Game 45 Open Thread: Devils at Rangers

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Fresh off two dominating wins, the Devils are in town to take on the Rangers with their playoff lives at stake. A Rangers win mathematically eliminates the Devils from playoff contention, which should give the Rangers even more incentive to come out strong. The Devils have Ilya Kovalchuk back, and they won’t go quietly. It’s up to the Rangers to keep their momentum going.

As for the Devils, they use two separate forechecking systems. In the early going the Devils play a 2-1-2 forecheck, but once the Devils get a lead, they switch forechecking strategies to a 1-2-2 hybrid trap. In the defensive zone, the Devils –much like the Rangers– play a shot-blocking collapsing box style. However, unlike the Rangers, the Devils’ wingers have the freedom to attack the point if the matchup is right (i.e.: When a slow-footed defenseman is out on the ice).

On special teams, the Devils and the Rangers are similar. The Devils play your standard umbrella powerplay, although unlike the Rangers, they will not switch to a 1-3-1 at specific times. On the penalty kill, the Devs play a rotation between a box and a diamond, depending on puck location and the setup of the opposition. Expect a diamond when the Rangers run an umbrella, and a box if the Rangers switch to a 1-3-1.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Devils (17-17-10), Rangers (23-17-4)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (19-21-40)
NJD Leading Scorer: Patrik Elias (13-20-33)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (39 GP, 2.11 GAA, .928 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Martin Brodeur (27 GP, 2.16 GAA, .903 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: NBC, 3pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Saturday:

6 Responses to “Game 45 Open Thread: Devils at Rangers”

  1. sean says:

    Pyatt needs to be on the 4th line and switch with Kreider. come on torts!

    • Dave says:

      Pyatt’s been my whipping boy of sorts this season, but he’s been a lot better during this 7-2-1 run.

  2. Spozo says:

    Good play by Richards on Pyatts goal.

  3. Walt says:

    I am in the process of eating crow. This morning I posted that Pyatt should be on the 4th, while Kreider should be on the 3rd lines. Well the diesel with cast iron hands scores a big goal in the second period, to give us a 3-0 lead, so I tip my hat to him for that!

    I was so disappointed that Hank didn’t get the SO, but eliminating fat boy, and his Devils is even better!!

  4. Betsy Livingston says:

    but behind stellar performances by Swedish rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist , Martin Straka , Prucha, and Jagr, the Rangers finished the season with their best record since 1993–94 (44–26–12).