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Likely new matchups on road create opportunity for Rangers’ top line

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PITTSBURGH — Regarding the Rangers, no longer playoff-untested approaching Games 3 and 4 on the road: 

1. Gerard Gallant is not a slave to matchups and never has been throughout his career but it is clear that the coach has done his best to limit the amount of shifts the Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko Kid Line takes against Sidney Crosby’s unit that includes Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust. 

Matching up was the reason that the Kids got only 7:19 of ice time as a unit in Thursday’s 5-2 Game 2 victory

That dynamic likely will change in these next two contests on the road, where Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan has the final change. There are extreme methods with which visiting teams can avoid disadvantageous matchups but these maneuvers can create chaos on the bench for teams unaccustomed to such maneuvering. 

You can bet this, though: unless inescapable by dint of an icing, the Chytil line will not be taking faceoffs in the defensive zone. The unit took four in the first two games, as opposed to 14 apiece by the Zibanejad unit and the Artemi Panarin-Ryan Strome-Andrew Copp connection. 

So the expectation is that the Blueshirts’ young’uns will be force fed a heaping dose of Crosby. But while this will present a challenge, it also can create an opportunity for the Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Frank Vatrano to shed a defense-first approach and get on the attack. 

Chris Kreider (20) and Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrate.
Chris Kreider (20) and Mika Zibanejad (93)
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The Zibanejad line has gotten about 50-percent of the ice time against Crosby, who was nothing like this in last year’s six-game, first-round loss to the Islanders. Most of the focus has been on stopping the Penguins’ top guns, who have accounted for four of the club’s five even-strength goals. The Rangers need to turn that around and force the Penguins to focus on defending Zibanejad, Kreider and Vatrano. 

The Zibanejad Line, which has accounted for two goals on seven shots, must become dangerous. If unshackled from defending Crosby, that becomes a more realistic ask. 

2. Barclay Goodrow’s absence for what is expected to be an extended period of time makes it more difficult to work around Chytil’s issues at the dots, though Chytil won 3-of-7 in Game 2 after going 1-for-10 in the opener. Gallant can’t call on Goodrow to step in on those faceoffs. 

Though there may not be much of a drop off on the fourth line with Dryden Hunt stepping in for Goodrow, the penalty kill surely will be impacted. In addition, and perhaps more critically, losing Goodrow limits Gallant’s options with the top six in late-game defensive situations. 

But look, the Penguins have career bottom-sixer Danton Heinen playing up with Evgeni Malkin in the wake of Rickard Rakell’s Game 1 injury on the hit delivered by Ryan Lindgren late in the first period of Game 1. 

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It not only takes a village to win the Cup, it will take a village to win this series. 

Igor Shesterkin defends the net during hte Rangers' Game 2 win over the Penguins.
Igor Shesterkin defends the net during the Rangers’ Game 2 win over the Penguins.
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3. The Rangers spent enough time in the offensive zone and had possession of the puck enough to deserve more than two power plays through the first 57:56 of Game 2. Beggars apparently can be choosers, however, for those pair of man-advantages came after a stretch of 118:05 in which the Blueshirts were not rewarded with a single power play while the Penguins had six in the interim. 

That represents a continuation of a trend through the four-game season series in which Pittsburgh held a 12-6 edge in power plays. It is a disturbing one. So much of the Rangers’ game and identity flows from the power play. 

4. Igor Shesterkin’s work has been the stuff of legend, the presumptive Vezina winner having turned aside 118 of 124 shots for a .952 save percentage while credited by Evolving Hockey with a 3.55 GSAA (goals save above average) in his first two NHL playoff games. 

But the edge over the Penguins’ goaltending was largely negated until the Rangers broke through by scoring four goals against Louis Domingue within 26:50 bridging the final two periods of Game 2. 

The Blueshirts have to make it their business to take advantage of this third-string netminder, who is playing only because of injuries to Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith. 

5. Ryan Reaves, whose 16:10 of ice time in Game 1 represented the highest total of his now 86-game playoff career, has set a tone on the ice, taking the body responsibly at every opportunity. Reaves is bringing an aura onto the ice with him.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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