Similar to how the iconic Zapruder Film — shot in downtown Dallas — disputes the findings of the Warren Commission. The game footage from the Rangers’ loss to Nashville disputes the rulings of the NHL ice officials.
Abraham Zapruder’s film shoots down the notion President John F. Kennedy was killed by a single “magic bullet.”
Meanwhile, the United States Government routinely denies there was more than a single shooter.
The Rangers’ game footage clearly shows Alexei Emelin and Filip Forsberg illegally hit Marc Staal and Jimmy Vesey in the head during the second period of the Blueshirts’ loss to the Predators.
But the NHL ice officials claimed that neither hit was dirty or illegal as both went unpenalized.
On Sunday morning, the NHL Department of Player Safety determined Forsberg’s hit on Vesey was worthy of a hearing. And they subsequently suspended him for three games. Meanwhile, Emelin got off scot-free.
Is either governing body right? Who knows.
What’s important is the Rangers now reside in last place in the Metropolitan Division.
And as games continue to tick off the calendar, it becomes more likely they sell off major pieces of the team in order to commit to a full on rebuild.
Barring a miracle turnaround — starting against the Stars — these could be the last few games in a Rangers’ sweater for a number of Blueshirts.
DEEP ROOTED CONNECTIONS
Rangers’ Assistant Coach Lindy Ruff was the Stars’ Head Coach from 2013-2017.
Stars’ Head Coach Ken Hitchcock coached both Rick Nash (Blue Jackets) and Kevin Shattenkirk (Blues).
Mats Zuccarello: The scrappy winger is six goals away from 100 in his NHL career.
Rick Nash: The veteran winger is four points away from 800 in his illustrious NHL career.
J.T. Miller: The skilled former first-round draft pick has always shown tremendous poise with the puck. And his playmaking abilities have him closing in on 100 career assists; he’s five away.
PLAYER TO WATCH
STARS: JOHN KLINGBERG. Talk about consistency. Klingberg hasn’t gone more than three straight games without a point this season. And he’s currently on a hot streak. With 19 points in his last 15 games, Klingberg leads all defensemen in points with 50. He’s also second among all players with 44 assists. On top of that, the 25-year-old is arguably the leading Norris Trophy candidate; combining his 50 points with a plus 14 rating.
RANGERS: J.T. MILLER. No Rangers player can claim to be playing well right now. But if you had to pick one; it’s Miller. With seven points (4G, 3A) in his last eight, Miller is second on the team in points (34). And he also leads the team in road points with 19.
As many as five key Rangers are missing from the lineup due to injuries.
Chris Kreider and Kevin Shattenkirk remain out indefinitely after their respective surgeries.
Pavel Buchnevich is expected to miss his second straight game with concussion symptoms.
And joining Buchnevich in the head injury department are Marc Staal and Jimmy Vesey.
Staal and Vesey were knocked out of the game against Nashville after illegal hits from the Predators and have entered the NHL’s concussion protocol.
Steven Kampfer and newly recalled Vinni Lettieri are expected to fill-in for Staal and Vesey respectively.
The rest of the lineup should remain the same. And the Rangers have not disclosed who will start in net; Henrik Lundqvist or Ondrej Pavelec.
WHERE TO WATCH
The game will be broadcast on MSG Networks at 8:30 pm ET. For in-game coverage check out our Twitter account @NYRBlueBulletin.
This one could get ugly.
The Blueshirts have surrendered four or more goals seven times in their last 10 games; including each of their last five.
And making matters worse, the Stars rank eighth in the NHL with 3.06 goals scored per game.