Game 49 vs. DET: Keep playing well, get those points

January 16, 2014, by
Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Even though the Rangers lost on Tuesday against Tampa Bay, they played a pretty strong game. They are still 8-3-1 in their last 12, and are still in prime playoff contention. Wins and points are clearly the most important thing here, but their strong effort against Tampa in the loss was a positive sign that they haven’t lost their game. Detroit is a potential wild card opponent, so this is another four point swing game.

Mike Babcock has his boys playing a 2-1-2 forecheck, but mix in a LW lock depending on game situation. In their own zone, Detroit plays a straight up zone defense. On the PP, the Wings employ an umbrella and a 1-3-1 formation, but will use Zetterberg as a rover. Keep an eye on him. He’s all over the zone. On the penalty kill they change up their strategy depending on the opposition’s setup.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsRyan Callahan
Benoit PouliotDerick BrassardMats Zuccarello
Brian BoyleDominic Moore-Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
Michael Del ZottoJohn 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.

Categories : Game Thread


  1. Joe says:

    Red Wings used to instill fear…not anymore.  They are a good matchup for the Blueshirts….3-1 Rangers!  LGR!

  2. Walt says:

    Goal tenders clinic after 2 periods.  Real wide open hockey!!!

  3. Bloomer says:

    Fitting that Zukeman scores the winner, other then the two netminders, I thought he was the best player on the ice tonight.