Eastern Quarterfinals Game 4: Rangers at Senators

Series: Rangers lead 2-1.

NYR Regular Season Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
OTT Regular Season Leading Scorer: Jason Spezza (34-50-84)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (62 GS, 1.97 GAA, .931 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Craig Anderson (60 GS, 2.83 GAA, .910 SV%)

Rangers Lines (pending confirmation):

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

Defense:

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Mats Zuccarello (wrist), Carl Hagelin (suspension), Steve Eminger (healthy), Jeff Woywitka (healthy), John Scott (healthy)

Preview: Hank stole Game Three, and the Senators have still been unable to really solve the best goalie in the world. The Rangers aren’t giving them the slot, so the Sens have been trying to clog the middle and take shots from the perimeter. It worked to a degree in Game Two, when bounces went Ottawa’s way, but not so much in Game Three.

Expect the Sens to do more of the same, or at least try to solve the Rangers defensive zone strategy. Hank has been brilliant, and he’s the difference so far.

Crazy Thought: Two shutouts in a row for Hank.

7 Responses to “Eastern Quarterfinals Game 4: Rangers at Senators”

  1. Chris F says:

    I don’t understand putting Krieder on the top line, as he hasn’t earned those type of minutes yet. He should be on the third line with Prust and Boyle so he can get a little schooling in how to play the body, NHL style!

    Feds should drop to the 4th line, where Stepan is. Why is he being kept in the basement? Give him top line duties. See how it goes (he was successful there earlier in the year). Let the playoff intensity light a fire under him.

    • wwpd says:

      agreed, 100%

      • Steven T says:

        I think it doesn’t make sense to mess with the chemistry on Boyle’s line, if you are going to make a switch, swtich Stepan and Kreider. Tho I liked how Kreider played, and it keeps the lines steady for when Hags comes back

    • Dave says:

      Torts didn’t announce the lines, so I’d have to assume he goes with the same lines to start. Torts is a master tinkerer with the lines, so expect different players based on matchups.

  2. Red Stag says:

    It’s time for Dubes, AA, and Callahan to shine… again!