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Game 60: Keep on winning against the Devils

Felt like using an old school picture (Photo: Bill Kostroun)
Felt like using an old school picture (Photo: Bill Kostroun)

The Rangers, winners of two in a row and three of four, are back in New Jersey tonight against a Devils team that is somehow still in the playoff picture, albeit barely. Three losses in a row certainly aren’t helping their cause, as the Rangers can deal the Devils a significant blow to their playoff hopes with a win tonight.

The Blueshirts are likely without Ryan McDonagh again, but have been surviving without him and Rick Nash out of the lineup. Overall team defense has been solid, as guys like Keith Yandle and Dan Girardi have really stepped up their games. The forwards have also stepped up in their absence, as the team is slowly starting to regain their identity from the last two seasons.

These are the games that good teams not only win, but make statements. The Rangers failed to make statements against Toronto or Detroit, so this is the time to get the proper process back on track.

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

Joseph Blandisi-Adam Henrique-Lee Stempniak
Sergey Kalinin-Travis Zajac-Kyle Palmieri
Reid Boucher-Jacob Josefson-Tyler Kennedy
Bobby Farnham-Stephen Gionta-Jordin Tootoo

Andy Greene-Adam Larsson
Eric Gelinas-David Schlemko
Scott Helgeson-Damon Severson

PP1: Boucher, Henrique, ??, Stempniak, Gelinas
PP2: Josefson, Zajac, Palmieri, Blandisi, Schlemko

PK: Zajac, Stempniak, Henrique, Josefson, Gionta, Larsson, Greene, Gelinas, Schlemko

Corey Schneider gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
JT MillerDerick BrassardJesper Fast
Oscar LindbergKevin HayesViktor Stalberg
Tanner GlassDominic MooreMarek Hrivik

Keith YandleDan Girardi
Brady SkjeiKevin Klein
Dan BoyleDylan McIlrath

PP1: Yandle-Klein-Miller-Hayes-Fast
PP2: Zucc-Boyle-Kreider-Stepan-Brassard

PK: Stepan, Moore, Lindberg, Fast, Boyle, Staal, Yandle, Girardi

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Rick Nash (leg), Ryan McDonagh (jaw), Marc Staal (tweaked something)

Crazy Prediction: A perfect penalty kill.

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    • I’ve liked Hrivik for a while now Leather. He’s another player that has had some bad luck. Like getting hurt near the end of camp when he was playing well.

      He’s a physical player as well, and has some wheels. Wasn’t sure on his passing, but that sure was nice wasn’t it!

    • Also, the team looks like it has another jump in their step tonight.

      This team in general has looked like they’ve been turning it up over the last 3 or 4 games. Imo.

      • Funny how when two very good players go down, it seems to energize the total team to step up. Those injuries have been ironically helpful it seems. Just like when Hank went down last year.

        • I was just thinking that very same thing, sitting here watching the game Paul!

          Perhaps, we will look back at this one day soon and say that that the injuries to our two stars were a blessing in disguise, hopefully 🙂

          I guess, when a team is in chrisis mode, it sometimes galvanizes the players and team, albeit the good ones.

          If this team had folded a month, month and a half ago when Nash and Truck went down. I’m sure most of us here on all sides of the fence wouldn’t think they were good enough or deserving to advance.

          We’ve definitely have looked better recently lol. I’m talking the last several games, regardless of the great record we’ve had over the last dozen games or so. Let’s hope they continue to get better.

          Or…… Is this just a showcase… Anybody know how many scouts are in town?

  • ** Meant to say**

    Paul,

    Do you think Hrivik is genuinely being played to see if they use him on the big club. Or…… Is this just a showcase?…

    Anybody know how many scouts are in town?

    • IDK but I think they are going to give him a chance. Actually I’ve wondered why they didn’t try some of the AHLers before instead of trying guys like Stoll & Paille. Don’t think it’s a showcase.

  • Three posts already. Making the nets 2″ wider & you have 3 more goals. Like the way DMAC is shooting that puck tonight.

  • The Devils came out & completely imposed their will on the Rangers. Why doesn’t AV call a time out & rally the troops when this starts happening? This is why we lost the Cup to L.A. It just happens too often. Let’s see if NYR can do the same next period.

  • Match penalty for tape on one’s hand? God, the NHL is such a stupid league. I guess they think tape is like brass knuckles.

  • Lets not jump off the bridge just yet. Two regular defense men are out of lineup, and the loss of Miller was huge. Having said that, Boyle and McIRath struggled mightily, to say the least. And Girardi was just being Girardi—’nuff said! They didn’t play desperate against a team that needed this game. If anything, it just reinforces the idea that something significant will transpire before the deadline. If not, this is the team we will be left with—-and probably for just a quick taste of the playoffs.

      • While he has not played great in the recent stretch, being paired with their worst defensemen (Dam Boil) is not a perfect barometer. He gets his shot through, plays hard along the wall. Has to play the rush better and make better decisions in D support.
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        Like to see him paired with McTruck or Yandle to let him get settled in.

        • Dave Maloney made the point that it’s difficult for Dylan to play with Boyle because Boyle is playing the wrong side & is often in the wrong place.

          • Dave Maloney knows his hockey. Bobby Orr in his prime would have difficulty with Dan Boil as a D partner..Mcllrath was really jelling with Yandle, but with the McD injury , they can not be paired..

    • This is the crux of what is wrong in modern day hockey. It is even worse in the playoffs. It detracts from the game so much.

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