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Rangers manage a point, lose in shootout to Colorado

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Rangers managed to grab a point against the Colorado Avalanche, but were downed in the shootout by a score of 4-3. New York didn’t come out particularly strong in the game, getting dominated by the Avs and trailing after the period. But then the Rangers found the same gear they had in the Pittsburgh game, and came roaring back to take a 3-2 lead into the third period. A Jesper Fast penalty put the kibosh on that pretty quickly though.

Henrik Lundqvist didn’t face a ton of shots, but had to make some good saves throughout the game against a very talented lineup. The Rangers, who had ten players finish with a point in the 5-0 rout of Pittsburgh on Thursday, had eight players finish with a point in this contest. They didn’t have a strong first period, but rebounded nicely for the final 40 minutes of regulation. Worth noting: Dan Boyle looked very, very good in this game. Wait until he has two fully functional hands and a few games to shake off the rust.

On to the goals:

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Game 16: Dan Boyle returns against Colorado

Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America

Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America

Two days after blowing out the Pittsburgh Penguins, the pretty bad Colorado Avalanche are in town after being blown out by the New York Islanders. The Avs fall from grace was predicted by everyone who has some grasp of #fancystats, but they are still a pretty talented team that can put pucks in the net. However, they can’t play defense and are one of the worst possession teams in the league.

On the ice, the Avs run a very aggressive style of play. On the forecheck it is a straight 2-1-2 without sitting on leads. In the defensive zone, the Avs play man-on-man down low with the defense and center, while the wingers play zone. On special teams, the Avs run a 1-3-1 power play and a hybrid penalty kill depending on puck location.

Rangers lineup:

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BSB FanDuel: 11/13

Here is the info for today’s FanDuel league: Sign up here, the league link is here.

For those unfamiliar with Fanduel, you are given $55,000 to construct a team of 2 LW, 2 RW, 2 C, 2 D, and 1 G. The goal is to find some good bargains (my advice is to save money on defense and spend big on offense) and save money for some stars you know will put up points. High fantasy points per game (FPG) with low cost is a good way to go, but look for streaks as well (for example. Johnny Boychuck is not going to continue at his pace).

Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, but you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

Rangers place Mike Kostka on waivers

The New York Rangers have placed defenseman Mike Kostka on waivers, as Dan Boyle is set to replace him in the lineup. Kostka’s stint in the lineup, first game and pair of epic turnovers aside, wasn’t terrible. He was a sub-50% possession player in 57% OZ starts, but he’s the 8D on the depth chart, so expectations are a part of why I say “wasn’t terrible.”

I doubt he gets claimed, so he’s likely Hartford bound.

Lineup notes: Dan Boyle returns, Anthony Duclair still sitting

Per Sean Hartnett, the only lineup change being made tonight will be Dan Boyle returning to the lineup, replacing Mike Kostka. Likely riding the 5-0 win on Tuesday night, coach Alain Vigneault did not make any changes to his forward lines, which means Anthony Duclair will again be a scratch.

Sooner or later, I’m going to get the Duclair-Kevin Hayes-Lee Stempniak third line and Carl Haglein-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast fourth line that I desperately want.

Also, Tomas Kaberle will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack for a few games this weekend. He will need to sign a PTO first.

Quick prospect note: Skjei week-to-week

Just a quick note: 2012 1st round pick Brady Skjei, currently on the top defense pairing at Minnesota, is week-to-week following a lower body injury. Skjei had put up 1-2-3 in 6 games with the top-ranked Golden Gophers prior to the injury.

Skeji is likely to turn pro following this season with Minnesota.

Dreger: Boyle could return tomorrow

Per Darren Dreger, Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle, out since the opener with a broken hand, could return as soon as tomorrow. The Rangers could really use Boyle, who was signed to add some much-needed blue line scoring at even strength and on the powerplay. Mike Kostka has been the fill-in for Boyle, to mediocre results (0-1-1 in 7 GP with some horrible turnovers).

If/When Boyle comes back, Kostka is expected to sit, and that leaves just Ryan McDoangh as the only injured Rangers defenseman.

Rangers show up, blow out Penguins

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Rangers decided to show up last night after no-showing both games this past weekend. The result: A complete and utter dismantling of the Pittsburgh Penguins and their +28 goal differential. The Rangers were on top of the Pens from the start, tilting the ice in their favor and using their speed to disrupt any offensive flow. The forecheck was effective, the defense was solid in containing Sidney Crosby, and Henrik Lundqvist was great.

Ten different Rangers notched points, but it was another version of the Rick Nash show. The Rangers leading scorer notched a shortie and two assists. Marc Staal and Derek Stepan also notched a pair of assists. Lundqvist made 33 saves for the shutout as well.

On to the goals:

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Game 15: Please try against the Penguins?

Photo: SI.com

Photo: SI.com

After a pretty disastrous showing this weekend, in which the New York Rangers seemingly forgot how to hockey in losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, the division rival Pittsburgh Penguins are in town with their +28 goal differential. The Pens are dealing with some injuries –not nearly as many as the Rangers, though– but managed to address most of their issues in the offseason. They acquired much-needed depth in Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling (for James Neal). They signed Christian Ehrhoff to address defensive needs as well.

The Penguins are playing a different system under Mike Johnston than it did under Bylsma. Similar to the Rangers, Johnston has Pittsburgh running a stacked 1-2-2 forecheck. They run a hybrid low zone collapse/strong side overload in the defensive zone, a 1-3-1/umbrella power play and a hybrid penalty kill.

Rangers lineup:

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BSB FanDuel: 11/11

Here is the info for today’s FanDuel league: Sign up here, the league link is here.

For those unfamiliar with Fanduel, you are given $55,000 to construct a team of 2 LW, 2 RW, 2 C, 2 D, and 1 G. The goal is to find some good bargains (my advice is to save money on defense and spend big on offense) and save money for some stars you know will put up points. High fantasy points per game (FPG) with low cost is a good way to go, but look for streaks as well (for example. Johnny Boychuck is not going to continue at his pace).

Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, but you’re new to daily fantasy sports.