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After a hot start, the Devils have crashed back to Earth, and sit two points ahead of the Rangers in the standings, although the Rangers have a game in hand. In the month of March, the Devils have struggled mightily, posting a record of 3-4-2. For comparisons sake, the Rangers have a record of 5-4-0 in that span. This is one of those four point swing games, and it would benefit the Rangers in the long run to win this in regulation and prevent the Devils from getting points.
As we’ve touched on in the past, the Devils use two separate forechecking systems. In the early going the Devils play a 2-1-2 forecheck, the same system that the Rangers play. This strategy is designed to create turnovers from sending two forecheckers deep and having a roamer around the high slot to capitalize on bad passes. Once the Devils get a lead, they switch forechecking strategies to a 1-2-2 hybrid trap. This strategy is designed to disrupt offensive breakouts and clog up the neutral zone. This is actually very common in the NHL nowadays.
In the defensive zone, the Devils –much like the Rangers– play a shot-blocking collapsing box style. However, unlike the Rangers, the Devils’ wingers have the freedom to attack the point if the matchup is right (i.e.: When a slow-footed defenseman is out on the ice). They also rely on their goaltender a bit, and Johan Hedberg has proven capable of backstopping this club that is without Martin Brodeur.
On special teams, the Devils and the Rangers are similar. The Devils play your standard umbrella powerplay, although unlike the Rangers, they will not switch to a 1-3-1 at specific times. On the penalty kill, the Devs play a rotation between a box and a diamond, depending on puck location and the setup of the opposition. Expect a diamond when the Rangers run an umbrella, and a box if the Rangers switch to a 1-3-1.
For more on Torts’ systems, click here.
2012-2013 Records: Hurricanes (15-11-1), Rangers (13-12-2)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (9-14-23)
NJD Leading Scorer: Patrick Elias (9-18-27)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (24 GP, 2.24 GAA, .921 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Johan Hedberg (16 GP, 2.71 GAA, .888 SV%)
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Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-JT Miller
Micheal Haley-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Steve Eminger-Roman Hamrlik
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Arron Asham (back), Marc Staal (eye), Stu Bickel (healthy), Matt Gilroy (healthy)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm
Torts’ post-game interview from Monday:
BEST OF MAXIM
“Line changes? what line changes?”
For the sake of himself, the Rangers, and their entire season, John Tortorella needs to do something that is almost foreign to him as a coach and stick to his line combinations for the rest of the season. The Rangers season, and indeed the coach’s own future, may depend on his willingness to do just that.
Against the Hurricanes Monday night...
Back in the offseason I spoke frequently about the Rangers need to acquire players who fit their team template. The three main ingredients needed to restock the Rangers were roster balance, skating, and effort. As the deadline approaches, the Rangers should stick to those three ingredients when evaluating their own team and what’s available on the marketplace.
As for Tortorella...
The Rangers came into this game riding the momentum of solid second and third periods on Monday night. I mentioned on Twitter that this was perfect timing for a back to back, as it gives the Rangers less time to forget what they did right. This was a complete 60 minute effort in a very entertaining contest. The biggest thing is that the Rangers came away with two points in regulation...
Lost in the glow of last night's huge victory over the Devils was Henrik Lundqvist taking a vicious elbow from teammate Dan Girardi that left the Rangers goaltender dazed and blurry eyed according to Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post.
Here's Lundqvist on his physical condition after the game...
“I had some headaches the rest of the game. I think it was just...
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The Rangers succeeded last year because they executed. They followed the system, they executed and they won. Many are looking at the coaching staff for the three game slide, but in reality it’s about execution from the players.
It’s been widely known that coach Tortorella uses a 2-1-2 forecheck, which is not a defensive system. It’s a bit of a misnomer...
Michael Del Zotto scored a short-handed goal and set up Rick Nash's game winner to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the struggling New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Carl Hagelin also scored and Henrik Lundqvist had 29 saves as the Rangers won their second game in two nights after a three-game losing streak and moved into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout and New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
The 20-year-old Miller skated in slowly on Dan Ellis and briefly lost the puck before calmly gathering it and scoring from a tough angle near the goal line. Rick Nash...
Match-up - New York Rangers (14-12-2) @ New Jersey Devils (13-10-6)
Road/Home records - 4-7-1 -------------- 9-4-2
TV - MSG, MSG-Plus
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Devils lead 1-0
Last 10: Rangers 6-4-0 / Devils 3-5-2
Projected starting goalies - Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) vs Johan Hedberg (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
New York (R) - 2.29...
from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,
Before the puck dropped on the 2012-13 season, it wasn't hard to find prognosticators willing to say the New York Rangers were going to win the Stanley Cup. On this web site alone, six experts picked the Rangers to reach their first Cup Final since 1994 with three of them choosing the Rangers to win it all.
It wasn't tough to see why the...
The first question everyone was asking after Marc Staal took a vicious puck to the eye was whether he was OK. The next question was whether he would start wearing a visor.
Hurricanes center Jordan Staal spoke about his brother Monday and said Marc is working his way back from the injury. He also had some inside information on the visor question.
“We asked him. I think he’s gonna...
During his month and a half in the NHL, JT Miller has proven that no moment is too big for him, including last night when he was put in position to get the Rangers two crucial points in the shootout...
Here's John Tortorella on Millers' shootout winner...
"I wanted to go with him and he almost fanned. He went so slow I think he missed it three or four times...
Martin Brodeur is getting close, but Johan Hedberg is expected to be in net again for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
He may not need much offensive help against the punchless New York Rangers.
The Devils look to avoid a three-game losing streak as they go for their fifth consecutive win over the visiting Rangers.
Brodeur, who has missed 12 games with a pinched nerve in...