Game 44 vs. CBJ: Build on a strong performance

January 6, 2014, by
Image from LoHud

Image from LoHud

The Rangers destroyed Toronto the other day, and now they desperately need to build on that momentum against Columbus. The Blue Jackets have fallen on hard times, and sit in second-to-last in the division.This will be their third and final meeting of the season, and a game the Rangers really need to win to stay relevant.

Under Todd Richards, the Blue Jackets run a 2-1-2 forecheck, but with less active defensemen. In the DZ, CBJ uses a low zone collapse, taking out shooting lanes and protecting the house. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play, and a box penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup:

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

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Derek Dorsett (broken leg), Justin Falk (healthy), Dan Carcillo (healthy)

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

Categories : Game Thread


  1. @Centerman21 says:

    The other night is forgotten if they play flat tonight. Just like the game in Pittsburgh. It’s a home game, where we haven’t played well all season. I want to see them come out with confidence. They have to go right to Chicago after the game. That game won’t be easy so win tonight and try to get points Wednesday.

  2. Chris F says:

    I was driving and missed the Kreider boarding call and ejection. Maloney sounded pretty astounded at the call.

    So, what’s the consensus?

  3. joe719 says:

    It was barely a 2 min. penalty let alone a major. He stopped right before he hit him, and followed though with the hit and Tyutin fell into the boards and hit his face. Dubi stepped in and challenged Kreider but nothing came of it. Terrible call. Over reaction by the refs. He hit him from the side for God’s sake!!

  4. joe719 says:

    Okay. down by 2 at home vs. a so-so team. This is the type of game that they MUST get points in!! Don’t wanna’ hear how well they played, or how many opportunities they had. Just score, get the friggin’ points and move on!!!!

  5. Rustafarian says:

    Boarding? I guess…. Game misconduct, no way…
    Bigger problem is that Hank can’t make the saves when we need him most. I’m getting real tired of every back up, marginal starter, or goalie that has not started a game for more than a month totally out play Hank. It’s the elephant in the room because nobody at MSG wants to even bring it up. He has serious issues that he needs to fix. The team is not playing much different with Tabot in net and he manages to give up 2 goals or less each outing while Hank keeps giving up 3+goals. Those easy goals take the wind right out of their sails. Start the goalie that gives us the best chance to win until the other one gets his $hit together…..

    • Walt says:

      Good call, Hank has been poor all season, and not the goalie worthy of the contract he got. Sather signed him because the fan base would have tried to hang him had he not!!

  6. Walt says:

    Hank looks like crap, what else can you say. 20 shots, 3 goals, WTF?????

  7. Chris F says:

    Brian Friggin Boyle!

  8. Chris F says:

    Wooooo Hoooo! It’s a Power Play Goal! *Pom Poms *Pom Poms *Pom Poms

  9. joe719 says:

    Nice final audition for Nash!!!!

  10. Rustafarian says:

    Like I said earlier, their goalie makes the saves when they need to and Hank looks befuddled and can’t make any saves in the shoot out. But of course nobody says a thing about it on MSG….

    • joe719 says:

      Whats the point. Hes not going anywhere. They tied up 7 years with him and they’re stuck with their decision. Hes gonna play. Even if Talbot is playing better right now; right or wrong Lundqvist is still going to play the majority of the games. No sense to even bring it up.

      • Rob says:

        Rangers can easily trade Lundquist if he plays a few good games. I would think that team looking for goalie help at the deadline gives 1st Round plus 2 or 3 prospects plus a quality reserve goalie.

        Some teams might even pay a premium since Hank is signed for 7 years.

        Lundquist has had brilliant moment and that was 2006. He is clearly distracted by something and I would only be guessing.

        Needs to be traded this season so he still has value.