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ECQF Game Four: Caps at Rangers in another must win

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

The Rangers won Game Three, which was a must-win. Funny thing is that Game Four is also a must-win. The Rangers can ill-afford to head to Washington down 3-1, so tonight is another game where the Rangers need to get their W. The good news is that Ryane Clowe is back, in place of the injured Darroll Powe. This means that for the first time, the Rangers have all of their key players dressing (Powe notwithstanding). The crowd was raucous on Monday, and they need to be even rowdier tonight.

Be sure to catch up on everything you need to know for this series:

Game Three goal breakdown
Game Two goal breakdown
Game One goal breakdown
How the Caps will match up lines
Keys for Ranger success
Special teams may decide series
Scouting Braden Holtby
Previewing the Caps systems
Caps will be a tough series for the Rangers

Series Lead: Caps lead 2-1

NYR Playoff Leading Scorer: Derick Brassard (1-2-3)
WSH Playoff Leading Scorer: Mike Green (2-1-3)

NYR Playoff Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (3 GP, 2.26 GAA, .929 SV%)
WSH Playoff Goaltender: Braden Holtby (3 GP, 1.61 GAA, .944 SV%)

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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed until Torts releases the lineup):

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Taylor Pyatt
Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Brian Boyle
Ryane Clowe-Derek Dorsett-Arron Asham

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

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Darroll Powe (concussion), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy), Kris Newbury (healthy), Chris Kreider (healthy), Marc Staal (unknown)

Broadcast Info: NBCSN/MSG, 7:30pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Tuesday:

22 Responses to “ECQF Game Four: Caps at Rangers in another must win”

  1. AdamGravesIsTheMan says:

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  2. KennyJ says:

    I need some help with this line combo. I know that some say Dorsett is another Prust, but even if that’s so, aren’t we giving a little less of an opportunity to Brassard with this combo? Just saying. If Clowe is really ready, how could we better use him? Also, is Kreider really not equipped to deal? I’m in no way skilled in making these decisions, just a retired math teacher. Interested in what you all think, since this is by far the best Ranger blog I’ve found! Yeah, GO, RANGERS!!!

    • Dave says:

      These aren’t the lines right now. Torts doesn’t announce his lines, and only shows what they are in pregame warmups.

  3. Mikeyyy says:

    Ovie was quoted as saying that he likes to play against mcd and girardi because they don’t hit very often. Bad idea Alex. Bad idea. Considering g and mcd are pretty high on the hit list for the regular season, I would expect those guys to lay him out every chance they get.

  4. Dave says:

    No Staal tonight? Weird.

    • Chris F says:

      Yea, quite odd.

      One of two possibilities is he just didn’t feel ready on the ice and needs more time for his vision to correct itself.

      The other is that hard hit in the corner in which Staal cracked the back of his head on the boards did some damage. If that’s the case, then I really worry about Staal’s ability to stay healthy at this point. Too many head injuries can ruin a young career.

      • Dave says:

        I’m thinking he’s mentally not there right now.

      • Rangers fan in Boston says:

        I’m going to say that it wasn’t the hit he took. It didn’t look like his head took the brunt of impact. I tend to agree that his mind’s not right yet, or his vision is an issue.

  5. Dave says:

    Honestly, the first period was great. They dominated the period and got the lead.

    That said, I have no idea what they are running on the 5 on 3. Suit?

  6. cnp says:

    They should start john moore out there to start the period

  7. cnp says:

    Nothing can ever be easy can it???

  8. Rangers fan in Boston says:

    Wow, is Brassard stepping up.

  9. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Great win, anyone worried about Nash?

    • Rangers fan in Boston says:

      Not yet. He’s definitely a focus of the Caps. As long as he plays smart, opens up some ice for linemates, he can be a factor. His first goal – and it will happen this series – will get the monkey off his back. Not worried…yet.