Game 9: Maybe a matinee means they will finally win?

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The Rangers are off to their worst start in recent memory. I’d say the 2013-2014 start was worse, but you could at least see that the Rangers were going through a rough learning curve with a new coach and system. This time around, they are just making bad fundamental mistakes. That is bound to change at some point.

Maybe an afternoon game will change their luck. But then again it’s against the Nashville Predators, so who knows. All I know is that the Rangers desperately need to bank points. Since this game isn’t against a conference opponent, it doesn’t have to be in regulation. Just get the two points.

Preds Systems

Peter Laviolette likes to have his team throw two different forechecking looks at the opposition. The first look is the 2-1-2 forecheck, and once the they get a lead, they tend to switch to a more conservative 2-3 left wing lock. Both systems send two forecheckers into the zone, but the 2-3 leaves one forward high in the zone, while the 2-1-2 sends an additional forechecker  in deep. The 2-12 also allows defensemen to join the forecheck.

In the defensive zone, the Laviolette play a low zone collapse. This creates a logjam in the high-priced real estate, but gives some leeway at the point for puck movement. On special teams, the Preds play an umbrella powerplay and a hybrid penalty kill.

Preds Lines

Filip Forsberg-Ryan Johansen-Victor Arvidsson
Scott Hartnell-Calle Jarnkrok-Miikka Salomaki
Kevin Fiala-Colton Sissions-Craig Smith
Cody McLeod-Frederick Gaudreau-Austin Watson

Roman Josi-Mattias Ekholm|
Alexei Emelin-PK Subban
Matt Irwin-Yannick Weber

PP1: Hartnell-Johanssen-Forsberg-Josi-Subban
PP2: Sissions-Smith-Arvidsson-Fiala-Ekholm

Pekka Rinne is in net.

Rangers Lines

Rick NashMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Chris KreiderDavid DesharnaisJT Miller
Jimmy VeseyKevin HayesJesper Fast
Michael Grabner-Adam Cracknell-Pavel Buchnevich

Ryan McDonagh-Tony DeAngelo
Brady SkjeiBrendan Smith
Marc StaalKevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Kreider-Buchnevich-Zuccarello-Shattenkirk
PP2: Nash-Desharnais-Miller-Vesey-McDonagh

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Nick Holden (healthy), Steven Kampfer (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: Two points. I can’t believe that’s a legitimate “crazy prediction”

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20 thoughts on “Game 9: Maybe a matinee means they will finally win?

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Can we please keep it scoreless after 3 … 3 shots against that is and don’t make the backup look like a Vezina finalist !

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Listening to Valiquette discussing the number of high danger scoring chances Hank is facing per game is a bit jaw dropping. Let’s hope they clean that up today. LGR!

    • Oct 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      You mean like the shot Crosby scored on him for behind the net. Every shot on Leaky is dangerous.

      • Oct 21, 2017 at 3:09 pm

        Well that’s absurd. Guess you missed the game…

    • Oct 21, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Yep, been this way for years. But yet, the goalie is the problem.

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    First and foremost, Lets not give up a goal within the first 5 mins of ALL three periods.

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    This one will last a lifetime!

    In all seriousness, overall a much better showing today and a good win against a strong Preds team. Despite the low shot totals, I thought the Rangers did a good job forcing turnovers, and generating chances. Saw lots of cross crease passes and tips, though alot went wide.

    Hank was fine and several guys got the monkey off their back. Hopefully this is the spark that will get things going.

    • Oct 22, 2017 at 3:28 am

      I agree, it was a massive win against a very good team. I think they were badly outplayed… but they found a way to win, and that is what good teams do. Hayes best game of the season by far.

      Time to build on this and dig ourselves out of the early hole.

      Next 5 Games:
      -San Jose
      -Golden Knights

      Let’s go 4-1 and start digging ourselves out of this.

      Mac, Kreider, Hayes, Zuuc and Hank need to take lead.

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Hank just tied Glen Hall for 9th in all time wins.

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Miller quietly putting together some solid numbers.

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Missed the first period but saw the second predators goal ….. can only say that if desharnais wont cover his man standing right at the front of the crease and only watch him from a couple feet away……..bench him, trade him, release him……..
    The most important area on the ice is a 5 foot, 10 foot semi circle in front of each net…….CANNOT leave an opponent alone there , must tie him up, put a body on him…..dont allow him to screen goalie and get free wacks at the puck!!!!
    This really is a very simple game, control both crease areas and you will win a majority of games! But at least control your own!

    • Oct 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      The most important area on the ice is a 5 foot, 10 foot semicircle in front of each net”.

      Your math skills are as good as your on ice observations.

      • Oct 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm

        Haha, nice one! Do these circles overlap or intersect, or follow sequentially?

        • Oct 21, 2017 at 11:58 pm

          You never played the game , did you Bozo ???
          Where would you rather face a shot from, 5 ft, 10 ft or …..50 ft out?
          The closer in , the better for the shooter, why is that a difficult concept?

          • Oct 22, 2017 at 1:01 am

            Easy now, you’re the one talking nonsense here…”a 5 foot, 10 foot semicircle in front of each net”–what exactly is that? Does the semicircle exist as both measurements simultaneously, or are they two separate semicircles? Does this doubly measured semicircle function like the Bermuda Triangle, or more like a rental property?

          • Oct 22, 2017 at 4:01 am

            Relax buddy. As the candidate pointed out what is a 5 foot, 10 foot semicircle???????

            Must be a type of geometry where Mcilrath is an allstar and Grabner maintains a 20% shooting percentage.

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    ” do you believe in miracles !”

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    This biggest difference to me from 2013-14, was that we were away for the first 13 (can’t remember exact number, maybe 9?) games due to the renovations. This year its just about the opposite. Still, we have been a better road team the last few years, maybe that turns out to help us this year????? I am trying to stay optimistic.

    • Oct 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

      The problem is that unless they now go on a run to basically get to .500 in the next week or so, they will basically have to win on a 103 pt pace the rest of the way.

      Unfortunately, the Rangers are in the toughest division in the NHL and that is a tall order. It can be done but the odds are against them because, quite honestly, they are not good enough as of now.

      You can’t win the Cup in October but you can lose it. Winning 5 in a row in regulation gets them back on track. They won yesterday but tell me you feel confident after the last 40 minutes of yesterday’s game. They barely hung on and the King saved them, again.

      They have yet to play was is remotely close to playing a complete 60 minutes. Even the 2-0 win against the Habs, the Rangers were dominated in that game.

  • Oct 21, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    First period, hard on the puck, forechecking…

    Yes please, that’s the formula. I had mentioned just this morning that the turnovers were a problem due to a lack of effort and overall laziness.

    Today was much better. AV gets a stay of execution at least for one more game.

    If anyone saw it, after it was over, AV gave Ruff a look like “phew.”

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