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Steady Eddie
Posted 2017-12-27 8:51 AM (#691024)
Subject: Game 37: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers 12/27/17 - 8pm - NBCSN



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Rangers (19-13-4, 42 pts) vs. Capitals (22-13-2, 46 pts)
8 pm, Madison Square Garden
NBCSN; ESPN 1050 AM

The Game

The Rangers return to action following their three-day Christmas break looking to snap a two-game winless streak when they host the Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden.

New York entered the break with two straight losses, most recently Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at MSG. Jimmy Vesey and J.T. Miller each scored and Henrik Lundqvist turned in another strong effort with 34 saves in the loss.

Saturday was the first game without Jesper Fast, who is expected to miss two-to-three weeks with a quad injury. Coach Alain Vigneault reinstated Boo Nieves for that match, and the organization opted not to recall a forward from Hartford prior to the recess. 

Lundqvist is expected to get the start against the Capitals, a team he has 21 wins in 37 career regular season games against for his career.

Tonight is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals, and the first at The Garden. The teams last met on Dec. 8 in Washington, which the Capitals won, 4-2.

The Capitals enter tonight's game tied for second in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the New Jersey Devils. Like the Rangers, Washington entered the Christmas holiday with back-to-back losses (0-1-1), including a 3-0 loss to the Golden Knights Saturday in Vegas.

Washington's two big Russians, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin, lead the team with 38 and 37 points, respectively, in 37 games this year. Ovechkin leads the team with 23 goals, though he has just two in his last eight games.

Braden Holtby is having another strong season with a record of 20-8-0 with a 2.65 GAA and a .918 SV%.

Players to Watch

Ryan McDonagh is still looking for his first goal of the year, but he's still generating plenty of offense with 18 assists. The captain's 17 helpers and 19 points against Washington are the most he has against any other opponent in the NHL. He has a point in seven of his last eight games against the Capitals with a goal and eight assists over that span.

Forward TJ Oshie returned to the Capitals' lineup prior to the break after missing several weeks due to an injury. He recorded an assist in his first game back against Arizona on Friday night, and has seven points in 16 career regular season games against the Rangers.

Inside the Numbers

The Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 28 games against Washington, dating back to Dec. 12, 2010 (16-10-2 record). In addition, the Blueshirts have registered at least one point in nine of their last 15 contests against the Capitals, dating back to Jan. 19, 2014 (8-6-1 record).

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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-12-27 9:30 AM (#691026 - in reply to #691024)
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Let's see how the Boys come out tonight....legit opponent
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Posted 2017-12-27 9:55 AM (#691027 - in reply to #691024)
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11:28AM: Ondrej Pavelec is starting in goal for the Rangers tonight against the Capitals. (NYR)


I can’t wait to hear his logic behind this one.
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-12-27 11:01 AM (#691028 - in reply to #691027)
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Rranger - 2017-12-27 11:55 AM

11:28AM: Ondrej Pavelec is starting in goal for the Rangers tonight against the Capitals. (NYR)


I can’t wait to hear his logic behind this one.

Sounds about right...AV likes to put the backup against the good teams and save Henrik for lesser team
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-12-27 11:15 AM (#691029 - in reply to #691024)
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LeetchyMrRanger
Posted 2017-12-27 11:49 AM (#691030 - in reply to #691024)
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If Strangers come out like they are still on vacation, it may be a long night. Although, I'm going to see Star Wars tonight.
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Posted 2017-12-27 11:52 AM (#691031 - in reply to #691028)
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Mikey Red - 2017-12-27 10:01 AM

Rranger - 2017-12-27 11:55 AM

11:28AM: Ondrej Pavelec is starting in goal for the Rangers tonight against the Capitals. (NYR)


I can’t wait to hear his logic behind this one.

Sounds about right...AV likes to put the backup against the good teams and save Henrik for lesser team






And it’s Johnson and Johnson line blender night again. The ones they had on their winning streak no longer work. So let’s go back to the ones used at the start of the season that didn’t work. You can’t make this **** up. Dumbest bench boss ever.

Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider, David Desharnais, Jimmy Vesey
Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller
Paul Carey, Boo Nieves, Pavel Buchnevich
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Rangerjunkie
Posted 2017-12-27 11:57 AM (#691032 - in reply to #691024)
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Buch from first to fourth?
Vesey from fourth to second?
Day Har Nay second line center??
Our best Center, third line winger tonight???

AV SUCKS!!
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Rangerjunkie
Posted 2017-12-27 12:00 PM (#691033 - in reply to #691024)
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AV also moves our highest paid DMan to to the 3rd pairing tonight............Sh!ttenkirk!!

Now Robbie will be on board with the #FIREAV
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-12-27 12:02 PM (#691034 - in reply to #691024)
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Shattenkirk should be our 7th D man
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PV29
Posted 2017-12-27 12:18 PM (#691035 - in reply to #691034)
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https://bluelinestation.com/2017/12/27/new-york-rangers-line-combina...

Alain Vigneault had a little too much eggnog this Christmas. When he arrived at the New York Rangers’ Tarrytown practice facility this morning, he took a look at his roster sheet, cut out each name, put them into a hat, and pulled them out one by one. That’s the only way I can wrap my head around the atrocity that will be the New York Rangers’ line pairs tonight.

Aside from the third line, each one of the lines and pairings is awful.

First, Vigneault took apart the KZB line and separated all three of his top line players throughout the lineup. Secondly, why is Pavel Buchnevich, your second-leading scorer, on the fourth line? And Jimmy Vesey AND David Desharnais in the top six? What kind of crap is that!

Meanwhile, the Ryan McDonagh and Nick Holden pair is still the top pair which is gross in itself, but Vigneault broke up Kevin Shattenkirk and Brady Skjei. If he put Skjei with Brendan Smith and tried to reinvigorate their playoff chemistry, then fine, so be it. But he put Skjei with Marc Staal and Smith with Shattenkirk.


The 3rd line by the way was a great line late last season. Until Gum-Gum broke it up.
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Mjolnir
Posted 2017-12-27 12:23 PM (#691036 - in reply to #691027)
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Rranger - 2017-12-27 11:55 AM

11:28AM: Ondrej Pavelec is starting in goal for the Rangers tonight against the Capitals. (NYR)


I can’t wait to hear his logic behind this one.


Still on the holiday cheer, I see....otherwise you wouldn't mention the word logic in connection with ANYTHING AV does.
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Spider3WideBanana
Posted 2017-12-27 12:53 PM (#691037 - in reply to #691032)
Subject: Re: Game 37: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers 12/27/17 - 8pm - NBCSN


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These really are the dumbest lines ever, and I’ve defended AV.... but this is madness. I guess we can all rest assured that after we trail 2 or 3-0 after the first, the lines with be mixed up yet again
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Rranger
Posted 2017-12-27 3:03 PM (#691039 - in reply to #691036)
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Mjolnir - 2017-12-27 11:23 AM

Rranger - 2017-12-27 11:55 AM

11:28AM: Ondrej Pavelec is starting in goal for the Rangers tonight against the Capitals. (NYR)


I can’t wait to hear his logic behind this one.


Still on the holiday cheer, I see....otherwise you wouldn't mention the word logic in connection with ANYTHING AV does.






Well in fairness I did quantify as “his logic” which I put in a class of its own.
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PV29
Posted 2017-12-27 3:50 PM (#691043 - in reply to #691024)
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Ultimately, with the depth that the Rangers have up front, AV can tinker like a kid with a new LEGO set after Christmas and still have them score 2 or 3 goals per game on most nights. Not the best use of the talent that's there, but he won't be fired for that silliness.

The defense is still the biggest problem. AV's best pair in last year's playoffs was Skjei - Smith. And he's done everything BUT use that pair so far. So he either doesn't see that as his best pair (possible, since he never had them on the ice in the last minute when protecting a lead) OR he just doesn't want to play them together. Either way, the mess on defense is what will eventually get his ass canned and sent packing. Henrik facing 40+ shots per game is not a solid long term strategy even despite the wins that Henrik steals for AV.

#FireAV
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robstones
Posted 2017-12-27 4:33 PM (#691044 - in reply to #691024)
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Hay Grab me a Miller line reunited, though...
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PV29
Posted 2017-12-27 5:23 PM (#691045 - in reply to #691044)
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robstones - 2017-12-27 6:33 PM

Hay Grab me a Miller line reunited, though...

... until about 5 minutes into the 2nd period if they are losing.
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PV29
Posted 2017-12-27 6:08 PM (#691046 - in reply to #691045)
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How long before Wilson starts exerting physical play on the passive pansies of MSG?
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Rranger
Posted 2017-12-27 6:35 PM (#691047 - in reply to #691024)
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Zibanejad finally attempting a pass to a wide open Zuccarello.
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Posted 2017-12-27 6:36 PM (#691048 - in reply to #691024)
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Milbury and Pierre.
Thanks NBCSN.
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Ridley18
Posted 2017-12-27 6:39 PM (#691049 - in reply to #691024)
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Kids are home from college--High school is out
Yet STILL MSG IS A ****ING MORGUE!!!
PLAY ALL 82 ON THE ROAD!!!
KNOCK THIS BUILDING DOWN ALREADY!!
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Rranger
Posted 2017-12-27 6:39 PM (#691050 - in reply to #691048)
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PV29 - 2017-12-27 5:36 PM

Milbury and Pierre.
Thanks NBCSN.





Ditto.
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Pierre_Pdare
Posted 2017-12-27 6:42 PM (#691051 - in reply to #691024)
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At least we got Kenny Albert.
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Posted 2017-12-27 6:42 PM (#691052 - in reply to #691051)
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Pierre_Pdare - 2017-12-27 5:42 PM

At least we got Kenny Albert.




Ya I don’t mind Albert at all and hope he replaces Sam.
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Posted 2017-12-27 6:55 PM (#691053 - in reply to #691024)
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Buch with 3:20 of TOI

Ridiculous

Edited by Spider3WideBanana 2017-12-27 6:56 PM
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Posted 2017-12-27 7:02 PM (#691054 - in reply to #691024)
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Kreider out for the rest of the game
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Posted 2017-12-27 7:10 PM (#691055 - in reply to #691024)
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Am I actually seeing the Rangers play a little physical in front of their own net? It truly is the season of miracles.
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Posted 2017-12-27 7:11 PM (#691056 - in reply to #691024)
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Nice regular season beer league intensity match.
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Posted 2017-12-27 7:11 PM (#691057 - in reply to #691052)
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Rranger - 2017-12-27 8:42 PM

Pierre_Pdare - 2017-12-27 5:42 PM

At least we got Kenny Albert.




Ya I don’t mind Albert at all and hope he replaces Sam.

Agreed on both points.
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Ridley18
Posted 2017-12-27 7:20 PM (#691058 - in reply to #691024)
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Shatty wont last long here---this guy is disgusting in his own end
A horror show defensively--refuses to take the body and is useless
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Posted 2017-12-27 7:22 PM (#691059 - in reply to #691024)
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Goalie gets older,a D gets weaker and talents play on the fourth line.
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-12-27 7:23 PM (#691060 - in reply to #691058)
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-12-27 7:24 PM (#691061 - in reply to #691049)
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Ridley18 - 2017-12-27 8:39 PM

Kids are home from college--High school is out
Yet STILL MSG IS A ****ING MORGUE!!!
PLAY ALL 82 ON THE ROAD!!!
KNOCK THIS BUILDING DOWN ALREADY!!

100% ....it’s a shame what happened to the place
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Mikey Red
Posted 2017-12-27 7:26 PM (#691062 - in reply to #691058)
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Ridley18 - 2017-12-27 9:20 PM

Shatty wont last long here---this guy is disgusting in his own end
A horror show defensively--refuses to take the body and is useless

Terrible signing
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PV29
Posted 2017-12-27 7:43 PM (#691063 - in reply to #691024)
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Scoreless after two. This game has a late-game Holden giveaway and goal against written all over it.
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