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After Monday night’s sloppy loss in Toronto, the Rangers are looking to exact revenge on the Leafs tonight in the series finale at The Garden. There is a lot at stake tonight for the Rangers, who are sitting in the 8th spot in the East. They trail the Islanders by two points (with a game in hand), and are tied with Winnipeg (with two games in hand). A win tonight moves them to 6th, tied in points with the Islanders and Senators. The Rangers would have the tiebreaker (ROW/head to head) on both.
On the ice, the Leafs are a strong skating 2-1-2 forechecking team, similar to the Rangers. However, once they get a late lead, they will drop guys back in the neutral zone and trap. In the defensive zone, the Leafs generally play a collapsing box, which is also used by the Rangers and leaves the point men open for opportunities. Their powerplay (umbrella) is fairly standard. On the kill, the Leafs will rotate between a diamond (when the Rangers are playing an umbrella PP) and wedge + 1 (when the Rangers are playing a 1-3-1). They may also use the wedge+1 when the Rangers are using an umbrella to change it up.
For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.
2012-2013 Records: Maple Leafs (22-13-4), Rangers (19-16-4)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (17-18-35)
TOR Leading Scorer: Nazem Kadri (17-23-40)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (34 GP, 2.13 GAA, .926 SV%)
TOR Goaltender: James Reimer (25 GP, 2.55 GAA, .919 SV%)
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Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Ryane Clowe-Brad Richards-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Derek Brassard-Brian Boyle
Taylor Pyatt-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Steve Eminger
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy), J.T. Miller (healthy)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm
Torts’ post-practice interview from Tuesday:
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The road to John Tortorella’s doghouse is paved with brutal sound bytes. “I’ve said all along that I think Chris [Kreider] has a lot to learn about the game and a lot to learn about being a pro, so this isn’t a shock to me,” the Rangers coach said when the rookie was returned to [...]
Although he has been criticized –especially early in the season– and he is without a shutout (yet), could Henrik Lundqvist quietly have moved into the Vezina candidates once again, this season?
With Craig Anderson and his other worldly numbers surely out of contention because a lack of games (16 games is surely not enough to warrant consideration), Lundqvist has...
During last night's telecast of the Rangers 3-2 shootout win against the Maple Leafs, Joe Micheletti mentioned that Brian Boyle has been dealing with some kind of sleeping disorder.
He went on to mention it again during the post game as he gave credit to Boyle for playing so well despite this malady.
After Micheletti reiterated his Boyle comments during Rangers Extra...
It’s been a while since New York has had a dynamic power-forward like Rick Nash. The most recent comparison is Jaromir Jagar from his 52 goal performance in the ’05/’06 season. Nash is not only a prolific scorer, but his 6’4″ 215 pound frame makes him nearly impossible to defend. With 17 goals and 18 assists Nash is playing at a perfect point per game pace. The...
So, apparently while I was renovating my bathroom there was some Rangers news. None bigger than Marc Staal reporting that he has begun skating for the first time since being sidelined by a puck to the eye on March 5th.
Staal, who took the ice for the first time yesterday and again today, said this about the injury (via Blueshirts United)...
"The first night the eye looked...
Jesper Fast missed his second straight game due to a lower body injury Sunday night, as the CT Whale lost to the Providence Bruins 1-0.
...sort of an inauspicious start to Fast's pro career. Let's hope this doesn't become a trend as sadly Fast has had issues staying healthy in the past, including a gruesome foot injury last season and a shoulder issue earlier this...
New York - Last night the New York Rangers earned two crucial points in their 3-2 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rangers bounced back beautifully after their defeat to the Maple Leafs on Monday in the first part of the home & home series. Last night, the defensive effort was palpable, and the sense of urgency throughout the lineup was on display.
Henrik looks to be returning to his Vezina Trophy winning form from a season ago. This is perfect timing as the rest of the New York Rangers as a whole seem to be following suit. The team has steadily become more consistent showing signs reminiscent of last year’s Atlantic Division Champions. The Rangers have always relied heavily on Lundqvist to win big games for them...
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
If he had to do it all over again, Marc Staal would have been wearing a visor when a shot by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen crashed into his right eye on Mar. 5. While he was fortunate to escape a career-threatening eye injury, the New York Rangers defenceman suffered facial fractures and still does not know when he can...
Pittsburgh- The New York Rangers simply ran into a goalie suddenly turned hot. With a 2-1 shootout loss tonight to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Rangers managed to gain 3 out of a possible 4 points in a home and home series versus the number one team in the Eastern Conference. They might not have had that same offensive fire-power they showed in Wednesday’s 6-1 route of the Penguins...
The Maple Leafs are in the enviable and unusual position of playing with house money, as they take on the New York Rangers in the second half of a home-and-home at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night.
With the 5-3 victory over the Rangers on Monday, the Leafs have opened up a six point lead on the Broadway Blueshirts and have guaranteed themselves at least a four point lead...
The 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night was not without any positive benefit for the Maple Leafs. The single point earned in the defeat gave Toronto three of a possible four points in the home-and-home series, putting them solidly in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings, five points ahead of the Senators, Islanders and Rangers...
Toronto- The New York Rangers fell short tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3. Playing their fourth game in six nights, the Rangers ran into a fresher Toronto club that was able to take the first game in a home & home series. After holding both the Penguins (twice) and the Hurricanes to two goals or fewer, the four goals allowed tonight was only the third time all...
The New York Rangers (19-16-4) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (22-13-4) at Madison Square Garden starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
Rangers Game Notes
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Boy were the Rangers sloppy in this one. Michael Del Zotto had a very rough game, and had three separate miscues that led directly to Leafs goals. The Leafs aren’t elite, but they are good enough that if you make miscues like that they will capitalize. Rick Nash and Derek Stepan were able to keep this game interesting with timely goals, but they represented 50% of the players that...