Game 47 Open Thread: Rangers at Carolina, win and they’re in

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Bruce Bennett — Getty Images

Tonight the Rangers are in Carolina in an attempt to clinch a playoff berth. The magic number is at two, meaning any combination of the Rangers getting or the Winnipeg Jets losing two points seals it for the Rangers. That means any Ranger win and they are in. A Jets regulation loss and the Rangers clinch. A Rangers and Jets OTL/SOL and the Rangers are in. Any combination of a two point swing in the standings for the Rangers, and they clinch a berth. Suffice it to say, tonight is big.

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. When the Rangers run an umbrella, the Canes will run a diamond. When the Rangers run their 1-3-1, the Canes will switch to a wedge+1.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Hurricanes (19-24-3), Rangers (24-18-4)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (19-21-40) / Derek Stepan (16-24-40)
CAR Leading Scorer: Eric Staal (18-32-50)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (41 GP, 2.08 GAA, .926 SV%)
CAR Goaltender: Dan Ellis (18 GP, 3.08 GAA, .907 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

50 Responses to “Game 47 Open Thread: Rangers at Carolina, win and they’re in”

    • On his way to NY, wife giving birth. So healthy, but he might be injured if he didn’t make it back.

  1. Zucc playing agitator really well. Getting under the skin of the canes.

    Brassard scores because of zucc.

  2. 2nd period. Lots of blue in the crowd here. Got yonder hank do some warmup stretches. He is faster than he appears on tv.

  3. And that first CAR goal? That’s why Torts can’t always play everyone. What a stupid penalty.

  4. Why are the Rangers Dmen taught to slide to block shots? More times than not it takes them completely out of the play. Seems to do more bad than good.

  5. Finally back and caught up in the game. Trying to figure out why the Rangers couldn’t come away with the puck when it was 4 on 1 at the boards. Led directly to that goal.

  6. So Clowe out for the rest of the game. It’s now Kreider’s chance to skate with Brass and Nash.

  7. Another bad play by hank. Wow. He’s looking horrid tonight with two he should have had.

    • Don’t think he ever got any shots off. Kind of weak not to get a call on the first run through.

  8. Overreaction? Maybe, but does this look like a team primed to go on a Cup run? Still some game left, but boy these past two games have been very telling for a team fighting for the playoffs.

  9. These must win games down the stretch are preparing the Rangers for playoff hockey. I am hoping for Boston, that would be a vintage hockey series.