Game 14: Redemption vs. Ducks

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

The Teemu Selanne-less Anaheim Ducks are in town tonight, and the Rangers will be looking to get some revenge on the team that humiliated them 6-0 a month ago. This time around, the Rangers are a team that is clicking, winning three in a row and four of five. However, the Ducks are a real solid team at 11-3-1 and one of the top teams in the Western Conference. This is the first real test for the Rangers since –seemingly– putting it all together over the past week.

Bruce Boudreau’s Ducks mix up an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck. They are not afraid to get the D involved in the rush and will look to fly the zone early if there’s a chance for a break. Though coming off a back to back, they’ll probably switch it up and clog up the neutral zone, which is more energy efficient. Once they get a late lead, the Ducks tend to sit back use a 1-2-2 more conservatively.

They are moderately aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes sending a forward to challenge the points while everyone else collapses in the zone and overload the half boards. 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:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Benoit Pouliot
Derick Brassard-Brian Boyle-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Derek Dorsett-Brandon Mashinter

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

PP1: Del Zotto-Richards, Kreider-Stepan-Brassard
PP2: McDonagh-J. Moore, Pouliot-Callahan-Boyle

Scratches:  Rick Nash (concussion), Dominic Moore (oblique), J.T. Miller (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy)

Game time is 7:30pm tonight. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

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15 Responses to “Game 14: Redemption vs. Ducks”

  1. Hopefully Callahan has more than a couple of games in him before his next injury.

    • If we lose tonight though this trip
      Doesn’t look so great with Pitt coming in Wed. Becoming close to a much win. Then hard fighting Columbus.

  2. Maybe Chris, Pyatt has the big body but hands of stone. Glad to see Delzotto score to get the Rangers within one, maybe that will quell the critics.

  3. When are the refs going to protect our squad from head hits? Stepan has been blind sided twice. Disgusting by the ducks

  4. I think that’s 3 times this year Stepan has taken a blindside shoulder/elbow to the head.

    Refs missed some important calls there.

    But, ultimately Pouliot’s 2 late offsides and then an absolutely idiotic highsticking penalty killed all the Rangers momentum. He grinded our whole comeback effort to a halt and then that too-many-men penalty just sealed it.

    That’s a tough loss.