Game 3, Eastern Conference Quarter Finals
Series tied at 1-1.
Rangers vs. Canadiens -7:00 PM MSG, NBCSN, 98.7 FM. Online streaming is available on nbcsportss.com or the NBC Sports app.
After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and settling for a 1-1 split in Montreal, the Rangers return home to MSG for game 3 of the first round. hopefully the team tries to play for a full sixty minutes instead of just the first fifty and then playing defense for the last ten. And also hopefully someone put some pine tar or super glue on Lundqvist’s stick.
I haven’t even been near the blog since yesterday morning, so I have no idea what the bonehead climate is, but I’ll assume the Chase ledge is full. Clearly, this is a HAV.
Tonight’s possible lineup for the Rangers (UPDATE: lines were shuffled, look in the comments or the Twitter widget):
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey-Mika Zibanejad-Rick Nash
Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-JT Miller
Tanner Glass-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Brendan Smith
Brady Skjei-Kevin Klein
The big news of course is that Kevin Klein might draw into the lineup for the dreadful Nick Holden. AV wouldn’t discuss any changes, but it would behoove the Rangers to get Holden off the ice. UPDATED: Kevin Klein comes in for Holden, but plays on third pair with Skjei. Smith moved up to second pair.
No changes are expected among the forwards Also of note is that Magnus Hellberg was recalled from Hartford, a sign that Raanta’s lingering injury issues could be flaring up.
The Canadiens are also making some changes. Nikita Nesterov, who was the worst player for the Canadiens in the first two games, is scratched for Brandon Davidson. Also, some line shuffling for the Canadiens, who move Alex Galchenyuk to third line center. Galchenyuk was dangerous late in the third and in overtime.
Yesterday both Derrick Brassard and Brian Boyle played huge parts in wins for their respective teams. Sure would be nice for our forwards to do the same.
We smashed the record on Friday night, but the vote totals were pathetically low. So if and when we lose in pathetic fashion tonight, please still take the 10 seconds to click three names and vote.
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