Game 44 Open Thread: Rangers at Sabres

(Photo: Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports)

The first forechecking look the Sabres give is the 2-1-2 forecheck. However, in certain game situations (i.e., the score, time left in a period, etc.) they tend to switch to a slightly more conservative 2-3 lock. This system also sends two forecheckers into the zone like the 2-1-2, but the third forward sits back with the defense up high. This ensures protection against odd man rushes, but also provides some pressure to create turnovers.

In the defensive zone, the Sabres tend to pressure the points, yet they haven’t been very good at giving Miller protection in the slot. In a must win for the Rangers, they will need to find a way to exploit this and charge to the net. The Sabres also run your standard umbrella powerplay and diamond/box hybrid penalty kill.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Sabres (19-19-6), Rangers (22-17-4)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (18-20-38)
BUF Leading Scorer: Thomas Vanek (17-19-36)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (38 GP, 2.06 GAA, .928 SV%)
BUF Goaltender: Ryan Miller (36 GP, 2.81 GAA, .915 SV%)

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Rangers Lines:

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

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

Henrik Lundqvist

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

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm

Torts’ post-game interview from Thursday:

7 Responses to “Game 44 Open Thread: Rangers at Sabres”

  1. Mr. Snrub says:

    Over-under: 5 minutes of ice time for CK tonight.

    I’m going with under.

  2. Dave says:

    Folks the goal breakdown will be delayed until tomorrow. I’m DVRing the game and won’t get to it til then. Sorry!

  3. Tim B says:

    With the Rangers commanding a 6-0 lead in the 2nd period, shouldnt they pull Lundqvist and put Biron in? Give him a break. Get Biron some playing time. He might be rusty if they need him in the playoffs. Plus why risk Lundqvist getting injured?

  4. Walt says:

    When Buffalo scored two in 6 seconds, I craped my pants. Cally comes back with his goal, settles the team down, and we get the big win. Let’s hope we have some goals left over for the Devils, and fat boy!!!!!

  5. rocketroy says:

    Possible Problem Lurking…??? As I am sure all my Ranger Brothren are just mystified how this team can turn it on & off, but before Fla I had pretty much given up…BUT…8 more goals against Sabres..WELL..Torts is unbelievable…CONCERNS…We know that Hank needs to be almost perfect for us to get anywhere in playoffs, and leading 6-0 and give up 4…not sure what to make of it…!!!!

    • VinceR says:

      “but before Fla I had pretty much given up”…you know they are 7-2-1 in their last 10, right?

      Stop overreacting to single games!

  6. Chuck A says:

    Bounces and deflections go the NYR way? How unique for this season!