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Game 11: Spoiling Vanek’s debut


After last night’s disappointing home opener, the Rangers are on Long Island to take on the Islanders. The Isles will be debuting their new toy tonight, as Thomas Vanek will skate with John Tavares. It was an interesting deal that brought Vanek to Uniondale, as they sent Matt Moulson to Buffalo –along with 1st and 2nd round picks– for the upgrade on wing. Makes you wonder if they will ever address their goaltending issues.

The Isles run an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck and a 1-1-3 lock depending on the score, which they use to counter other teams mistakes. In the defensive zone, the Isles play man-on-man, so expect our defense to get pressured along the blueline. Look for blown coverages, as this Isles team is still a bit raw on defense. On special teams, the Isles run a 1-3-1 power play and a hybrid penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup (unconfirmed):

Chris KreiderDerek StepanBrad Richards
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller
Carl Hagelin-Dominic Moore-Mats-Zuccarello
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-John Moore

Cam Talbot gets the start

PP1: Del Zotto-Richards, Kreider-Stepan-Brassard
PP2: McDonagh-J. Moore, Pouliot-Miller-Boyle

Scratches:  Rick Nash (concussion), Ryan Callahan (thumb), Brandon Mashinter (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy)

Game time is 7:30pm tonight. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

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  • Apparently the Vanek/Moulson deal had some strings attached.

    Buffalo retains 20% of Vanek’s salary/cap hit and if Isles 2014 1st round pick is a top 10 pick they reserve the right to shift it to 2015 instead.


  • Im just baffled. How snake bitten is everyone? We cannot be playing any better. Pinning them in the zone. Our PP looks great. Taking a ton of shots. And they score of Girardis shoulder and some outrageous bounce past staal for a break.

    We have an amazing potential if we ever get all our forwards in, but it might be too little too late by the time cally and nash come back.

  • Kreider scores, McD scores, Pouliot gets game winner, Step 2 assists, and we hold on for win. For a while I said to myself, here we go again after the Isles 2nd goal, but we didn’t give up. I posted earlier “just win”, and they did, wonderful!!!!!

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