Pre-game: Rangers v.s. Kings 10/7/13

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

After a three day hiatus, the New York Rangers are in California tonight to tackle the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

The anticipation was at it’s highest point last Thursday night when the Rangers got their 2013-14 season going in Phoenix against the Coyotes. They had the game tied at 1 after a Marc Staal powerplay goal, but things fell apart for New York after that point. Some missed defensive assignments and bad luck led to a 4-1 Rangers loss.

However, tonight they have quite the opportunity. Captain Ryan Callahan is making his return tonight and he will surely be the spark that they need to get the ball rolling.

Tonight’s contest will not be easy for either team by any means. Two superstar goaltenders are in net, Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick, arguably the top two in the entire league. Both teams have built around their netminders so this will definitely be a goalie battle to remember.

Storylines 

  • Callahan makes his return
  • Kings home opener, crowd will be fired up.
  • LA was 19-4-1 at home last year, tough task for Rangers
  • Tonight’s game will be first of four in six nights for NYR. “Hockey Mode” according to head coach Alain Vigneault

Lineups (Pending scratches) 

Kings 

Forwards: Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar (A), Kyle Clifford, Justin Williams, Daniel Carcillo, Matt Frattin, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown (C), Colin Fraser, Jarret Stoll, Jordan Nolan, Dwight King and Jeff Carter

Defenseman: Matt Greene (A), Keaton Ellerby, Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, Alec Martinez, Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr

Goaltenders: Jonathan Quick and Ben Scrivens

Rangers 

Forwards: Jesper Fast, Taylor Pyatt, Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, Brad Richards (A), Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan (C), Dominic Moore, Mats Zuccarello, Arron Asham, Rick Nash and Benoit Pouliot

Defenseman: Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi, Anton Stralman, John Moore, Marc Staal (A), Ryan McDonagh and Justin Falk

Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron

Fun Facts (Courtesy of NHL Media) 

LA Kings v.s. Rangers all-time:

Overall: 44-62-19
Home: 26-26-12
Road: 18-36-7
Last 10: 6-1-3
Last 10 home: 5-2-3
Last 10 road: 3-5-2
OT Record: 1-5-5
Streaks: The Kings are 2-0-1 in their last three vs. NYR (since Feb. 2, 2010)…Feb. 2, 2010 was NYR’s last visit to Staples Center.

Be sure to tune to MSG at 10 pm for pre-game coverage! Puck drops at 10:30 pm!

Prediction: 2-0 Rangers win. Goals from Derick Brassard and Brad Richards

-Andrew (@a_graz24)

 

 

 

Topics: Los Angeles Kings, National Hockey League, New York Rangers

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  • Centerman

    I really like your optimistic prediction of a 2-0 NYR win. However, with the new system to learn especially in the Defensive zone. The Man coverage used now is much tougher to learn. Many NYR players are used to zone coverage. Players are so quick now and you can’t grab or hook the player you’re covering. Torts seems to be having some success in Vancouver and that shows how much simpler zone coverage is to learn. I think having Callahan back in the lineup will help make this game close somehow but in the end LA is one of the best teams in the NHL and one of the biggest. Quick is no slouch in goal for the Kings. Hes going to make you work for every goal. He don’t make mistakes often and I think he and the Rangers DZone coverage will be the difference. 4-3 LA wins. It will be a 3-2 game. LA will nail the Empty Net(4-2) but Callahan will score a late 3rd period goal to make it close
    I would like to see where the added offense is coming from. If the Rangers could at least score 3-4 goals a nigh, they’d win most nights