After surrendering 900 shots to Montreal last night, the Rangers are in action tonight at home against Minnesota. Michael Grabner is gone. Rick Nash has played his last game as a Ranger (at least for this season). The Rangers allow a ton of shots, and that won’t change this year. May as well take shots as well. However I do not recommend taking a shot for every shot the Rangers allow. We enjoy people when they are alive, generally speaking.
The Rangers are only going to get worse, so there’s no real reason to stress over these games. It’s a weird feeling, not stressing over how the Blueshirts are playing. I can appreciate this zen. Enhance your zen. Watch the trades. Fuel the tank.
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.
Devan Dubnyk gets the start.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: AV is fired mid-game.
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