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Game 13: Islanders vs. Rangers

2012-2013 Records: Islanders (4-7-1), Rangers (7-5-0)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (3-7-10)
NYI Leading Scorer: John Tavares (7-8-15)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (11 GP, 2.48 GAA, .912 SV%)
NYI Goaltender:  Evgeni Nabokov (10 GP, 3.00 GAA, .897 SV%)

New York Rangers Tickets.

Rangers Lines: 

Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
JT Miller-Brian Boyle-Taylor Pyatt
Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe

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

Marty Biron

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Chris Kreider (healthy), Stu Bickel (healthy)

Preview: 

The Islanders have now lost 5 games in a row, all during regulation. The Rangers can really capitalize on their struggles and start to climb back to being a conference elite. Ultimately, the only good thing the Islanders have going for them right now is their powerplay, so the Rangers have to continue to play disciplined hockey and manage the puck well.

I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I’m not a proponent of bringing Boyle back into the lineup. The Rangers bottom six has looked quicker and more tenacious without him, and obviously we’ve been winning. Until that changed, I would have left things as is.

As we mentioned last week, the Islanders play a 1-2-2 forecheck. They leave a lot of guys at the blueline and wait for other teams to make a mistake. It’s kind of interesting. They’re pretty good in the neutral zone, but once you get the puck in deep, their defensive coverage goes AWOL. Par for the course these days, I suppose.

Opposition Blog:  Islanders Point Blank

Broadcast Info: MSG Network 7:00p

Torts Post Practice Interview from Wednesday:

Torts addressed Boyle and Miller. Scope it.

 

13 Responses to “Game 13: Islanders vs. Rangers”

  1. Chris F says:

    I think the fact that Boyle is in the lineup tonight along with Miller goes a long way in suggesting management is still undecided as to whether or not to send Miller back to the AHL.

    If they had committed to moving Miller after tonight, no need to sit Kreider and bring back Boyle, as Boyle would be back in the lineup next game anyway to replace Miller.

    I think tonight determines the status of both Boyle and Miller. Who wants it more? Who adds more to the team’s chances?

    Good luck to them both…

  2. Dave says:

    Another game I can’t watch. Sigh.

  3. Tim B says:

    I like Hags PP goal. Maybe he can score another

  4. Jeff P says:

    Miller not seeing any ice in the third. My guess he goes down after this game.

  5. Mikeyyy says:

    Torts you retard. Why the f did you put Boyle back in. You should be shot. You have all the freaking talent in the world and you can’t win a freaking game against the islanders. There is a spot in hell reserved for you. Someon fire this asshat.

  6. rickyrants13 says:

    How did you get the goalie wrong in your lineup card??

  7. rickyrants13 says:

    Kreider out and Boyle in??? More proof that Torts just doesnt get it. That line of Miller Kreider and Cally had something going And he wrecked it all. Wrong players . No PP and once again a team just not ready to compete.

  8. rickyrants13 says:

    Stepan was by far the worse on faceoffs tonite. That alon could have cost us this game.