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Game 46 Open Thread: Rangers at Panthers

Jason Szenes for The New York Times

Jason Szenes for The New York Times

The Rangers are in Miami tonight to take on the Panthers, and can clinch a spot in the playoffs in the process. If the Rangers win tonight and the Jets lose in regulation to Washington, then the Rangers clinch at least the eighth seed. If the Rangers win tonight and the Islanders lose to Carolina, then the Rangers jump to the sixth seed, one point behind Toronto for the fifth seed. There’s still a lot of movement that can happen in the seeding, but a win and a Jets loss seals the deal for the postseason.

As for the Panthers, there’s nothing special to the systems they use.  On the forecheck, the Panthers play your traditional 1-2-2 forecheck, 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. They use the 1-2-2 as a lead based trap. 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.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Panthers (13-26-6), Rangers (24-17-4)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (19-21-40) / Derek Stepan (16-24-40)
FLA Leading Scorer: Tomas Fleischmann (9-22-31)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (40 GP, 2.08 GAA, .927 SV%)
FLA Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom (20 GP, 3.26 GAA, .902 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+, 7:30pm

Torts’ post-game interview from Sunday:

5 Responses to “Game 46 Open Thread: Rangers at Panthers”

  1. VinceR says:

    So frustrating, they dominate the damn game and just couldn’t close it out, and making brutal mistakes at the worst times.

    • VinceR says:

      Get ‘em Thursday, just hope they don’t back in to the playoffs!

      • Rob says:

        Vince, this was the exact way you and I believe this team needed to play today and yet we just couldn’t find the twine.
        Perhaps, some more point shot’s w/o hesitation might have helped, but Markstrom stood tall.

        • VinceR says:

          Yeah, just seemed to have some chances that disappeared after a little hesitation…I think they also owed the puck luck gods from the Buffalo game. They are still owed some, but there was probably a penalty for taking such a large withdrawal at once!

  2. Walt says:

    Florida had seeing eye pucks there! We got help from the Caps, but failed to nail down a position, lets kick tail thursday. As for back doooring, who cares as long as we get in.