Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 10/12/13
(Jeff Gross/Getty Images) The Rangers are in St. Louis trying to avoid getting embarrassed for a third straight game after losing the last two by a combined score of 15-2 in San Jose and Anaheim. That 15-2 shellacking includes a four period run where the Rangers were outscored 13-1. Suffice it to say, I think we would be ok with New York not looking like a pee-wee team tonight. That will be tough, as Ken Hitchcock’s Blues are a formidable opponent. In Ken Hitchcock’s previous runs, he was a very passive coach that ran a trapping system. In St. Louis, they are a little bit of a hybrid. They run an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck, but switch to a passive 1-2-2 or 1-4 with a lead. They are fairly aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes, playing an overload style and collapsing down if the pass to the weak side gets through. Their powerplay strategy is an umbrella, and their penalty kill formations are hybrid (depends on puck location/situation). Rangers lineup (probable): Benoit...
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