Game 57: The Wolf Pack defense

February 13, 2018, by

jt miller

Another game, another defenseman from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Tonight, Ryan Sproul joins John Gilmour, Neal Pionk, and Tony DeAngelo on the Rangers blue line tonight. Only Nick Holden and Brady Skjei are the regular NHLers on the blue line tonight. This is what you get when you play a game at Citi Field.

The Rangers, despite these issues, have won two in a row against teams in the playoff hunt. They are now going for a third and a genuine winning streak tonight in Minnesota, another team in the playoff hunt. On paper, the Wild should skate circles around the Blueshirts. But that was true of the past two games, too.

Wild Systems

Bruce Boudreau likes to stay aggressive with his schemes. He runs an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck. The defense are not afraid to get involved in the rush, looking to fly the zone early if there’s a chance for a break.  With a late lead, he will sit back use their 1-2-2 more conservatively. Overall, this is comparable to AV’s system.

When it comes to defensive zone schemes, the Wild will send a forward to challenge the points while everyone else collapses in the zone and overloads the half boards. Their powerplay strategy is a 1-3-1. Their penalty kill formation is generally a diamond force, which sends a player high to challenge the point.

Wild Lines (presumed)

Nino Niederreiter-Eric Staal-Tyler Ennis
Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise-Matt Cullen-Charlie Coyle
Marcus Foligno-Joel Eriksson Ek-Daniel Winnik

Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon
Gustav Olofsson-Matt Dumba
Mike Reilly-Nate Prosser

PP1: Niederreiter-Staal-Parise-Dumba-Reilly
PP2: Granlund-Koivu-Zucker-Suter-Spurgeon

Devan Dubnyk gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Rick NashMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Michael GrabnerKevin HayesJT Miller
Jimmy VeseyDavid DesharnaisJesper Fast
Cody McLeod-Peter HollandPaul Carey

Brady Skjei–Neal Pionk
Nick Holden–Tony DeAngelo
John Gilmour–Ryan Sproul

PP1: Nash-Zuccarello-Zibanejad-Miller-Skjei
PP2: Hayes-Desharnais-Lettieri-Gilmour-DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Chris Kreider (blood clot), Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Pavel Buchnevich (concussion), Jimmy Vesey (concussion), Marc Staal (cervical sprain), Ryan McDonagh (lingering something or other), Ondrej Pavelec (knee), Steven Kampfer (hand)

Crazy Prediction: No one gets hurt.

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  1. Richter1994 says:

    Rangers forced to do what they should have done on their own.

    Months ago.

  2. Dan says:

    At least we don’t have to worry about chemistry with our young defense, and them gelling together … they’ve already been playing together for 6 months 🙂

  3. Furls says:

    What does Citi Field have to do with anything?!
    Let’s go Mets!

  4. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Oh Leather!How you doing Buddy?

  5. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Oh Leather … I smell Pine 🙂

  6. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    It’s gotta be time

  7. Leatherneck says:

    Back to Dahlin sweepstakes approach……and sell and fire AV

  8. Leatherneck says:

    And Gilmore just scored….good for the kid

    • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

      Yeah … He got a hold of that one for sure .. He looks like he’s 15,lol

  9. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    It’s kinda quiet in here.

  10. Larry says:

    My God, Nash thought he and Eric Stall are on the same team…

  11. Larry says:

    How many careless turnovers #76 had this year? Maybe he should join his partner Brendan Smith in AHL.

  12. Larry says:

    How many careless turnovers #76 had this year? Maybe he should join his partner Brendan Smith in AHL.

  13. Larry says:

    AV should pull Hank out of this game, “inconsistent goalie play”. Hank needs some rest anyway, games are less meaningful right now. Let the kids play.

  14. Peter says:

    Mama said there’d be games like this, there’d be games like this mama said!

    Playing much better since the initial 6 minutes. Maybe they’ll make some noise in the middle period.

  15. Leatherneck says:

    Power;play looks good….with the kids

  16. Leatherneck says:

    Kids are refreshing to watch

  17. Walt says:

    We may have lost, but I like the effort by the kids, especially the Pionk-Gilmore pair.

    • Reenavipul says:

      Pionk-Gilmour barely played together except for one shitshow stretch where they couldn’t change.

      Gilmour-Sproul was a usual pair Pionk-Skjei the other

      • Walt says:

        I didn’t mean they played together, I meany they played well by themselves as individuals. The kids were fun to watch weren’t they?

  18. Larry says:

    Due to “ inconsistent goalie plays ”, the whole Ranger team were not ready to play in the 1st period when the game started, again.

  19. Reenavipul says:

    The Wolf Pack D wasn’t the problem tonight.

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