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

April 25, 2013, by
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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

Categories : Game Thread


  1. Tim B says:

    Is Asham injured or a healthy scratch?

    • VinceR says:

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

  2. Mikeyyy says:

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

    Brassard scores because of zucc.

  3. Mikeyyy says:

    Intermission here. Carolina the only place with John Deere Zambonis?

  4. Mikeyyy says:

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

  5. Mikeyyy says:

    Ouch a canes player takes a shot to the face.

  6. Mikeyyy says:

    Gilroy with a baaaad tripping penalty.

  7. Mikeyyy says:

    Rangers got used. Rid flair wooooo from the crowd.

  8. VinceR says:

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

  9. Rangers fan in Boston says:

    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.

  10. Mikeyyy says:

    Hank used again. He wants that one back

  11. Mikeyyy says:

    Rangers looking flat. Getting hemmed I to their zone.

  12. Mikeyyy says:

    Cally draws a penalty with hard work.

  13. Mikeyyy says:

    Pp had possession but played footsteps too much with it.

  14. Mikeyyy says:

    Getting wide open back and forth. Rangers having a hard time clearing the zone.

  15. Mikeyyy says:

    Zucc with some good work to set up a shot.

  16. Mikeyyy says:

    Almost a goal. Wow. Cally working hard

  17. Dave says:

    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.

  18. VinceR says:

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

  19. Mikeyyy says:

    2nd period was pure carp.

    They gotta turn it on to win this.

  20. Mikeyyy says:

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

  21. Mikeyyy says:

    Breakaway by step. Great save by canes goalie.

  22. Mikeyyy says:

    Pyatt breaks a stick and goes to the bench. No one has a stick for him. Wtf.

  23. Mikeyyy says:

    Ellis stoned nash 2x

    • VinceR says:

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

  24. Rangers fan in Boston says:

    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.

  25. Mikeyyy says:

    Nash not playing very dominantly.

  26. Mikeyyy says:

    Canes looking tired. We could tie this up.

  27. Mikeyyy says:

    Rangers playing too desperate and rushing shots they need to settle down.

  28. Mikeyyy says:

    Rangers taking bad angle shots now. Not looking good.

  29. Mikeyyy says:

    Nash missed a golden opportunity.

  30. Mikeyyy says:

    Lucky goal. Rangers tied. I’ll take it.

  31. VinceR says:

    I’ll take it dirty! (phrasing!)

  32. Mikeyyy says:

    Ot. Edge of my seat the last 10.

  33. Dave says:

    That was the luckiest bounce of the season. They were due, and it was huge.

  34. Mikeyyy says:

    Hanks looking sharp again. Got his mojo back.

  35. Dave says:


  36. Mikeyyy says:

    Oh he’ll yeah. Playoffs.

  37. Rangers fan in Boston says:

    Sweet Jesus, the captain. Let’s get that 7 seed.

  38. VinceR says:

    CAPTAIN CLUTCH!!!! Playoffs! Holy crap Rick Nash is the playoffs!

  39. Bloomer says:

    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.