Game 80: Secure a non-wild card spot

Photo: Star Ledger

Photo: Star Ledger

In case you missed it, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot last night when the Devils lost to the Flames. That doesn’t mean the remaining three games are meaningless, as the Rangers would probably like to avoid the wild card and a date with the Penguins or Bruins in the first round. With the magic number at four, they can actually clinch at least a #3 seed tonight if they win against Carolina and Columbus loses against Phoenix. After that, it’s just about home ice against the Flyers.

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:

Offense

Martin St. Louis-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Jesper Fast
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Defense

John Moore-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Raphael Diaz-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Chris Kreider (hand), Ryan McDonagh (shoulder), Ryan Haggerty (healthy), Dan Carcillo (healthy) Justin Falk (healthy)

Game time is 7pm on MSG. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

4 Responses to “Game 80: Secure a non-wild card spot”

  1. Walt says:

    We have to continue winning, because we have to have home ice against Filthadelphia!!!!!

  2. ranger17 says:

    WOULD LIKE A LINE NEXT YEAR OF HAGS– MILLER– FAST . BR COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH THE KIDS LAST NIGHT . GREAT HE GOT 2PP GOALS BUT OTHER THAN THAT HE IS TOOOOOOOO SLOW TO PLAY WITH THOSE 2