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Game 6: Right the ship against the Caps

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Rangers have lost three in a row, two in epic fashion, and now stand at 1-4 to start the season. Most of us said we would be happy with a 4-4-1 start to the season, considering the road trip. That’s still doable, but it begins tonight with a win against a Washington Capitals team that is also struggling. Their powerplay is lethal though, so it’s a matter of staying out of the box for New York.

On the ice, Adam Oates runs a hybrid 1-2-2/2-1-2 forecheck. They generally send one man in, but if the chances at a turnover are high, they will send the second man in. They are fairly aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes, playing an overload style and collapsing down when the puck is down low. Their powerplay strategy is a 1-3-1, and their penalty kill formation is an aggressive box.

Rangers Lineup:

Brad Richards-Derick Brassard-Ryan Callahan
Benoit Pouliot-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Jesper Fast
J.T. Miller-Dom Moore-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Justin Falk-John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

PP1: Moore-Richards-Callahan-Stepan-Brassard
PP2: Stralman-Girardi-Pouliot-Miller-Zuccarello

Scratches: Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Michael Del Zotto (flu)

Game time is 7pm tonight. Don’t forget to check out New York Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

18 Responses to “Game 6: Right the ship against the Caps”

  1. Sally says:

    If the Capitals power play is lethal, someone should tell Dorsett to stay out of the box.

  2. Walt says:

    Let’s win this one, and start a nice streak of maybe 7 to 10 games on the + side!!!

    If anyone hasn’t heard yet, Ryan Clowe is on the IR list. It appears that he is concussed again. I feel bad for the guy, but I also am relieve that it’s not us who signed him for 5 years, and some $4 million a year.

    For his sake, I wish him a speedy recovery.

    • Dave says:

      This is a game they need, and they should get as long as they stay out of the box. Three very winnable games coming up.

      • Puck Luck (@Centerman21) says:

        I’m not of the “Dump Del Zotto” camp but looking at John Moore and the size & Physicallity Falk adds. Could Glen Sather be looking to move DZ now? Maybe get a marginal Winger and add a (Righty) defenseman? I mean with AV starting his own era on Broadway, do you think he feels this team can go forward with 5+ Lefty defenseman Dave? It seems like the Rangers will one top 6 Defenseman walk. AV likely wants a DZ but they could draft a puck mover.

  3. VinceR says:

    …game time is 8. NBC game…oh joy. I can’t wait for unnecessary screaming from Doc Emerick (is that really what you learn in 7 years of announcing school?) and the unique perspective from Pierre of which school each player played, despite whether or not they have been in the league 20 years.

    • Chris F says:

      Doc is a classic. His play-by-play may be better suited for radio, but his vernacular is an iconnic fixture of hockey. I love him!

      • VinceR says:

        Ha, I can’t stand him! I think he has a good personality but I can’t stand how players “stab”, “spear”, “commit defenestration” or other acts of violence on a puck. And his wordiness, while clever, I find can be a liability in a game as fast as hockey (especially on TV).

        I can see why people like the enthusiasm though, and I think you are probably right about it being really good on radio.

      • Dave says:

        I don’t mind Doc that much. At least you know he loves the game.

    • Dave says:

      Yup. My bad on that.

  4. Puck Luck (@Centerman21) says:

    The Rangers look much better after getting practice time and getting a couple days home. They’re making much better decisions with the puck in all 3 zones. They won the 2nd period hands down and came out controlling the 1st 1/2 of the opening period. Hank looks comfortable and so does the defense.

  5. Evan M says:

    Does AV give a crap?

  6. Evan M says:

    Maybe he just goes by “You catch more flies with honey,” but I’d like some fire from that hit on Step. New era, I know.

    • VinceR says:

      If fire for players to do something and being mad about it, it was clearly accidental. If fires at ref for not call, like at least interference, I would tend to agree.

      • Evan M says:

        I’m just adjusting, as a fan, to the coach not having a look of incredulousness while swearing at the refs and looking at everyone like they’re idiots. Sincerely, I will miss that. I see the benefit of staying calm though.

        • VinceR says:

          I’m with you on both accounts…I was thinking what the hell is he doing? But they may have gotten a call out of that.

        • Centerman21 says:

          You can stay calm and still send Brower a message. That doesn’t fly in this league. The Rangers can’t keep allowing guys to hit their top players in the head. It’s getting to the point where where we won’t have top players if this is allowed to continue. The biggest mistake the team made was not going after Brouwer.