Game 35 preview: Jets at RangersApril 1, 2013, by
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.
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%)
Rangers Lines (unconfirmed):
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm
Torts’ post-practice interview from Sunday: