Game 45: Facing the best in Chicago

January 8, 2014, by
Cally Face (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Cally Face (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

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.

Rangers Lineup:

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

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), J.T. Miller (healthy)

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. branted says:

    Carcillo in for Miller…

  2. @Centerman21 says:

    I feel like AV is forcing Carcillo to “Make his bones” by putting him in the lineup for the first time against his old team. The team he won a cup with. Let’s see if you’re a NY Ranger now. See if you can be trusted to play at a high level against your old team. Usually players are flying around in their first game with a new team.

  3. supermaz says:

    I don’t like these lines at all. When is AV going to realize Nash-Stepan-Kreider not working.

  4. Spozo says:

    Interesting stat from Dave Maloney. Chicago has scored 50 more even strength goals than the rangers.

    Holy crap

    • Dave says:

      It’s simply amazing how good that team is.

      Worth noting that the Rangers were one of the best 5v5 teams last year. Their PP sank them. Polar opposite this year.

  5. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Carcillo drawing the first penalty. Now that is funny.

  6. Chris.C says:

    They need to stop playing in there own defensive zone.

  7. Robert says:

    Pull Hank! Does he have options for the AHL left to find his game?
    That short side goal is stopped by a prep school goalie!

    • @Centerman21 says:

      Good call there. Nice to know after 8 seasons, the fans still have faith. Jeez! It was a 3 on 2. Looking for the pass.

  8. Chris.C says:

    Nvm, Hank just imploded.

  9. joe719 says:

    Nice win!!! I thought Hank really recovered after that shaky 2nd goal. He looked more like the old Hank in the 3rd. I thought Cally played his best game of the year; more hits than I’ve seen him have this year. Hopefully this can be the start of something. They got a ton of home games coming up; time to put up or shut up.

  10. Dave says:

    Short side goal was weak, but Hank played a strong game aside from that. Way too much hate thrown at him.

    • supermaz says:

      Great game for Hank, hopefully the start of him turning his season around. But one game doesn’t make up for the entire first half of the season.
      He deserves all the criticism he has received. Take the criticism as well as the accolades.

  11. Al says:

    The Rangers have two scouts watching the Avalanche and Senators tonight. The only other Eastern Conference team with a scout in attendance is Washington. (Adrian Dater)

  12. Chris.C says:

    Big recovery in the 3rd for Hank. He needed to be.