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ECF Game 2 Preview, plus a note about Hank’s OT record


Today the Rangers look to avoid going back to MSG down 2-0. In game 1 the Blueshirts stayed with the Bruins until OT where they were out-shot 16-5, half of which was on that one power play. Although it wasn’t a great game by any means, I thought the Bruins looked very beatable. Sure they have depth and an ability to roll four lines, but at no point did I feel like any of their guys were legit threats to send us home packing. That nervousness for me just wasn’t there the way it was against the Caps, or even the Devils or Senators last year. I know that’s not much of an analysis, but that’s what the gut was telling me. Anyone feel differently?

Side note: The media has made a big fuss over Henrik Lundqvist’s losing record in OT during the playoffs. Interesting that no one is mentioning Martin Brodeur’s career playoff OT record of 12-21 (.364)

Series Previews:

Rangers/Bruins second round preview
Five keys for success against the Bruins
Scouting Tuukka Rask and his goaltending style
Previewing the Bruins and their systems/styles of play

Series: Bruins lead 1-0

NYR Playoff Leading Scorer: Derick Brassard (2-8-10)
BOS Playoff Leading Scorer: David Krejci (5-9-14)

NYR Playoff Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (8 GP, 1.76 GAA, .945 SV%)
BOS Playoff Goaltender: Tuukka Rask (8 GP, 2.36 GAA, .926 SV%)

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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed until Torts releases the lineup):

Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Derek Dorsett-Brian Boyle-Taylor Pyatt
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Arron Asham

Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Darroll Powe (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Ryane Clowe (undisclosed/concussion), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy), Kris Newbury (healthy)

Broadcast Info: NBC 3pm

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  • I don’t blame The King for the OT woes, but if he could bat .364 in OT, we might be a step closer to the Cup.

  • I agree 100% Suit, This team is beatable, and we match up well against them. also not feeling the “nervousness”. Confident Rangers win this series.

  • Great post by Kevin Weekes today. He says exactly what i have been trying to articulate to you guys all year. That Torts’ defensive system stymies their ability to have better offense. I know you guys think me a boob with no hockey knowledge to speak of, but you must agree Weeks knows a bit about hockey. Check it out here:

    • The only tangible point he made was positioning the forwards higher in the defensive zone, which I agree with. The rest was just conceptual. He just took a presumed cause and effect relationship and advocated for it.

      To say, “they have to open up and make plays” doesn’t really tell us much of substance as much as it just says “get better results”.

      • One other question, Justin. You are a player. What do you think of torts’ latest comments about Hags on the PP? Would that be a motivational tool, if used towards you, that you would be ok with??

        • For what its worth NBC cut off the rest of Torts quote where he praised Hagelin for other aspects of his game and called him an important player for this team. I’m sure Hags gets his motivation from Torts directly and not through the media if he’s smart.

        • It is Tort’s system, and I agree that aspect should be tweaked. However, I don’t buy into the theory that his overall systems structure is offensively limited.

          As for his remarks regarding Hags, it really depends. There are so many variables involving the player’s current mindset, relationship with the coach, etc. I think the media is overblowing his candidness because he’s a dick to reporters.

          • I don’t agree at all, but I respect you opinion. I believe he is a classless D***head as evidenced by his in game interview. What parent wants their child to hear this goons comments. And then we wonder why its tough to attract new fans. He is bad for the game. I wish he would just go away!!!!

          • I can absolutely see why people don’t like him. To me, he is extremely representative of New York itself: emotional, honest and loud.

            And when I hear him talk about the game, he is intelligent, thoughtful and self-aware. I can appreciate a thorough dislike for his personality, but I hate when people say he is a bad coach or doesn’t understand the game.

          • Agree with Justin. I think the d-zone strategy could be tweaked to station guys higher, but I don’t buy that it stifles offense given the fact that many teams play the same exact strategy and get plenty of offense. Plus the Rangers were one of the top teams in shot attempt generation this season.

            Not gonna lie Joe. Name calling Torts and calling him classes on half a quote is where you lose me completely.

          • not based on half a quote, but 4 1/2 years of watching the man. Do you honestly believe that is the only time he has shown his boorish, classless attitude. Why can’t he just answer a question like a man and a coach instead of like a 10 yr old, i mean really, is this really the guy you want coaching your beloved Rangers and representing. Our organization has always been the epitome of class, He doesn’t belong here! Square peg, round hole

          • If Torts acts like a 10 year old what does that make you for calling him a d***head? If you don’t like him that’s fine. But give me a break with the holier than thou attitude. He’s your coach for the foreseeable future, so man up and get behind him. Go Rangers.

      • Interesting Kevin didn’t bring up the Rangers neutral zone strategy or their offensive zone strategy. Both wouldn’t be described as “safe” or defensive.

        Additionally he brings up Chicago and Detroit as examples of being able to push the pace, yet both teams blocked 13 and 15 shots respectively in game 1.

        Further, the Capitals, Islanders, and Ducks all blocked as many shots as the Rangers this season and they were all top 10 in goals per game. While I respect Kevin’s opinion and more importantly yours Joe, it just doesn’t add up for me.

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