Game 62: Post-Cally era begins against Toronto

March 5, 2014, by
Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers were shocked this afternoon when news of the Ryan Callahan trade spread. The Ranges landed the better player in the deal in Martin St. Louis, but the shock of a captain-for-captain trade from two teams that are likely headed to the playoffs certainly hit the Rangers hard. Toronto is in town tonight, and they are three points ahead of the Rangers in the wildcard chase (Rangers are in third in the Atlantic though) with a game in hand. A win in regulation moves the Rangers closer to that playoff goal.

The Leafs mostly rotate between an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck  and a passive 1-2-2. However, they’ll also mix in a 2-1-2 forecheck on occasion depending on game situation. In the defensive zone, the Leafs generally play a collapsing box +1, which will leave the point men open for opportunities. Their powerplay (umbrella) is fairly standard. On the kill, the Leafs will rotate between PK strategies depending on opposition setup.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
Carl HagelinBrad Richards-Martin St. Louis
Benoit PouliotDerick Brassard-Derek Dorsett
Dominic Moore-Brian Boyle-Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc Staal-Kevin Klein
John Moore-Anton Stralman

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

Scratches/Injuries: Mats Zuccarello (hand), Justin Falk (healthy), Raphael Diaz (healthy/couldn’t get to New York in time)

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  1. Chris F says:

    This is going to be bitter sweet…

  2. paulronty says:

    Sad to see Cally go but excited to get St. Louis. All Cally had to do was take 6 mil but he gambled & lost. Well he’ll be playing with Stamkos so that isn’t too shabby. If his heart was in NY that small amount of money wouldn’t have been so important. Onward & Upward!!!

  3. Bloomer says:

    I didn’t think the Rangers any draft pick left to trade away. Sather is going for it…probably his swan song year.

  4. Bloomer says:

    1-0 Toronto…….. Lundquist must be in goal.

  5. Leatherneckinlv says:

    This team couldn’t win a crucial game versus an opponent they are chasing by 3 points for the playoffs….Today was a bad day for the Rangers short and long term. Might as well fire Gordie Clark. We have no work for you Gordie next couple of years

  6. SalMerc says:

    After seeing how cheap Vanek went for, would it have been a better deal to have just given up a conditional 2nd rounder and a prospect for him? Hold on to Cally and Vanek, let them both walk and then see who is available in the off-season?

  7. Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

    Dorsett hasn’t gotten his legs yet and isn’t in game shape yet. To have him on the 3rd line. Arguably the Rangers best line for 2 months now was a blunder and a waste. It wasn’t fair to Dorsett or his linemmates. I was at the game and he looked behind the pase set by Brassard & Pouliot. That hurt the Rangers last night.
    It was nice to see the Rangers come back to get a point last night. Something they should’ve done more early on in the season but weren’t playing with enough confidence.