Game 45: Facing the best in ChicagoJanuary 8, 2014, by
The Rangers are in Chicago for the first time in close to two years to take on the NHL’s best (in my opinion they are better than the Ducks, who are two points ahead). The Hawks are stupid good, and the Rangers are going to need to be at their best to win this game. Luckily they’ve played very well the past couple of weeks, and some of their stars are finally starting to come around. Puck luck is going to be necessary tonight as well.
Joel Quenneville is one of the best coaches in the game. His Hawks play an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck, keeping the back forward and defensemen ready to jump on turnovers. In the DZ, the Hawks play a standard zone defense looking to defend you in layers based on puck location. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play, and a wedge+1 penalty kill.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Game time is 8pm tonight on NBCSN. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.