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Game 35 preview: Jets at Rangers

Jason Szenes for The New York Times

Jason Szenes for The New York Times

Another day, another game against a Canadian team that the Rangers can’t seem to beat. On Thursday the Senators completed the season sweep of the Rangers (0-2-1). Saturday was Montreal’s turn (0-3-0). Today, the Jets come in hoping to make it three sweeps in a row (Rangers are currently 0-2-0). The Jets are a team that the Rangers are fully capable of beating, and need to do so tonight to at least gain ground on a team that can fall behind the Rangers very quickly, as they sit just three points ahead of the Blueshirts.

Claude Noel has the Jets playing a passive 1-2-2 forecheck. Their game plan is to sick back in the neutral zone and score off of transition rushes, which burned the Rangers in each of their last two meetings. Winnipeg also plays a low zone collapse in their own end zone, but they tend to over commit on the puck carrier and often get burned themselves in the process. But, the Rangers have really failed to capitalize on this.

On special teams, the Jets run an umbrella powerplay strategy and a simple box penalty kill. For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Jets (18-16-2), Rangers (16-15-3)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (12-16-28)
WPG Leading Scorer: Andrew Ladd (14-18-32)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (29 GP, 2.19 GAA, .922 SV%)
WPG Goaltender: Ondrej Pavelec (32 GP, 2.76 GAA, .905 SV%)

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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed): 

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Mats Zuccarello-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-J.T. Miller-Brian Boyle
Chris Kreider-Darroll Powe-Taylor Pyatt

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

Henrik Lundqvist

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

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Sunday:

17 Responses to “Game 35 preview: Jets at Rangers”

  1. Chris F says:

    At least we’re home. Winnipeg has a hostile building.

  2. Mikeyyy says:

    This is a big game. Actually the rest of them are big games.

  3. TxRanger says:

    Gotta say Hank needs to be better or else we’re going to miss the playoffs.

    • Dave says:

      Don’t really see how you can put those two on him.

      • TxRanger says:

        Good goalies don’t let 2 goals in within the first ten minutes.

        • Dave says:

          The number of goals allowed in the first 10 minutes is not indicative of the level of play of the goalie.

          • TxRanger says:

            Hank needs to step up his game, and you know I’m not just talking about tonight. I love Hank, but he needs to be held accountable for some of these losses like Torts, Gabs, and Richards are being.

            • TxRanger says:

              Also, he had a pretty good view of the Bogosian goal and Antropov’s came from right in front of the net, idk how he didnt have a chance to save that one.

              • Dave says:

                Seriously dude? He’s not going to get a shutout every game.

              • TxRanger says:

                Really? Good goalies get shutouts every game. Good goalies never let goals get past them.

                All I was trying to say was that Hank is getting a free pass on this lackluster season, when he could be playing a lot better. I mean, we’re fifth in goals against? Has that ever happened to a defending Viezna winner?

                He did rebound and have a really strong game tonight, though. The save on Little was baller.

              • Dave says:

                Lackluster season? He has a 2.19 GAA and a .922 SV%!

  4. Tim B says:

    Bouwmeester to St Louis. Rangers should have acquired him if he was dirt cheap.

  5. Dave says:

    Regehr to LA for 2 2nds. Not exactly terrible return for him.