Game 76: Rebound in Edmonton

March 30, 2014, by
Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers gave away a golden opportunity on Friday night in Calgary, and lost two important points in the race to avoid the wild card. Tonight, they face another bad team that can’t play defense in Edmonton, and would truly benefit from two points, no matter how they come. Edmonton has more weapons than Calgary, the product of years of top picks, but they haven’t been able to put it all together just yet. This isn’t a must-win, but it is certainly a should-win.

Dallas Eakins coaches the Oilers in a very similar fashion to Patrick Roy and the Avalanche, so you will see a lot of the same tonight that you did on Tuesday. On the forecheck they run an aggressive spread 2-1-2 without sitting on leads. The Oilers play a man-on-man, zone defense hybrid depending on puck location. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play and rotate between a box and diamond penalty kill depending on puck location.

Rangers Lineup:

Dan CarcilloDerek StepanRick Nash
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsMartin St. Louis
Benoit PouliotDerick BrassardMats Zuccarello
Brian BoyleDominic MooreDerek Dorsett

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
Raphael DiazKevin Klein

Cam Talbot gets the start

Scratches/Injuries: Chris Kreider (hand), John Moore (concussion symptoms), Ryan Haggerty (healthy), J.T. Miller (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy)

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. Chris F says:

    If Miller is scratched, AV is an idiot.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      Why is AV an idiot if Miller isn’t in? If he were a righty or a PPG player I’d say you have a point. He doesn’t bring a ton to the table at this point in his young career. I would think next year he will have better luck cracking the NHL lineup on a regular basis. AV is big into those advanced (fancy stats) statistics. Millers aren’t very good. He’s getting better but still needs time. Maybe after camp next season he’s ready to play every day. If he were a righty, I bet he’s in the lineup most of this year. Or at least with the team instead of going to Connecticut.

      • Chris F says:

        Maybe a little harsh, but come on. Kreider goes down long term we’re going to need more than Carcillo to replace some of that production.

        Give Miller a solid look. 5 games or so, and see if he can handle himself well enough to play in the playoffs in Kreider’s place.

        The kid deserves the chance. And Carcillo on the top line? Give me a break.

  2. The Suit says:

    This team loves triangle attacks and three man rushes. We’re going to have to pay extra attention tonight to their third man high.

  3. Bloomer says:

    Lundqvist could use a rest and figure his shit out. Talbot will have his hands full with the run and gun Oiler offence. I think MSL will get his first tonight and the Rangers will outscore Edmonton.

  4. Seahorse says:

    I like carcillo on the first line. Its very red wings of them

  5. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Please keep the Pouliot, Brassard and Zuccarello line together. They simply have chemistry…

  6. supermaz says:

    Cam Talbot = Rangers win….just sayin’

    • Bloomer says:

      Talbot could give Lundqvist a few lessons on rebound control.

      • Spozo says:

        Lundqvist could give Talbot a lesson in winning Vezinas, setting records, being a model of consistency, winning playoff games singlehandedly, or playing more than 20 pro NHL games.

        • supermaz says:

          Another apologist. Face the obvious my friend. Talbot is a better goaltender than Lundqvist. The only chance we have in the playoffs is if Lundqvist gets injured.