ECF Game 5: Devils at RangersMay 23, 2012, by
Series: Tied 2-2
Rangers Projected Lines:
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Preview: It all comes down to 5-on-5 forechecking. The Devils have been excellent at executing their aggressive forecheck and pinning the Rangers in their zone for prolonged periods of time. The Rangers were the masters of forechecking during the regular season, but have slowly seen that aspect of their game erode as the playoffs have progressed.
The Rangers need to dig deep and rediscover that ability as a team or it is going to be more of the same. This means winning faceoffs, better outlet passes from our defensemen, and better puck support from our forwards. All hands on deck. No scapegoats. Let’s go.
Crazy Thought: Rangers start strong and finish strong.