Game Thread

Game 12: Continue to roll in Boston

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

After a dramatic comeback win against the Oilers on Thursday, the Rangers are in Boston to take on a fully healthy Bruins team. The last time these two faced off, the Rangers dismantled the Bruins, who were without a few of their starters. This time around, they will have Tuukka Rask in net, which instantly makes the game a better matchup for the Bs.

That said, the Rangers have been all over most teams this season with their speed. Outside of the Bruins top line, few players on their roster are going to be able to keep up. On their blue line, only Torey Krug has the skating ability to keep up with the Rangers forwards. If the Rangers can continue to use their speed through the neutral zone and relentless forecheck to their advantage, they should come out with the W.

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.

For more on these systems, check out our Hockey Systems page.

Bruins Lines 

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Ryan Spooner-David Krejci-David Backes
Matt Beleskey-Riley Nash-Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller-Dominic Moore-Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
John-Michael Liles-Colin Miller

PP1: Marchand-Bergeron-Spooner-Krejci-Krug
PP2: Beleskey-Backes-Pastrnak–Liles-Miller

Tuukka Rask gets the start.

Rangers Lines:

Jimmy VeseyDerek StepanRick Nash
Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Michael GrabnerKevin HayesJ.T. Miller
Pavel BuchnevichBrandon PirriJesper Fast

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalNick Holden
Brady SkjeiKevin Klein

PP1: DJ ZBad-Miller-Pirri-Zucc-McDonagh
PP2: Nash-Stepan-Vesey-Hayes-Girardi

Antti Raanta gets the start.

Injuries/Scratches: Josh Jooris (shoulder), Adam Clendening (healthy), Oscar Lindberg (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Nick Holden gets a goal.

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    • Stepan should have been helping behind the net, because it was 2 against 1. So far hockey gods are with Rangers on two fluky goals.

  • Didn’t see the game but reading that the Bees had the upper hand in this game, though I also heard that the refs did their darnedest to try and get the Bees back in the game with one-sided officiating. 2 shorties, thanks Zebras!!

    Stepan, sounds like he was dominant, good because the Rangers need him long-term.

    Good for Buch!! Gets off the schneid, saw the replay, rocket of a snipe.

    Raanta, love Auntie. One of a back-to-back should be mandatory for him. Very capable back up.

    • First game I saw in real time from start to finish. Overall, not one of their better ones. Special teams were the difference. This was a game they likely would have lost last year.

      Grabner has been unbelievable thus far. I thought Step played well. Girardi made a few key plays. That being said, the team lacked jump last night. Seemed a step slow except when they were on the kill.

      Great goal for Buch. Hopefully getting his first will open the floodgates.

      Overall, it’s a road win vs a historically tough opponent, so we’ll take it.

      • I heard that the Grabner/Stepan PK combo almost had a 3rd shorty, and that opportunity was actually the best of the 3. wow.

        Yeah I heard that the Bees carried the play but I also heard that they got away with murder throughout which helps tilt the ice too.

    • B’s may have had the edge in play overall but most of their advantage came after NYR had the 3-1 lead. Raanta looked terrific but hardly had to stand on his head. Stepan, Grabner and Fast were particularly effective. It’s going to be a real treat to watch Buch grow.

  • Based on, admittedly, a small sample, I think the Rangers may have finally found Carl Hagelin’s replacement. Michael Grabner has been a vital part of this early season success. His speed and willingness to get in quick on the forecheck has been the ingredient that has been missing since they let the speedy swede get away. Now, if this can continue, then watching Hagelin toil in Pitt will not be such an offense to the eyes!

  • A win is a win, We will take it. The teams overall speed is intimidating for the opposition. The negatives/concerns from the game was I felt we were pushed around a bit, which I feel will become more of a trend as the season progresses , to try to slow our speed game down. Kudos to Jesper Fast throwing 2 mean checks on Chara ( on the same shift, that showed serious grit!!) Zucc had to leave the ice momentarily because of a nasty blindside hit. NO RETALIATION?? I was very disappointed ( but not surprised) on the Bruins 2nd goal by Pastrnak, Girardi let him stand in the crease uncontested, seemed like 1 full minute, Hey Girardi, this was the same guy that knocked you into la-la land a few games ago, payback was there for the taking, your lackadaisical love tap to his stick does not cut it!!!

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