Game Thread

Game 68: Right the ship in Winnipeg

Photo: Star Ledger
Photo: Star Ledger

The Rangers are struggling just a bit in March, dropping two in a row and five of seven this month. Winnipeg is one of the many teams the Rangers face this month that will not be in the playoffs. In the span of those seven games, we saw them drop from second in the Metro to barely holding on to third place –two games in hand and one point up– and likely headed to a wild card spot. Suffice it to say, the Rangers need to start playing strong hockey again and get points against non-playoff teams.

I haven’t seen much of the Jets under Paul Maurice, but Claude Noel (since fired) had the Jets playing a 1-2-2 forecheck. Their game plan was generally to sick back and score off of transition rushes or by crashing the net after point shots. They played a low zone collapse/box+1 with four players low and one skater free to pressure the points. On special teams, the Jets ran an umbrella power play and a hybrid penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Benoit Pouliot
Martin St. Louis-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
John MooreKevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

Scratches/Injuries: Derek Dorsett (healthy), Justin Falk (healthy), Raphael Diaz (healthy)

Game time is 8pm on MSG. Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.

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  1. The Rangers need a stellar performance from Lundquist tonight. As the highest paid goaltender that ever walked the face of the earth, he now needs to earn it. The team needs better then a AHL performance from him in goal tonight.

    1. I would say IMO the Rangers got that good performance from Hank tonight. He stole this one. We scored on the few scoring chances we had but the Jets controlled the play most of this game! AV needed to tinker with the lines and he might have found a perminant lineup. MSL makes this a different team. A deeper team offensively. In Richies 1st year in NY. He and Hagelin along with Gabby were a great line. They play well together. It was evident tonight.

  2. Scrape yourselves off the curb, and grab 2 points from a spiraling team! Let’s do this Blueshirts!

  3. Need to control N Zone and transition into an attack. Thats how this team is built. When we create turnovers in the middle of the ice we can’t give the puck back other wise our plan goes to hell. It is evident by the shots on goal or (lack of shots) that we have alot of unforced turnovers. We need to have first touches on the puck and have teams chase. If we are not first its less than 50% chance we will out physical the other team. If we are a go go skilled team we need to make the other guys chase instead of us being late to the puck. Just an observation!

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