Rangers at Blue Jackets … It’s Go Time!

Game 18

Rangers at Blue Jackets -7:00 PM MSG

Tonight is the last game of the Rangers’ longest road trip of the season. The first three games, which saw the Rangers go 3-0 through western Canada, was a test of the Rangers’ mettle and depth at forward.

The review of tonight’s game will be provided by E3.  Clearly, this is an HAV.

Tonight’s probable lineup for the Rangers (13-4), via Steve Zipay (@stevezipay):

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash

J.T. Miller-Mika Zibanejad- Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast

Oscar Lindberg-Brandon Pirri-Michael Grabner


Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi

Marc Staal-Nick Holden

Brady Skjei-Kevin Klein

The big news of course is Chris Kreider’s return to the lineup after missing he last two games to be examined for cervical/spinal issues. Kreider has compared his symptoms to those similar to a concussion, but he has been cleared to return to play.

The lineup, as projected by Steve Zipay, has undergone significant revision. Hot shooting Michael Grabner, who played the last two games on the first line, finds himself on the fourth line, with Kreider taking his spot on the first. I’m surprised that they didn’t find Grabner a spot on a higher line rather than keeping Jesper Fast on the third line.  BDL must be thrilled.

On defense, Nick Holden and Brady Skjei have switched places again. I disagree with this decision.

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start. Adam Clendening is Prucha’d for a second straight game. Boo Nieves was returned to Hartford. Buchnevich and Jooris are both still out injured. When both are healthy, I expect Jooris to be waived.

For the Blue Jackets, (8-4-2), the headlines are all about former Rangers coach John Tortorella and the “high powered” Columbus offense. However, their early season results are heavily inflated by the 10-0 game against Montreal and the league leading power play, which is operating at an unsustainable 30.8%. I know, that’s shocking given the power play in NY under Torts, but it’s true.

This is because on the ice, it’s all about rookie defenseman Zach Werenski, who has 13 points in 14 games. Also, Sergei Bobrovsky is having a bounce back year. Torts has been happy to accept the credit.

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138 thoughts on “Rangers at Blue Jackets … It’s Go Time!”

  1. I know all the cool kids are out on a Friday but I’m sure glad to be home watching this game at a normal time.

    Should be a good one.

    LGR !!!


  2. Unforgivable goal, indeed. That’s exactly antithesis of being elite – inconsistency. Last game was a hero, today – letting in an epitome of softies goal possible. It is cause for worries in a long run.


  3. Skjei is going to be a good player for us for a long time. With Klein out to lunch, he is playing D for 2 so far this season.


  4. So far it’s going by Torts typical scenario – clogged middle between blue lines, dense, grit, chucked up game.


  5. Sadly, I have to say that Klein’s game really kind of regressed. He’s probably last in D-corps, which is not bad at all in general.


  6. Welcome my son, welcome to the machine
    Where have you been?
    It’s alright we know where you’ve been
    You’ve been in the pipeline, filling in time
    Provided with toys and ‘scouting for boys’
    You brought a guitar to punish your ma
    And you didn’t like school, and you
    Know you’re nobody’s fool
    So welcome to the machine


  7. Did anyone else notice at the beginning of the msg broadcast, when they showed bobrovsky and put his info on screen, said he was from the USSR…did I miss something in the geopolitical world recently?


  8. Just a brutal showing by Hank. Though Pirri in no mans land on 2-1 after pass got tipped.

    When teams negate speed and hunker down we’re going have problems.

    I’ll let you guys get excited at end season we’ll be out in 1st rd to Pitt or wash


  9. I don’t vote for losers. Having PP at the end of the game and instead of scoring a winner allowing another stupid goal, not even saving a point is preposterous.


  10. My 3 observations…win or lose hank is overpaid, win or lose this team is a one trick pony, this team still needs a centre that can win a crucial faceoff.


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