a nice big dose of morphine :/ But Jay did have her head in the garbage today. We had a long talk about self dignity afterwards. 😀

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  3. Lev, I’ve never seen a full game by Mcdavid either. Nor have I seen Cam Talbot start one for Edmonton. This should be fun as long as Lucic doesn’t kill anyone.

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  4. Dont think this team is going to give them much time to make a play in their zone. Gonna have to get shots off quickly

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  5. Never a bad interview. Even when the schleps in the media were trying to spoon feed us the nonsense about him betting on hockey back in the day. #99= the best

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  6. James G…. Holden shot the puck over the glass with not much pressure. He could have gone back around the boards or at least not shot it at the ceiling.

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  7. Looks to me Rangers are facing a slight improved copy of themselves in this team. Not a good feeling about outcome…

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  8. I just don’t understand how he hasn’t kicked that habit in year 3 of his career. even w all his improvement at the start here

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  9. Snow angel for the ages by Girardi. Goal not on him but yeesh! And Vesey with an awful pass on the 2on1 earlier. He’s human!

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  10. Leave it to AV to have a line w chemistry deconstruct it and then punish 2/3 of the players for subpar play w their other linemates

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  11. Nash’s hit and the response shouldve negated each other but Draisatl jumped Nash for no reason trying to start a fight.

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  12. I wish Rangers fans would come up with a chant that’s uniquely theirs. This “Let’s Go Team_X” is so unimaginative. Even Columbus has their “C-B-J!”

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  13. Not everyone will agree, but the way how this game developing so far, I will gladly take a point. Yeah, on the home ice.

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  14. Don’t have the numbers, but it sure feels as if the R’s already have more EN goals this year than last. Good win, not playing their best, over a good team that had something to do with them not playing well.

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  15. Rangers, Sabres and Blues only three teams that havent had a fight as of today.

    Shattenkirk just dropped them with Roussel. Wicky, interested?

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  16. Jay Tea Miller Time – stud; new NHL hat trick; goal , assist and knocked down Lou Cheech
    Haze – looks lighter…did he lose weight or just his dealer’s pager # and the munchies?
    Grabber – very very smart on forecheck; he sees dead people

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  17. I like Fast because he is a tireless worker and has good touch when tipping shots but he is a zero with puck; can’t make or receive a pass.
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    He is the last vestige of Rangers of the Past of the forward group. I know he scored, so he is great but the puck is kryptonite for his stick.

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  18. Lev
    It was me that said the up and down the ice minimal contact all star game scrimmage hockey was boring (to me).

    Interested in Roussel? Absolutely!!

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