Game Thread

Game 12: Rangers at Bruins

2012-2013 Records: Boston (8-1-1), Rangers (6-5-0)

NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (6-3-9), Brad Richards (2-7-9), Rick Nash (3-6-9)
BOS Leading Scorer: David Krejci (3-7-10)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (10 GP, 2.44 GAA, .911 SV%)
BOS Goaltender:  Tuukka Rask (8 GP, 1.97 GAA, .922 SV%)

New York Rangers Tickets.

Rangers Lines (unconfirmed): 

Taylor Pyatt-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Ryan Callahan
Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Matt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist

Probable Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Brian Boyle (healthy), Steve Eminger (healthy), Stu Bickel (healthy)


The Bruins have been the team to beat thus far this season, compiling an impressive 8-1-1 record. The Rangers were one of those teams to hand the Bruins a loss, but much has changed since the opening week. The Bruins have rattled off 6 wins in 7,while the Rangers have won 5 of 8 and tweaked their lineup along the way.

Despite the Bruins continuing their winning ways, their powerplay is as bad as the Rangers, clicking at a 10.3% rate. Though, the Bruins haven’t put together a good power play since 2009, so I guess it’s par for the course for them. Interestingly enough, no one is calling for their assistant coach’s head up in Beantown.

Anyway, I think we all know at this point the Bruins play a 1-2-2 and a 1-4 forecheck. Like other hybrid trap teams, they will mix up their aggressiveness based on the score, the clock, etc. Since both teams have contrasting strategies and piss poor power plays, this game is likely going to be won at even-strength in the neutral zone.

Crazy Thought: More power play goals would be sweet.

Opposition Blog: Days of Y’Orr

Broadcast Info: MSG Network 7:30p

NBC Sports  (Cablevision: 408, Comcast: 848, Direct TV: 220, Fios: 590, Time Warner: 481)

Torts Post Practice Interview from Monday:

I thought this was another good interview. Scope it.

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    • Unless you’re hotel is really behind the times with their cable, or in a really remote area, you should have NBC Sports there. I think every cable carrier has this channel.

  • Not to nit pick, but of course no one is going after their assistant coaches head. Its easy to keep your job when you’re winning, but if the Bruins were to go on a losing streak, I bet you would hear quite a few complaints about that power play.

    On the flip side, we rattle off a few more wins and everyone will shut up about Sully too.

    • I honestly don’t know if the issue with the PP is Sully or the exectution. Regardless, having 3 guys at the blue line won’t mean any success for them.

  • This is the barometer right here. Back to the beginning Fezzini.

    If we can win this one, then we are going in the right direction.

    • Yea, this is a big game, but their next 8 are against non-playoff teams. I’d like a win here, but anything less than 6-2 in the next 8 will be concerning.

  • If there is no Gaborik sighting tonite. They need to send him a message. Maybe its time to bench him?

    He is playing with our best players. Its time he starts playing like our best or one of them.

    • I don’t think they are at that point yet, granted I didn’t watch last game. If he’s ok without the puck, a scoring drought while they are winning isn’t the worst thing in the world.

      • Boyle was doing fine off the score board and look what happened to him. A 7 mill dollar player isnt onthis team Not to score. Besides that when a goal scorer who isnt known for doing much else IE PK Isnt scoring but one point in 7 games so far HE NEEDS A MESSAGE SENT

        • Ehhh, while I agree that that $7m players need to score, I don’t really like the Boyle comparison. Miller forced their hand so far.

          Gaborik’s presence alone (with Richards) forces teams to defend differently. It’s one of the reasons why Nash-Step-Hags has been so dominant.

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