Game 4: Rebound vs. the Ducks

(Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

(Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Well, Tuesday night’s game was one of the worst we have ever seen. The Rangers were absolutely embarrassed, and now they are in Anaheim –hopefully with a new-found passion– to right the ship. Adding to the rough road to redemption is the injury to Rick Nash, who was sent back to New York earlier today and will not play until the Rangers come back East. The lineup was shuffled to compensate for this.

Bruce Boudreau’s Ducks run an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck and will send 4 guys on the rush if there is an opportunity to do so. Once they get a late lead they tend to fall back and use their 1-2-2 more conservatively. They are fairly aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes sending a forward to challenge the points while everyone else collapses in the zone. Their powerplay strategy is a 1-3-1. Their penalty kill formation is generally a diamond force, which sends a player high to challenge the point.

Rangers lineup (probable): Benoit Pouliot-Brad RichardsRyan Callahan

Taylor PyattDerek Stepan-Jesper Fast

Brian Boyle-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello

Arron Asham-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Marc StaalDan Girardi

Ryan McDonaghAnton Stralman

John Moore-Michael Del Zotto

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

PP1: Staal-Richards-Callahan-Stepan-TBD

PP2: Del Zotto-Girardi-Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello

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

Game time is 10pm tonight. We are in for another long night. Don’t forget to check out New York Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

30 Responses to “Game 4: Rebound vs. the Ducks”

  1. I am looking forward to watching the Fast kid play. Maybe a good old fashion butt kicking is what the Rangers needed to let them know that the regular season started.

  2. This is the fourth game in a row I keep hearing, ‘the guy in the middle was wide open’, ‘nobody put a body on a player in the slot’. What the hell happened?

  3. Yeah, still willing to give it some games, but two of these in a row? I don’t think anyone would dare say we would see them come out tonight like this under the last regime.

    St. Louis won’t be much prettier unless they can bring a hell of lot more energy. The only silver lining I can say is I’m hoping for a “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” type of thing, team bonding in misery. But c’mon, let’s show some heart already.

  4. instead of getting all these penalties why not get some legal hits. the rangers looked best during that second period stretch when they were going after everyone. sidenote: big fan of Fast. physical and smart and solid defensively

  5. The Rangers will be better, no doubt. But a coach has to prepare his team in training camp in the pre-season. Anyhow, Powe has to brought back up and the squad has to get back to playing solid defence. Then when they start to gel should they open up and play a little pond hockey. Good grief.
    Not fair to stick a rookie in a lineup with the way the Ranger are playing right now.

  6. Don’t fall into the trap of ditching the system till the players learn it.

    Torts did it and it never won a cup.

    Passing is a fundamental of hockey. My question is why can’t they even pass the puck.