The Rangers are in Carolina to play their second game in as many days and third in four days. That stretch is tough for any team, but the Rangers had to do this with their first two games against the Penguins, of which they took three of four points. Taking three much-needed points against the Penguins was a huge boost to the Rangers, but they need to avoid the trap game tonight against Carolina, who is in complete free fall mode, losing three in a row and have gone 1-9-1 in their last eleven.
On the ice, the Canes play a 1-2-2 hybrid trap, meaning they may forecheck when the opportunity presents itself, but will mainly play a trapping style. Based on the score, they may switch to a 2-1-2 forecheck to pressure the defense and cause turnovers to get back in the game.
In the defensive zone, the Canes play a variation of the low zone collapse. They collapse four guys in the middle, but send one man out to pressure the puck. That man will vary, and depends on puck location.
On special teams, the Canes run an umbrella powerplay and alternate between a diamond, a wedge+1, and a box penalty kill depending on the type of power play they are defending against.
For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.
2012-2013 Records: Hurricanes (16-18-2), Rangers (18-15-4)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (14-17-31)
CAR Leading Scorer: Eric Staal (16-24-40)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (32 GP, 2.11 GAA, .925 SV%)
CAR Goaltender: Dan Ellis (14 GP, 3.01 GAA, .905 SV%)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm
Torts’ post-practice interview from Friday: