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The Predators complete the back-to-back turn tonight at MSG against the New York Rangers. The Predators dominated the first period in their win against the NY Islanders and came away with a 3-1 victory and extending the win streak to five.
The Rangers are on a tear winning 6 out of the last 8 but only 1-2-0 in the last three games. Their last loss came on January 15th against a sub-par Montreal team and their backup goalie Peter Budaj.
Can the Predators play under the microscope of nationwide coverage and continue the streak? Game time is at 6:30 central on NBC Sports Channel.
This Year’s Series: N/A
Looking at the Rangers: Simply put, the Rangers are a dangerous team with top notch talent in all aspects of their game. Offensive skills: look to none other than Gaborik, Richards, Callahan and Stepan. On the defensive side, the Rangers have great two-way play from Del Zotto, McDonagh and Girardi (voted to his first All-Star appearance).
And the netminder is one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL…Henrik Lundqvist whose GAA and SV% is among the top in the league. The Rangers are still tops in the Eastern Conference with 60 points and are tied with St. Louis and Chicago for the NHL lead.
Looking at the Predators: It starts with contributions from everybody. Three different lines scored for the Predators in yesterday’s win. The best and most unlikely contributor this season for Nashville has been Matt Halischuk.
On the fourth line, he has produced 14 points, 10 of which are goals which puts him in the top five on the Predators. Not bad considering Halischuk was an afterthought to the trading of Jason Arnott.
One would think that Rinne would get the night off tonight, but these are two much needed points against a top-flight team in the Rangers. Expect Trotz to go with the hot hand of Rinne but have Lindback ready in case the Rangers light it up early on in the contest.
For the Rangers to win: Play from the goalie forward. The Rangers need to rely on their defense and goaltending to stop Nashville from jumping out early like they did against the Islanders.
Staying out of the penalty box is another key to the Rangers getting the W. Although Nashville didn’t score on their one PP against the Islanders, allowing Nashville more PP opportunities can be deadly with their man-advantage ranked 2nd in the NHL.
For the Predators to win: Conserve energy. With Ryan Suter doubtful for tonight’s game, it is imperative for the Predators to use short shifts and roll all four lines to keep up with the Rangers. Back-to-back games are tough and many teams get out-hustled towards the end of the game. With the spotlight of national coverage to boot, the Predators are in for a long night.
If Rinne is starting, the defensive units have to clear the crease and give him room to track the puck. They need to limit the amount of shots on Rinne while pushing the puck out of the defensive zone. If Nashville’s defense can step up and keep the pressure in the opposing zone, the Predators have a great chance of stealing two points from a stellar Eastern Conference squad.
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The following is a press release from the Predators...Nashville, Tenn. (January 18, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forward Chris Mueller (KRIHS MEW-luhr) to Milwaukee (AHL).Mueller, 25 (3/6/86), suited up for two games during his four-day recall, going pointless. He returns to Milwaukee...
Nashville, Tenn. (January 18, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forward Chris Mueller (KRIHS MEW-luhr) to Milwaukee (AHL).
Mueller, 25 (3/6/86), suited up for two games during his four-day recall, going pointless. He returns to Milwaukee where he leads the team in points (15g-11a-26pts...
New York Rangers 3, Nashville Predators 0
Madison Square Garden
January 17, 2012
* Coming into Tuesday’s game, the Rangers were 20-1-1 this season when scoring first.
* Additionally, they were 17-0-2 when leading after two periods.
* Ryan Suter missed the game with an upper-body injury.
* Seeing as how this is his first absence this season, the Predators are...
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… Ryan Callahan said what I was thinking, this isn’t your typical Rangers from the last few seasons. One loss does not snowball out of control and lead to long losing streaks. They have bounced back very quickly from a loss to take control of the next game. If the Rangers keep playing this way, [...]
6:30 PM CT – Predators (26-15-4) @ Rangers (28-11-4)Players to watch:NSH- Shea WeberWith Ryan Suter likely out, the onus will be on the defense to step up collectively. Look for Weber’s ice-time to be in the 28-30 minute range.NYR- Brad RichardsRichards has gone pointless over the last four games, but has 23 points in 20 career games vs. Nashville.Starting goaltenders:NSH- Pekka...
Rangers don’t win in Montreal. Period. Anyone who is shocked we lost should have their head examined. We don’t win in Montreal. WE DON’T WIN IN MONTREAL. Rangers should just concede these 2 games every year and not even make the trip.
That’s all I’m going to say on this game. Honestly, I probably should have just written this one before the game and skipped it altogether...
Bergen Record - Marc Staal struggling to find comfort zoneNew York Post - Rangers confident slump will endDaily News - Rangers need to light the lampNew York Times - Dilapidated Distinction for the Rangers’ BestNewsday - Rangers hope Dubinsky can add firepowerRemember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Patrick Hoffman of PowerScout Hockey says today “believe it or not, this year’s Rangers’ hockey club might have their best chance to win a Cup since 1994.” And I have to say I totally agree with my good friend. The “King” is 19-9-4 with a 1.95 goals against average, a .935 save percentage and 3 [...]
This, as expected, was a relatively boring game. The Predators ran their 1-2-2/1-4 trap to perfection, but the Rangers were able to adjust to a dump and chase and generate some goals off board play. In the end, it was a grind it out game that had the Rangers emerge victorious, with another shutout for Henrik Lundqvist. This was a very important win for the Rangers who had lost two...
Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Rangers: 28-11-4 (60 pts)
Predators: 26-15-4 (56 pts)
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