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.
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.
Alex Edler-Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis-Alex Biega
Ben Hutton-Matt Bartkowski
PK: Horvat, Hansen, Burrows, Sedin, Sedin, Prust, Edler, Hamhuis, Bartkowski, Tanev
Ryan Miller gets the start.
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.
Crazy Prediction: Glass scores (leaving this here until he does).