Rangers vs. Hurricanes – 7:00 PM MSG
Tonight is the first game of an odd stretch where the Rangers play the Hurricanes at home twice in the same week, with a game against the Buffalo Sabres in the middle. The Rangers are in a bit of a slump, going 2-3-1 in their past 6 games. The Hurricanes won their last game, leading to the Panthers firing their coach.
I’m on my way home from work right now so I’ll be listening to the first period on the radio. Clearly, this is an HAV.
Tonight’s probable lineup for the Rangers (15-7-1), via Steve Zipay (@stevezipay):
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey-Kevin Hayes-Rick Nash
Michael Grabner-J.T. Miller- Jesper Fast
Matt Puempel-Oscar Lindberg-Brandon Pirri
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Nick Holden
Brady Skjei-Kevin Klein
The big news, of course, is that the Rangers will have 11 year old Bryce Rogerson serve as coach for the day. JT Miller will start this game at center again after getting a slight knee injury in the last game. Also of note is that Grabner was questionable with an illness, but he is playing with the aforementioned Miller and Jesper Fast, he of the two shots in his past 10 games. BDL must be thrilled.
However, drawing back into the lineup is Oscar Lindberg, playing center on the fourth line in Josh Jooris’ spot. Also on the fourth line is Brandon Pirri. This is particularly interesting because when these two played on the fourth line together earlier this season, Pirri was the center and Lindberg was the wing. playing on the wing all year.
Lundqvist gets the start tonight. Defense remains unchanged. Clendening remains Prucha’d. Buchnevich is still not skating.
For the Hurricanes, (9-8-4), Cam Ward gets the start. The Hurricanes haven’t won at MSG since October 29, 2010. The big news is that Jordan Staal is out with a concussion. Did you know he and Marc Staal were brothers, and they have another brother named Eric? Also, Jeff Skinner was a figure skater as a kid! WOW! He’s typically a Rangers killer.
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