Game 29: Beat the worst, get back on track vs. Buffalo

December 5, 2013, by
Photo: Star-Ledger

Photo: Star-Ledger

The Rangers are in Buffalo tonight to take on the league’s worst team that is currently in a state of flux. Since these two teams last faced off, the Sabres have fired their head coach (Ron Rolston) and their GM (Darcy Regier). Pat Lafontaine was hired as President, and charged with finding a GM and a coach. As of now Ted Nolan is the interim head coach of the team as Lafontaine continues his search, but this is a team that is 2-6 since the shake up.

Ted Nolan has the Sabres running a 1-2-2 forechecking system and try to shut down the middle of the ice. For the defensive zone system, he has them playing the low-zone collapse pretty much exclusively. On special teams, the Sabres run an umbrella power play and a wedge+1 penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup:

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

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Michael Del Zotto

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches: Derek Dorsett (wrist), Justin Falk (banged up)

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. pavel says:

    The 4th line is made up 1st round draft picks. Fortunately, none were picked by us

    • Dave says:

      That is a very good point. Interesting.

      • @Centerman21 says:

        It is interesting that our 4th line is all former 1st round draft picks. None of which contribute to the score of the game. Boyle has been good defensively so he brings something to the team but the elite get some wins from their bottom 6. We need a catylist down there. Lee Stempniak

        • Dave says:

          They need a 3C if Richards stays on the wing. They need a 3RW regardless.

          • @Centerman21 says:

            I agree. If they had a guy that could help with the scoring on the bottom 6 and of course the need for a righty makes a 3rd RW the obvious need. Hagelin & Brassard can make things happen if they had someone that could at least keep up with them. Neither are game breakers but both can create chances. I wonder if Sather wants to stay put, thinking there’s enough here with Hank at his best. I don’t think this team has played their best hockey yet.

            • Dave says:

              3RW is a big need, look at the options: Pyatt, Pouliot. That’s it. They need a righty.

  2. Mikeyyy says:

    Oooh. Richie back on wing. That’s where he should stay.

  3. Paco33 says:

    With Pyatt on his wing, Brassard has no excuses!

  4. Mr. Snrub says:

    Saw that breakout play under Torts last year.

  5. joe719 says:

    Eery time Staal is on the ice, Buffalo threatens. If this the best we can expect of him, ship him to Carolina now before he leaves on his own. Nice goal by Zuke. He’s played a really gritty game tonight!

    • Walt says:

      I called out Staal the other day, and was called out for it, saying what team was I watching? Again tonight, not too impressive!!!

    • Dave says:

      He’s had a bad few games, but he will bounce back.

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  7. joe719 says:

    And Staal stands there watching as Hank loses the shutout. Really pathetic!

    • Paco33 says:

      Bad bounce. Staal stayed with his man. Not remotely his fault.

      • joe719 says:

        He had his back to the play, not having a clue where the puck was. With a shutout on the line, you’d think he would give his goalie an option to get rid of the puck. Then, he barely makes an effort to try and get back into the play. He looks like he has no sense of how to play in his own end. If he’s still hurt; step aside. He is playing lousy!! Has been all year!

    • Dave says:

      That’s not Staal’s fault. He had his man, Girgensons made a nice play to bat the puck out of midair. What else do you want Staal to do there? Spear him?

      • joe719 says:

        “Spear him?” When was the last time he threw a check, let alone spear somebody? He needs to turn around and look where the goalie is and what he is doing with the puck. Hank needed an outlet, and he wasn’t even looking for the puck. Standing there looking at your man is not covering him. Stop listening to Micchaletti during the games, and watch Staal for yourself. He can be a horror show in his own end at times. The other team always threatens when he’s on the ice. Its just a fact!

  8. Walt says:

    Too bad that Hank lost his shut out with 2 minutes left in the game. I’ll take the win, and get home for a while!!

  9. Mr. Snrub says:

    #fancystats tell me Pens dominated by Sharks. Hearing Flower stood on his head.

    • Dave says:

      Score effects. Pens had a 4-0 lead and FF% was even. Pens sat back and protected the lead, thus more scoring chances for SJ.

  10. Bloomer says:

    Nice win by the Rangers. Cam Talbot needs to give Lundquist a few pointers on how to handle the puck though.