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Game 74: Continue with the right process against Boston

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

After Monday’s strong win against the Atlantic leading Panthers, the Rangers face another playoff bound Atlantic team in the Bruins tonight. The Bruins may not be competing for the division title, but are still a playoff team that are very similar to the Rangers. They have a good group of forwards and strong goaltending, but are weak on the blue line. It’s like looking in the mirror.

In fact, the case can be made that since the deadline, the Bruins are a bit deeper. They don’t have the question mark on the fourth line that the Rangers have, and adding John-Michael Liles really helped their blue line depth. But either way you slice it, both teams will live and die by their goaltending, since their blue lines are still muddled with question marks.

This is a potential second round matchup as well, so the whole “NBCSN Rivalry Night” thing might actually work tonight.

Bruins Systems

The Bruins have had the same style of play for years under Claude Julien. They play an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck early in the period and then switch to a more conservative 1-4 or 1-1-3 lock later in the period if they have a lead. In the defensive zone, the Bs play a low zone collapse and try to defend you in layers depending on puck location. On special teams, the Bruins use an umbrella power play and a wedge+1/diamond force penalty kill where they try to pressure for turnovers.

Bruins Lines

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Lee Stempniak
Loui Eriksson-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
Landon Ferraro-Noel Acciari-Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara-Kevan Miller
John-Michael Liles-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

PP1: Eriksson-Bergeron-Spooner-Krejdi-Krug
PP2: Beleskey-Marchand-Hayes–Liles-Chara

PK: Eriksson, Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci, Chara, Seidenberg, McQuaid, Miller

Tuukka Rask is in net.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
Rick NashDerick BrassardJesper Fast
Kevin HayesEric StaalJ.T. Miller
Tanner GlassDominic MooreViktor Stalberg

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Keith YandleKevin Klein
Marc StaalDan Boyle

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

PK: Stepan, Moore, Nash, Fast, Glass, McDonagh, Staal, Klein, Girardi

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Oscar Lindberg (healthy), Dylan McIlrath (knee)

Crazy Prediction: Two in a row?

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  • Remember when Julien was almost fired in the offseason? I suppose they wish they had done so, considering how little he has done with so much talent over the years. Getting rid of Seguin, letting Boychuk and others go, and he still can’t get the team into a higher playoff position with guys like Loui Eriksson and now Stempniak on top line. I’m sure they’d be doing better with Torts or Messier behind the bench.


      • Yes, and a good thing too, Paulie, because then it would be utterly clear that we’d have to hold him primarily responsible. As it is, I can at least say that I have a strong feeling that another coach would be doing better with the same personnel. As Dave says above, Julien hasn’t changed his systems. It’s pretty clear he is fixed in his ways and can’t adapt to the needs of the team.

  • The refs finally doing their job,calling everything. But how the linesmen missed that offside is brutal, they are sleeping. And you Yandle bashers, did you see that play? Fantastic! He needs to carry that puck like that all the time instead of making high risk forced passes.

  • OK this is where I get worried, between periods. Sominex in the water bottles? or will they come out pushing the pace?

  • Excellent Team effort. Gotta love Tanner Glass, he blast a Bruin with a clean open ice hit, then when the guy wanted to mix it up, proceeded to hand him his lunch. The guy is a gamer. Hats off to JT Miller, 20 goal season and a beautiful hit on Chara , definitely rattled his cage.

    • Ya they tried to bully the Rangers but it didn’t work, love how Miller plays physical. Kreider used to do that too.

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