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Tonight the Rangers are in Montreal for a rematch with the Canadiens, but are doing so extremely shorthanded. The Blueshirts will be without Rick Nash (unknown), Darroll Powe (concussion), Arron Asham (back spasms), and may be without Michael Del Zotto (lower body) and Marc Staal (flu). Christian Thomas was called up and will play tonight in his NHL debut.
The Rangers struggle in Montreal, amassing a record of 64-198-40-2, which is just awful. The Rangers also haven’t won there since Markus Naslund was in blue. On the bright side, coach John Tortorella decided to start Marty Biron tonight, mostly because Hank is awful in Montreal for some reason.
Under Michel Therrien, the Canadiens have switched to a 1-2-2 forecheck, but do use a 2-1-2 style infrequently based on the score and puck location. The forechecking styles are similar to what we’ve seen with multiple Ranger opponents this year. In the defensive zone, the Canadiens differ a bit from the Rangers in that they overload the boards first, then collapse low based on puck location. It’s actually very interesting, as Therrien said they overload because of their team size (note: small), and they use their speed to their advantage to outnumber the opponent on the wall and force turnovers.
The Canadiens also work an umbrella powerplay, but do so with much more success than the Rangers, which doesn’t say much. Their penalty kill is on par with the Rangers, although they are a little bit more passive than the Rangers, who play a 1-1-2 PK forecheck in the neutral zone, then sit back into a standard box in the defensive zone. The Canadiens do not pressure the puck on the PK in the neutral zone the way the Rangers do, but do pressure the point a bit more with a diamond PK.
2012-2013 Records: Canadiens (11-4-2), Rangers (8-6-1)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (3-9-12)
MTL Leading Scorer: Tomas Plekanec (8-5-13), Max Pacioretty (4-9-13)
NYR Goaltender: Martin Biron (3 GP, 2.31 GAA, .928 SV%)
MTL Goaltender: Carey Price (13 GP, 2.12 GAA, .919 SV%)
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Rangers Lines (unconfirmed):
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
JT Miller-Brian Boyle-Christian Thomas
Taylor Pyatt-Jeff Halpern-Brandon Mashinter
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Matt Gilroy
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Darroll Powe (concussion), Rick Nash (unknown), Arron Asham (back spasms), Stu Bickel (healthy)
Opposition Blog: Hockey Inside/Out
Broadcast Info: 7pm, MSG
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Today in his weekly Slap Shots column, Larry Brooks of the New York Post examines Brad Richards' slow start to the season and weighs the pros and cons of using a amnesty buyout on the Blueshirts alternate captain.
Obviously, there's every chance it's just a slump and not necessarily the decline of Richards' skills. Brooks acknowledges this by calling his article...
There was a lot going on today in Rangerland, and there may be some significant roster changes for tonight’s game. Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are dealing with the following injuries/lineup changes:
Arron Asham is out with back spasms. Christian Thomas has been recalled to take his roster spot.
To make room for Thomas, Rick Nash has been placed on IR, retroactive to last Saturday...
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The first was to Ryan McDonagh, who according to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record...
One thing I’ve learned in my years as a Rangers fan is that many of my peers are, shall we say passionate, about their team. This passion tends to lead many of my fellow Blue Shirt aficionados to overreact to everything from a hard-fought loss to a victory in a poorly played game. Come on, [...]
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The longer this season goes, the more I've been reminding my fellow Wings fans that the salary cap is going down from $70.2 million to $64.3 million this summer. It's probably going to stay at that level for some time as the NHLPA's share of the NHL's hockey-related revenues drops to 50% and stays there.
As such, even Detroit's $18.3 million in cap space, per...
In a microcosm of the Rangers lack of toughness, not a single Rangers player responded to Marty Biron getting run twice during last night's 3-0 to Montreal. Unless you want to count Brian Boyle's token yell a few Canadiens players after the second one.
However, after the game it was Biron who addressed the Rangers hardness issues...
Let me highlight the important...
I'm not one to make excuses. And the Rangers especially don't deserve any when they lose to an Ottawa team playing without Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, who also lost their starting goaltender to injury in the third period. But they were completely jobbed out of two goals in the third period.
The first came on the controversial play early in the period...
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Before the season started, Kevin brainstormed how many points it would take to make the playoffs in this lockout shortened season. Kevin concluded that it should take roughly 63 points to lead the conference and 53 points to make the playoffs, or a 1.12 point per game pace. As of today, the Rangers have 18 points in 16 games, averaging 1.13 points per game. That...
More than a quarter past the season already, this is something that the New York Rangers need to do if they want to get into the postseason.
Tonight, the Blueshirts are in Montreal to take on the Canadiens. These two clubs met on Tuesday night in what was more of a chess match than a hockey game and the Canadiens escaped Madison Square Garden with a 3-1 victory.
There is no doubt...
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Tonight the Rangers are without Rick Nash as they head to Ottawa, who is without Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza. The Sens, like the Rangers, also had a lot of roster turnover, losing Filip Kuba, Matt Carkner, Zenon Kenopka, and Bobby Butler. All that while adding Nick Foligno, Marc Methot, Mike Lundin, and Guillaume Latendresse.
The Sens gave the...
Despite a third period surge with goals from Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh, the New York Rangers lost to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout, 3-2. For a complete box score of the game, check out Yahoo! Sports.
- Felt the overall effort was better in comparison to the Montreal game (a beer league game would have been better), but we've yet to see the Rangers play at the...
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