The New York Rangers will look to rebound against the Anaheim Ducks off a tough, opening day OT loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Today is the 2nd and final game to be played in Stockholm, Sweden before the Rangers travel back stateside for the first time in nearly 2 weeks. The game can be seen on MSG at 1:00PM.
The only lineup change for today’s game is Erik Christensen, a healthy scratch in yesterday’s game, will play for Wojtek Wolski, who is out with a groin injury. All other lines remain the same as well as Henrik Lundqvist being in net.
Follow after the jump for the rest of the pre-game report.
The Ducks come in off their own loss at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres yesterday by a 4-1 score. Anaheim’s top line of Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry-Bobby Ryan, arguably the NHL’s most lethal line combination, were held scoreless. It’s a feat that rarely happens and, as John Tortorella points out to NY Daily News beat writer Pat Leonard, will motivate them even more.
“If we take a period off against this team, we’re in trouble … They’ll be ready to play. If a line like that is shut down, you know they’re ready – they’re gonna answer tonight. So that’s a huge part of our situation, is that top line.”
The Rangers will be looking for their own top line of Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik-Brandon Dubinsky to build off of their successes from yesterday’s game. A line Tortorella was impressed with Artem Anisimov’s, mainly their consistency throughout the entire game.
“It’s encouraging. I thought the second and third period, Brad Richards’ line played much better. The first period it was fed to them by their line, their top line, (Mike) Richards’ line. But it was encouraging as far as how Artie’s line was consistent throughout the night.”
According to Steve Zipay, Christensen will skate with Rupp and Zuccarello while Stepan slides down to 4th line in between Boyle and Prust.
RANGERS LINES (UPDATED):
Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Mike Rupp-Erik Christensen-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-Derek Stepan-Brandon Prust
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Mike Sauer
Tim Erixon-Steve Eminger
KEYS TO VICTORY:
- Stay out of the box: The Rangers took 5 penalties yesterday, most of which came at the worst times. If they want any chance of winning today, the discipline has to be apparent.
- Contain the top line: It’s a challenge to stifle Getzlaf-Perry-Ryan. However, the Sabres proved it’s not impossible. They’re going to be hungry, but the Rangers’ top pair of Girardi-McDonagh should be up to the task.
- A fast start: Showing up at the drop of the puck rather than 20 minutes in sounds good, right? The Rangers need to be the one forcing the play early rather than weathering the storm all the time.
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