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Game 43 Open Thread: Panthers at Rangers

Photo by Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Photo by Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

This is a must win for the Rangers. They dropped the ball in Philly against what was more or less an AHL defense, and now they desperately need two points against the Panthers. They are still on pace to finish their final ten games at that 6-3-1 pace we determined would be enough to make the playoffs, but they sure are making us sweat for it.

On the forecheck, the Panthers play your traditional 1-2-2 hybrid trap, which sends one forechecker deep to harass the breakout, and clogs the neutral zone with two guys up high and two defenseman back by the defensive blue line. In the defensive zone, the Panthers are like the Rangers in that they play a low zone collapse. On special teams, the Panthers are like most NHL teams, in the sense that they use an umbrella powerplay and a hybrid diamond/box penalty kill. There’s nothing special here.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Panther (13-23-6), Rangers (21-17-4)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (17-18-35)
FLA Leading Scorer: Tomas Fleishmann (9-21-30)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (37 GP, 2.09 GAA, .926 SV%)
FLA Goaltender: Scott Clemmensen (18 GP, 3.50 GAA, .880 SV%)

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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed):

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

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

Henrik Lundqvist

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

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Wednesday:

9 Responses to “Game 43 Open Thread: Panthers at Rangers”

  1. Chris F says:

    Boyle’s out, Kreider’s in, no?

  2. VinceR says:

    Also, Steven Mcdonald Extra Effort Award tonight.

  3. VinceR says:

    JOHN “FISTS OF FURY” MOORE!

  4. Chris F says:

    Wow.

  5. supermaz says:

    Can someone please explain to me what Taylor Pyatt has done to earn moving up to the 3rd line instead of letting Kreider skate there.

    • Tim B says:

      Torts probably trusts Pyatt more than Kreider. Kreider is a liability on defense. Rangers had to win the game. If Jreider is playing more minutes than he could have made some big mistakes and the Panthers could have won the game. Besides, Torts has put Pyatt on the top line before so its really not surprising.