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 Richards-Ryan Callahan

Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast

Brian Boyle-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello

Arron Asham-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Marc Staal-Dan Girardi

Ryan McDonagh-Anton 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. Mikeyyy says:

    C’mon guys shake it off.

    Old school hockey.

    Eddie shore?

    Yeah Eddie shore.

  2. Bloomer says:

    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.

  3. Dave says:

    Well that was rough…

  4. Sally says:

    I know we are waiting for 20 games, but this is hard to watch.

  5. Jeff P says:

    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?

  6. BobM says:

    if it looks like sh*t, and it smells like sh*t and it tastes like sh*t…

  7. Monty says:

    it looks like somebody is having fun in Anaheim..

  8. Jeff P says:

    Has anybody ever been fired 4 games into a five
    year contract?

  9. TxRanger says:

    king hank!!!

  10. Bloomer says:

    Its early yet looks of hockey left lol

  11. BobM says:

    I bet that having Mark Messier as head coach could not have been any worse.

  12. BobM says:

    Giants vs. Rangers.

    Whose worse?

  13. Seahorse says:

    i really hope no one buys me rangers tickets for my birthday

  14. SteveD says:

    I can’t take it.

    They all look lost out there. No resemblance of a team whatsoever.

  15. VinceR says:

    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.

  16. Seahorse says:

    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

  17. Bloomer says:

    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.

  18. Mikeyyy says:

    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.