Game 70: Shoot on the bad goalie

March 12, 2018, by
Cam Ward, Chris Kreider

AP Photo/Gerry Broome

The Rangers are back in action again tonight, taking on a Carolina team that really should be better than they are. They have had terrible goaltending basically all season, and that’s a big reason why they are on the outside of the playoffs looking in. It’s unlikely they get in now, but stranger things have happened.

As for the Blueshirts, it’s another game in the rebuild. This is more about seeing how the kids play, as opposed to getting points. You can’t ask players to tank, and you want to create a winning mentality. Play to win, but hopefully grab a top-five pick.

Canes Systems

Under Bill Peters, the Canes play a passive 1-2-2 on the forecheck and look to trap up the neutral zone. In their own end they run your standard low zone collapse. Not the most exciting of systems. On special teams, they run an umbrella powerplay, and a diamond/box hybrid PK.

For more on these systems, check out our Hockey Systems page.

Canes Lines

Sebastian Aho-Jordan Staal-Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn-Elias Lindholm-Justin Williams
Jeff Skinner-Victor Rask-Phillip Di Giuseppe
Joakim Nordstrom-Derek Ryan-Lee Stempniak

Jacob Slavin-Brett Pesce
Klas Dahlbeck-Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin-Trevor van Riemsdyk

PP1: Staal-Aho-Lindholm-Teravainen-Faulk
PP2: Ryan-Rask-Skinner-Williams-Hanifin

Scott Darling gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadPavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey-Vladislav Namestnikov-Mats Zuccarello
Ryan SpoonerKevin HayesJesper Fast
Paul CareyPeter Holland-Cody McLeod

Brady SkjeiJohn Gilmour
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Rob O’Gara-Tony DeAngelo

PP1: Kreider-Zuccarello-Zibanejad-Buchnevich-Skjei
PP2: Vesey-Holland-Namestnikov-Hayes-Gilmour

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Ondrej Pavelec (knee), Steven Kampfer (hand), David Desharnaid (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: 75 shots against!

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Categories : Game Thread


  1. joe from newburgh says:

    What a dilemma! I do want to see them play hard, and do their best to win ….BUT… I really want that top 5 pick! I guess the best I can hope for is a good game, decided late by a fluke goal for Carolina.

  2. tanto says:

    I think we need a little too much to happen in order to get that top 5 pick. Unless Detroit, Edmonton and Montreal all decide to go on some crazy win streak I think we’ll be sitting anywhere from 7 to 10 … and it would be terrible if we beat Carolina because if they go on a losing streak we could end up as high as #11. At this point I’m pretty much resigned to the fact we’ll have to rely on ping pong balls to determine the true future of this franchise. So rather than root for us to lose, I root for Chicago, the Islanders, Carolina, Detroit, Edmonton and Montreal to win baby win!

  3. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Stop scoring !

  4. Bloomer says:

    Cement hands misses the wide open cage…good grief.

  5. Bloomer says:

    Now that’s how you bury the puck..Rangers take the lead.

  6. Walt says:

    Darling looks real shaky!!!!!!!

  7. Walt says:

    Well good for Jimmy, getting his first career hat trick!!!!

  8. Leatherneck says:

    Well we are really hurting our draft position….a win but a loss…on the bright side some of these players are upping their value…..I can’t see us keeping all 3 of Namestnikov, Spooner and Hayes….this will make it interesting

  9. Reenavipul says:

    Likely high ankle sprain for DeAngelo

    • Stevem says:

      Reminded me a bit of when Zib broke his leg. Hopefully it’s not as serious.. but it didn’t look good at all

      • Reenavipul says:

        His feet took the energy, traveled up the shin bone and displaced the fibula. How his knees hinged tell you the outcome, but not the severity.

        If he had done something other than the fibula he wouldn’t have been able to put any weight on it.

        If they were in the hunt for the playoffs, he’d have a shot for the conference final; but they aren’t so he’s done for the year.

  10. tanto says:

    Georgiev poor Georgiev. What happens to him when Shesty comes over 2 seasons from now and Hank still has a couple of years left on his K? The kid really looks NHL ready, so kudos to the scouting staff for finding him.