Game Thread

Game 6: Right the ship against a bad Devils team

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It’s been an interesting start for the New York Rangers who won three in a row to start the season, then dropped two in a row. They scored just one goal in the process while struggling on special teams. The Devils are in town in a matinee, and they are the perfect team for the Rangers to get back on track. The Devils are bad. There’s no other way to put it.

That said, the Rangers need to stop hemorrhaging shots on defense and need to give Henrik Lundqvist a break. He’s been forced to make countless highlight-reel saves in every single game thus far. The pairings have been shuffled, most notably with Kevin Klein taking Dan Girardi’s spot on the top pair. It’s about time this happened. Klein has been, by far, the best NYR defenseman this season. He may also be the best right-handed defenseman the Rangers have*.

*-I’ll take “words I never thought I’d say” for $200 Alex.

What have they done lately?

The Devils are not a good team. The only reason why they aren’t last in the Metro is because Columbus forgot how to play defense.

Devils Systems

John Hynes has his club running a 1-2-2 forecheck, a low zone collapse, an umbrealla powerplay and a hybrid penalty kill. These are standard systems across the board, and are not very aggressive in nature. The Devils will look to sit and force turnovers in the neutral zone on the forecheck, then collapse to block shots and defend the high priced real estate in the defensive zone. Considering the team, conservative is probably his best bet.

For more on these systems, check out our Hockey Systems page.

Devils Lines

Mike Cammalleri-Adam Henrique-Lee Stempniak
Jiri Tlusty-Travis Zajac-Kyle Palmieri
Brian O’Neill-Jacob Josefson-Jordin Tootoo
Reid Boucher-Stephen Gionta-Sergey Kalinin

Andy Greene-Adam Larsson
Eric Gelinas-John Moore
David Schlemko-Damon Severson

PP1: Palmieri, Henrique, Josefson, Tootoo, Severson
PP2: Tootoo, Tlusty, O’Neill, Greene, Schlemko

PK: Zajac, Stempniak, Henrique, Josefson, Gionta, Larsson, Greene, Moore

Corey Schneider gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Rick NashDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
Chris KreiderDerick BrassardJesper Fast
Oscar LindbergKevin HayesJ.T. Miller
Viktor StalbergDominic MooreJarret Stoll

Ryan McDonaghKevin Klein
Keith YandleDan Girardi
Marc StaalDan Boyle

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

PK: Stepan, Nash, Moore, Lindberg, Girardi, McDonagh, Staal, Klein

Henrik Lundqvist is in net.

Scratches/Injuries: Tanner Glass (healthy), Jarret Stoll (healthy), Dylan McIlrath (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Hank gets his first shutout of the year

Be sure to check out our ticket link if you’re looking for tickets to the game. Game time is 1pm on MSG. There won’t be any gifs today, I’m unavailable for the game. Sorry folks.

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  • Fast looking good in the top 6 where he belongs. The Rangers need a righty stick there and Fast is a smart player. Good move by AV.

  • Tie game in the second. The changes to the forward lines are resulting in much more possession time. The new d pairings have been more good than bad to my eyes, although the pairs have changed a lot during the course of the game. Yandle creates a little more space for Gi when they are paired. Klein has had a good game, but McD not so much. His decision making has not been great and it’s not just this game. Hayes is back where he belongs.

  • Ya the Devils may be bad but at this pt. are the Rangers any better? These guys are really net challenged, should be able to score a lot of goals. Do they know what they are doing or playing like a team that is thinking too much?

  • And nobody talks abt it but what in hell is wrong with McDonagh. He seems to be continually regressing.

  • Funny how separating Girardi and McDonagh, at least for one game, made McD look bad. Just a miserable game by him, full of terrible decisions, the last of which resulted in a 2 on 1 and the winning goal for the Devils.

  • Bad game, bad luck=====BAD LOSS!! They have to find a way to get the go ahead goal in the third; especially at home. Especially against a team like the Devils. They looked exactly like they did in Game 7 last year vs. TB. Brutal!!

  • It’s the same old problem as last year, this team does not play well at home> Why? AV needs to ask himself that question because you aren’t going to win a Cup if you can’t do the job on home ice.

  • These are all fair points. Especially about McDonagh, who you can make a case has regressed since he was named captain.

    But at the end of the day, Nash no goals, Kreider no goals. We just have to assume this is just one of those stretches that teams go through. Not going to win many games with 2 goals in three games.

    The Rangers always start slow. The fans always panic. The team always turns it around and succeeds. I’ll start worrying if we are still scuffling after Thanksgiving. Just score a few goals and we will be fine.

    • But the coach wanted a FAST start and really even the first three games were not that good overall. Those AV feelings I’ve repressed way down in the nether reaches of my limbic system are beginning to rumble again abt our coach but you are right we’ll get going but I can’t help feeling that AV is like Roger Neisen(NO!!!). I squashed it back inside(WHEW!!)

      • I expected many things to be said out here today, but “limbic system” would definitely NOT have been in my top 5000! :). I learn something new every day!

        Agree about the desire for the fast start, which is why he’s been uncharacterically grumpy. I’m think AV should relax, maybe cue up Howard Jones on his iPhone…..”Things Can Only Get Better”, and get ready for tomorrow.

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