Game Thread

Game 29: Is it time for consistent hockey? It’s December

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images
Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

The Rangers are in Vancouver tonight for a late night game against the Canucks. The Canucks are not a good team, and the Rangers should be looking to build on their strong performance on Sunday night. It is December after all, and this is usually when the Rangers start turning it on. It’s a bit weird that the Rangers don’t get it all together until December, but it’s been the trend the last two years.

The goal of this game shouldn’t just be to win, since Vancouver isn’t good, but to dominate and dictate the flow of the game. This means doing the little things properly and getting shot attempts. It’s about proper back checking and small passes out of the defensive zone. Winning puck battles in the corner and transitioning to offense/getting more shot attempts. Playing the game properly with good process and execution is the most important battle.

Canucks Systems

On the forecheck, the Canucks employ an overload 1-2-2, which is what the Rangers run. They also play a man-on-man defense depending on puck location. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play and rotate between a box and diamond penalty kill depending on puck location.

Canucks Lines

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Jannik Hansen
Ronalds Kenins-Bo Horvat-Radim Vrbata
Sven Baertschi-Adam Cracknell-Alex Burrows
Brandon Prust-Jared McCann-Derek Dorsett

Alex Edler-Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis-Alex Biega
Ben Hutton-Matt Bartkowski

PP1: Burrows-Sedin-Vrbata-Sedin-Edler
PP2: Baertschi-Horvat-Hansen-Tanev-Hutton

PK: Horvat, Hansen, Burrows, Sedin, Sedin, Prust, Edler, Hamhuis, Bartkowski, Tanev

Ryan Miller gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderOscar LindbergRick Nash
Kevin HayesDerick BrassardMats Zuccarello
J.T. MillerDominic MooreJesper Fast
Tanner GlassJarret StollViktor Stalberg

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalDan Boyle
Keith YandleDylan McIlrath

PP1: Nash-??-Zuccarello, Brassard-McDonagh
PP2: Kreider-Hayes-Lindberg, Yandle-??

PK: Nash, Stoll, Lindberg, Moore, Fast, Girardi, McDonagh, Staal, Boyle

Henrik Lundqvist is in net.

Scratches/Injuries: Derek Stepan (ribs), Emerson Etem (healthgy), Kevin Klein(abdominal strain)

Crazy Prediction: Glass scores (leaving this here until he does).

Be sure to check out our ticket link if you’re looking for tickets to the game. Game time is 10pm on MSG. All gifs will be on

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    • Prust/Dorsett/?? Line was the best on the ice for both sides. I knew we couldn’t keep them, but they still haven’t been adequately replaced.

    • Corsi does nothing for one game. As a team having more total shot attempts than your opponent doesn’t mean you won that game.
      It may mean you controlled the puck and/or the play but I don’t think anyone said that you win a game by out “Corsi’d them.” The stat is meant to be used over the course of months and even years to find trends.
      Rangers let up in the 3rd period and Vancouver stayed with it. The NYR were slow getting to pucks and gave the puck away too many times to win a scoreless game. The officiating was a little bush league but not for the calls. Seemed to not really know what they were calling. Sam & Joe were baffled.

  • the rangers put in a good effort but came up short and they did the right things let’s see a bounce back effort on Friday in Edmonton.

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