Game 17: The trap game vs. Florida

A team riding a 5-1 streak over six games, facing one of the worst teams in the league that just fired its entire coaching staff? Yea, this is the definition of a trap game. For the Rangers, this is the first of two remaining games against bad teams (Tuesday against the Devils being the second) before they play three straight against playoff-bound teams. At 8-8, a win tonight puts the team above .500 for the first time this season after starting 3-7.

With new coaches in town, Florida now runs a 2-1-2 forecheck. In the DZ, they run a low zone collapse and look to protect the slow. On special teams, they run an umbrella power play, and a box/diamond penalty kill depending on the opposition setup.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsRyan Callahan
Derick Brassard-Brian Boyle-Benoit Pouliot
Brandon Mashinter-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), Taylor Pyatt (concussion), Justin Falk (healthy)

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23 Responses to “Game 17: The trap game vs. Florida”

  1. Trap game for sure…as in danger of falling into the trap of taking them too lightly.

    Let’s hope not…

    • Marc/smith…always be wary of the team breaking in a new coach. Definitely a trap game.

    • He got a bit lucky that Thomas didn’t get all of that, but he wasn’t going to continue shooting 3% either.

    • My initial reaction was much the same. However, after seeing what was going on with Stepan I can at least understand why Kreider did what he did. Bad time to take a penalty like that though.

      And no, not suspension worthy seahorse. It was a rough shove, sure, but the guy just fell back awkwardly and dangerously into the boards. Let’s not overreact.

      • While its not the worst hit in the world, and he’s backing up teammate its hitting a defenseless player on a dangerous part of the ice just because he got in a little spat.
        If we are gonna kick and scream about kaleta hitting richards last year on a similar but not exact play, ok he has a history of dirtbaggery, but still its a scary play.
        I’m just saying that if we want a safer game we don’t need hits on unsuspecting players leaving the ice. It’s not overreaction I’d just like to see the utmost respect for one pro to another

        • I can understand the overall sentiment you convey about respect for your opponents. But I definitely don’t put Kreider’s actions anywhere near the same sphere as Kaleta’s hit on Richards last year.

          Now, I was not one who was overly polemic about the Kaleta hit. However, it was A) a crosscheck, B) from behind, C) a very dangerous distance from the boards. It sent Richards down violently head/neck first into the boards, in the most probable outcome.

          The Krieder hit on Upshall was A) a shove or push, B) while facing the player, C) a very dangerous distance from the boards. It sent Upshall flying back where he hit his head on the boards, in a relatively unpredictable outcome.

          I don’t think many would have anticpated that Kreider’s actions would have had such an outcome as they did. It was in “defense” of a teammate and I don’t think there was any intent to send Upshall into the boards. Certainly a penalty, but I don’t think the overall action of Kreider, despite the result, is the type of thing the League is trying to get rid of. Just a freak, scary scene resulting from Kreider’s overzealous and over aggressive retaliation, something seen nightly by players without anyone ever getting hurt. If it happened at center ice and Upshall just fell on his @ss on the ice, would you feel different?

          • i think thats a fair and reasonable assesement and he had no overtly malicious intent but if the league wants to avoid these very times of hits that are unnecessary and entirely avoidable you have to send a message and ultimately it comes down to whether or not the league wants a safer game

  2. Sloppy game by the rangers, but a win is a win. I think this shows that we are becoming a good team. Good teams find ways to win even when they are not at their best and tonight was one of those nights.

    Also big props to richards for his 3rd period. He really took it personally after he missed that tap in goal in the second.

    Kreider needs to be smarter. I understand protecting your teammate, but it is the end of the game and you are up one. Have to make a wiser decision.

  3. As for Kreider, it’s *much* easier to teach a young player how to pick & choose his spots than it is to instill the desire to protect a teammate.