It has been a rough six weeks for Rangers fans. We’ve watched the team free fall, with just 17 points since the beginning of December. There have been process improvements on the ice, but the team hasn’t been able to string together W’s consistently. It’s been maddening.
As noted, there have been on-ice process improvements though. With a relatively poor Vancouver team in town, tonight is a good night to start building something, even without Derick Brassard. It looks like the Canucks are without Henrik Sedin, so that’s a lucky break for the Rangers.
And hey, potential future Ranger Radim Vrbata is playing too.
On the forecheck, Willie Desjardins has 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
Ben Hutton-Luca Sbisa
Matt Bartkowski-Alex Biega
PK: Horvat, Burrows, Hansen, Dorsett, Sedin, Tanev, Edler, Bartkowski, Biega
Ryan Miller gets the start.
PK: Nash, Stepan, Moore, Lindberg, Fast, McDonagh, Staal, Klein, Yandle, Girardi
Henrik Lundqvist is in net.
Scratches/Injuries: Dylan McIlrath (healthy), Derick Brassard (flu)
Crazy Prediction: No one wants to pull their hair out at any point during this game.