Game 57: Solving the Avalanche

Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America

Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America

The Colorado Avalanche come to town tonight as one of those exceptions to the #fancystats rules. They are riding unbelievable goaltending (1st in the league) and shooting (5th) with poor puck possession (21st) into an all-but-guaranteed playoff spot in April. Many have expected them to falter as the law of averages catches up, but it hasn’t happened yet. They have a ton of talent, that’s for sure, but they are a statistical anomaly this year.

On the ice, the fiery Patrick Roy has his boys running a very aggressive style of play. On the forecheck it is a straight 2-1-2 without sitting on leads. In the defensive zone, the Avs play straight man-on-man, so expect a lot of pressure and rushed/hurried decisions. On special teams, the Avs run a 1-3-1 power play and a hybrid penalty kill with very active defensemen.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

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

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16 Responses to “Game 57: Solving the Avalanche”

    • Why in the heck would the Canucks do that? The Rangers would need to throw in another pick and/or a top level prospect like Miller or Kristo. Just face it. The Rangers are going to sign him. He’s one of only a few righties on the team. Kessler is just another lefty Center that isn’t a top center.

    • Doesn’t get it done.

      But I would love slotting Kessler and Stepan in as our 1-2 punch at Center.

    • You’re right. Kessler is a righty and the Rangers IMO could still use a right handed forward. Preferably a Center! However, I don’t think Vancouver would trade him for anything less than a total rip off.

  1. I’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time. Should be an exciting matchup.

    • Funny because I saw this game a few weeks ago and had been looking forward to it ever since. It sure was an entertaining hockey game and not just because the Rangers won. It was open and quick paced. The Rangers seemed to be a little faster though. This was yet another game the Rangers got to play against a team that had played the night before. The Avs played a tough and tightly checked game against the Devils that went to OT. Hank played a great game and the offense has come around at even strength. The Rangers were at one point at the bottom of the NHL in 5 on 5 scoring. Without looking at the stats, I’d say that has changed. The PP has slipped a bit but as long as they can score a PP goal when they need one and it gives the team momentum. It is a successful man advantage.

  2. Callahan scoring a goal to try and increase his position in contract negotiations. Typical.

    • Yep. Maybe the most dominant game of the season. That corsi graph will be a doozy tomorrow.

    • He just scored his 10th, and 11th of the season, is that worth $7 mil, I think not!!

  3. I don’t have Twitter, so I can’t do my own research on this, but I read several places that there were some Tweets claiming Sather and Dolan were in the dressing room after tonight’s game.

    No idea who supposedly sent the Tweets, if it was a reporter or a MSG staff, or if these were just completely made up false reports.

    Anyone hear anything?