The Rangers and Devils will be the first two teams to ever play a hockey game at Yankee Stadium. That’s pretty cool. As for the game itself, this has pretty big implications in the standings. The Devils are two points back of the Rangers (who are in second place). So it goes without saying that this game is very important for both clubs. Both should come out firing on all cylinders. For those at the game, have fun. For those who aren’t, enjoy being warm.
The Devils use two separate forechecking systems. In the early going the Devils play a 2-1-2 forecheck, but once the Devils get a lead, they switch forechecking strategies to a 1-2-2 hybrid trap. In the defensive zone, the Devils play an overload/low zone collapse style similar to what the Rangers want to execute. On special teams, the Devils play your standard umbrella powerplay. On the penalty kill, the Devs play a rotation between a box and a diamond, depending on puck location and the setup of the opposition.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
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