Rangers Season on the Line in Game Six Against the Devils

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 27: Akira Schmid #40 of the New Jersey Devils defends the net against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 27, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 27: Akira Schmid #40 of the New Jersey Devils defends the net against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 27, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – APRIL 27: Akira Schmid #40 of the New Jersey Devils defends the net against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 27, 2023, in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – APRIL 27: Akira Schmid #40 of the New Jersey Devils defends the net against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 27, 2023, in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

There’s no more room for error. One more loss and the season is over. If the Rangers want to progress through this series, they need to win both the remaining games. That is the burden they are tasked with. In order to force this series back to the Prudential Center in Newark, the Rangers need to win Game Six at the Garden. It’s do or die for the Blueshirts. They cannot afford another poor performance.

New York needs scoring help. In practice, we saw forward Artemi Panarin swap places with Alexis Lafreniere on the third line. If that can kickstart any of the Rangers’ scoring, they will have a chance to overcome their Hudson River rivals after all. New York has managed just three goals on Akira Schmid after the Devils opted to change their starting netminder following the two opening games. They need goals against the Swiss netminder and quickly.

if you are going to be at the most storied building in hockey history for this game tonight, make sure you are heard. This is going to be a difficult game for both teams. The fourth game in a series is the hardest to win and the Rangers will need the support of the Ranger faithful if they are going to come back and progress through to round two after falling behind 3-2 in this series. The Blueshirts faithful need to make themselves heard.

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexis Lafreniere – Vincent Trocheck – Patrick Kane
Artemi Panarin – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Jimmy Vesey – Barclay Goodrow – Tyler Motte

Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Niko Mikkola – Braden Schneider

Igor Shesterkin
Jaroslav Halak

New Jersey Devils

Tomas Tatar – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt
Ondrej Palat – Jack Hughes – Erik Haula
Timo Meier – Dawson Mercer – Jesper Boqvist
Nathan Bastian – Michael McLeod – Curtis Lazar

Jonas Siegenthaler – Dougie Hamilton
Ryan Graves – John Marino
Kevin Bahl – Damon Severson

Akira Schmid
Vitek Vanecek

Puck drop time and where to watch

This game is going to start at 8 PM Eastern from the Garden. We all know that the Devils can end the Rangers’ season with a win. If the Blueshirts want to avoid following in the footsteps of their city rivals the New York Islanders to see their season end at the hands of a road team that plays in red, they will need to find a way to win tonight. If this team is to play again, there is no tomorrow unless they win today.