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Thoughts on Torts’ even strength and power play line changes

According to Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants, Torts juggled the line combos today at practice with both his even strength and power play units. Gross reported the following line combos:

Nash-Richards-Gaborik

Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan

Pyatt-Boyle-Ferriero

Rupp-Halpern-Asham

Should these lines stay in tact, it appears Hagelin is moving up to the second line and Pyatt is going back to the third. These lines on paper make sense. However, Hagelin has to get going in order to keep his spot in the top 6.

I hope Ferriero is able to stick in the line up tomorrow. I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I would like to see more of him. I thought he displayed some good foot speed against Toronto and he played well along the boards. He’s generously listed at 5’11 195 lbs, so he’s on the smaller side for a bottom six player. However, if the kid can compete at both ends of the ice, then this may be a good pick up for the Blueshirts.

On to the power play…

Gross had the new power play lines as well, which were as follows.

PP #1:
Rick Nash-Brad RichardsRyan Callahan
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi

PP #2:
Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman

Again, I like these on paper, but in order for us to start planting goals on the power play consistently – two things have to happen.

1) Brad Richards and Derek Stepan have to start winning faceoffs. This is killing our setup time. We lose vital seconds on every power play because our defense has to retreat to our own endzone to pick up cleared pucks.

2) Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi have to get their shots through. Stralman isn’t great at zone entries or outlet passes, but he walks the blueline quickly and has been finding lanes. MDZ has to take a page out of Anton’s book if he’s ever going to be a complete quarterback. In my opinion, although he’s improving overall, right now he’s only half way there as a PP QB.

Gross was able to get some good quotes from Torts and others about their power play struggles. I don’t want to steal quotes from the beat guys who actually attend practices, so please read on here.

14 Responses to “Thoughts on Torts’ even strength and power play line changes”

  1. VinceR says:

    Actually just finished that article before coming here, and I’m happy they are spending the extra time to work on it.

    As far as Ferriero being a bit small in a third line roll, I feel like he plays pretty big for his size…he doesn’t seem to be afraid to throw a hit or work the dirty areas of the ice. I don’t think I’m causing any controversy if I say he plays bigger than Boyler. C’mon Marmaduke, you’re a monster, throw that body around (but for cripe’s sake, avoid the fights, it’s definitely not your thing)!

    • VinceR says:

      Third line role*, although the other would be a good marketing for those MSG $500 chicken sandwiches.

      • The Suit says:

        I prefer the $25 dollar lobster rolls, get them every game.

        • VinceR says:

          I admit, I throw down the 10 or 12 bucks or whatever it is at Sausage Boss, but only if I didn’t get a bite at Tracks downstairs before the game.

  2. Walt says:

    Let’s not cut the Ferriero kid short, don’t forget that we play Filthadelphia, and they have a captain named Giroux, who isn’t what you can call a big man!

    The little guys can skate, played the boards well, and isn’t afraid to go into the dirty areas. He has bigger balls than Boyle, what is there not to like about him? He also is a smart kid, a perfect fit for the 3rd line at this time.

    After watch the Flyers last night against Tampa, they will be out to prove something, so we have to be ready for an all out effert. It’s time to play these clowns like we did last season, and Hank has to get into their head once more.

  3. Tim B says:

    No Staal? How bout Staal-MDZ? MDZ was on the right side when he had that nice shot that went of Boyle into the net.

    • The Suit says:

      I think Torts is trying to avoid having two lefties on the blueline for the PP. Righty/Lefty combos are more ideal. Still, I wouldn’t put money on these lines staying together for very long if their PP struggles continue.

      • Tim B says:

        I like that each PP unit has a big guy. Nash and Cally can be in the front of the net. Gabby and Pyatt can be in front of net.

        • The Suit says:

          Me too. Ultimately, if Pyatt can get from the front of the net to behind it and collect loose pucks, he’ll stay there.

  4. rickyrants13 says:

    As long as Torts fails to bring someone in that knows how to not only run this powerplay But also teach these players how to play on the powerplay I think this team will always have a hard time scoring.

    • Spozo says:

      Shouldn’t your latest rant he focused on Sather rather than Torts? Tortorella has nothing to do with which players are acquired.

    • Blueshirt In Paris says:

      Teach? Teach who? BR, Nash, Gabby, Cally? Dont you think they kinda got the hang of how a PP works by now?

      • rickyrants13 says:

        Woooo woooo wooo there. I never mentioned players. Im talking about coaches. How about getting a coach that knows how to teach and run a powerplay. We have D men on this team that our young. And they dont know what they are doing. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT well everyone but maybe you two. We need a coach that can teach players how to win faceoffs and how to shoot and pass the puck ON THE POWERPLAY. WE DONT HAVE THAT NOW DO WE?????

  5. bernmeister says:

    Trading Stepan + for an upgrade C or D is worth the gamble, IMO.

    JT Miller doing great at AHL, could use more seasoning, but think he’s be fine rookie right now if needed.

    More significantly
    Stepan = no great speed
    Miller = terrific speed

    line of
    Hagelin/Kreider — Miller — Callahan
    would be superfast,

    and thus able to force play, get chances….