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Preseason Game 1: Lots of prospects in against Devils

Kreider is getting his chance on the top line (Image: Boston Herald)

Kreider is getting his chance on the top line (Image: Boston Herald)

The preseason starts tonight, with the Rangers in Newark to face those pesky Devils. Even though this is preseason, the general mood of the fan base is that of excitement. There is a lot of hype for this year’s club, as they should be contending for a Cup this season. Today is all about the prospects, as only eight regulars from last year are in tonight’s lineup. Keep an eye on Ryan Bourque, Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo, and Dylan McIlrath (if he plays) tonight.

The Devils 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 play a shot-blocking collapsing box style. The Devils allow their wingers to 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 play your standard umbrella powerplayOn the penalty kill, the Devs play a rotation between a box and a diamond, depending on puck location and the setup of the opposition.

Rangers Lineup (per Pat Leonard):

Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Marek Hrivik-Brian Boyle-Danny Kristo
Brandon Mashinter-Dominic Moore-Shawn O’Donnell
Ryan Bourque-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham

Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
John Moore-Stu Bickel
Justin Falk-Aaron Johnson

Henrik Lundqvist
Cam Talbot

Since this is a preseason game, expect the lines –particularly those with prospects– to be juggled a bit to see how players react to specific linemates and scenarios. The one thing we should expect is the top line (Kreider-Richards-Nash, Staal-Del Zotto) to stay intact for the majority of the game, as AV tries to see which of his core guys click with each other.

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7 Responses to “Preseason Game 1: Lots of prospects in against Devils”

  1. Sally says:

    Hooray! The game profiles are back.

  2. Ray says:

    How about watching Shawn O’Donnell? Rangers will have to decide if he is worth signing.

    • Dave says:

      Fair point, I was mostly saying watch the guys who were are or at some point were considered solid prospects.

  3. Spozo says:

    How are Nash Richards and Kreider looking? I can’t tune in tonight.

  4. Bloomer says:

    Game half over still waiting for AV’s high power offense to kick in.

  5. The Great One says:

    I would play John Moore with Justin Falk on Defense and waive Aaron Johnson and Stu Bickel. Those two are wasting spots.