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Game 25: Get off the schneid

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Photo Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers are 2-3-1 in their last six games, and have played some pretty poor hockey in that stretch. They are dealing with injuries, but they are also dealing with a regressing blue line and regressing shooting, which is taking its toll on the offensive potential of the team. No matter which way you look at it, the Rangers need to play better.

Enter Carolina, who is very quietly just three points out of a playoff spot. It’s still very early, but it’s clear Carolina is moving in the right direction. Give them a halfway decent goaltender, and they might be a sneaky playoff team. They are able to move the puck well, but struggle a little to score (2.46 G/G). They have a -4 goal differential, but that is almost entirely on bad goaltending.

This is a perfect opportunity for the Rangers to get some confidence back by lighting up the Canes, but the last time we said this, they lost.

Canes Systems

Under Bill Peters, the Canes play a passive 1-2-2 on the forecheck and look to trap up the neutral zone. In their own end they run your standard low zone collapse. Not the most exciting of systems. On special teams, they run an umbrella powerplay, and a diamond/box hybrid PK.

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

Canes Lines 

Andrej Nestrasil-Viktor Rask-Lee Stempniak
Joakim Nordstrom-Jordan Staal-Sebastian Aho
Teuvo Teravainen-Elias Lindholm-Phillip Di Giuseppe
Bryan Bickell-Jay McClement-Viktor Stalberg

Jacob Slavin-Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey-Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin-Jakub Nakladal

PP1: Staal-Aho-Lindholm-Teravainen-Faulk
PP2: Stempniak-Rask-Nestrasil-Di Giuseppe-Slavin

Cam Ward gets the start.

Rangers Lines:

Mats Zuccarello-J.T. Miller-Rick Nash
Chris KreiderDerek StepanJesper Fast
Michael GrabnerKevin HayesBrandon Pirri
Matt PuempelJosh JoorisJimmy Vesey

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalBrady Skjei
Nick HoldenKevin Klein

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

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Injuries/Scratches: Mika Zibanejad (leg), Adam Clendening (healthy), Pavel Buchnevich (upper body), Oscar Lindberg (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: A step in the right direction.

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14 Comments

  1. Why is J. Fast on second line? and why does stall see any power play, he cannot shoot…Period. Give Brady pp he can shoot carry the puck and get back with speed, over girady

  2. No changes, because the last game went so well. These lines have no chemistry for the last few games but maybe if we try it enough times then maybe the laws of probability will kick in.

    1. Don’t worry, these aren’t the real lines. Vesey is with stepan and nash. 4th line is puemp-pirri-lindberg

          1. nothing. we just put on rose colored Ranger glasses and spew the company line regardless of the truth, I guess.

  3. NASH
    and The KING.
    The stories of this game.
    NASH was a MONSTER 2nite
    Put the team on his back and willed it across the finish line first.

    1. spot on Harlem, I just said the same thing in the new post before I read this. Clearly the 2 best Rangers last night by far.

  4. again the rangers didn’t answer the bell in the first period as Victor Stallberg who the rangers had last season scored two beautiful goals but then in the second period the team looked energized as goals by holden, Nash and Vesey beat the canes so now the rangers travel to buffalo to face Jack Eichel and company tomorrow night

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