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Rangers blow 2-0 lead, fall to Red Wings

Sorry folks, no goal breakdown from last night’s game. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game. So, use this to discuss the game, the “two lazy backchecks” that AlainVigneault called out in the second period, the awful 5-on-3 (or 5-on-2 1/2, since one player didn’t have a stick).

Again, sorry about that.

Game 25: Talbot looks for third straight in Detroit

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Cam Talbot will be in net tonight, looking for his third straight win and third straight shutout in Detroit, as the New York Rangers take on the Red Wings. The Rangers are fresh off a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay, their third in a month, but are 6-0-1 in games where they haven’t played the Lightning, so that’s always a positive. These two teams met a month ago in New York, with the Rangers winning in overtime on a Derick Brassard powerplay goal. Hopefully their non-Tampa Bay roll will continue tonight.

Mike Babcock has his boys playing a 2-1-2 forecheck, but mix in a LW lock depending on game situation. In their own zone, Detroit plays a straight up zone defense. On the PP, the Wings employ an umbrella and a 1-3-1 formation, but will use Zetterberg as a rover. He’s all over the zone. On the penalty kill they change up their strategy depending on the opposition’s setup.

Rangers lineup:

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Practice Notes: Glass skates, Talbot starts

Per Brett Cyrgalis, winger Tanner Glass –out with the mumps– skated with the team today at practice, rotating with Anthony Duclair on the fourth defense pairing with John Moore. Glass won’t play tomorrow, and it looks like Alain Vigneault won’t be making any lineup changes either.

Jim Cerny noted that Cam Talbot will be in goal tomorrow.

Part 2: Why the Rangers chose Dan Boyle over Anton Stralman

Photo: Sean Hartnett/WFAN.com

Photo: Sean Hartnett/WFAN.com

In case you missed it yesterday, I was asked why the Rangers kept Dan Girardi over Anton Stralman. After going into qualitative (eye test) and quantitative (#fancystats) analysis, comparing Girardi to Stralman, it was clear to see that Stralman was always the better choice. However, one thing that was not as clear was whether the Rangers actually chose Girardi over Stralman. It’s something I noted in the last line of that post:

It’s worth noting that I think the Rangers chose Boyle over Stralman, and wanted to keep Girardi regardless.

It makes sense that the Rangers didn’t want to deal their captain (Ryan Callahan) and another leader in Girardi that would be given the ‘A’ following the eventual buyout of Brad Richards. So, keeping Girardi was always, in my eyes, in their plan. However, keeping Girardi did not address the obvious need for a defenseman that could run the powerplay. With Dan Boyle on his way out in San Jose, the fit was obvious.

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BSB FanDuel: 12/4

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

For those unfamiliar, 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.

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

As always, if the league fills up before you can get in, let me know in the comments. I leave the league size at 10 people for now to ensure it fills up. If there is more interest, I will expand the size as this continues.

Practice notes: Boyle back, Moore/Duclair extras

Per Andrew Gross, Dan Boyle is back and practicing with the team after sitting out with flu like symptoms. Considering Tanner Glass had flu like symptoms before coming down with the mumps, we had legitimate concern for Boyle. Boyle was inserted into the lineup in place of John Moore, who will join Anthony Duclair in the press box, also per Gross.

Why did the Rangers keep Dan Girardi over Anton Stralman?

I received one question this week in the mailbag, and it was a doozy, so this entire post is dedicated to it. As always, email me if you have any questions, and I’ll be sure to address each one.

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

BrooklynVic asks: Why did the Rangers keep Dan Girardi over Anton Stralman? How could our valuation of Stralman been so undervalued considering how he is playing now? 

BV, this is a loaded question, to which we can break it down into several parts. Addressing the first part is the easy part: Keeping Girardi over Stralman had a lot to do with perceived value versus market value, and the writing was on the wall when Stralman rejected the Rangers offer of three years, $9 million. The Rangers valued him at  $4 million, which is what Larry Brooks reported. That was $500,000 less than what he got from Tampa Bay over five years. The Rangers didn’t want to go that long or that high.

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BSB FanDuel: 12/3

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

For those unfamiliar, 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.

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

As always, if the league fills up before you can get in, let me know in the comments. I leave the league size at 10 people for now to ensure it fills up. If there is more interest, I will expand the size as this continues.

Rangers may have saved Stralman’s life

Per Dan Rosen, the New York Rangers have saved Anton Stralman’s life. Stralman had been battling lung infections during his time with Columbus, and it caused the Devils to pass on him after signing him to a PTO in 2011. Since the Rangers have access to some of the best doctors, they were able to get him to a pulmonologist, who was able to treat Stralman for his ailments. This led to his successful sting in New York and his pay-day in Tampa Bay.

It’s a great article that you should read, and it’s a feel-good story about a very good and very underrated defenseman.

BSB FanDuel: 12/2

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

For those unfamiliar, 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.

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

As always, if the league fills up before you can get in, let me know in the comments. I leave the league size at 10 people for now to ensure it fills up. If there is more interest, I will expand the size as this continues.