Game Thread

Game 66: Rebounding in Tampa

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The struggling Rangers are in Tampa tonight looking to rebound against an injured and under achieving Bolts team. The Rangers are sporting a new look, with Steven Kampfer and Tanner Glass up to bring some “toughness” to the lineup. They will play in favor of Matt Puempel and Adam Clendening.

As for the Bolts, they are without Ryan Callahan and Steven Stamkos. They also traded Valtteri Filppula, Brian Boyle and Ben Bishop at the deadline. They are still a dangerous team though, so don’t take the standings lightly. That said, they are not what they were the past two years due to injuries. This should be a game where the Rangers get back on track, and Glass/Kampfer get all the credit.

Bolts Systems

Jon Cooper has the Lightning playing a pretty similar system as the Rangers. They run an overload 1-2-2 forecheck, but will mix in a 2-1-2 as well. They do this quite often against the Rangers actually. In the defensive zone, they mix zone and overload coverage depending on puck location. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play and rotate between a diamond and box penalty kill depending on opposition setup.

Bolts Lines

Ondrej Palat-Tyler Johnson-Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn-Brayden Point-Jonathan Drouin-
Yanni Gourde-Vladimir Namestnikov-Adam Ernie
Gabriel Dumont-Cedric Paquette-J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman-Jake Dotchin
Jason Garrison-Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn-Andrej Sustr

PP1: Kucherov-Palat-Johnson-Drouin-Hedman
PP2: Point-Killorn-Ernie-Namestnikov-Dotchin

Andrei Vasilevsky gets the start.

Rangers Lines (presumed)

Chris Kreider-Derek StepanMats Zuccarello
Pavel BuchnevichMika ZibanejadRick Nash
Jimmy Hayes–Kevin HayesJT Miller
Brandon PirriOscar Lindberg–Tanner Glass

Ryan McDonaghBrendan Smith
Marc StaalNick Holden
Brady Skjei–Steven Kampfer

PP1: Zibanejad-Buchnevich-Nash-Miller-McDonagh
PP2: Stepan-Miller-Kreider-Zuccarello-Holden

Antti Raanta gets the start.

Injuries/Scratches:  Jesper Fast (shoulder), Michael Grabner (hip) Kevin Klein (back), Dan Girardi (ankle), Adam Clendening (healthy), Matt Puempel (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Kampfer and Glass score.

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  • They are still a dangerous team though, so don’t take the standings lightly. That said, they are not what they were the past two years due to injuries. This should be a game where the Rangers get back on track, and Glass/Kampfer get all the credit.

    I hope that is the case, we couldn’t play a worse game than we did Saturday night. It’s time for pride to be put on display, and heads should be held high, if not, then call it a day with this collection of players !!!!!!!

  • So much for giving “The King” a break … Tampa is on the bubble , I hope they get off the plane to play and stay away from mons Venus !

    • Raanta to start. Always a tough thing on these previews is they publish before lines actually announced.

    • Maybe they will play like they are from Venus, although I’d prefer them to play like they are from Mars.

  • HEY,HEY,HEY–Tanner Glass providing a spark of life. Hell of a fight, some heavy duty blows there.

    • great fight….tell me now….that was not exciting? Oh yeah there are some here who prefer figure skaters….Some emotion finally instead of all these robots in Ranger jerseys

  • Not that I think Glass is a long term solution, but for all those lamenting that this team hasn’t shown up recently, Glass has certainly inspired something. Boys aren’t taking any crap tonight. Seems like it was the right call bringing him up.

  • Well I guess you can say this game has been “exciting” so far. They have played with some grit and had certainly stood up for each other. But they also can’t put the puck in the net and they are 0-3 on the PP which has a single goal in the last 13 games.

    Yes it’s nice to see them play with an edge but for those that think toughness is THE issue with this team your are sorely mistaken.

    • Depends on what you call toughness Spozo. Separating players from the puck and winning the board battles is toughness. Paying the price to make a good play..toughness. Your toughest player shouldn’t have to always be your smallest most talented player. Time for Mr. Good in all 3 zones to step it up.

      • Dave has pointed out that the definition of toughness is extremely subjective and I agree. I’m not saying I don’t like how they are playing. I do and if I had to choose between this style of play and how they looked against Montreal I would take this hands down. But I don’t see how adding tanner glass and his staged fight really equates to wins.

        As Leather said above that was really exciting, but it hasn’t helped the offense which has dried up these last couple of weeks.

  • Rangers as a team playing so much better in their own zone tonight, blocking off passing lanes, supporting the puck, & fighting for pucks.

    • Definitely have been better in their own zone. Antti has been spectacular. Now, if they would keep crashing the net they might score!

      • Right now they are winning all the puck battles so that bodes well. Rangers look like they are pushing.

  • Another OT goal for Z………

    Who was it defending Chris Drury Jr, and was putting Z down due to lack of production???? How does it look to you now???????

  • One word RaantaBattledlikeaMadMan !!! Now he’ll sit for 10 games

    • No Chris, Raanta not all that good. Just the Rangers defence play much better in front of him then in front of Henk. Apparently, there is data out there to back it up.

      • I know you’re being sarcastic, but I wasn’t particularly enamored with our D tonight. They played hard, for sure, and made a lot of great plays, but also gave up way too many grade A chances.

        Anyone seriously claiming that Raanta’s success tonight is due to the defense (I know you’re not making that claim) clearly wasn’t watching.

        • Raanta had a great game. I’m sure you know by now there’s a lot of blind fans here that see what they want. The best part of tonight for me was to see them play with more emotion and get pissed off once in a while. Glass did a good job I thought of bring some life into this team and yeah it was a good move bringing him up. I’m sure AV couldn’t have anything to do with that though. Lol

      • False narrative.

        Against Montreal the Rangers gave up 34 shot attempts or shots in the high danger area

        Against Tampa they gave up 33 shot attempts or shots in the high danger area.

        What was the only difference? Oh yes. The defenseman you don’t like wasn’t in the lineup.

        Now back to your regularly scheduled false narrative.

  • Our D let up some grade A chances , their D let up some grade A chances … Our goalie made some amazing saves and great reads … Their goalie played amazing too .. Glad Z snuck it thru him . Not crazy about the new graphics on Anti’s set but BStars Rock !! Amazing gear they make

  • MOAR GRITZ! THAT’S THE SANDPAPER WE NEEDED! GLASS LED US TO THE WIN!

    Yeah, I’m sure Glass’s (admittedly pretty g’darn respectable) fight is why Mika scored the OT winner. Ahem.

    Or…maybe it was Antti Raanta standing on his head…

    We’ll never actually know…

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