Game 33 preview: Rangers at Ottawa

March 28, 2013, by
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Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers are in Ottawa tonight for their third and final matchup against a Senators team that gives them trouble every game. The Rangers have gone 0-1-1 against Ottawa this season, and are at least looking to even that out and gain another two points in the standings. The Sens are without pretty much every single star player, but they still find a way to win, which is impressive.

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 or 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 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 middle.

On special teams, the Sens run an umbrella powerplay and a diamond penalty kill if they’re defending against and umbrella. They’ll use a box on the kill if they’re up against the overload.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Senators (18-9-6), Rangers (16-13-3)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (12-16-28)
OTT Leading Scorer: Sergei Gonchar (2-20-22)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (28 GP, 2.20 GAA, .922 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Ben Bishop (11 GP, 2.54 GAA, .923 SV%)

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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed): 

Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Brian Boyle-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Arron Asham-Kris Newbury-Taylor Pyatt

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

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Darroll Powe (healthy), Mats Zuccarello (healthy)

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7:30 pm

Torts’ post-game interview from Tuesday:

Categories : Game Thread


  1. Chris F says:

    Zucc won’t play til tomorrow?

  2. Chris F says:

    I mean Saturday?

  3. TxRanger says:

    Zuke just officially signed today, right?

    • VinceR says:

      I believe so…either way just landed in in North America yesterday. This morning was his first skate with the team, so I think they at least want him to get a practice or two in. We should see him Saturday.

  4. VinceR says:

    Thanks Stralman…

  5. Bloomer says:

    Gabby out Hobbit in.

  6. Evan says:

    Cannot wait to hear all of you torts apologists tomorrow. Yea our players should be doing more but this is on the coach.

    Absolute joke how bad we are on the road and against teams above us.


    • VinceR says:

      The forechecking was pathetic. I’m not going away that easily.

      How again is this Torts fault? Whiffing on one-timers, no puck possession? Had chances, didn’t hook up on them. Plenty of bad turnovers though. Weak cross ice passing when leaving the zone on the PP, terrible passing on the way in. Looked ok when they set up but they whiffed on their chances, occasionally Bishop playing up to Henke.

      Again, specific examples about how this is his fault.

    • VinceR says:

      “We didn’t do enough in the first two periods, we had chances to tie it up in the third, I personally had a few and it’s on me to put one of those in myself” – Ryan Callahan

    • VinceR says:

      Michelletti on my TV saying the same. Terrible passing on the PP, not quick getting to the puck, not moving the puck quick enough.

    • VinceR says:

      “We need the top plays and smart plays for 60 minutes” -Henrik Lundqvist

    • VinceR says:

      “Just plain and simple, we weren’t good enough…they score on their opportunities, we didn’t” -Rick Nash

  7. Evan says:

    OOOOOO VinceR you are just so ridiculous. It was hilarious reading all your posts the other day about how proper forechecking and a proper defensive strategy gets wins in the NHL.

    How about the fact our offense is COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY USELESS UNDER TORTS. It was useless last year and it is even worse this year. Do you realize if we didnt make that nash trade we would be a bottom 5 team in the east????

    Last year Henriks superhuman performances made this team look good, and it shows with every game this year. this is a complete and utter embarassment and i am glad i have yet to spend money to go to a game and i live in nyc.

    I blame gaborik and richards for their pathetic performances, but at the end of the day torts put gabby on his off wing, torts admitted he DOES NOT COACH OFFENSE, torts clearly has no PP system in place and Torts is not getting the most talented NYR team in 15 years to respond to him.

    Stop giving me quotes and apologizing for a coach who is failing on a daily basis and being out coached on the road constantly

    • VinceR says:

      When did he admit admit he didn’t coach offense? Why do all THE TORTS HATERS use RANDOM CAPITAL WORDS to try to make their points? Glad you found me HILARIOUS! LOUD NOISES! These CAPITAL WORDS don’t actually MAKE POINTS!

      Glad to see the specific examples/breakdowns legitamite alternatives. LET THEM PLAY! HE’S SMOTHERING BUT HE ALSO DOESN’T COACH OFFENSE! That’s not conflicting. Doin’ great Evan.

      Out coached, you are right. Needs to stop telling these guys to miss the net, make terrible passes. And those quotes! Those dudes that play and know what the coach tell them don’t know nearly as much as you.

  8. Jerry says:

    Why is everybody arguing over who’s to blame.everyones to blame ,from the coaches to the players.its a fine line because I agree on both ends the players aren’t fit for torts system this year.we would need 20 callahans for that.and some players aren’t producing to expectations and that is their fault too.i was a big fan of torts but is he growing old with his system and style for this team ,maybe, but the players got to show up for 60 minutes too.bottom line is isn’t everyone to blame..