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Game 19 preview: Lightning at Rangers

Rangers going for the sweep.

Rangers going for the sweep.

The Lightning come to town for their third and final game against the Rangers, having dropped the previous two contests 3-2 and 5-1. This is where we would say something about how the Rangers own the Southeast, but they just dropped a game against Winnipeg with their B roster.

As stated in our previous previews, Guy Boucher has the Lightning running a 1-3-1 forecheck, which can be an aggressive forecheck or a neutral zone trap depending on the puck’s location, the score, how much time is left on the clock, etc. Tampa also utilizes a 1-3-1 power play, which creates four triangles to pass around and take one-timer shots. This system forces the defense to focus on the middle players causing the PK to miss coverages. When they’re on, it’s a deadly powerplay.

Still, the Rangers showed everyone that when they play their game on their terms, they can beat anyone. They shows some signs of life in Tuesday’s loss, so let’s hope that was the turning point for this club.

2012-2013 Records: Tampa (9-9-1), Rangers (8-8-2)

NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (7-5-12), Rick Nash (3-9-12) and Brad Richards (2-10-12)
TBL Leading Scorer: Steve Stamkos (14-16-30)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (15 GP, 2.40 GAA, .915 SV%)
TBL Goaltender:  Mathieu Garon (7 GP, 2.63 GAA, .916 SV%)

New York Rangers Tickets

Rangers Lines: 

Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
J.T. Miller-Brian Boyle-Marian Gaborik
Stu Bickel-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Probable Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Arron Asham (back), Matt Gilroy (flu)

Broadcast Info: MSG 7pm

Torts post-practice interview from Wednesday:

10 Responses to “Game 19 preview: Lightning at Rangers”

  1. Chris F says:

    Torts is really playing Bickel over Boyle?

  2. Dave says:

    Bah. Boyle is in the lineup, forgot to remove him from scratches.

  3. Mikeyyy says:

    Tick tock…

    Gabby on the third line? I expect 2 goals from him tonight.

    Here’s to hags and Nash making beautiful music.

  4. Joestradamus says:

    Goal Breakdown: Rangers 2 Lightning 1

    Sometimes hockey happens

  5. Walt says:

    It appears that ROR signed an offer sheet from the Flames for $10 million, over two years. Too bad, it would have been nice to have him play for us.

  6. Walt says:

    It’s amazing, Nash returns, and the entire team plays one of their best games of the season. 12 shots on goal, buzzing around the net, the man is just outstanding.

    Cally skating with Step, worked well, and Hank had himself a very good game. Lets hope that this is the turning point for us.