Game 16: Rangers at Ottawa

February 21, 2013, by
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Tonight the Rangers are without Rick Nash as they head to Ottawa, who is without Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza. The Sens, like the Rangers, also had a lot of roster turnover, losing Filip Kuba, Matt Carkner, Zenon Kenopka, and Bobby Butler. All that while adding Nick Foligno, Marc Methot, Mike Lundin, and Guillaume Latendresse.

The Sens gave the Rangers fits last season with their style of play, and will likely do so again this year. The Sens forechecking strategy is a bit complex, as they are a hybrid aggressive forechecking/lock team. When they are trailing or tied, they’ll send two-three guys after the puck in a 2-1-2 forecheck. When they are ahead though, they lock it up with a 1-1-3 forecheck, a variation of the 2-3 LW lock. A 1-1-3 is how you would expect, with one guy deep, one guy high to pounce on a turnover, and three guys back at the blueline to protect against odd man rushes.

In the defensive zone, the Sens rely on an overload to outnumber their opponents along the wall. This is designed to create turnovers along the wall and stifle the opposition’s ability to cycle the puck. Accurate passes to the weak side defenseman result in good scoring chances, as do defensive miscues. Depending on puck location, the Sens will also drop to a low zone collapse –like the Rangers– to clog the high-priced real estate.

On special teams, the Sens run an umbrella powerplay and a diamond penalty kill. The umbrella you should be familiar with, as it’s what the Rangers run. As for the diamond PK, it is generally run as a way to clog the middle while keeping pressure on the powerplay quarterback. This style can also be used as an aggressive PK, with the high forward pressuring the puck.

2012-2013 Records: Senators (9-6-1), Rangers (8-6-1)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (3-9-12)
OTT Leading Scorer: Kyle Turris (4-8-12)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (13 GP, 2.32 GAA, .915 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Craig Anderson (14 GP, 1.57 GAA, .950 SV%)

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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed): 

Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
JT Miller-Brian Boyle-Taylor Pyatt
Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Brandon Mashinter

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

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Darroll Powe (concussion), Rick Nash (sick), Stu Bickel (healthy)

Opposition Blog:  The 6th Sens

Broadcast Info: 7:30 pm, MSG

Torts Post Practice Interview from Wednesday:

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  1. Walt says:

    I watched the Pens Vs Sens game where Karlsson went down for the season. The thing that stood out the most was the puck movement by the Sens on the PP. Crisp, fast, and shooting like there was no tomorrow. We had better play 60 minutes tonight, or we will be in deep poo poo.

  2. Tim B says:

    Craig Anderson 1.57 GAA & .950 SV%? Thats is unbelievable. I think he will win the Vezina Trophy. Too bad he is in his thirties. I would love to see him play another 10 years.

  3. Spozo says:

    Just wen I thought the pp couldn’t get any worse……

  4. rickyrants13 says:

    This team sucks right now. And Torts is not making it any better. This team went to shit when Boyle came back. He now has one of its best players in JT Miller playing with its worse center. He needs to put the Kreider, Miller, Pyatt back together. Giving Miller a chance to shine. Or put Miller in Nashes place while he is out. Torts is freeking killing Me here.

  5. rickyrants13 says:

    Also correct Me if Im wrong here. Arent we suppose to be the team. That has the ALL STAR goalie???

  6. rickyrants13 says:

    And does anyone know if their is a way we can redue Gaboriks contract so that we only have to pay him on years he shows up???

  7. rickyrants13 says:

    By the lack of posts in here You can tell Not to many fans are happy right now