The new matchups make it to the Rangers’ top line

PITTSBURGH – As for the Rangers, they are no longer the playoff-untested approaching Game 3 and 4 along the way:

1. Gerard Gallant is not a slave of matchups and has not been in all of his career but it is clear that the coach has done everything in his power to reduce the shifts that Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko Kid Line is taking against the Sidney Crosby unit. which include Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust.

Similar to the reason why the Children got only 7:19 of ice time as part of the 5-2 Game 2 victory on Thursday.

That could change in the next two races along the way, with Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan making the final change. There are extreme ways in which visiting teams can avoid bad games but these practices can cause confusion on the bench for teams who are not accustomed to doing so.

You can bet this, though: unless you run away with icing, the Chytil line will not be fighting off the defensive part. The division took four in the first two games, unlike 14 each with the Zibanejad team and the collaboration of Artemi Panarin-Ryan Strome-Andrew Copp.

So the hope is that young Blueshirts will be forced to be fed in the Crosby pile. But while this may be difficult, it could also give Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Frank Vatrano a chance to break free from the defensive line and launch an attack.

Chris Kreider (20) and Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrate.
Chris Kreider (20) and Mika Zibanejad (93)
Robert Sabo

The Zibanejad line has scored about 50 percent of the ice time against Crosby, who was not like this in six games last year, the first loss of the Islanders. The main goal was to stop the Penguin’s top guns, who scored four goals in five strong teams. The Rangers need to reverse this and force the Penguins to focus more on defending Zibanejad, Kreider and Vatrano.

The Zibanejad line, who has scored two goals in seven shots, should be a threat. If you have not been prevented from defending Crosby, it becomes an appropriate question.

2. Barclay Goodrow’s absence from what is expected to be a long time makes it difficult to deal with Chytil’s problems on the dots, although Chytil won 3-of-7 in Game 2 after a 1-to-10 opener. . Gallant will not invite Goodrow to join the discussion.

While there may not be much further down the fourth line when Dryden Hunt enters Goodrow, penalty kills will be affected. In addition, and perhaps to a lesser extent, losing Goodrow hinders Gallant’s choices and the top six in late defensive games.

But look, the Penguin has a mid-six job Danton Heinen playing with Evgeni Malkin after Rickard Rakell’s Game 1 injury on a hit that Ryan Lindgren delivered late in the first game of Game 1.

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Igor Shesterkin defends the net in hte Rangers' Game 2 game against the Penguins.
Igor Shesterkin defends the net in Rangers’ Game 2 game against the Penguins.
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3. The Rangers spent enough time in a dangerous position and had enough puck to qualify for more than two powerful games through the first 57:56 of Game 2. Applicants obviously could choose, however, for these two of the public good. came after 118: 05 when the Blueshirts did not win a single strong game while the Penguins had six at the time.

This represents a continuation of what is happening in a four-game losing streak as Pittsburgh finished 12-6 on the edge of strong play. It’s confusing. Much of Rangers’ game and what is known comes from strong play.

4. Igor Shesterkin’s career has become a legend, with Vezina’s proud winner turning 118 of 124 shot in .952 percent save while being praised by Evolving Hockey and 3.55 GSAA (goals keep above average) in his first two NHL games.

But on the edge of Penguin’s goals he was not overlooked until Rangers jumped out and scored four goals against Louis Domingue within 26:50 and led the final two games of Game 2.

The Blueshirts are supposed to make their business take advantage of a third string player, who is only playing due to injuries to Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith.

5. Ryan Reaves, who 16:10 of the ice age in Game 1 represented the highest number of his 86 games now, has set the tone for ice, taking the body properly at every opportunity. Reaves brings an aura on the ice with him.

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