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Game 8: Rangers at Tampa Bay

2012-2013 Records: Tampa (6-1-0), Rangers (3-4-0)

NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
TBL Leading Scorer: Steve Stamkos (5-9-14)

NYR Goaltender: Martin Biron (1 GP, 1.95 GAA, .95 SV%)
TBL Goaltender: Mathieu Garon (1 GP, 1.00 GAA, .972 SV%)

New York Rangers Tickets.

Rangers Lines:

Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Taylor Pyatt
Jeff Halpern-Brian Boyle-Arron Asham
Stu Bickel-Benn Ferriero-Mike Rupp

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
Matt Gilroy-Anton Stralman

Martin Biron

Probable Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Chris Kreider (ankle), Steve Eminger (healthy), Ryan Callahan (shoulder)

Preview: The Lightning are really firing on all cylinders right now. They are not just winning games. They are beating teams with conviction. In 7 games, they’ve only once failed to score 4+ goals.

And it’s not just the big three (Stamkos, Lecavalier, St. Louis) that are finding twine. Tampa is also getting scoring from their defense and their unheralded secondary forwards like the diminutive Cory Conacher (5’8 175 lb ). An undrafted player out of Canisius College (um where?), Cory is having a breakout rookie campaign with 12 points in 7 games.

As for their systems, Tampa is more than “just another trap team”. Guy Boucher has the Lightning running a 1-3-1 forecheck. Contrary to what the media will tell you, the 1-3-1 can be an aggressive forecheck or a neutral zone trap depending on the puck’s location. However, unlike other trap teams, Boucher also gives his defensemen free reign to join the rush. So they are not a traditional “defense first” team.

Overall, Tampa just feasts on transition rushes. The Rangers are really going to have to elevate their game tonight. Everyone on this roster will have a tough matchup, so it will be imperative that they stay disciplined and manage the puck well.

Fun Fact: Tampa is home to the most strip clubs per square mile.

Crazy Thought: More power play goals would be nice.

Opposition Blog: Bolts By The Bay

9 Responses to “Game 8: Rangers at Tampa Bay”

  1. TxRanger says:

    Asham on the 3rd line? Yikes.

  2. Tim B says:

    Why doesnt Slats sign a couple of free agents and use them? Also Gilroy should play. He would be better offensively than the 4 th liners. Have Eminger play defense. And on powerplay have gilroy play. Gilroy wont score much anyway and he would be considered a 2way forward. Put him on the third line.

  3. Bloomer says:

    Gilroy has played wing in his first stint with the Rangers and I thought he looked good as a winger, much more skilled then Asham or Bickle. Lots of blogs about the lack of secondary scoring, well how about the lack of primary scoring. With 22 million dollars tied up with 3 players, you would think they could come up with a bit more consistent scoring.

  4. Dave says:

    I hate Bickel on the wing.

  5. rickyrants13 says:

    You are right about the 22 mil being spent. And other teams have it too. The problem is that the Rangers have it all on one line. They need to spread it out.

    Gabs and Nash on the same line are going to have some great nights. But odds are they will face most teams better players all nite long. And make them look like its all for nothing.

    lines more like this should be used. And Yes I know Cally is out now.

    Krieder, Richards, Nash
    Hags, Stepan, Gabs
    Cally, Boyle, Pyatt
    Rup, Halpern, Asham

    And untill all players are healthy.

    Pyatt, Richards, Nash
    Hags, Stepan, Gabs
    Halpern, Boyle, Asham

  6. TxRanger says:

    Krieder isn’t playing like a top line player, not even top six, at all.