Game 64: Jockeying for playoff position against Detroit

March 9, 2014, by
Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Rangers appeared to right the ship on Friday night with a big third period en route to a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes. Today it’s a much tougher opponent in Detroit, who is currently in a playoff battle of their own. The Rangers are in direct competition with the Wings, as they will need to finish ahead of them in points in order to claim a wild card spot (if they fail to finish in the top three in the Metro). This is another four-point swing game against a potential playoff suitor.

Mike Babcock has his boys playing a 2-1-2 forecheck, but mix in a LW lock depending on game situation. In their own zone, Detroit plays a straight up zone defense. On the PP, the Wings employ an umbrella and a 1-3-1 formation, but will use Zetterberg as a rover. Keep an eye on him. He’s all over the zone. On the penalty kill they change up their strategy depending on the opposition’s setup.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsMartin St. Louis
Benoit PouliotDerick BrassardMats 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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  1. Bloomer says:

    Nice goal by Brian Boyle, that should silence the Boyle haters for now.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      As a Ranger fan. I see all the changes the Caps made. They got tougher & better in goal. Halak has not stayed healthy in the playoffs to have much of a line on him the last few years but he’s an upgrade over Holtby. They brought in Penner which I didn’t expect at all from McFee. The Caps will move up in the standings. Mark it down.

  2. Chris.C says:

    Sorry Boyle dill dead wieght. However what a horribly Refed game. 3rd is a toss up

  3. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Those who do not like Boyle do not know how Hockey works…If you have a team and all are crosby playing a balanced team…10 out of 10 the balanced team wins…One team (balanced) will be aligned as a team, the other team full of crosbys will bicker and not be aligned

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      At least some fans understand that. You need guys like Boyle & Moore that do the heavy lifting on the PK and on Defensive zone starts. You can’t start your top 6 in the offensive zone (after a whistle) when they’re doing Boyles job too. Every winning team have heart & soul guys like Boyle. It’s nice to see him get rewarded with a GW goal yesterday but that isn’t his job. He adds size and Physicallity to the bottom 6. Like you said. 12 skilled players on a team will not last 1 round in the playoffs when the rough stuff really starts. I think the Pens are too soft for a north/south team. Similar in play to the way Torts ran the Rangers. The Pens do everything the Rangers did under Torts. Low zone collapse when the puck falls below the hash marks at the face off circles and a zone set throughout the rest of the zone. The Pens also use the same 2-1-2 Forecheck Torts does. The Rangers were built as a tough team those years. The Pens are not built that way. They have 9 or 10 skilled forwards nightly.
      I thought the Rangers had a luxury having both Boyle & Moore and could trade 1 of them but that to me is proof of how much he is valued by the organization. You win in the playoff with guys like Boyle, Carcillo, Moore, and Dorsett. They sometimes chip in offensively as well. Boyle has scored a few goals the last 2 playoff years.