Game Thread

Game 36: Carl Hagelin returns to The Garden

Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP
Photo: Chris O’Meara/AP

The Rangers are in a complete free fall, but luck out as the woeful Ducks come to town. Anaheim can’t score, which is odd considering all that talent. They are shooting 4.5%, which probably has a lot to do with it. This is another one of those games where the Rangers really need to get back to proper process. They haven’t been playing the right way all year.

Tonight also marks the return of Carl Hagelin to MSG. Hagelin, drafted by the Rangers in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, played four seasons in New York before being the first major cap casualty for the Rangers. Hagelin was sent to Anaheim at the draft for Emerson Etem, a deal which saw the Rangers save $3 million in cap space. It was a necessary evil of the cap era.

Hagelin’s return will be the story, but the Rangers need to get a win before the holiday break.

Ducks Systems

Bruce Boudreau’s Ducks employ an aggressive 1-2-2 forecheck. They are not afraid to get the D involved in the rush and will look to fly the zone early if there’s a chance for a break.  Once they get a late lead, the Ducks tend to sit back use their 1-2-2 more conservatively. Overall, this is comparable to AV’s system.

They are moderately aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes sending a forward to challenge the points while everyone else collapses in the zone and overload the half boards. Their powerplay strategy is a 1-3-1. Their penalty kill formation is generally a diamond force, which sends a player high to challenge the point.

Ducks Lines

Patrick Maroon-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Jiri Sekac-Rickard Rakell-Jakob Silfverberg
Carl Hagelin-Ryan Kesler-Andrew Cogliano
Mike Santorelli-Shawn Horcoff-Chris Stewart

Cam Fowler-Kevin Bieksa
Hampus Lindholm-Josh Manson
Korbinian Holzer-Sami Vatanen

PP1: Perry-Getzlaf-Kesler-Sekac-Fowler
PP2: Perry-Getzlaf-Sekac-Fowler-Vatanen

PK: Kesler, Silfverberg, Cogliano, Horcoff, Hagelin, Bieksa, Fowler, Manson, Lindholm, Vatanen

John Gibson gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Rick NashDerek StepanJesper Fast
Chris KreiderDerick BrassardMats Zuccarello
Oscar LindbergKevin HayesJ.T. Miller
Tanner GlassDominic MooreEmerson Etem

Marc StaalRyan McDonagh
Keith YandleDylan McIlrath
Chris SummersDan Boyle

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

PK: Nash, Stepan, Moore, Lindberg, Fast, McDonagh, Staal, Boyle, Yandle

Henrik Lundqvist is in net.

Scratches/Injuries: Dan Girardi (knee), Kevin Klein (abdominal strain), Viktor Stalberg (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: The Rangers contain the high powered Caps offense and shut them out. Hagelin and Etem fight each other.

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

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  1. Is this groundhog day and we are going to relive the Capitals game over and over again?

  2. Oh God that was one pathetic PP except for the Nash move. What the h is all this back passing.

  3. The tribute to Hags was nice. Still experience a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth from that trade.

    Chris Stewart is on the fourth line? I thought he was supposed to be a big deal or something…

  4. When the ref interferes with the play, the whistle should be blown immediately to stop play. Always thought that because goals get scored because of things like that.

  5. That second period was a real snoozefest. Looks like the two worst teams in the league playing. Little more intensity at times but Rangers are stuck in very ragged play.

  6. Well Brass gets his second from Zucc. Two early Christmas gifts, and I’ll take then…………..

  7. All those people who bitched abt taking The Undertaker over Fowler, would you trade him for Fowler? Not me, great hit on Maroon.

  8. McDonagh way too passive on that play. Just let Rakell shoot without pressuring him. Oh dear, nothing comes easy for these Rangers.

    1. that may well be because he is playing the off side for him, can’t wait for Klein to return !!!!!!

  9. Well the PP finally pulls thru for us, Zucc scores from a very good pass by Boyle !!! There is still hope ????

  10. Good overall game, you can tell both teams were playing conservative. This recent slump is put in perspective when you see how the Ducks ( who were a game away from the Stanley cup last year) are also in a world of hurt!!!. Loved seeing Glass and the Miller ( who is really showing us what a total package he can be!) drooping the gloves. Still concerned about the play or lack their of from Staal, Kreider and Hayes.. Lets build on this!

    1. Interesting thought, both Getzlaff, and Perry are signed long term, for big bucks………… Think about this, Getzlaff has only one goal for the season, an empty net at that, see why I hate these long term, big money contracts !!!!!!! How can anyone defend these deals ?????????????

      Happy Holidays to all !!!!!!!!

  11. it was a great game by brass and Zucc which I enjoyed a lot I finally got my birthday present from both of them enjoy the break guys I will see you on January 5 will miss you brass

  12. Whew! Rangers have yet to show their best game, and through this hideous stretch have come out what, 2nd in the conference and 4th in the league? Yeah, they’re closer to being out of the playoffs than ahead of the Craps, but their best, in recent history, part of the season looms. I say they have life! HERE WE GO RANGERS!!!

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