The Rangers have played three overtime games in a row, winning two and getting a possible five of six points. Today they take on Columbus in an attempt to possibly avoid the extra period. That said, the Rangers are now on the second of a back-to-back, and the third in four nights. They also have a game Tuesday night against Washington. That’s a lot of hockey.
As for the Blue Jackets, they are also on the second of a back-to-back, having completely dismantled the Islanders last night. Maybe they got all of their scoring out of the way in that game. This is a potential playoff matchup, so while many want the Rangers to ensure they get that top wild card seed, don’t expect the Rangers to just roll over.
John Tortorella is a notorious aggressive forechecking coach, deploying a 2-1-2 forecheck with most of his teams. In the defensive zone, he’s also notorious for clogging the slot in a low zone collapse, keeping shots to the outside. On special teams, he usually runs an umbrella powerplay, but there’s enough skill on the top-six in Columbus to run a 1-3-1 as well. On the kill, it’s a standard box/diamond hybrid.
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Zach Werenski-Seth Jones
Jack Johnson-David Savard
Ryan Murray-Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky gets the start.
Henrik Lundvist gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: We have sen the final game of Kevin Klein’s New York Rangers career.
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