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The Rangers are set to play tonight in their second of back-to-backs, third game in four nights, and their fourth of five games in eight days. That’s a whole lotta hockey for the Rangers, who are in the middle of a four game winning streak, including last night’s come from behind OT win against the Islanders. The Sens on the other hand, have lost four in a row. The last time these two teams met the Rangers lost in a shootout, but the Sens lost goaltender Craig Anderson (who hasn’t played since). These shorthanded Sens are still without Anderson, Karlsson, and Jason Spezza.
As we discussed in the last game thread with the Sens, they are a bit of a different mold than the Rangers are used to. The Sens forechecking strategy is a bit complex, as they are a hybrid aggressive forechecking/lock team. When they are trailing or tied, they’ll send two or three guys after the puck in a 2-1-2 forecheck. When they are ahead though, they lock it up with a 1-1-3 forecheck, a variation of the 2-3 lock. A 1-1-3 is how you would expect, with one guy deep, one guy high to pounce on a turnover, and three guys back at the blueline to protect against odd man rushes.
In the defensive zone, the Sens rely on an overload to outnumber their opponents along the wall. This is designed to create turnovers along the wall and stifle the opposition’s ability to cycle the puck. Accurate passes to the weak side defenseman result in good scoring chances, as do defensive miscues. Depending on puck location, the Sens will also drop to a low zone collapse –like the Rangers– to clog the middle.
On special teams, the Sens run an umbrella powerplay and a diamond penalty kill.
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2012-2013 Records: Senators (12-8-4), Rangers (12-8-2)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (8-12-20)
OTT Leading Scorer: Kyle Turris (4-9-13)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (19 GP, 2.20 GAA, .921 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Robin Lehner (2 GP, 1.87 GAA, .951 SV%)
New York Rangers Tickets
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik-JT Miller-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Darroll Powe
Stu Bickel-Jeff Halpern-Michael Haley
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Roman Hamrlik-Steve Eminger
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Brad Richards (Patrick Kaleta), Marc Staal (eye), Arron Asham (back), Matt Gilroy (healthy)
Broadcast Info: MSG Network 7:00p
Torts post-game interview from Thursday:
BEST OF MAXIM
Yesterday, Rick Nash was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio)...
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...interesting to hear him say that the Islanders are his favorite rival so far. With the Islanders recent struggles, most Rangers fans have gotten away from them as the most hated foe. But with the Fishsticks in the mix this year...
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Rangers and the Islanders played a tight game before Rangers won in OT
The Rangers beat the Islanders 2-1 in overtime, in a game that was a goaltending duel and in a game that was well contested by both teams. Both clubs had chances, both clubs played relatively well in all three zones but in the end it was the Rangers improving powerplay that was the difference. We discussed earlier...
In the game recap comments section last night, reader "slapshot13j" asked if anyone knew when the last time a 3rd or 4th line player scored in a game for the Rangers was.
While I assumed this was a rhetorical question, TheNYRBlog's James Wrabel actually came up with the answer: February 10th by Arron Asham vs. the Lightning.
That can't be. It's impossible...
Well, it certainly took them long enough!
22 games into this year’s NHL season, the Rangers have finally started to come around. Not exactly in terrific position in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but with a three-point lead on ninth-seeded Winnipeg and two points below sixth-seeded Ottawa, New York finally is back on track.
The biggest reason for the Blueshirts finding...
While the New York Rangers are thrilled that Rick Nash is providing a long-awaited spark, their thoughts are likely more focused on Marc Staal.
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With just about half of the regular season in the books, I thought it a great time to look back on some of the moves from last summer and how they've impacted their teams as the playoff push begins.
Players like Brandon Prust in Montreal, James van Riemsdyk in Toronto, Rick Nash in New York, Alex Semin...
Let’s Go Boys!
Mornin’, everyone. The Canucks are in Ohio tonight to take on the Columbus Bluejackets, who despite winning their last two games are still dead last in the NHL. Vancouver is coming off of a disappointing Tuesday night shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Tonight’s game is the first of a three game road trip that sees them play the Bluejackets twice. Seems kind...
Fatigue may have played a role as the New York Rangers' winning streak ended their last time out, while the Washington Capitals also couldn't extend their run in their latest game.
Both teams may be tired Sunday as they continue busy stretches of schedule at Washington, where the Capitals have won four in a row.
New York (12-9-2) battled back to erase a two-goal deficit...
The Rangers hope to keep rolling as their six-game stay in New York ends, but they haven't had much home success against the Ottawa Senators lately.
Things could be different this time with the Senators struggling to find wins on the road.
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The Isles have started March well, winning their first two games to start the month. However, their February record of 4-9-1 really countered their hot start and has made the Isles another team that is jockeying for a playoff berth. While it’s unlikely they remain in the hunt, they still play the Rangers tough every game.
As mentioned in...