Game 49 vs. DET: Keep playing well, get those pointsJanuary 16, 2014, by
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.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
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