Game Thread

Game 53: Rebounding against one of the West’s best vs. St. Louis

Marty Biron sighting (Photo:
Marty Biron sighting (Photo:

The Rangers were pretty sloppy on Tuesday, blowing a pair of two-goal leads –that they probably didn’t deserve to have– en route to a 5-3 loss to the Isles. St. Louis is fresh off a 7-1 embarrassment in New Jersey. Suffice it to say, both teams are looking to right their respective ships. The Rangers need the points more than the Blues do, as the Metropolitan and Eastern Conference races are very tight.

Ken Hitchcock has the Blues running an aggressive 2-1-2 overload forecheck, but tend to switch to a 1-2-2 with a lead late in the period, though the way the Rangers are playing there’s probably no point on sitting back. They are fairly aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes, playing an overload style and collapsing down when the puck is down low. Their power play strategy is a 1-3-1, and their penalty kill formation is a hybrid.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsRyan Callahan
Benoit PouliotDerick BrassardMats Zuccarello
Brian BoyleDominic Moore-Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
John Moore-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Derek Dorsett (broken leg), Henrik Lundqvist (illness), Justin Falk (healthy)

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  1. We need the points, and if Hank is healthy, he should start tonight. The one thing we don’t want to start is a losing streak, so it’s important for Hank to be in net!!!!!!!

  2. I have to say, I haven’t seen much of J. Moore off the ice, but I like what he had to say in the 1st intermission interview.

    His answers seemed real, and he actually offered something insightful about the first 20.

    Talking about what a return to the left side means for him, and his observation on countering the Blues’ forechecking and the play he’s trying to make. Pretty interesting.

    Reminds me of the way Mike Sullivan actually breaks down the specifics of what he has seen and doesn’t give dry generalizations we’ve all heard a thousand times.

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