November 2, 2019

Rangers youth movement set to hunt the Predators

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After beating the Lightning at the Garden, the Baby Blueshirts look to track down and beat the Predators in Nashville today. The 2PM start is due to the fact this is the European Game of the Week, and that is sure to put a little extra step in Kaapo Kakko’s stride.

Sticking with the kids

Yesterday, David Quinn announced that he will be going with the same lineup from the Tampa game. Mika Zibanejad is still out with what appears to be a neck issue after getting a high hit from Patrice Bergeron last Sunday. That means Filip Chytil will build on the 17 minutes he received last game. There is no doubt that Chytil looks engaged and made an immediate impact in his season debut.

However, the biggest news is that Marc Staal will be a healthy scratch for his second consecutive game. In his time with the Rangers, he had never been a healthy scratch; that is until Tuesday’s game vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning, when 21-year-old defenseman, Ryan Lindgren made his season debut at the Garden, notching his first NHL point with an assist in the Rangers’ 4-1 win. Lindgren paired with fellow rookie Adam Fox looked spectacular against the Lightning and fans are eager to see if they can repeat that effort.

Read: The Writing Is On The Wall for Marc Staal

Riding the hot hand?

Another big piece of news heading into today is Alex Georgiev who was sharp as a tack will make consecutive starts. Henrik missed practice early in the week due to an upper body issue, which many believe happened when he body checked Pastrnak Sunday.

Georgiev has been stellar this season posting a 2-2-1 record, a 2.56 GAA, but most importantly a .924 SV%. This shouldn’t come as any surprise since the game plan before the season started was to give Hank less starts. But no doubt, it will spark the conversation of what Henrik’s role should be heading towards the end of his contract which expires next summer.

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