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Game 18: Just keep winning vs. Jersey

Photo: LoHud

Photo: LoHud

As the Rangers keep rolling, the bad teams keep coming to town. This time it’s the Devils, who beat a dysfunctional Rangers team in the seventh game of the season. Fast forward to Game #18, and this is a different Rangers team looking to prey on a Devils club that is –for all intents and purposes– 5-12 (5-7-5). The Devils simply cannot score goals, and have a worse goal differential than the Rangers, even when you include New York’s -13 against Anaheim and San Jose. Of course, this didn’t stop the Devils from embarrassing the Rangers last time they met.

As noted in the previous game thread, the Devils use two separate forechecking systems. In the early going the Devils play a 2-1-2 forecheck, but once the Devils get a lead, they switch forechecking strategies to a 1-2-2 hybrid trap. In the defensive zone, the Devils play an overload/low zone collapse style similar to what the Rangers want to execute. On special teams, the Devils play your standard umbrella powerplayOn the penalty kill, the Devs play a rotation between a box and a diamond, depending on puck location and the setup of the opposition.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Derick Brassard-Brian Boyle-Benoit Pouliot
Brandon Mashinter-Derek Dorsett-J.T. Miller

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-Zuccarello

Scratches: Rick Nash (concussion), Dominic Moore (oblique), Taylor Pyatt (concussion), Justin Falk (healthy)

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14 Responses to “Game 18: Just keep winning vs. Jersey”

  1. Todd says:

    I don’t want to get a head of myself but when Nash comes back who does he play with?
    Do they drop Zuc and disrupt the success of that current line?

    Thoughts?

    • Chris F says:

      I would leave that first line intact for the time being, they’ve earned it. Let Nash readjust on the second line.

      Kreider-Stepan-Zuccarello
      Hagelin-Richards-Nash
      Miller-Brassard-Callahan
      Dorsett-Boyle-Pouliot

      • Walt says:

        Chris

        Those lines look great on paper. When the time comes, with the lines as listed, we could do some major damage with the top three, and possibly the 4th as well.

        Any number of us have said time and again, Boyle is best on the 4th, and with these wings, we could shut down people, and again chip in with some scoreing!!

      • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

        Is Pouliot looking like less of a fit the more healthy the Rangers get? I like a 4th line of Dorsett-Moore-Boyle over Pouliot on that line.

        He’s a 3rd line guy, but seems like he’s getting squeezed with his erratic play. How about Miller vs. Pouliot for that 3rd line?

        I’m not sure.

        • Chris F says:

          It’s a good question, RFiB.

          I included Pouliot on the 4th line in the absence of Moore. Once he returns, the question of Miller vs Pouliot becomes more pressing.

          I like Miller and think he’s too skilled to squander on the 4th line. I also like the way Pouliot CAN play, fast, good hands and plays with an edge. You’re right, though. When fully healthy, there may not be room for both Miller and Pouliot in this lineup.

    • Centerman21 says:

      Why not put him on the second line with Hagelin and move Cally to the top line. Zuc can be effective with Brassard as we have seen before. IMO Kreider needs to stay in the top 6 for his confidence which he seems to be beaming with now.
      Kreider-Stepan-Cally
      Hagelin-Richards-Nash
      Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello
      AV does as much line Juggling as Torts did so they will move around but that’s a start. I think Suit did a piece about it last summer saying Torts players play together 8% of ES TOI and AV is at 5% 5 on 5.

  2. Sally says:

    So what happens when Dominic Moore comes back?

  3. Centerman21 says:

    Nash is going to practice with the team tomorrow. Great news. He could be back as soon as Saturday in Montreal and next week the latest.

    • Pete says:

      That would be great but I wouldn’t hold my breathe on the next week thing (unless you read that its a possibility somewhere). I hope he comes back when he’s good and ready, no need to rush at this point.

  4. Mikeyyy says:

    Av hinted d Moore would be back Saturday. Someone is coming out of the lineup. And soon two.

    Unfortunately if you bring nash along slow on that third line you get
    Pouliot – brass – nash 3rd
    Boyle – Moore – dorsett

    I think miller and mash sit. Those two need to beat out that bottom 3 to play.

    • Bob says:

      Miller only played 5 mins tonight. They should send him down if that’s all he’s gonna get.

  5. Pete says:

    Miller needs to be sent down, useless for him to play 5 minutes.

    A line with Nash-Brass-Pouliot, in theory, doesnt sounds bad. Brass is a great passer and Nash can basically be a one man show allowing Pouliot to take up space and get a bounce every once in a while. Then again, couldn’t Hrivik do the same thing and you know, develop a bit? The only thing is that Pouliot has some size and throws it around a bit, if the team gets rid of him and Pyatt they are back to being a relatively small team.