Opponent: San Jose Sharks
Leading Scorer: Joe Pavelski (7-4-11)
Goaltender: Antii Niemi (2.18 GAA, .920 SV%)
Suit’s Preview: In a way the Sharks are what the Rangers one day hope to be. From a systems standpoint they play a very similar game. The Sharks forecheck aggressively and look to create offense from takeaways in the offensive zone, which is essentially what Torts wants the Rangers doing during 5 on 5 play. Obviously the Sharks are a fully developed team where the Rangers are still green in many ways, but the core principles are very similar.
How we can beat them…
In a cap world no team is perfectly built and the Sharks PK is their biggest weakness (ranked 26th). Whether its personnel, formations, or just subpar goaltending is unclear at this stage, but if the Rangers are going to put them down for the count they‘ll have to beat them on special teams. Note to Michael Del Zotto – please pay attention to another past Camp Tortorella graduate, Mr. Dan Boyle.
Crazy Thought: Eminger plays proper defense.
Opponent’s Blog: Fear the Fin
Today’s game is on at 7:00pm on MSG, AM1050, and XM92.