Game 63: Right the ship against Carolina

March 7, 2014, by
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Well, the Rangers came out of the Olympic break in a bit of a lull, dropping three in a row and collecting just three points out of eight in their past four games. Tonight they are in Carolina facing a team that is not going to be making the playoffs. This is the perfect game for the Rangers to right the ship and start collecting some much needed points.

On the ice, the Canes play a bit of a hybrid forechecking system. They play an aggressive 2-3 to start the game, but will switch to a trap late in the game with a lead. In the defensive zone , they run box + 1 system, which is a box setup in front with a player pressuring depending on the puck location. On special teams, the Canes run an umbrella powerplay and a hybrid  penalty kill (varies between the systems based on puck location).

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
Carl HagelinBrad Richards-Martin St. Louis
Benoit PouliotDerick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Dominic MooreBrian Boyle-Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalKevin Klein
John MooreAnton Stralman

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

Scratches/Injuries: Derek Dorsett (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy), Raphael Diaz (healthy)

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. Bloomer says:

    King Lundquist needs to bring it tonight.

  2. Rustafarian says:

    Well as usual( as of late) we out shoot our competition and their goalie out plays ours. I’ve had enough of this! Put Talbot in and ride him until he faulters.(which has not happened as of yrt). Maybe by then our extremely high paid starter will get his $hit together in practice. We need wins and he is sucking the wind out of our sails

    • Spozo says:

      I couldn’t agree more. He could have atleast scored on one of those power plays. Talk about sucking the life out of the team

      • Bloomer says:

        He could work on his glove hand…right now Lundqvist couldn’t catch a beach ball. Every shooter in the NHL knows shoot high glove hand on Henk and you will beat him. Even the plumbers are going upstairs on him.

        • VinceR says:

          Everyone remembers the games that the team plays well in front of Talbot, but forgets the couple of bombs he had. No one likes to compare save percentages, SOG etc. NY short-term memory typical. These are the fans spoiled by the Yankees but deserve the Jets/Mets/Knicks.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      It’s not him. It’s the D in front of him. It’s tough when you don’t have 2 D playing zone on either side of you. Now if a Ranger is beat 1 on 1 then the scoring chances are much better.

  3. Rustafarian says:

    No, how about he stop all 5 shots on goal. That’s all I want…

    • Spozo says:

      I’ll rag on the goalie for sucking the wind out of the teams sails by letting in a goal, on an odd man rush nonetheless, when the rest of the team doesn’t look like a fustercluck. Or when they capitalize on a pp. Or when they actually score a goal, against a non playoff team.

  4. Rustafarian says:

    I agree they don’t look great either but that is when we need him most. Sure looks like their goalie has made the saves he has had to make. Anyone that says Hank has looked good since the break is fooling themselves. He can be great but he is struggling. We play better in front of the kid so play him and let Hank figure in out in practice.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Let Hank figure out how to make the the team play better in front of him by sitting? Huh?