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New Jersey Devils
2012-2013 Records: Devils (4-1-3), Rangers (4-4-0)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
NJD Leading Scorer: David Clarkson (5-4-9)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (7 GP, 2.79 GAA, .904 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Martin Broedeur (6 GP, 2.75 GAA, .899 SV%)
New York Rangers Tickets.
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Taylor Pyatt
Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Brian Boyle
Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
Stu Bickel-Anton Stralman
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Steve Eminger (healthy), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Ryan Callahan (shoulder)
Preview: The Devils are an interesting team. They always lose someone important to their club, their goalie is 40, but yet they always find a way to win. This year is no different at 4-1-3, although that’s really just the same 4-4 that the Rangers are at. This offseason, the Devils lost Zach Parise and pretty much their entire coaching staff, but they still keep chugging along.
The Devils are also an interesting team because of the way they play. Gone are the 1-4 trapping teams of days past. The Devils are one of the few NHL teams that actually use two separate forechecking systems. In the early going –and as we saw last year in the playoffs– 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, much like the Flyers. However, unlike the Flyers –who switch to a 2-3 LW lock– the Devils switch to a 1-2-2 hybrid trap. This strategy is designed to disrupt offensive breakouts and clog up the neutral zone. This is often confused with the 1-4 trap, but these styles are not the same. The 1-2-2 can still be used as a transition offense in case of a turnover.
The similarities continue in their own end as well. 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).
In the end, the Devils are a lot like the Rangers nowadays. They will rely on their big names (Kovalchuk, Zajac, Clarkson, Henrique, Elias) to light the lamp, and use their depth to stifle the opposition. Where the Devils are exploitable is on the blue line. They have a solid top-four, but that bottom pairing leaves a lot to be desired.
Sound familiar? It should.
Fun Fact: Random people ask to borrow your phone in Newark.
Crazy Thought: Still hoping for a powerplay goal.
Opposition Blog: In Lou We Trust
BEST OF MAXIM
Pyatt has proven to be a nice addition so far by Glen Sather
Strike up another successful acquisition by Glen Sather. Taylor Pyatt –all 6’4 and 230 lbs of him– has proven to be a solid add to the Rangers, even though we’re still too early in the year to make significant conclusions. While Sather goes about adding integral pieces to roster like Rick Nash and Brad Richards...
While most of the focus in the WHL is on Michael St. Croix, Shane McColgan is also scoring at a point per game pace, and doing so on a Saskatoon team that is nowhere near as loaded as St. Croix’s Edmonton squad. Last night was no different, as McColgan added an assist in Saskatoon’s 5-4 win. As for St. Croix, he added a goal in Edmonton’s 4-3 overtime win. Both players are...
One of the few bright spots last night was Chris Kreider's absolute snipe in the third period...
...i guess the ankle is ok. You can see him entering the zone with a head of steam and Richards lead him perfectly down the wing. And then obviously he unleashes just a nasty shot. After seeing a play like that it seems unfathomable that he only had five goals in 33 games...
Blueshirts United reports that after not playing Wednesday night, Dan Girardi did not participate in today's optional practice.
John Tortorella would only say that he's "not sure" of Girardi's status for tomorrow night's game against the Islanders.
...Girardi had only missed two games the last five seasons before last night, so it really must be...
Bergen Record - Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist refuses to look back
Bergen Record - Andrew Gross: Taylor Pyatt solid addition, but Rangers still tweaking roster
New York Post - Rangers face Devils in Newark for first time since Eastern Conference finals
Daily News - Rangers-Devils renew rivalry that's hot as hell
New York Times - For Lundqvist, Question Gets...
The Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers are trying to shake things up after getting off to slow starts by engaging in a trade. The Wild sent forward Darroll Powe and minor-league forward Nick Palmieri to the Rangers in exchange for forward Michael Rupp. The Wild also also recalled top prospect Charlie Coyle, who was expected to make his NHL debut on Monday against Phoenix. ...
The New York Rangers have traded forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. More on this trade later. … shocked the Rangers were able to trade Rupp and get two forwards back in the deal. At the current moment I do not know what to make of it [...]
Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that the Rangers are having an identity crisis right now...
"Everyone understood this team would be more top-heavy following an offseason in which Rick Nash came but Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust departed. Everyone could see the added skill level. But the Rangers, a guts-’n-glory team if there...
Yes Rangers fans, after last night's 0-for-5 on the power play, the Blueshirts are 3-for-35 with the extra man on the season!!!!! That's a success rate of 8.6%, good for last place in the NHL.
Of those three goals, Ryan Callahan has two of them and Taylor Pyatt has one.
That's right, Brad Richards, Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik have combined for ZERO power play...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Everyone understood this team would be more top-heavy following an offseason in which Rick Nash came but Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust departed. Everyone could see the added skill level. But the Rangers, a guts-’n-glory team if there ever were one, seem to be grappling for an identity in this new season...
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports on how John Tortorella's decision to move Brian Boyle to the wing against Tampa on Saturday night benefited him and the team.
Here's Boyle on the move...
"It's just a little bit more concentrated on one spot," Boyle said of the wing, where he's played "certain shifts here and there, maybe a game or two...
For the New York Rangers, tonight must have seemed familiar as the team was beaten by the strong performances of New Jersey Devils' forward David Clarkson and netminder Martin Brodeur in a 3-1 loss.
Clarkson continues to show that last year was not a fluke as he picked up his sixth and seventh goal of the year by doing something the Rangers have not done often enough this season...
The New Jersey Devils have announced that they have acquired center Andrei Loktionov from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for their 5th round pick in 2013.
Loktionov, 22, had 22 points in 37 games with the Kings AHL affiliate, Manchester, this season.
The Devils have announced Loktionov will be assigned to Albany for the time being.
Loktionov is loaded with skill and has...
Records: Islanders (4-4-1), Rangers (4-5-0)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
NJD Leading Scorer: John Tavares (4-7-11)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (8 GP, 2.83 GAA, .900 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Evgeni Nabokov (8 GP, 2.99 GAA, .905 SV%)
New York Rangers Tickets.
Taylor Pyatt-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
The Providence Bruins have taken the pledge.
The P-Bruins became the latest professional sports team to join in the effort to end homophobia in sports, an effort that is being led by the You Can Play Project. The ongoing project, created by Philadelphia Flyers scout Chris Burke (son of former Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke), was built to honor the memory of Chris’ brother...