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Game 73: Sweep the Devils

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AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

We are in the home stretch. The final ten games of the season. Tonight the Rangers are in Newark to take on the Devils in a game that will surely boast mostly Rangers fans in the stands. This is also the last time these two teams face off this season, and the Rangers have a chance to sweep the season series.

The Devils are more of the same no offense team they’ve been for a while now. There are two or three offensive weapons on this team, but one of them is one of the best wingers in the game. The difference now is their defense is pretty terrible too. It’s a miracle that Cory Schneider hasn’t mutinied yet.

Devils Systems

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.

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

Devils Lines

Taylor Hall-Travis Zajac-Kyle Palmieri
Joseph Blandisi-Adam Henrique-Beau Bennett
John Quenneville-Pavel Zacha-Stefan Noesen
Miles Wood-Blake Coleman-Nick Lappin

Andy Greene-Ben Lovejoy
Jon Merrill-Steven Santini
Kyle Quincey-Damon Severson

PP1: Zajac-Hall-Palmieri-Wood-Greene
PP2: Henrique-Bennett-Parenteau-Blandisi-Severson

Corey Schneider gets the start.

Rangers Lines

JT MillerMika ZibanejadRick Nash
Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
Michael GrabnerKevin HayesJesper Fast
Pavel Buchnevich–Oscar LindbergJimmy Vesey

Ryan McDonaghMarc Staal
Brendan SmithNick Holden
Brady Skjei–Adam Clendening

PP1: Zibanejad-Buchnevich-Vesey-Miller-McDonagh
PP2: Stepan-Hayes-Kreider-Zuccarello-Clendening

Antti Raanta gets the start.

Injuries/Scratches:  Kevin Klein (back), Dan Girardi (ankle), Henrik Lundqvist (lower body), Steven Kampfer (healthy), Matt Puempel (healthy), Brandon Pirri (healthy), Tanner Glass (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Clendo goal-o.

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  1. We could use a win and one that doesn’t take everything out of us to get. The isles come into town tomorrow on 3 days rest fighting for a playoff spot. With the way we’ve been playing at home it doesn’t look to promising to me. We’ve lost to them the last 6 out of 7 games. But I wouldn’t count on an easy win tonight cause whenever it’s supposed to be somewhat easy it’s not.

  2. Devils are sneaky dirty. Lots of small shots after the whistle everytime a Rangers player skates by. Good to see the boys wacking right back.

        1. And let’s not celebrate killing off 2 penalties against one of the worst offenses in the league

          1. Actually 1 PPG against per game is not that far off of average, give or take depending on how many penalties you take.

            Secondly, Buffalo has the top PP in the League so special teams performance isn’t really indicative of overall success, so let’s not start with that trope that Devils = bad team = automatic Rangers dominance in every facet of the game.

            Finally, I’m not celebrating killing off 2 penalties. I’m pointing out the odd timing of your hyperbolic comment considering how well the PKS has looked over tonight, the single mistake notwithstanding.

          2. Put down your Pom-poms, rah rah boy. If Rangers killed all PPs tonight, they win. I don’t care if they killed off 9 PKs and allowed one on the 10th. One goal can make a huge difference, especially playoff time. This crappy PK will be their doom in the playoffs. And allowing one a game is unacceptable. It’s been what, 5-6 straight games now?

  3. 8 PPGs allowed in 7 straight games. Pathetic. And Grabner and Fast are back, so no excuses last couple of games.

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