Game Thread

Game 70: Rebound in Carolina

The New York Rangers are in Raleigh tonight to take on the Carolina Hurricanes in an attempt to rebound following their first regulation loss in the month of March. The Canes are not a good team this season, but they should be better than their record. This is a club that has been dealing with a number of injuries all season, but have also made a few seller deals at the deadline. Those deals generally weaken teams in the short term. Goaltending has been an issue all season as well.

As for the Rangers, Alain Vigneault shook up the lines following the regulation loss to Chicago on Wednesday. Kevin Hayes is back to center and Ryan McDonagh is moving to the right side as the Blueshirts deal with injuries to Martin St. Louis and Kevin Klein. Tinkering against the Canes before a showdown with Anaheim tomorrow is a good plan, but the Rangers are going to need a little bit of luck over the next few games while dealing with these injuries.

What have they done lately?

The Canes are 3-5-2 in their last ten games, but they are actually one of the better possession teams in the conference. They are hovering at around 55% USAT/FF rolling average at the moment, and are at 51.2% for the year. That’s fairly impressive for a team with just 61 points on the season.

NYR in blue
NYR in blue

Since the Canes are a solid possession team, you look at SPSV%/PDO as a reason for their lack of success, and that’s exactly what we get. The Canes have been well below 100 all year on their rolling average.

NYR in blue
NYR in blue

Save-percentage is the largest driver of SPSV%/PDO, and with the Canes struggles in net, you expect this number to be very low. The eye test and the stats match up on this, as the Canes have been getting subpar goaltending all season from their goalies.

NYR in blue
NYR in blue

The Canes have been around average for their shooting percentage, with very few peaks and valleys.

NYR in blue
NYR in blue

In the end, the Rangers are facing a team that is talented, but has been done in by poor goaltending. If the Rangers can exploit that, they will get with the win.

Canes Systems

The Canes play a passive 1-2-2 on the forecheck and look to trap up the neutral zone. In their own end they run your standard low zone collapse. Not the most exciting of systems. On special teams, they run an umbrella powerplay, and a diamond/box hybrid PK. For more on the systems, click here.

Canes Lines

Eric Staal-Victor Rask-Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe-Jordan Staal-Andrej Nestrasil
Jeff Skinner-Riley Nash-Alex Semin
Chris Terry-Jay McClement-Patrick Dwyer

Ron Hainsey-Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles-Danny Biega
Ryan Murphy-Brett Bellemore

PP1: Terry-J. Staal-Skinner-Murphy-Hainsey
PP2: Lindholm-E. Staal-Nestrasil-Rask-Faulk

PK: McClement, Dwyer, Hainsey, Gerbe, Nash, Faulk, Bellemore, Terry

Anton Khubodin gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderDerek StepanRick Nash
Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller
Carl Hagelin-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast
Tanner GlassDominic Moore-James Sheppard

Marc Staal-Ryan McDonagh
Keith Yandle-Dan Girardi
Matt Hunwick-Dan Boyle

PP1: Stepan, Brassard, Kreider, Nash, Yandle
PP2: Miller, Hayes, Zuccarello, Boyle, McDonagh

PK: Stepan, Nash, Girardi, Staal, Moore, Fast, Hunwick, Boyle, Hagelin, Yandle, McDonagh,

Cam Talbot is in net.

Scratches/Injuries: Henrik Lundqvist (throat), Kevin Klein (arm), Martin St. Louis (knee)

Crazy Prediction: Glass scores a goal.

Be sure to check out our ticket link if you’re looking for tickets to the game. Game time is 7pm on MSG.

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  • Nice recovery by Talbot after the softie in the first. I was just thinking, where would this team be without Hayes? He’s really come on lately, and his playmaking ability is showing more and more each game. I’m a little concerned that Nash is lapsing back into the Nash we saw last season: come over the blue line and make a thousand moves, and never really get a decent shot off. He needs to go back to shooting the puck every time he gets it. And please, can we get him the puck on the PP? Getting a shot by Boyle can’t be the only offense on the powerplay. Overall a so-so game; but they won. Take the 2 points and get ready for the California portion of the schedule.

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