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Initial powerplay units from practice

Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers practiced the powerplay for an extended period of time today with two distinct units:

PP1: Marc Staal-Brad Richards, JT Miller-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash

PP2: Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi, Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello

Miller getting the nod on the powerplay is likely due to Ryan Callahan’s absence. Considering Rick Nash’s goal locations from last season, it’s fair to assume that he will continue to slide in at the off-wing. One of Stepan or Cally will play the off-wing on the other side (both right-handed shots), with the other sticking in front of the net. Staal and Richards will, naturally, be on the point.

It is interesting to see that Del Zotto was knocked to the second powerplay unit, after getting a lot of time on the top unit the past few years. My guess with those forwards on PP2: Go with what works at even strength.

8 Responses to “Initial powerplay units from practice”

  1. Pete says:

    It would be nice to finally refer to it as a “power play” without being ironic…

  2. Mikeyyy says:

    If the power at does better this year then we will see the benefit of practicing offense.

  3. howiehockey says:

    Brad Richards at the point on the PP…AV, say it isn’t so, please say it isn’t so.
    In the 2 seasons he has played for the Rangers not one of his goals came from a point shot. I’ll bet that few of the BR point shots reached the goal at all.
    AV, tell Scott Arniel to go back and watch the PP’s of the last 2 years.
    I would put Stralman or John Moore there before Richards. Richards BR got most of his goals.
    This is 2013 going on 2014 not 2004 redux.

    • Puck Luck (@Centerman21) says:

      AV is giving Richards an oportunity to repair 1-his image in the public eye. 2-his confidence in himself and his abilities. If he can get back to himself again, this team is much more dangerous. The team doesn’t need him to score 70 points but as a 2nd line pivot. He would go a long way by breaking 50 points and by getting back to scoring those big goals he always did. I agree with putting him out there. It’s up to him to stay there. I would think Vineault knows what he’s doing!

  4. howiehockey says:

    The last part of my postcshould have read
    over the past 2 seasons BR got his goals down low, coming out of the corners. If he plays on the PP thats where he should play not at he point.
    You no doubt have heard of Einstiens version of insanity…doing the same thing over and over expecting a difeerent outcome.

    • Puck Luck (@Centerman21) says:

      Different coach bud. AV knows what happened last year but I’m sure he knows what he’s doing. IMO he’s right to throw Richards right into the line of fire. Getting Richards to produce would make this team much better. It gives the Rangers 3 lines that possess the threat to score. Anyone of those 3 lines can beat you and win a game for the Rangers. Otherwise let’s figure out if he’s done quickly and get em out of there. If Richie is finished, I don’t see how the team has the depth to succeed in the playoffs.

  5. Bobby G says:

    My only concern here is that Girardi and MDZ historically make a terrible D pairing. Should be interesting to see how it works out.

  6. Bloomer says:

    Marc Staal on the PP? About friggin time. I would like to see John Moore get some time there too or is that pushing it?