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Game 2: The Captain returns vs. LA

More of this please (Photo: Ross D. Franklin, CTPost.com).

More of this please (Photo: Ross D. Franklin, CTPost.com).

After Thursday night’s loss in Phoenix, the Rangers have had three full days off before tonight’s contest in Los Angeles. The best news is that captain Ryan Callahan is back, with J.T. Miller being sent to Hartford to make room. Arron Asham will also make his debut tonight, as Jesper Fast will sit. This is because Darryl Sutter’s Kings are one of the bigger teams in the league, and one of the toughest to play against.

On the ice, Sutter is the exact opposite of Dave Tippett in Phoenix.  The Kings run an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck, and they aren’t anything out of they ordinary when it comes to defensive zone schemes (overload/low zone collapse), powerplay strategies (umbrella), or penalty kill formations (hybrid, depends on puck location/situation). Unlike Phoenix, this is a team that will not give the Rangers room to maneuver and break out.

Rangers lineup:

Brad Richards-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Ryan Callahan
Arron Asham-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
John Moore-Anton Stralman

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

PP1: Staal-Richards-Callahan-Stepan-Nash
PP2: Del Zotto-Girardi-Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello

Scratches: Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Jesper Fast (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy)

Game time is 10:30pm tonight. We are in for a long night. Welcome back, New York Rangers hockey.

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13 Responses to “Game 2: The Captain returns vs. LA”

  1. Bloomer says:

    Great to see Cally in the lineup, he is the Rangers answer to Dustin Brown. One thing that would silence all the rhetoric surrounding the Rangers lineups would be a win tonight.

  2. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    And then he exits… at least it’s not the repaired shoulder.

    • Spozo says:

      I missed it. What did he hurt?

      • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

        His right shoulder in a collision with doughty(?) Didn’t look good, was down on the ice for a bit.

        • VinceR says:

          He was also pouring blood from his mouth, so I’m still holding out hope that the stitches are taking a bit (was a while before Pyatt came back out after that puck in the face)…trying to distract my thoughts though!

          • VinceR says:

            Per Pat Leonard, Rangers are saying it’s due to something with his teeth! Best case scenario there! (for those who didn’t see, he took a stick in the face on that same hit, which is why he was also bleeding).

      • Dave says:

        Pyatt also took a puck to the chin, missed half the first.

    • Dave says:

      Teeth apparently. Having dental work done. I think we all had mini heart attacks.

      • Spozo says:

        Good news. I just heard micheletti with the same report.

        Ps Dave, I still don’t get your support of Richards. The guy clearly has zero hockey left in him……

  3. VinceR says:

    And per Pat Leonard, Rangers say he’ll be back in the game! The man doesn’t need a stick sometimes, what the hell does he need teeth for?