The Rangers have won two in a row, their first two wins of the season without scoring three goals. Antti Raanta has been phenomenal while Henrik Lundqvist works out the kinks, and will get his third straight start tonight. As stated before, there is no goalie controversy in New York. Lundqvist is still the go-to guy, but Raanta will play as long as he is stellar.
As for the Devils, well they can’t score, even with a dangerous top-six forward group. They are in the bottom-third of the league in goals-for, and bottom-half in PP%. However they have a great goalie and solid defense. With the banged up forwards for the Rangers, it might be another low scoring affair. However I don’t think it will be as exciting as the Chicago game.
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.
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Andy Greene-Damon Severson
Jon Merrill-Ben Lovejoy
John Moore-Kyle Quincey
Corey Schneider gets the start.
Antti Raanta gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: Another shutout for Raanta, just so I can watch the reaction.
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