Game 36: Please score a lot against the Isles

December 20, 2013, by
Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News

Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News

The Islanders come to town tonight, and those are always fun nights. Even though they stand no chance of making the playoffs, they always show up for a fight against the Rangers. Goaltending is a big issue on the island, and the Isles have the worst goaltending in the league. Ignoring GAA, the best Isles goalie is starting today (Evgeni Nabokov) and he sports a woeful .900 SV%. If there was ever a team to build scoring confidence on, it’s the Isles.

The Isles run an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck and a 1-1-3 lock depending on the score, which they use to counter other teams mistakes. In the defensive zone, the Isles play man-on-man, so expect our defense to get pressured along the blueline. Look for blown coverages, as this Isles team is still a bit raw on defense. On special teams, the Isles run a 1-3-1 power play and a hybrid penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup (unconfirmed):

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Carl Hagelin
Brad Richards-J.T. Miller-Benoit Pouliot
Brian Boyle-Dom Moore-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
John Moore-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Justin Falk

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches: Marc Staal (concussion), Taylor Pyatt (healthy)

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. Chris F says:

    Tonight is the first of six games in between matchups with Pittsburgh (the second falling on Jan 3rd) that are quite winnable.

    The games are vs Islanders, Wild, Maple Leafs, and then at Capitals, Lightning, Panthers.

    If the Rangers could pull out wins in their last 3 home games, they walk away from the 9 game home stand at 4-3-2. Not terrible.

    If they take 2 of 3 on the road prior to the Pittsburgh game, that puts them at 21-18-2 on the year going into January, good for 44 points. A run like that likely puts them back into the top 3 in the Metro, and then they can maybe turn things around in 2014. The two outdoor stadium games could ignite a little passion and compete level, and then maybe the Sochi break helps guys work on their games and get back to being 100%.

    This team is talented. There is no reason they can’t right the ship. It starts tonight, building off two consecutive games in which they showed the ability to battle from behind and get points.


  2. bloomer says:

    The third line with miller centering richards and that pouliot dude scares the bejesus out of me.

  3. Tiki Tim says:

    Maybe we’ll see a full 60 minute performance tonight.

  4. Tiki Tim says:

    Look like a different team through 6 minutes.

  5. Tiki Tim says:

    Hellooooooo. Where is everyone?

  6. Walt says:

    What a bull crap call for a penalty shot, and Hank giving up 2 shorties, oh no!!

    • Bloomer says:

      Ryan Mcdonagh is handling the puck like a hand grenade tonight. Bad call or not you can’t give away breakaways on the PP. The Pouliot fellar has size and a quick release, he is good in the slot.

  7. joe719 says:

    Against a good team, they would be down at least by 4. The Defense looks a mess!!! Wow we get a lead. Stick around, Girardi is still playing. I’m sure he’ll be giving it away soon enuf!!

    • Walt says:

      Why did you say stick around Joe, that 3rd by the Isles was soft, Hank has to make that save my goodness!! Do me a favor, don’t call any more, you seem to have an insight that works against us!! Busting the chops Joe, nothing personal.

  8. joe719 says:

    Dan Girardi: the gift that just keeps on giving! What a weak clearing pass, and no effort at all along the boards. And the King looks like an Court Jester at best!

  9. Walt says:

    Just thinking out loud, did the down siizing of the goalie pads get in Hanks head??

  10. Bloomer says:

    Lundquist has been letting a lot of uncharacteristic shots in from far out this year. Has he been in to see an optometrist lately? Seriously, Henk should be able afford to make an appointment, I am sure it’s cover under his Blue Cross plan.

    • Walt says:

      Can’t argue with you there. Seems very unsure of himself this season, and we need him to get his act together if we stand any chance to get into the play-offs and go anywhere!

      • flatbush says:

        High glove vulnerable but also letting pucks through his arm and body. Noticed he is making the first move whereas his biggest asset was not to bite and wait. He looks like your ave. goalie right now. Would like to know the analysis of first shot goals v rebound goals. His strong point was handling the first shot at a very high rate. My impression is that is way down. its now in his head.

  11. joe719 says:

    When does AV start to take a hit for this debacle of a season? I know the team lacks talent, and Sather hasn’t helped him with any great moves, but still. A good coach should be able to get more out of this group than this. It just never gets any better. The same effort, the same mistakes, the same excuses after every game. Just wondering if we might be seeing another Trottier situation. A coach who just couldn’t turn it around. Just putting it out there.

    • Ian Lozada says:

      This home stand has to be the last straw. The season depended on us making up for the early 3 week road trip during this month, and instead, they’ve mailed it in against a bunch of bottom feeding teams (and the Penguins). AV has to go.

    • Evan says:

      Hahah my god man. Do you not see how many cheap goals hank lets in? Hank saves minimum 3 of these goals last year. Blaming AV on tonight is an absolute joke and means you never watched a game the past years.

      Hank is the only reason this team did well. Not coaching

      • flatbush says:

        Agree, the king not saving their bacon but we do need a Torts moment! AV way to patient. Whether a public rant would do good for the long run not sure but AV is taking the big one just like his players. How do you not challenge the so called stars? By keep sending them on the PP or by taking away ice?. The coach makes a difference otherwise we wouldn’t need to consider a dozen applicants.

  12. joe719 says:

    This is the type of loss that demands some sort of action from the GM. My God, they’re digging themselves a hole they won’t be able to get out of. And its only December!! How much longer is this going to be ignored. SATHER—-DO SOMETHING!!!!ANYTHING!!!!!!

  13. Chris F says:

    Walt, Joe, and Bloomer. The Three Stooges.

    • joe719 says:

      Chris F: Butt-Boy-In-Charge. Keep waving the pom poms. Better yet, go out and buy one of those new,overpriced, fancy Stadium jerseys and go parade outside the Garden to show your devotion to this mess of an organization. There’s a sucker born every minute.

      • Seahorse says:

        you don’t have to watch the games if you don’t want to. Or you could move if you live in new york. Unless you are Dolan himself you aren’t writing the checks and there are a lot more important problems in the world than if the rangers make the playoffs. this isn’t life or death, its entertainment

    • Walt says:


      Your Bozo the clown!

      We are asking questions, and fools like you don’t like them, your skin is too thin. Go back to the circus you fool, or stick your head in the ground, maybe all this will go away.

  14. Chris F says:

    Rangers win this game without that bogus penalty shot goal.

    • Walt says:

      What are you smoking??

      Hank even said after the game that he did a poor job, we still loose. Maybe when we are offered a PP, we should turn it down, almost had 3 shorties last night!!

  15. Bloomer says:

    When a team gives up 3 breakaways on 3 power plays they deserve to get a penalty shot called against them.

  16. Leatherneckinlv says:

    This team has no killer instinct

  17. flatbush says:

    Observation of last night. Awful hockey although it was entertaining. Watched 2 terrible teams and officials and that’s the reality. Other things, Boyle and Pouliot must have taken a lot of caffeine or is it because of the impending trade deadline. We can’t have guys wake up for those reasons and go back and hibernate for 5 or 6 games. McD unleashing does more harm than good. Stay home and join the play, whatever minimal offensive results he may bring don’t matter. We have all the D’s running around and our first pass misses half the time. It doesn’t help that we send two fwds on the other side of the red and they wind up stationary for a tip in. Problem with that is we don’t have anyone willing to go get it except for the smallest guys who get pushed off the puck. What the… are we trying to do?