Game 31 Preview: Caps at Rangers

Jason Szenes/The New York Times

Jason Szenes/The New York Times

The Rangers are going for the series sweep tonight against Washington, as the Caps come to town for their third and final matchup. The Rangers have taken each of the first two games by scores of 2-1 and 4-1, and need to get back on track after a letdown game against the lowly Florida Panthers.

On the ice, the Caps still play the 1-2-2 forecheck, but they don’t necessarily use it as a trap. While this system is generally passive, the Caps use it in conjunction with a 2-1-2, making it a more aggressive hybrid forecheck. In the defensive zone, Oates continues with this hybrid theme and alternates between an overload defensive strategy and a collapsing strategy. On special teams, the Caps use a combination of a 1-3-1 and an umbrella powerplay, and use a diamond penalty kill.

For more on Torts’ systems, click here.

2012-2013 Records: Capitals (14-16-1), Rangers (15-13-2)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (10-15-25)
WSH Leading Scorer: Mike Ribiero (10-24-34)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (26 GP, 2.22 GAA, .921 SV%)
WSH Goaltender: Braden Holtby (21 GP, 2.68 GAA, .916 SV%)

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Rangers Lines: 

Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider-Brian Boyle-Taylor Pyatt
Arron Asham-Kris Newbury-Darroll Powe

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

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), J.T. Miller (wrist), Matt Gilroy (healthy)

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Saturday:

4 Responses to “Game 31 Preview: Caps at Rangers”

  1. Furls says:

    I’ll b disappointed if Newbury’s not playing most of the game w Kreider on the 3rd Line…

  2. Chris F says:

    Pittsburgh just acquired Brendan Morrow from Dallas for a defensive prospect and a 5th round pick. Again, that’s Morrow, Dallas’ captain, for a prospect and a pick.

    Penguins’ top-six is ridiculous.

  3. Walt says:

    I’ll go out on the limb by saying the Pens will chock their chickens again in the first round!!! They’re an offensive machine, but won’t play d at all.

    Also read an article that there is some talk that Igor Malkin may not be a happy camper these days with all the press going to Cindy girl, and that now may be the time to consider a trade for a boat load of picks, and players!! Interesting isn’t it?