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Game 26: The team to beat – Boston

He can't steal two in a row, right?

He can’t steal two in a row, right?

The Rangers are in Boston today looking to exact some revenge on Tuukka Rask, who almost single-handedly beat the Rangers the last time they met. The Rangers skated with the Bruins all game, and dominated puck possession throughout, but they were unable to solve Rask. It’s unlikely that Rask will be able to repeat that performance, but he is still a top goaltender in the league playing for the team to beat in the East.

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 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:

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: Derek Dorsett (wrist), Michael Del Zotto (healthy)

Game time is 1pm today, kicking off NBC’s coverage of the NHL season. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

20 Responses to “Game 26: The team to beat – Boston”

  1. Bloomer says:

    Boston is in my view the best team in the East. Like the Rangers they have great goaltending and a balanced attack. The Bruins have more depth as their 4th line continues to haunt the Rangers.

    The Rangers will have to compete hard for all 60 minutes if they want to beat the Bruins. A slow start like the last 2 games and the Rangers will be done. I am looking forward to a very entertaining hockey game.

  2. Walt says:

    Let the game begin, today we win!!!!

  3. Tiki says:

    Let’s go!

  4. Tiki says:

    Forget that he was a Devils broadcaster and is a Bruins honk, isn’t Doc Emrick the worst play by play guy in sports history? His lingo is vomit inducing.

  5. tmd39 says:

    This team needs a heavyweight. With all due respect to Boyle, without Dorsett dressed (not a heavyweight, but the best we have), the Bruins have no fear.

    • Spozo says:

      I think what Boyle did was smart. He took the Bruins best player off the ice for 5 minutes.

  6. Christian says:

    Is it not time to break up the CK-Step-Zucc line? They’ve been cold for a while. Stepan showed nice chemistry with Nash last year. I’d like to see if Zucc can cause matchup problems on the third line. Also interested to see if Kreider and Richie can jump start each other’s game. Kreider can definitely benefit from a solid presence in front of the net which Callahan can provide. I don’t feel he’s getting that right now.

  7. Spozo says:

    Is Cally still hurt? He hasn’t done much the last couple of games.

  8. evan says:

    How many own goals do we have this year? 10? Ive never seen anything like this. I feel half must have been off of Girardi

  9. Walt says:

    Explain why we score two quick goals, then shut them down for a considerable amount of time, only to sit on that lead, and lose! WTF?????

    You get a lead, add to it, never let the other guy think he is in the game, run the darn score up. Who tells these guys to sit back, and put the load on Hank?????

    • flatbush says:

      yes I watched 2 FC’ers back skate to the neutral zone an allow boston to gain the red line from the midpoint of the game that was evident. Maybe they were trying to trap but why do u want to allow one of the best FC to pressure your D’s We sat back and couldn’t get out. Also noted #18 throw the puck up the strong side without a look at least 3x that resulted into turnovers. Not to mention that on the first goal he was almost in the paint. He looked lost several times and like Calle has not had a game in several tries. Our best three D’s got beat back to the net. It was evident when #5 was on the outside of his check in the paint and have the puck bounce off him. We also have #27 running all over the place trying to be more offensive. We blew that game and as Bill Chad always said. “we’re playing Katie bar the door”

  10. joe719 says:

    This team is just inept on the offensive level. Just firing shots at goal from all angles, with no one in front to get to rebounds,is not gonna’ cut it. I think we’ve seen enough of Pouliot to see that he adds nothing to this team. Outside of Nash, who else on this team would you be afraid to face? I think a trade is needed to break free of Torterella-type players, and bring in players who actually can be creative offensively; and more importantly actually produce some goals when needed. I have no idea where those players will come from; but I think this team needs a shake-up to put AV’S STAMP ON THIS ROSTER. At times it looks like he is trying to put round holes into square pegs dealing with this roster. Today, Giradi and Staal were just down right embarrassing. Staal was clueless the whole game, in both coverage and in trying to complete a single pass. Carelessly dumping the puck into the corner without a teammate in sight is nothing more than panicing. Girardi was Giradi; which is all that needs to be said. Can’t blame this one on MDZ. .500 is not gonna’ get you in the playoffs!

    • Bob says:

      I dont know that Id classify MZA, Brass, Pouliot, Richards, I mean half of our offense as Torts types. That aint the problem. These guys just have no balls.

  11. Al says:

    The Rangers should have a team like the Toronto Maple Leafs! NO BODY pushes them around

  12. Mikeyyy says:

    Av sounded like he was going to turtle. Worst case scenario is happening. Torts 2.0