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Game 25: A must win in Florida

Photo: NJ.com

Photo: NJ.com

After Monday night’s humiliating loss in Tampa Bay, the Rangers are in Fort Lauderdale to take on the Florida Panthers. The Rangers beat this team on 11/10 by a score of 4-3, taking advantage of three defensive zone coverage fails by the Panthers (and scoring a powerplay goal).

Since then, Peter Horachek (Flordia’s new coach) has been doing a good job trying to get their ship righted. They’ve beaten the Ducks, Canucks, Avs, and Flyers recently. The Rangers shouldn’t take them for granted. They won’t be an easy out.

Horachek employs more of a north/south game than Dineen and has them running an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck. In the DZ, they run a low zone collapse and bring all five guys back to protect the house. On special teams, they run an umbrella/1-3-1 power play and a more passive four man box penalty kill. The Panthers tend to collapse vs. challenging the point shot, so our d-men should get some looks tonight.

Rangers Lineup:

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

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches: Taylor Pyatt (concussion), Michael Del Zotto (healthy)

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

7 Responses to “Game 25: A must win in Florida”

  1. Todd says:

    Break up Richards and Nash. There is no chemistry.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Walt says:

      amen!!

    • Puck Luck says:

      Real good call on that one bro. That line scored 3 even strength goals tonight. The only even strength goals. Richards sees the ice better than most people. Not the best skater in the NHL but he gets up ice. He’s the best Center on the team. Stepan needs to play better at even strength. Nash & Hagelin play well together.

  2. SteveM says:

    MDZ scratched again. Dorsett is a possibility of being out. Supposedly Pyatt in if Dorsett can’t go

  3. Ray says:

    Why bench your third best left Dman to play your fourth best? Poor MDZ is being judged as a right defenseman. AV hasn’t seen him on the left, where he’s better than Moore will ever be.

    • Centerman21 says:

      I don’t know DZ is better than Moore or playing better but I agree people are judging him on the right side which has been the smelly end of the stick for him. Before the season & preseason started I thought Staal would serve them better being the lefty to play on the right. He does little offensively anyway so there’s not much to affect and he’s as good as they come in the Dzone. Staal could overcome whereas Del Zotto is young and has confidence issues. I think DZ should be put on the right side.

  4. Bloomer says:

    I am in the pro MDZ camp too, the Rangers are looking disjointed coming out of their own end against the Cats. I did like how Zukeman made that nice Sedin like slap pass that led to the Power play goal though. One period to go, I would like to see the Rangers finish strong.