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Game 21: Marty returns to Tampa Bay

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

One week ago, three former Rangers made their returns to MSG wearing Tampa Bay Lightning uniforms. Tonight, Martin St. Louis, the best player in Tampa Bay history, will make his return. It’s likely that the fans will boo him, and while you can understand why, it’s really undeserving. As for the game, the Rangers are going to look to avenge the utter embarrassment that the Lightning handed them last week with that 5-1 loss. Expect a different Rangers team tonight.

Jon Cooper has the Lightning playing a pretty similar system as the Rangers. They run an overload 1-2-2 forecheck, but will mix in a 2-1-2 as well. In the defensive zone, they mix zone and overload coverage depending on puck location. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play and rotate between a diamond and box penalty kill depending on opposition setup.

Rangers lineup:

Rick NashDerick BrassardMartin St. Louis
Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
Carl HagelinKevin HayesAnthony Duclair
Tanner GlassDominic Moore-Jesper Fast

Marc StaalDan Boyle
John MooreDan Girardi
Matt HunwickKevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Ryan McDonagh (shoulder), Lee Stempniak (healthy)

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Game time is 7:30pm on MSG2.

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8 Comments

    1. He is listed as healthy, but back issues can be lingering, and maybe they are giving Stemp an extra day off to recover fully?????????

  1. I hope it’s health related. There is no reason that Stempniak should out otherwise.

  2. I miss Cally and Brian Boyle, they got the Moxie that the Rangers are lacking so far this season.

  3. Callie has played like a crazed man against us in the two games we’ve played Tampa. He has a total of 10 goals, of which four are against us. I guess he is pissed off at us, oh well!!!!!

  4. Me sense a level of complacency within the team. I don’t think they’ve shaken the experience of last season off and brought a new mindset to their approach this season. As a whole, the club seems to be waiting until the New Year to turn things up a notch and make on-ice sacrifices that are often referred to as “playoff hockey.”

    We’re cruising along; sometimes we win, sometimes we don’t. A big yawn.

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