Oct
29

Game 9: Rangers vs. Senators

October 29, 2011, by

Opponent: Ottawa Senators

Leading Scorer: Jason Spezza (5-8-13)

Goaltender: Craig Anderson (3.66 GAA, .880 SV%)

Rangers Lines:

Wojtek Wolski-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Derek Stepan-Artem Anisimov-Kris Newbury

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Tim Erixon-Mike Sauer
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Scratches: Marc Staal (concussion symptoms), Mike Rupp (knee), Jeff Woywitka (healthy)

Preview: So the Rangers had a clunker on Thursday’s home opener against the Leafs, and Lundqvist had a  bad game. They are forgiven. The Senators are not the Leafs. They are not off to a hot start (aside from Spezza), and the team is incredibly flawed. The goaltending is weak as well. Peppering Craig Anderson with shots is a good way for the Rangers to get up early and maintain the lead. The defense should be able to shut down Spezza, who has little help with him. Control the puck, control the play, and walk away with a W.

Suit’s Take: The Senators like to plug up the neutral zone in that 1-2-2 hybrid trap formation. Getting the puck deep and working the forecheck is going to be the key to generating offense. Since the Sens play a more conservative game, it will be very important to establishing an early lead. By doing so, it will force them to open up and get away from their game plan.

As far as the lines are concerned, Richards (via Larry Brooks) said he doesn’t feel his playing has been up to snuff yet. Richards and Torts both believe that grinding it out first will help him get going. This is why he’s on a line with Cally and Dubi to start the game. I think Brad and John know each other inside and out and are very comfortable with each other. To have your star and your coach on the same page will only pay dividends down the road.

As for our defense, the Blueshirts blueline had some issues with the Leafs speed the other night. If they want to avoid repeating those mistakes – the Sens boast some upfront speed as well – then the defense must maintain much better gap control.

Crazy Thought: Dubisnky doesn’t take a lazy stick penalty.

Opponent’s Blog: Silver Seven

Today’s game is on at 3:00pm on MSG, AM1050, and XM92.

Categories : Game Thread

7 comments

  1. The Suit says:

    Richards also mentioned spreading the attack as another reason for splitting the lines in the the pre-game, a concept we discussed last week here http://blueseatblogs.com/2011/10/26/the-purpose-of-line-tinkering/

  2. Dave says:

    That should not have been a penalty on Konopka, let alone a major/match penalty. Major momentum swing.

  3. wwpd says:

    pathetic. pathetic.

  4. bob says:

    Well the refs tried to give them this one.Can’t even win with the refs on our side.They played like a rookie team at the end there.How do you blow a 3 goal lead?

  5. bob says:

    Our D was horrible tying up there men in front of the net.Girardi and McD then Girardi and Eminger could not clear or tie up their men in front of the net.I believe Mcaulek ? it was . He was able to keep the puck from 3 rangers.Good effort on his part,but come on.Torts was asked,how do you change the momentum when Ottawa starts to come back,answer, with some good forechecking shifts.Yet we don’t have a real fourth line to go out there.On ones of the blogs yesterday someone stated we need some specific lines.i.e. 1 total offense,1 offensive with D capabilities,1 shutdown D line,and a fourth that hits ,causes havoc and tries to spark the team,fights and whatever needs to be done.I kind of agree with this.Obviously we are still feelings players out.Some people dont like Richards moving to play with Calli and Dubie but it makes sense to try to get them going.But he put Christensen with Gabs and I don’t think anybody is accepting of that.So I am sure that why there was so much outrage.But Calli and Dubie looked better today.