Game 8: It would be super to come out of a slump against the Isles

October 19, 2017, by

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The Rangers are off to a woeful 1-5-1 start to the season. The Isles aren’t much better, but don’t look like the train wreck that is on Broadway right now. That said, the Rangers are pretty due for an offensive outburst, with a shooting percentage of 4% likely going to right itself sooner rather than later.

Consistency is the key for the Rangers. That and eliminating brain farts. The Penguins game was full of those, and it was a winnable game. They had a poor start and a worse finish. Fix those areas, and they might come away with two points. They need it right now, as they sit in dead last in the East.

Isles Systems

I haven’t had much time to really look at the Isles under Doug Weight. On the forecheck, they appear to rotate between a 2-1-2 and a 1-2-2, but use both aggressively. In the defensive zone, it looked like an aggressive zone, likely a hybrid strong side overload/zone. On the penalty kill, it looks like a wedge+1. The powerplay is mostly overload, but they work in a 1-3-1 every now and then.

Islanders Lines

Anders Lee-John Tavares-Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd-Matt Barzal-Josh Bailey
Jason Chimera-Brock Nelson-Josh Ho-Sang
Nikolay Kulemin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuck
Calvin de Haan-Adam Pelech
Thomas Hickey-Scott Mayfield

PP1: Lee-Tavares-Eberle-Leddy-Boychuck
PP2: Ladd-Nelson-Barzal-Bailey-Pelech

Jaro Halak gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Rick Nash-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-David Desharnais-JT Miller
Jimmy Vesey-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast
Michael Grabner-Adam Cracknell-Pavel Buchnevich

Ryan McDonagh-Tony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei-Brendan Smith
Marc Staal-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Kreider-Buchnevich-Zuccarello-Shattenkirk
PP2: Nash-Desharnais-Miller-Vesey-McDonagh

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Nick Holden (healthy), Steven Kampfer (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: I’m honestly running low on these because this team has me a little depressed. I dunno – how about AV reunites the KZB line.

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  1. SalMerc says:

    I want a blowout win, but all you can predict is inconsistency. How about Zucc & Kreider find the back of the net?

    Hey! That would be inconsistent with the first 7 games, so let’s go with that.

  2. jeff steinman says:

    shattenkirk brought back memories of jim dorey

  3. lv says:

    Sadly, Hank is aging

  4. Leatherneck says:

    Time to blow up this team…I am not even excited watching a Rangers / Islanders game….sad….can’t stand this new NHL…no passion…no hitting…no fighting…. yeah….time for a MAJOR rebuild

    • Bloomer says:

      I would like to see what another coach can do with this team before it gets blown up.

  5. Reenavipul says:

    Is it me, or does Vesey have a cap gun of a shot? I haven’t seen a shot from him this year that has any zip on it. Maybe he ought to get a more whippy stick.

  6. Bloomer says:

    The Rangers are a easy team to play against. They give you lots of chances to score yet don’t capitalize on the chances that you give them.

  7. Spozo says:

    Shatty with his once a night get turned inside out move.

  8. Bloomer says:

    Zuc displaying his magical hobbit powers in the shootout. But the Rangers come up empty.

  9. Leatherneck says:

    mole hill is turning into a mountain

  10. Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

    Hey…points in two consecutive games. We are ROLLING!

  11. Peter says:

    Why they do not play with the intensity they did in the third period in the first two periods too is a mystery to me. At least they took the game to the Isles in the third. So, there is hope.

  12. Mancunian Candidate says:

    Bye-bye AV after this one?

  13. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Gotta look at the positives …. They didn’t score on the first shot for once ! Think it was the second ,lmao …. Don’t know what happened on the second shot , no tip no screen just beat blocker side …. Another rookie got his first goal snipe !

    • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

      Oh and we got a point ! … Two in a row !!

  14. Five Hole says:

    I still smell lottery pick from this team.

  15. Reenavipul says:

    Hey, they’ve picked up the pace! Now on target for 41 points. They’re playing better, but quickly running out of time.

    Another night were they can’t play 40 minutes, let alone 60.

    The only greater indictment of a coach than your team playing to the level of their opponent is not playing for the entire duration.

    What does a teardown look like?