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New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
2012-2013 Records: Tampa (6-1-0), Rangers (3-4-0)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
TBL Leading Scorer: Steve Stamkos (5-9-14)
NYR Goaltender: Martin Biron (1 GP, 1.95 GAA, .95 SV%)
TBL Goaltender: Ander Lindback (6 GP, 2.83 GAA, .911 SV%)
New York Rangers Tickets.
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Taylor Pyatt
Mike Rupp-Brian Boyle-Benn Ferriero
Stu Bickel-Jeff Halpern-Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
Matt Gilroy-Anton Stralman
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Chris Kreider (ankle), Steve Eminger (healthy), Ryan Callahan (shoulder)
Preview: The Lightning are really firing on all cylinders right now. They are not just winning games. They are beating teams with conviction. In 7 games, they’ve only once failed to score 4+ goals.
And it’s not just the big three (Stamkos, Lecavalier, St. Louis) that are finding twine. Tampa is also getting scoring from their defense and their unheralded secondary forwards like the diminutive Cory Conacher (5’8 175 lb ). An undrafted player out of Canisius College (um where?), Cory is having a breakout rookie campaign with 12 points in 7 games.
As for their systems, Tampa is more than “just another trap team”. Guy Boucher has the Lightning running a 1-3-1 forecheck. Contrary to what the media will tell you, the 1-3-1 can be an aggressive forecheck or a neutral zone trap depending on the puck’s location. However, unlike other trap teams, Boucher also gives his defensemen free reign to join the rush. So they are not a traditional “defense first” team.
Overall, Tampa just feasts on transition rushes. The Rangers are really going to have to elevate their game tonight. Everyone on this roster will have a tough matchup, so it will be imperative that they stay disciplined and manage the puck well.
Fun Fact: Tampa is home to the most strip clubs per square mile.
Crazy Thought: More power play goals would be nice.
Opposition Blog: Bolts By The Bay
BEST OF MAXIM
Oscar Lindberg scored the game winner for Skelleftea last night in their 2-0 victory. The goal helped Lindberg continue his scoring pace, where he is still top-5 in the notoriously low-scoring SEL with a line of 15-20-35 in 44 games.
Lindberg is expected to come to the US after this SEL year is finished. Many already have him penciled into the Rangers lineup next Fall, although he...
Carl Hagelin’s metrics show he will come around.
Around here, we like to use some advanced metrics –in addition to the eye test– to analyze how the Rangers are performing from a defensive standpoint. We use quality of competition, offensive zone starts, and RCorsi, all at even strength. Relative Corsi (RCorsi) is a stat we like to use here to measure puck possession. A positive...
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The Rangers opened the season 3-4-0. Sure, it’s not the start everyone had envisioned, especially with both Ryan Callahan and Chris Kreider out with injuries, but it’s only marginally worse than last year’s 3-2-2 start through seven games. That start included four games against non-playoff teams. This year the Rangers played the Penguins twice, the Flyers...
Since the Rangers obtained Brandon Mashinter from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Tommy Grant, he has done nothing but impress for the CT Whale.
The 6' 4" Mashinter has 2g, 4a in his seven games with the Whale and has been more than willing to drop the gloves when necessary, as seen here in last night's 5-4, OT loss to Bridgeport (2:15 mark)...
TAMPA -- It took a backup goaltender, of all things, to finally slow down the Tampa Bay Lightning and to settle down the New York Rangers. Martin Biron made 30 saves behind a defensive effort that left difficult-to-impress head coach John Tortorella "really happy" Saturday, and the Rangers held on for a 3-2 win that broke the Lightning's five-game win streak. Tampa...
Sorry for not posting this yesterday. My plan was to have this up before the game, but my car died and I had to wait for a jump. By the time I got in, the game had started. To make up for it, this post will cover both Friday and Saturday.
Boo Nieves, the Rangers second round pick in 2012, had a great weekend in Michigan’s sweep of Michigan State. In the first game, Nieves had two...
When it comes to winning a hockey game in the NHL, teams must be consistent in their play and have some stability whether it is with their offense, defense or goaltending.
Tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Rangers got the stability in goal they needed from back-up Martin Biron (30 saves) and consistently put pucks on net in a 3-2 victory in Tampa Bay for their...
Bergen Record - Rangers blanked by Penguins, 3-0, at the Garden
Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Marc Staal upset about non-call on Malkin
New York Post - Penguins shut out sloppy Rangers
New York Post - Blueshirts miss Callahan’s hard-nosed play
Daily News - Pens get to Rangers, Hank early in 3-0 win
New York Times - Inattention Contributes to Problems for...
Rick Nash scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night.
The Rangers took a 2-1 lead on Nash's second goal of the season, coming at 3:04 of the third period. He skated in from the right wing boards, eluded Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman and jammed the puck past goalie Mathieu Garon.
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to begin a two-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-4-0 (6 [...]
Backed by strong performances from Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin, the New York Rangers skated past the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road, 3-2. For a full box score, head over to Yahoo! Sports.
...Welcome to the season Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin. Excellent, hard-nosed performances by them to end respective goal droughts. Felt Taylor Pyatt really drove that second line tonight...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Rick Nash scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday night.
The Rangers took a 2-1 lead on Nash's second goal of the season, coming at 3:04 of the third period. He skated in from the right wing boards, eluded Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman and jammed the puck past goalie Mathieu...
The New York Rangers (3-4-0) travel to Tampa Bay to faceoff against the Lightning ( 6-1-0) at the Tampa Bay Times Forum starting at 7:00 pm. For a preview, go to Yahoo! Sports.
Rangers Game Notes
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