Game 55: Yankee Stadium finale against the Isles

January 29, 2014, by
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The New York leg of the Stadium Series comes to a close tonight as the Islanders host (sort of) the Rangers at Yankee Stadium tonight. Becky wrote a brilliant post about her experience at the game on Sunday, and you should definitely check it out. From a standings point of view, the Rangers really need two points in this game, whether in regulation or in the shootout.

The Isles run an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck and a 1-1-3 lock depending on the score, which they use to counter other teams mistakes. In the defensive zone, the Isles play man-on-man, so expect our defense to get pressured along the blueline. Look for blown coverages, as this Isles team is still a bit raw on defense. On special teams, the Isles run a 1-3-1 power play and a hybrid penalty kill.

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
John MooreKevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

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

Game time is 7:30pm on NBCSN. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games

Categories : Game Thread


  1. Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

    Did anyone know why the Rangers are the visitors at both Outdoor games in NY at Yankee Stadium? Because part of the leases agreement for MSG (and the $160 million in tax breaks from NYC) is that the Rangers never play a home game away from the Garden. I found it odd. Did they foresee something like this 10 years ago?
    I don’t think the NYI are very good at using that 1-1-3 lock assuming that Forecheck is used as soon as they have a lead. They haven’t played very well this year with a lead. Blowing leads in multiple games the last 2 weeks. Including the game against ST. Louis in which they had a 3-2 lead with less than a min to play. As we all know they let Oshie score with 27 seconds left in regulation. They lost in a shoot out as they’ve done all year long. If that’s the case Capuano should at least modify that strategy. Try a 2-3 or a 2-1-2 in the situation where they have a lead. They play hard and tight until they have that lead. On the other hand when behind a 2-3 goal defecit, they keep coming. Just like the 3-1 game the Rangers lost 5-3 last time they played last week. The Fishsticks played better than they did all night in the 3rd period.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      Sorry about the novel. I enjoy writing and grammer. The Rangers need to keep this close and win it in the last 30 mins. That’s a recipe to beating this young Islanders team.

      • BenM says:


        • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

          Looking back for something else. I noticed this. You had nothing better to do but point out 1 single spelling error I made? You can apologize about that or I can reply to every single misspell you make. Forever. I never forget. With all the illiterates leaving comments on here “Grammer” isn’t all that bad. I await your reply for a truce? I don’t want to fight or argue with Ranger fans. NJD or NYI maybe but not you and I take my spelling serious. Ball’s in your court.

    • Dave says:

      There’s a tax agreement with the city. If they don’t play 41 home games at MSG, they have to pay $17 million in taxes from here on out.

      • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

        Oh yeah. Is it really 41? So why couldn’t the Rangers be home in one of those outdoor games?
        What excites me about this team most (well the speed transition game is pretty nice) but rolling 4 effective lines is huge. Carcillo has been lightning in a bottle. Not even just the 2 goals but Moore & Boyle seem to have had an example set for them on the ice and all 3 look like an effective line combo.
        What to do when Dorsett returns? I personally like him on the right and Carcillo on his natural side. Does Sather trade Boyle? Moore has less value but does the same things.

  2. Walt says:

    Great to see the Rangers respond right away with Pouliot’s goal! Better to see my PISANO Carcillo score the go ahead, and eventual game winner!!

    Wonderful two games, and outcomes!!

  3. joe719 says:

    Eddie O was on WFAN yesterday, and said that the reason the games were road games was because the NHL knew going in that they would have to buy back a lot of the seats for their own use or for corporate sponsor considerations. He said it is cheaper to buy back tickets from the NYI or the NJD than it is to buy back Ranger seats. That’s the first time I heard that explanation; don’t know if that’s the reason or not.

  4. Bob says:

    No one in the NHL has more road wins than the Rangers. I say keep them on the road!