Game 38: Rangers at Hurricanes

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Bruce Bennett — Getty Images

The Rangers are in Carolina to play their second game in as many days and third in four days. That stretch is tough for any team, but the Rangers had to do this with their first two games against the Penguins, of which they took three of four points. Taking three much-needed points against the Penguins was a huge boost to the Rangers, but they need to avoid the trap game tonight against Carolina, who is in complete free fall mode, losing three in a row and have gone 1-9-1 in their last eleven.

On the ice, the Canes 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, a wedge+1, and a box penalty kill depending on the type of power play they are defending against.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Hurricanes (16-18-2), Rangers (18-15-4)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (14-17-31)
CAR Leading Scorer: Eric Staal (16-24-40)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (32 GP, 2.11 GAA, .925 SV%)
CAR Goaltender: Dan Ellis (14 GP, 3.01 GAA, .905 SV%)

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Rangers Lines: 

LW/C/RW

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Ryane Clowe-Brad Richards-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Derek Brassard-Brian Boyle
Taylor Pyatt-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham

LD/RD

Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

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

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Friday:

16 Responses to “Game 38: Rangers at Hurricanes”

  1. Chuck A says:

    Hank is climbing the GAA and GPG charts efficiently. Let’s have a shutout tonight!

  2. Spozo says:

    I think the Hurricans jerseys tonight are in te running for worst jerseys in the league

  3. Walt says:

    Who cares about their jerseys, the only one that counts is blue!!

    LGR, make it three in a row!!

    • Dave says:

      White tonight ;)

      • Rob says:

        Speaking of which. I wish they would bring back the home whites again.

        • Dave says:

          Same. I hate home blues. With home whites we could see different jerseys each night, depending on who the Rangers were playing. Now, it’s the same old white jersey that every team has.

          • Rob says:

            Seriously. People throughout the league pay thousands of dollars per year on season tickets to watch the same colored jerseys play each other every night. I remember ever since being a kid, opposing teams away “dark” colored jerseys had a certain mystique to em. Now, it’s always a white jersey. Also, the home Ranger whites seamed to always look amazing under the Garden lights.

            • Walt says:

              The home team jersey has always changed. In the late 60′s, and 70′s we wore blue at home, then they went to the white, now back to the blue. If you don’t like it, wait, they’ll change again!!

  4. Dave says:

    I have to admit, Zuccarello is impressing me. That was a strong drive to the net right there. Very strong legs. He needs that to compete in this league.

    • Mr. Snrub says:

      Hits more than Gaborik too

      • Dave says:

        That really doesn’t say much. I mean, Hank delivers more hits than Gaborik.

        I jest though, I liked Gaborik. Sad to see him go, but the trade was needed to revitalize this club.

        • Mr. Snrub says:

          We miss him now, but won’t be missing him next year in all those intra-divisonal games