Game 15: Beating the East’s best against Pitt

November 6, 2013, by
Photo Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

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Fresh off their loss to Anaheim, the Rangers are hosting the Penguins tonight looking to continue strong play and rebuild momentum. The Rangers didn’t play poorly on Monday against Anaheim, but two early defensive mistakes and stellar goaltending by Frederik Andersson spelled doom. Marc-Andre Fleury is not a consistent netminder, and the defense is improved, but not stellar. That offense is a machine though. Staying out of the penalty box is a must tonight.

Dan Bylsma has the Penguins running an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck in the offensive zone and encourages puck pursuit in most situations.  In the DZ, Pittsburgh uses a low zone defense, taking out lanes and protecting the slot. The Pens are ranked 5th in the league in blocked shots and still average over 3 goals a game. Bylsma is another coach who likes to keep his foot on the gas pedal, with no lead based trapping.

Rangers Lineup (unconfirmed):

Chris KreiderDerek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsRyan Callahan
Derick Brassard-Brian Boyle-Benoit Pouliot
Taylor Pyatt-Derek Dorsett-J.T. Miller

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

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

Scratches: Rick Nash (concussion), Dominic Moore (oblique), Brandon Mashinter (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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  1. Gary says:

    Rangers 4, Pens 2 (4th goal EN). Richards and Callahan strong for Rangers.

    • Dave says:

      I like your style Gary.

    • Centerman21 says:

      5-1 is even better. The Pens were beat along the boards all night long. The Rangers kept them to the outside most of the night and didn’t allow them space through the neutral zone. The 1st 2 goals the Rangers scored took much of the life out of Pittsburgh after the Pens controlled play for much of the 1st period. Brian Boyle has been a revelation so far this year. He was all over the place and scored a goal.

      • Gary says:

        I could never understand the negativity directed at Boyle. He is there to do what he does; win faceoffs, PK, clog up the lanes and chip in on O once in a while.

        W/out Boyler there would be a hole in the lineup and the team would be easier to play against. So he can’t fight. That’s not his job. He’s annoying to play against.

        • Walt says:

          I agree, but I do wish he would learn to defend himself, and teammates! A guy that size should be doing the pushing around, not be pushed around. By the way, I AM a fan of Boyle.

  2. BenM says:

    Would much prefer to see:

    3: Brassard-Boyle-Pouliot
    4: Mashinter-Dorsett-Miller

    and hopefully eventually (once he has earned it):

    3: Brassard-Miller-Pouliot
    4: Mashinter-Boyle-Dorsett

    • Dave says:

      As soon as we figure out why Pyatt is in the lineup, we will let you know. Right now though, we have no idea.

  3. Seahorse says:

    I like mashinter and think he serves better on the fourth line than jt AND WHY DOES PYATT KEEP PLAYING? he has one point, is -8 and has only 19 shots on goal

  4. Al says:

    There back the Edmonton Oilers front office is at the Ranger Penguins game scouting

  5. Dave says:

    Goal breakdown won’t be up until tomorrow morning. Sorry folks.

  6. evan says:

    Back to back statement games against 2 of the best teams in the NHL. Hank playing like hank. Good stuff.

  7. Walt says:

    Hank played a very good game.
    Boyle played a great game for him.
    The Pens lost 5-1, and they tried to pull the same **** that Filthadelphia usually does when they are out of a game, dirty bastards!
    Cindy is a cheap shot artist, I’d love to see someone smash in his pretty face, that ****!!

  8. Rockdog says:

    The team is still a bit of a work in progress, but recent results are encouraging. Long season ahead of us, but if we get Nash back, I think we could do some serious damage come playoff time.

    • evan says:

      Got 9 really tough road games out of the way already. Faced an insane amount of injuries to key players. Had funks from henrik and the d early. And we are only 1 point out of a playoffs spot. We are in great shape moving forward.

      However, to contend for the cup need nash

  9. Spozo says:

    After the game against Anaheim the West was 63-26-9 against the East this season. Clearly the Western conference is superior and there could not have been a tougher way for the Rangers to start the season that on theroad against the NHls best.

    After tonight I think we are in for a fun season…… Until we get to the Stanley Cup finals 😀

  10. The Suit says:

    Haha Fleury sucks. Right Justin?

    • Chris F says:

      He really does.

      The is athletic and he has put together great performances over the years obviously. But he gets shelled way too often to be considered top tier.

  11. Chris F says:

    Fluery! Fluery! Fluery!

  12. tmd39 says:

    I missed the first two periods. Why were the Pens treating Kreider like a pinata?

    • Chris F says:

      Because Crosby doesn’t like getting bumped, so he went after Kreider. Zuccarello took exception to Crosby’s after the whistle antics and stepped in (ha, I love this kid’s heart). The rest of the night Pens were hacking at Kreider and roughing up Zuccarello. Not sure if you saw Kunitz attack Zuccarello in front of the net at the end of the 2nd. He came charging through the zone after the whistle and crosschecked Zuke which led to them both getting roughing calls. Kunitz got an extra two.

      • Walt says:

        That is the reason for my post last night, Cindy is a kitty!!!!!

        He reminds me of Bobby Clarcke, would start crap, then have his goons defend him. And they call him the face of the NHL! I call him a spinless piece of dog sh*t!!