Game 28 Preview: Carolina at Rangers

Staals are brothers.

Staals are brothers.

The Rangers really need to end their three game slide, and tonight is a great opportunity to do just that. The Hurricanes are playing a lot better of late, even though they have lost two in a row (won six of seven prior), but the Rangers have a dominant record against the Southeast Division over the past few seasons. Of course, if the Blueshirts continue playing the way they have in the previous three games, they won’t win diddly.

The Canes had a bit of a makeover this season, acquiring Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh and signing Alex Semin from Washington. They also added Joe Corvo to the defense. The Canes started off slow, but have been surging lately. If not for a hot Winnipeg team, they would still own first place in the Southeast Division.

On the ice, the Canes look like they still play a 1-2-2 hybrid trap, meaning they may forecheck when the opportunity presents itself, but will mainly play a trapping style. Based on the score, they may switch to a 2-1-2 forecheck to pressure the defense and cause turnovers to get back in the game.

In the defensive zone, the Canes play a variation of the low zone collapse. They collapse four guys in the middle, but send one man out to pressure the puck. That man will vary, and depends on puck location.

On special teams, the Canes run an umbrella powerplay and alternate between a diamond and a box penalty kill.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Hurricanes (15-11-1), Rangers (13-12-2)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (9-14-23)
CAR Leading Scorer: Eric Staal (13-20-33)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (23 GP, 2.30 GAA, .919 SV%)
CAR Goaltender: Dan Ellis (9 GP, 2.67 GAA, .917 SV%)

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Rangers Lines: 

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

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Steve Eminger-Roman Hamrlik

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Arron Asham (back), Marc Staal (eye), Stu Bickel (healthy), Matt Gilroy (healthy)

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm

Torts post-game interview from Saturday:

8 Responses to “Game 28 Preview: Carolina at Rangers”

  1. Joestradamus says:

    What has been missing from the Rangers during this 3 game losing streak? Stu Bickel…

    /sarcasm

  2. rickyrants13 says:

    I wish I was there So that I could get My hang Torts chant going This is PATHETIC

    • John Tortorella says:

      Hang me? Hang yourself ya bum.

    • Dave says:

      Yea, that’s a perfectly normal reaction. You want to hang someone because your favorite hockey team hit a 3 game losing streak?

  3. Joestradamus says:

    The team looks flat, no one is playing with an edge besides for Callahan. Hopefully they wake up to start the 2nd.

    • Dave says:

      Well, it appears they are consistent about not showing up in the first period. They did that last year too.

    • VinceR says:

      So frustrating Joe, it’s bad when the clock passed 18:00 I announced how happy I was that we didn’t let one in within the first two minutes.

      With that said, happy with the fire afterwards, especially 2nd period and overtime.