Game Thread

Game 34 preview: Rangers at Montreal

Photo credit: AP
Photo credit: AP

The Rangers are in Montreal tonight to face the Canadiens for the final time this season. Luckily, this will be the last time the Rangers play Montreal, as for some reason they just can’t beat them. They’ve lost both games against the Habs this year, losing by scores of 3-1 and 3-0, with the blanking coming in Montreal. The Rangers haven’t won there in recent memory (64-199-40-2 overall).

Under Michel Therrien, the Canadiens have switched to a 1-2-2 forecheck, but do use a 2-1-2 style infrequently based on the score and puck location. In the defensive zone, the Canadiens overload the boards first, then collapse low based on puck location. It’s actually very interesting, as Therrien said they overload because of their team size (note: small), and they use their speed to their advantage to outnumber the opponent on the wall and force turnovers. This is a style that has given the Rangers trouble all year.

The Canadiens also work an umbrella powerplay, and a hybrid diamond/box penalty kill depending on what type of power play they’re defending against. Typically you box against and overload and diamond or wedge+1 against an umbrella.

Suit’s note: As you will notice, Gaborik will start the game on the 4th line. Tortorella is likely doing this to get Gabby away from the top defensive units. This should (theoretically) give him more space to bury those chances. But he has to get his legs moving if it’s going to work.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Canadiens (21-7-5), Rangers (16-14-3)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (12-16-28)
MTL Leading Scorer: Max Pacioretty (9-16-25)

NYR Goaltender: Martin Biron (5 GP, 2.18 GAA, .923 SV%)
MTL Goaltender: Carey Price (27 GP, 2.37 GAA, .911 SV%)

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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed): 

Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-J.T. Miller-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Kris Newbury-Marian Gaborik

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Steve Eminger-Roman Hamrlik

Martin Biron

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Darroll Powe (healthy), Arron Asham (healthy)

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm

Torts’ post-game interview from Thursday:

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  • We got a little help today, the Pens beat the Islanders. That was three straight shut out for Vakoum, that team is on fire.

    Just play up to your capabilities, and we can win. Give us an effert, with some emotion!!

      • Sorry Dave, but its true, we need all the help we can get. Look at how many teams are on our tail, Isles, Caps, Carolina, hell even the Flyers! Shit, we don’t even have a #1 this year, so we can’t even look forward to a lottery pick!

  • I disagree with these line combos. Callahan scored alot so they need a goal from him. In order to achieve that, he should play 1st line. In my opinion the lines should look like:


    I think they are more balanced than before

  • How are none of the scoring opportunities going in? This first PP even looks great, but Price is killing us. This is going to kill me.

    16 shots with 2:00 left in the first!

  • The Rangers came to play tonight, but came up empty as they continue to struggle burying the biscuit. I thought all the lines had chemistry and despite the score the Rangers carried the play most of the game. They out shot, out hit the hated Habs and I think even were better in the dot. JT Miller had 3 golden opportunities to score and I thought his line with Cally and Boyle dominated with their play along the boards. Zucc played well with Richards and Gabby. Gabs showed great speed in the neutral zone, but failed to score on a breakaway feed by BR. I agree with Dave, the scoreboard was not indicative of the play.

  • I’m sorry folks, but with 47 seconds into the game, they score, and that’s all she wrote. That play set the tone, and we just couldn’t buy a gaol for nothing!

    Again, we get scored on first, that’s 22-23 times, in 35 games. Some bizzar number like that, what the hell is going on here. Yes the goal was a fluke, but it seems every game it’s the same old story. I turned off the game after the second goal, knowing we weren’t coming back. This is nothing like last years version of the Rangers!

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