Game 48 vs TBL: We’re going streaking!

January 14, 2014, by
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The Rangers are in the midst of an 8-2-1 streak, and have won three in a row. Tampa Bay comes to town tonight looking to spoil that with the return of Ben Bishop. Tampa Bay has a pretty solid club and are likely playoff bound, so the Rangers will have their hands full. If they can build off their impressive wins against Chicago and Dallas, this could be a very long streak.

Jon Cooper has the Lightning playing a pretty similar system as the Rangers. They run an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck with a lot of pinching from their defensemen. Once they get a two goal lead, they tend to sit back in the neutral zone with a more passive 1-2-2. In the defensive zone, they mix man-on-man and zone coverage. On special teams, they still run a 1-3-1 power play and a diamond/box hybrid penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup:

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

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

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

Game time is 7pm tonight on MSG2. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

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  1. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    I wanted to mention this as during the Philadelphia game, Pierre Mcguire stated that the Rangers have implemented a man on man defensive zone strategy, and was the biggest reason for their defensive struggles early on.
    I have a hard time detecting the difference between man on man and strong-side overload (hybrid version of the two).  Was Pierre right, that the Rangers have played a more hybrid Dzone strategy – implementing man on man, rather than a straight up overload?  I don’t see it, and am curious about it.

    • Dave says:

      This whole “man on man” thing is a bit misleading. The Rangers don’t play a straight zone (like the low zone collapse we saw last year), but they don’t play straight man either. Check the Hockey Systems page, that’ll explain it.

  2. @Centerman21 says:

    The Lightning played last night just like the Flyers did the night before coming to MSG. The Rangers have quite a few games against tired opponents during this home stretch. They need to take advantage while the getting is good. Bishop is tough to beat but he’s not superman. Pressure Tampa in their zone and force them into mistakes.

  3. paulronty says:

    Bishop is the reason why we need bigger nets.

  4. Chris.C says:

    This Mini Streak means nothing if they can’t beat a tired Tampa Bay tonight. They need to jump all over Tampa.  Too Hell with Bishop – throw pucks at the net..

  5. Tim B says:

    I always knew Bishop was going to be a good goalie. Remember his days in St. Louis where he was called up and sent down just about every week? That kind of hurt his development in my opinion. He always had to be the backup. Never got playin time. Bishop probably would have been a starter a long time ago if St. Louis had just kept him starting every game in the AHL.