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Game 21: Beat Boston

Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Barton Silverman/The New York Times

The Rangers are home against Boston tonight, looking to end this three game stretch against playoff teams on a positive note and with a 2-1 record. The Rangers beat Montreal 1-0 on Saturday, but lost to the Kings by the same score on Sunday. Tonight it’s the Bruins, who embarrassed the Rangers in the playoffs last season.

Claude Julien is another one of those hybrid trap coaches. The Bruins play an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck early in the period and then switch to a more conservative 1-4 or 1-1-3 lock later in the period if they have a lead. In the defensive zone, the Bs play a low zone collapse/overload and try to defend you in layers depending on puck location. On special teams, the Bruins use an umbrella power play and a wedge+1/diamond force penalty kill where they try to pressure for turnovers.

Rangers Lineup (unconfirmed):

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Derick Brassard-Benoit Pouliot
Derek Dorsett-Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

Scratches: Taylor Pyatt (concussion), J.T. Miller (healthy), Michael Del Zotto (healthy)

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

22 Responses to “Game 21: Beat Boston”

  1. Chris F says:

    Callahan-Richards-Nash
    Krieder-Stepan-Zuccarello
    Hagelin-Brassard-Pouliot
    Dorsett-Boyle-Moore

    Those are actually real solid lines AV is starting with tonight.

  2. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    You can hear a pin drop at MSG.

    • Dave says:

      That’s been the usual for a while now. I don’t get it.

      • VinceR says:

        I’m late replying on this…does anyone think this is due to the sound system/scoreboard? I feel like the crowd experiences sensory deprivation. Aside from the visual distraction of the monstrosity, nn between plays, right up to the puck drop, the sound is so loud you can’t hear anyone next to you without screaming. I see people 4 seats down trying to chant LGR, and I can’t even hear them.

        When the puck hits the ice and the assault on the aural senses are finished, the place is dead quiet. I’ve had trouble myself just trying to have personal energy to cheer, and I’ve had some form of season tickets for 5 years now…in past years I’ve had to do my best not to get too over emotional and embarrass myself (to some failure here and there). This year I feel the energy is just dead, including myself unless I really force it. I don’t know if it’s the assault on the senses or something else (like fans being priced out…I currently sit in the lower bowl until something opens up for me to move higher…my girl and I are the only regulars, most are very casual fans or fans of the opposing team).

  3. Bloomer says:

    I like the lineup.But in my view, time is running out on Pouliot. He needs to show that he belongs on the starting roster. Yes, he has size and skill, but he needs to bring it.

  4. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Can’t. Buy. A. Goal. Rangers 1-9 when opposing team scores first.

  5. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    The anti-jinx worked. Let’s go Rangers.

  6. The Suit says:

    Pouliot needs to stop over skating rebounds. That’s what KHLer’s do. HINT.

  7. Bloomer says:

    Kreider has superhuman speed.

    • Dave says:

      Very happy he finally figured out his game. Once he slowed it all down, he became a great player to watch.

  8. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    What a demoralizing loss. That one hurt.

  9. joe719 says:

    They just can’t finish!!!!! That’s the only reason they lost. Having said that, Girardi, MCD, and Staal need to be taken aside at practice, and taught(yes taught) how to clear a puck when no one is pressuring you. Its pathetic to see those 3 guys trying to start a rush up the ice. Its like the puck is a hand grenade. You can almost see the smoke coming out of their ears trying to figure out how to get out of their own zone. Every pass they make is short-armed or out of reach of a forward. Almost all of Boston’s chances came on defensive giveaways. This has to be cleared up, or they are going nowhere. A .500 record is not gonna get you in the playoffs.

  10. Tim B says:

    Didnt get a chance to watch the game but a few things i wanna point out.

    -Um why are we sitting Miller? He is 100X better than Pouliot.
    -i dont believe Nash and Richards racked up many points when on the same line. They did that first game with gaborik last year and than richards and gaborik werent getring any points. In my opinion Nash should be on a different line than richards. Lines should look like this:

    Kreider-stepan- Nash
    Zucc-richards-callahan
    Hagelin-Brassard-Miller
    Moore-Boyle-Dorsett/Pouliot

    -also why did Girardi play under 20 minutes today? Did he suck?

  11. Bloomer says:

    Sometimes you dominate and come up short, that’s hockey. I really liked the balanced attack tonight. Rask stole the game for Boston. Hank was solid too, but not quite as good as his counterpart.

  12. Chuck A says:

    Being on the West Coast, games on TV for us are rare. After seeing the NYR tonight on NBC, they sure are fun to watch. 44 shots!
    Now…finish!!!!!