Dec
20

Game 31 Preview: Rangers at Devils

December 20, 2011, by

Standings: Devils (18-13-1), Rangers (18-8-4)

Leading Scorer: Patrick Elias (13-16-29)

Goaltender: Martin Brodeur (18 GP, 3.08 GAA, .890 SV%)

Rangers Lines (probable):

Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Mike Rupp-Brandon Prust
Carl Hagelin-Brian Boyle-John Mitchell

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Jeff Woywitka/Tim Erixon-Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Marc Staal (concussion symptoms), Wojtek Wolski (groin), Mike Sauer (concussion), Sean Avery (healthy), Erik Christensen (healthy), Tim Erixon healthy)/Jeff Woywitka (foot – game time decision)

Preview: As much as you can say the Rangers are lucky that they are catching a Devils team without Patrick Elias or Henrik Tallinder, they are also unlucky as three defensemen are out long term with significant injuries, and a fourth is a game time decision. The makeshift defense of the Rangers is going to have some trouble with the Zach Parise/Adam Henrique/Ilya Kovalchuk line, espeically with the Devils having last change tonight.  The offense is likely going to have to carry the Rangers for the next week while the Rangers deal with injuries, but the goaltenders are going to be feeling the pressure as well. 

Outside of that top line, the Devils don’t have much depth on offense. Only Petr Sykora and Dainius Zubrus are remotely close to 20 points outside of the top line (not including Elias, who is out tonight). However, the Devils finally have Travis Zajac back, who will be playing in just his third game this season. The Devils and the Rangers always play each other tough, so expect some tempers to boil over. Brodeur also shows up for games against the Rangers, so despite his terrible year, don’t expect softies from him.

Crazy Thought: The Rangers score three powerplay goals.

Opponent’s Blog: Pucks And Pitchforks

Game time tonight is 7pm on MSG, AM1050 and XM214.

Categories : Game Thread

5 comments

  1. bob says:

    We really gotta keep an eye on Sykora.He always gets us,and scores in bunches.But as you said earlier,we need some firepower tonight.I don’t believe 1 or 2 goals is going to do it.I think we have to score at least 3.If we can win a few with all these injuries it will show that this team is for real.Lets Go Rangers!

    • Dave says:

      And there he is with an assist

      • bob says:

        Sykora has not lost a step,he was all over the place.I’m sure he had the little extra in him playing the Rangers but he looked damn good.

  2. Ryan says:

    Hank is a BEAST!!!!

  3. bob says:

    Wow,they found a way to win.The King kept us in it until we got our legs going.Great third period.Impressed,very impressed.Good win for us.The Devils looked good too.That new system is scary.But we found a way!