Game Thread

Game 71: You guys really need to beat the Blue Jackets

Image from LoHud
Image from LoHud

Tonight it probably one of the biggest games of the year. The Rangers and Blue Jackets have been flip-flopping in the standings for a few months now. This time around, they are jockeying for playoff position –specifically avoiding a date with the Penguins or Bruins in the first round. Should the Rangers win, they will be two points up on CBJ with both tiebreakers, but the Jackets will have a game in hand. This is also Rick Nash’s return to Columbus, so there will be a bit of drama mixed in.

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 protecting the house. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play, and a box penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
Carl HagelinBrad RichardsBenoit Pouliot
Martin St. LouisDerick BrassardMats Zuccarello
Brian BoyleDominic Moore-Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
John MooreKevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

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

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  • 1 period to go, both teams showing some spunk. The Rangers need to find a way to capitalize on their scoring chances.

  • What an entertaining game. Thank God for the W (and Anton Stralman getting back on track).

  • Hell of a game; this is the sort of win that, as cliche as it sounds, really builds character. Tough fought, physical game with major playoff implications. Take the 2 points and hope they have something left in the tank for the Devils tomorrow.

    So, Diaz in for Moore tomorrow?

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