Game 60: Home stretch begins against Chicago

February 27, 2014, by
Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers open their post-Olympics schedule against one of the favorites in the Western Conference. The rest of the week doesn’t get much better, as New York has Philly, Boston, and Toronto following the Hawks, all playoff teams. The Rangers will face this schedule without their leading scorer in Mats Zuccarello, and with trade rumors surrounding their captain and top-pairing defenseman. The Hawks are the toughest test, and they are the first to get the shorthanded Rangers.

Joel Quenneville is one of the best coaches in the game. His Hawks play an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck, keeping the back forward and defensemen ready to jump on turnovers. In the defensive zone, the Hawks play a standard zone defense looking to defend you in layers based on puck location. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play, and a wedge+1 penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsRyan Callahan
Benoit PouliotDerick Brassard-J.T. Miller
Brian BoyleDominic Moore-Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
John MooreKevin Klein

Cam Talbot gets the start

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

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. cnp6 says:

    This is the only thing that is gonna get me through night class tonight

  2. Walt says:

    I hated the 3rd period, they tried to sit on the one nothing lead, and got lucky to get the second goal by Nash, on only the second shot on goal, with about 6 minutes left in the game. The best defense is a good offense, but hay it’s a win, and that’s all that counts!!!!!!

  3. Pete says:

    How come players have to beg for a timeout this season?