Game 56: Thawed out fishsticks

January 31, 2014, by
Photo by Jim McIsaac/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Jim McIsaac/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers close out their season series against the Islanders tonight at The Garden, with New York hockey bragging rights on the line. The Rangers are in the playoff hunt, and the Isles are likely to miss out, but the season series is tied at two games a piece. The Rangers have a little breathing room in the standings, but still need to tack on the points against bottom feeders.

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)

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. Walt says:

    I was worried in the second, but got comfortable in the third when they started playing with desire again.

    Hank was his usual self, outstanding, and the man of the night was Zucc. He was all over the ice, drew a penality, and the rest is history. Even Boyle scored, now what more can we say?????

    • Bloomer says:

      Marc Staal was looking like his old self tonight too. Lundquist kept the Rangers in the game in the second. The Fishsticks played hard, they deserved a better outcome, but that’s hockey.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      I saw the break down of goal differential by period for the Rangers and the 2nd has by far been their worst period. They seem to try to win the 1st and 3rd. The Devils game at Yankee Stadium was an anomaly. Who said Richards can’t skate.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      They usually don’t play well in the 2nd. It’s the period the most goals are scored because of the longer change.

  2. Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

    I see the questionnaire at the bottom of every page. Staal is the guy the Rangers can improve their team by trading. He’s a top pairing D. The Rangers can get another lefty in here easily since 9/8 of the d in the NHL seem to be left handed. I don’t know what the Rangers can get for him but he’s playing his best hockey since he took that hit from his brother Eric.