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Game 33: Dubinsky, Anisimov return to MSG

Remember this? (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Remember this? (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Tonight marks the return of two former Rangers and fan favorites: Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov. Both were sent to Columbus after the 2012 playoff run for Rick Nash, and one (Dubinsky) has been very vocal about wanting to stick it to the Rangers tonight. Tonight is also the first time Nash will face his former team. Marian Gaborik (sent to Columbus seven months later for Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Derek Dorsett) is injured, and will not be playing tonight. There’s good drama off the ice, but on the ice is what matters.

Under Todd Richards, the Blue Jackets run a 2-1-2 forecheck, but with less active defensemen. In the DZ, CBJ uses a low zone collapse, taking out shooting lanes and blocking shots. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play, and a box penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Benoit Pouliot-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Taylor Pyatt-Dominic Moore-Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Dylan McIlrath

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches: Marc Staal (concussion), Derick Brassard (backside?), Justin Falk (healthy)

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  1. I hope Mclrath doesn’t go goon tonight to try and make a statement. Don’t go out of your way to try and land a big hit or fight someone. Play positionally sound defense and prove that you belong!

    1. McIlrath said today that he plays an emotional and physical game but that tonight he doesn’t want to overthink what he needs to do to make an impact and just needs to play within the system that the coaching staff has designed.

      He did say that his game will continue to be physical though and it’s an emotional game so confrontation may find him.

      1. Can I predict the damn future? He went out of his way to land a big hit (that would have been a penalty) and it led to an odd man rush and a goal?

        I’m not getting down on the kid I just predicted it perfectly ( well unfortunately perfectly!)

  2. I loved when Dubi played here, and maybe when his contract expires, he is reconsidered for a return engagement, BUT, Dubi, STFU!!!!!

    I know your pissed off, so be it, grow up, come in play your best, that’s how you get even. Not with running your mouth off. Young man, that shows no class, so hush up, then leave town, you’ll be forgotten until you become an UFA, maybe we may offer you something, not until then!!!

    1. You remember a couple years ago Dubi spoke to the media about standing up for Jagr since teams were taking liberties against him? The next game he challenged (komisarek??) after he made a hit on Jagr and then he got his ass kicked.

      Dubi is a good guy and great team mate but those things don’t need to be said to the media. Keep it in the locker room and show it on the ice.

    2. At one point he was being referred to as a possible future captain of the Rangers. Then he holds out; gets a coach who doesn’t care for him, and he becomes the boy most likely to be traded. Then he gets traded…..forgive him if he is still just a bit “pissed.” He was a good Ranger!

      1. You have to give up something to get something. We got Nash. You make that trade every time.

        1. Torts never cared for Dubi. Even during the holdout he had to make one of his smart-ass comments about him. That was the attitude he had towards Dubi before he ever even had him at a practice. I would have made the Nash trade too, that’s not the point. He was a good Ranger while he was here; a good worker. Wish him well, and so long. Lets not get petty ’cause he’s excited about coming back.

      2. Nobody said he doesn’t have a right to be upset, but let your actions talk for you, not your mouth!!

  3. Just loved it when Delzaster turns his back to the play, on the last goal. Yea we should keep him.

    1. Really? You blame MDZ for sticking his man in front? That is an unlucky goal.

      But not a peep from you about Stralman being out of position on the 3 on 2, or McIlrath going for the hit instead of playing defense, leading to a 3 on 1? Both led to goals.

      1. No Dave on the goal with stralman, Hank should have had it. On DelZotto goal no way was he even trying to move the player. You need to watch again.

          1. C’mon Dave is this your first rodeo? You disregard every mistake earlier in the play and blame the person closest to the goal when it goes in.

            Ps I agree with Seahorse about the dvr

          1. Nothing should ever be taken literal of this blog. I like to think of myself as comic relief

  4. So Gernander said that MaciLRath was the d man most deserving of a callup? That’s kinda’ frightening, isn’t it?

    1. I think it was just a matter of needing his skill set in the lineup. They wanted to take the “see what we have” approach.

      1. I think that’s the first time I ever heard the words”skill set” associated with MclLrath. Not the best point in the season to “see what we have.” To quote Michael Ray Richardson,”the ship be sinkin'”

  5. Not sure why MDZ gets singled out the whole team is playing like crapola. Henrik Astrom is not exactly helping matters but can’t go there because he is the King after all. Anyhow, 2 periods left, this is a good test to see if this team has any pride and mounts a comeback. I still think hidden underneath this bizarre style of play, lies a very good hockey team.

    1. Here’s where they come down on me. Everyone is putting the blame on everyone but the man in net, who got himself yanked. What King, he is playing like a prince this season!!!!!!!

      1. Anybody can see that Hank is playing lousy. But whats the point of harping on it. They just made a commitment to him for the next 7 years. Hes not going anywhere. And as I say this, Talbot just lets in a bad one!!. Goaltending isn’t the problem. A lack of talent necessary to play an uptempo offensive game is! The coach said it the other night. Until that changes, they are going nowhere.

        1. joe

          The point I was trying to make is that everyone is playing poorly, as is Hank, but no one seems to want to admit that is the case!! Hank reminds me of John Gotti, teflon goalie.

          1. Hey, I know what you meant. I get it. But again, he’s their guy. You just have to hope he turns it around. 7 Years and a full no-trade contract…..

  6. McIrath looks descent out there. Minus the half check at the wrong time. Far better then in preseason. Next year he should be really good.

  7. Boyle, Pyatt, Pouliot, and Dorsett couldn’t score into a soccer net….sad excuses for NHL players. Sather needs to work those phones now.

  8. I thought McIlrath showed some nice skill, along with areas to improve; which was to be expected. His skating was strong and, once he gets his timing down to coincide with a faster game, he will be more effective than each of our bottom 3 defensemen — it’s just a matter of whether AV can let him develop while making mistakes. Compared to the bottom 3, it doesn’t seem like a big risk right now. They all need to get better.

    But very encouraging step for a top draft prospect. If he transitions well the next 10 days, expect Sather to really press on trading Del Zotto.

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