Well, Tuesday night’s game was one of the worst we have ever seen. The Rangers were absolutely embarrassed, and now they are in Anaheim –hopefully with a new-found passion– to right the ship. Adding to the rough road to redemption is the injury to Rick Nash, who was sent back to New York earlier today and will not play until the Rangers come back East. The lineup was shuffled to compensate for this.
Bruce Boudreau’s Ducks run an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck like the Sharks and Kings and keep up a high pace no matter the score or time left in the game. They are not afraid to get the D involved in the rush and will look to fly the zone early if there’s a chance for a break. They are fairly aggressive when it comes to defensive zone schemes sending a forward to challenge the points while everyone else collapses in the zone and overload the half boards. Their powerplay strategy is a 1-3-1. Their penalty kill formation is generally a diamond force, which sends a player high to challenge the point.
Rangers lineup (probable):
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
PP2: Del Zotto-Girardi-Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello
Scratches: Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Justin Falk (healthy)
Game time is 10pm tonight. We are in for another long night. Don’t forget to check out New York Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games.