Game 34: Flames make a rare trip to MSG

December 15, 2013, by
On the block?

On the block?

Tonight the Calgary Flames (13-15-4) make a rare trip to MSG. The two teams haven’t played against each other since October 2011 and haven’t squared off at MSG in 3+ years.  There isn’t much history between these two teams, so tonight’s game could be a dud. Hopefully it won’t be, as both teams are sub .500 and searching for some sort of identity.

Bob Hartley has the Flames running a 1-2-2 forecheck that can be used aggressively or conservatively depending on the game situation (time left in period, score, puck location, etc.).  In the DZ, Calgary uses a low zone collapse, taking out shooting lanes and keeping things in tight. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 and a diamond penalty kill.

On a separate note, I’m going to be doing a Q&A/mail bag post tomorrow. Drop me some questions in the comments section or shoot me an email.

Rangers Lineup (unconfirmed):

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

Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
John Moore-Dylan McIlrath

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches: Marc Staal (concussion), Derick Brassard (backside?), Justin Falk (healthy)

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

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  1. Craig says:

    This Ranger team needs a major shakeup now, forget the Cup for now.
    Hagelin is fast but doesn’t score consistently and is a small player that gets banged around. I don’t see him improving much. Any old timers remember Jean Carr in the seventies, fast as lightning and couldn’t finish a play? Trade bait.
    Callahan is a great hustler , a very good player but will demand much as a free agent. He is also injury prone and his style of play will slow down as he ages and injuries will increase. To risky for a long term contract. Great trade bait
    Pouliot and Pyatt have been ridicules and shouldn’t be in the NHL
    Girardi will also demand much money, though very good defensive instincts, lacks grit and his shot from the point stinks, He is becoming more inconsistent and is on the decline. Get a high draft choice for him
    Dorsett a good hustler but to small, injury prone, and can’t put the puck in Lake Superior (easily replaced)
    Dominic Moore, please no more…
    Bassard is a tease, but I would wait a little longer(unless he sweetens a deal) before dumping him
    MDZ is an average defensemen that has no physical presence and can’t get the puck on goal. Has potential still young, but needs to go because he may bring something of value if traded now.
    How about some trade packages with these players involved. This is not a genuine championship team as it is and hasn’t been for years. New York deserves better then a fairly decent or a pretty good team that just holds its own. Last year (and the year before) Hank stood on his head and was half the reason they got as far as they did.

    • supermaz says:

      May be the best post I’ve read in ages. You are a smart man Craig, other than misspelling Gene Carr’s first name. I agree with everything youve stated.

  2. Bob says:

    Suit- gimme a few trade targets

  3. Chris. C says:

    We’re winning this tonite. 4-2

  4. Chris. C says:

    We’re winning this tonite. 4-2

  5. Bloomer says:

    1-0 Calgary here we go again. Opposing players sailing through the wheelhouse untouched. Good grief.

  6. Spozo says:

    This is the most noticeable Pouliot has been all season.

  7. Bloomer says:

    Pouliot looks like a hockey player out there and they team is supporting the puck better..but they continue to leave the front of their goal unprotected.

  8. TxRanger says:

    how bout Pouliot with the game winner!

  9. Pete says:

    Convincing win! Hope they go on a roll.

    Suit: Two questions. 1) Is this the start of a turnaround? 2) Do you think Cally will be a Ranger this time next year?

    • @Centerman21 says:

      They can’t just let their captain leave or just trade him. He’s the heart of the team. He’s been banged up of late and it effected his play & production. I’d hate to see the Rangers give him a Dustin Brown type contract. Tho he’d likely get that on the open market. When healthy, he’s the kind of player every cup winning team has. I don’t think he’s been 100% all season. Hopefully he is when he returns.

  10. @Centerman21 says:

    That was a good win. Certainly nice to get points after being down 2-0. Who’s that Pouliot guy flying around? A call up? Jeez! By far his best 60 mins of hockey. That’s what I personally expected when he signed here. I know he’s a good skater and a skilled player along with being as inconsistent as they come. Sure didn’t think it’d take 30+ games to get his head out from his arse!
    The Rangers forechecked! Can you believe it. Read all about it. There’s a bunch of players that have been just skating for a paycheck like Icecapades or the circus. Greatest show on ice or something. Then last night they fought back no matter how deep the doo doo was. Let’s just see if they play that way next game.
    I have a feeling a word or two may have come from Boss Hog himself. Sather may have seen enough and threatened to send some players packing with the Flames back to Calgary if there wasn’t a return to grace. Whatever it was it worked for the time being.