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Game 61: Make trades!

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The Rangers are back in action tonight in Montreal, but that’s the last thing on everyone’s minds. The Rangers have recalled Vinny Lettieri, and with no new injuries to report, it means something is brewing. Unsure what (as of the writing of this post, at least). Until the trades happen, the games are not the first thing that comes to mind when the Blueshirts get mentioned.

The Habs just lost Shea Weber for the year, and are right in line with the Rangers in tanking. They won’t make the playoffs either. Marc Staal is back for the Rangers. Chris Kreider is close to returning too. It’s going to be an interesting few days.

Update: Nash and Grabner are healthy scratches. Something is imminent. Carey and Lettieri are in.

Habs Systems

Claude Julien is one of the top coaches in the game. He gets his team to play consistent team defense, and it has worked in Montreal. He starts with an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck early and then a more conservative 1-4 or 1-1-3 lock later with a lead. In the defensive zone, the he keeps it simple with a low zone collapse, defending in layers depending on puck location. On special teams, it’s again simple with an umbrella power play (perhaps a little 1-3-1 sprinkled in) and a wedge+1/diamond force penalty kill where they pressured for turnovers.

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

Habs Lines

Max Pacioretty-Jonathan Drouin-Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk-Phillip Danault-Charles Hudon
Paul Byron-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher
Nicolas Deslauriers-Byron Froese-Daniel Carr

Jordie Benn-Joe Morrow
Karl Alzner-Jeff Petry
Victor Mete-David Schlemko

PP1: Drouin-Galchenyuk-Pacioretty-Gallagher-Petry
PP2: Hudon-Lehkonen-Danault-Mete-Morrow

Carey Price gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Mats Zuccarello–Mika Zibanejad–Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey-Kevin Hayes-JT Miller
Vinny Lettieri-David DesharnaisJesper Fast
Cody McLeod-Peter HollandPaul Carey

Brady SkjeiNeal Pionk

John Gilmour

PP1: Nash-Zuccarello-Zibanejad-Miller-Skjei
PP2: Hayes-Desharnais-Lettieri-Gilmour-DeAngelo

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Chris Kreider (blood clot), Kevin Shattenkirk (knee), Ryan McDonagh (lingering something or other), Ondrej Pavelec (knee), Steven Kampfer (hand), Rick Nash (to be traded), Michael Grabner (to be traded)

Crazy Prediction: The rare mid-game trade.

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    1. Still suffering symptoms from Chris Kreider’s “ASSAULT”. Montreal fans still whining

  1. And Weber out the rest of the season. Also as I said on the last post.. Nash and Grabner not playing tonight

  2. Will miss Grabner. He is better and faster than Hagelin. He will take a team over the top for the cup. Doubt he will come back to NY. Hope we make zero trades with Pittsburg

    1. I’m looking at this from a different angle.
      I don’t care who we trade with as long as JG brings home the best deal possible.

  3. Sorry kids but the Habs are better than us at tanking. Watch them enter the draft lottery and come out with the #1 pick — put your tin foil hats on, you heard this conspiracy theory here first. lol

  4. Do not believe we will get equal value for grabner…
    In two years here he has —
    1. had more goals 52…than any other player
    2. had more even strength goals than any other player 48
    3. had the best =/- stat of any player + 33
    4. been our best threat to score when ever he is on ice
    5. been our best penalty killer
    6. Is only 30 years old and still our fastest skater!!!

    Unless we get a top 3 pick, how will trading him make us better????????

    1. So you can either

      a) attempt to re sign him during he offseason


      b) trade him for the highest return possible. And then attempt to re sign him in the offseason.

      Is this really anything but a no brainer?

      1. Wanna bet we dont resign him?????
        The idea of trading players is to get players who are BETTER than the ones you are giving up!!!!!
        We will see very shortly who is right…..
        I hope its you and we do resign him in the offseason……
        In fact the smartest move would be to trade him to the penguins for a #1 pick and more and then resign him in the offseason……

    2. “…only 30 years old…”—in other words, right at the age where you worry about anything more than a 2-year deal. Grabner’s career has been resurrected in NY, he’s an excellent 3rd line forward but will struggle in top 6 minutes.

      1. I dont think I have ever watched a ny rangers team with less talent on the ice than there is right now……
        Would you rather resign desharnais and carey and holland?
        Yes , they are younger and cheaper but at some point we need to add better players not younger and cheaper ones!
        Grabner has not slowed down at all and seems to be just hitting his stride…..I would think a 2 year contact would be ideal but some smarter team will give him 3-4 …….and watch him average 25 goals a year……

  5. If the goal of this team is to get better…..why dont we look into trading for evander kane? A scorer, has speed, youth and a nasty streak which this team sorely needs!!!!! Also leads all nhl players in shots on goal the last 4 years…
    Also matt martin is available…….
    This will get plenty of thumbs down but……on the first montreal goal new dman O’Gara fails to check/cover/make contact with plekanic who scores the goal…..
    the last dman we had who always check/cover/make contact with players in front of the net was McIlrath!!!!!!!

    1. The last damn we had who would always not skate/take un necessary penalties/ get waived multiple times in a season/go unclaimed for free by every team in the NHL several times in a single season / play for 3 different AHL teams in one season / Still not be in the NHL was Mcilrath!!!!!!!

    2. Rich S, SPEAKS THE TRUTH!! get Evander Kane, Matt Martin and if available a Josh Manson, Matthew Tkachuk , Max Domi, no one will ever take advantage of any Ranger player again!!

  6. I missed the 1st, but from what I’ve been watching makes it clear that AV’s systems have been largely thrown out the window. Yes, they’re bleeding shots, but they’re all from the perimeter

  7. Georgsieve getting peppered tonight so far. The smurfs are out matched. Hard to be a puck mover when your face is pushed up against the glass. I am going to miss watching Nash and Grabs play in Ranger blue. They provided some excitement to an offense that at times is lackadaisical.

    1. He made some big stops … Great footwork , nice backside recoveries , played the puck a little , rebounds were good as well. How about Staal,he looks like Cecil Turtle with the kids out there,lol

  8. Was this game the worst ever for Skjei . He has looked terrible lately handling the puck and passing .What is up with him did he read where he is one of the untouchables on the team . We need to get more for Nash than we did for Grabner . We got more from Boston for Holden

    1. You ever try and pull a square peg out of a round hole, especially when it’s been pounded on for 2 seasons?

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