Game Thread

Game 61: Rebound in St. Louis

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

After Tuesday’s unraveling in Jersey, the Rangers are in St. Louis to take on a playoff bound St. Louis team that is actually shorthanded at the moment. The Blues lost Alex Steen for an extended period, joining Alex Pietrangelo on the injury train. That said, the Blues would need an epic collapse to miss the playoffs. If they weren’t in the Central, they’d be in first place.

The Rangers will be without Marek Hrivik tonight, so they will be going with seven defensemen in the lineup. No lines were given, but it’s safe to assume Dylan McIlrath will be rotating on the fourth line, as the “starting six” will be “healthy.” Both teams are shorthanded in some capacity, so this should be an interesting game.

Update: McIlrath is a scratch. Hrivik is in.

Blues Systems

On the ice, Ken Hitchcock has the Blues running an aggressive 2-1-2 overload forecheck, but tend to switch to a 1-2-2 with a lead late in the period, though the way the Rangers are playing there’s probably no point on sitting back. They are fairly aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes, playing an overload style and collapsing down when the puck is down low. Their power play strategy is a 1-3-1, and their penalty kill formation is a hybrid.

Blues Lines

Jaden Schwartz-Jori Lehtera-Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Berglund-David Backes-Magnus Paajarvi
Robby Fabbri-Paul Stastny-Troy Brouwer
Scottie Upshall-Kyle Brodziak-Dmitrij Jaskin

Jay Bouwmeester-Kevin Shattenkirk
Carl Gunnarsson-Colton Parayko
Joel Edmundson-Robert Bortuzzo

PP1: Tarasenko-Lehtera-Backes-Schwartz-Shattenkirk
PP2: Brouwer-Fabbri-Stastny-Bouwmeester-Parayko

PK: Brodziak, Backes, Lehtera, Brouwer, Bouwmeester, Gunnarrson, Edmundson

Jake Allen gets the start

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
JT MillerDerick BrassardJesper Fast
Oscar LindbergKevin HayesViktor Stalberg
Tanner GlassDominic Moore–Marek Hrivik

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalKevin Klein
Keith Yandle-Dan Boyle

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), Dylan McIlrath (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: One more day without Eric Staal.

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    1. Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger 30s31 seconds ago

      Marco Dano, 1st in 2016 and a conditional for Ladd, Harrison and Fraser. Wpg retains 36% of Ladd’s remaining salary.

  1. Anybody read G’s lips on the bench after his shot went into the net? “I don’t care!” meaning, he doesn’t care wether it was his goal, TG’s or mine…

    You guys say what you want, but if you don’t see how much better G and Staal are playing lately, then you’re lying to yourself…. Just saying..

  2. Quick!! Somebody get into the dressing room & make sure nobody puts Sominex in the water bottles.

    1. Too late. Miller/Zucc line had a nice cycle going on for a shift, but that was it.

  3. That’s what Kreider needed–a new centre. When Hank plays like this, there is no one better.

    1. I heard Maloney say during the game that he’s third on the team in penalty minutes behind Mclrath and Kreider. A rookie in his role, especially one touted for his 2 way play, can’t be taking that many penalties.

  4. Excellent TEAM effort. Hank saves our bacon again.. We have to make some noise at the trading deadline, We have to load up. The King deserves a Cup!!!

  5. we didn’t play our best game again last night we managed to win again brass and Zucc were defensive liablilities we have to play better on Saturday against the stars they have guys that could put the puck in the net

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