Game 6, Eastern Conference Semifinals (or is this called the Atlantic Division Final?)
First must win game of the season.
Rangers at Senators -7:30 PM NBCSN, 98.7 FM. Online streaming is available on nbcsportss.com or the NBC Sports app.
The Rangers come home after a disappointing performance in Ottawa on Saturday in which they were still capable of stealing a game that in my opinion they didn’t deserve to win. Now, instead of having a chance to close this series out, they have to win or go home.
I’ll be watching tonight’s game on a delay because of parenting responsibilities. Doesn’t RR Jr. know that it’s the playoffs!? I didn’t even edit this part from three games of this playoffs. Clearly, this is a HAV.
Tonight’s probable lineup for the Rangers, via Brett Cyrgalis (@brettcyrgalis):
Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast
Tanner Glass-Oscar Lindberg-JT Miller
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Nick Holden
Brady Skjei-Brendan Smith
The big news of course is that this is the first must win game of the season. If they lose, it’s officially game over, season over. The lineup remains the same, meaning that there is more Tanner Glass in place of Pavel Buchnevich. Honestly, the start to this game is a referendum to me of AV as a coach and the leadership group of this core. Too many times this team has come out flat in big spots. They should be flying from the opening puck drop. They are dominating this series and should force a game 7.
For the Senators, also no changes from the lineup that won game 5, including leading Conn Smythe candidate, Teflon Chris Neil. Although, perhaps calling him Teflon is a misnomer since he stays stuck to the bench most of the game.
If this is indeed the end of our season, I just want to say thank you for helping to keep this community together.
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