Game 51: Beating the slumping Caps

January 19, 2014, by
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the league right now with a 6-2-1 record in January, and a 10-3-1 streak dating back to Christmas. Suffice it to say, the team is starting to find its stride and seems to have finally adapted to the new systems implemented by coach Alain Vigneault. The last player that needed to get going –Derek Stepan– had a huge game yesterday. Once he gets going, and assuming the rest of the club continues to play this way, then this is a New York team that could be unstoppable.

Adam Oates and his Caps are struggling, with a 2-4-4 record over their last 10 games. On the ice, Oates runs an overload 1-2-2 forecheck, same as the Rangers. They generally send one man in, but if the chances at a turnover are high, they will send the second and third man in. They are fairly aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes, playing an overload style along the walls and collapsing below the hashmarks when the puck is down low. Their power play strategy is a 1-3-1, and their penalty kill formation changes based on opponent’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)

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  1. HARLEMBLUES says:

    Unstoppable,EZ Dave. Pounding the Caps 2nite would be a huge step towards unstoppable. Stop the Chimeras and Joel Wards.They kill us.

  2. Walt says:

    If we want to win tonight, we have to come at them strong, right out of the gate.  They are suspect in goal, and their D isn’t what the Caps are known for, so score early, and stay the hell out ot the penalty box.  That is the winning formula!!!!!!!

  3. Spozo says:

    Im certainly not complaining but it sure seems that the Rangers are getting the benefit of some of these penalty calls. Let’s hope the refs don’t feel the need to even up the calls the rest of the game.
    i can already picture the Ovechkin tweet complaining about the refs……

  4. Walt says:

    Jump on them early, what 1 minute in the game Nash scores.  We get three in the first, but were out played most of the period.  Walk away with a 4-1 win at home, now were talking.
    Hate to see this up coming olympics, the break may cool this team off!!!!!

    • Centerman21 says:

      Huge win tonight puts the team on another 3 game winning streak. I’d say they are a pretty unstoppable team right now with all parts pulling on the same rope. There really isn’t any weaknesses on this team. Maybe they could have a puck moving defenseman but they have offensive weapons all over. A shutdown Top 4 D and the bottom pair isn’t a weak link. Both of them are capable in their end and can score when the chance arises. They also have one of the best goalie tandems in the NHL. The Rangers have momentum now owning sole possession of 2nd place in the Met! LGR!!!

  5. Bloomer says:

    Nice win…good to see that Rick Nash has his mojo back.

    • Centerman21 says:

      Nash is on a role now. He looks better now than he did all last year. He’s got that killer instinct now.

      • Walt says:

        Too bad they didn’t name him to team Canada in the begining of the season, maybe he would have been on fire from day one!!!!!
        Don’t care what lit his flame, but whatever it was, bottle it for the rest of the season!!