Rangers look to rebound in Columbus; Stepan return possible
Following a shutout at the hands of the Bruins, the Rangers (24-13-4) will be looking to snap their brief skid when they head to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets (18-20-3), a team that has struggled with injuries throughout the majority of the season.
The Rangers have lost their last two games via the shutout, unable to get the lucky bounces and hitting the post numerous times in both games. The Blueshirts will look to take advantage of a struggling Columbus team that has lost their last three games.
In order to get back on track, the Rangers will need to be much better defensively than they were last night. There were some noticeable key defensive breakdowns that led to Bruins goals, a problem that has not plagued the team for a long time.
The Rangers will also need to find a way to finish their chances after struggling to do so yesterday. Perhaps the power play is how the Rangers could get back on track. New York’s power play is currently 11th in the league at 20% efficiency. Columbus has the 23rd ranked penalty kill, so the Rangers should do everything they can to capitalize on that advantage.
The Jackets are also strong on the power play, second in the league with a 25.0% efficiency, certainly something that the Rangers will need to keep an eye out for.
Sergei Bobrovsky will be in net for the Blue Jackets. The 2012-2013 Vezina Trophy winner has struggled a bit this season, with a 15-13-2 record along with a 2.88 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Bobrovsky has lost his last 3 starts, giving up a total of 12 goals in that span.
Henrik Lundqvist will be back in net for the Rangers tonight, and will be looking for his 21st win of the season. Lundqvist has been stellar in net lately, and has won 11 of his last 13 starts. Lundqvist has a 2.31 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Derek Stepan missed yesterday’s game against the Bruins, but could play tonight. Stepan is traveling with the team on the road trip, and Vigneault has not made any call-ups from Hartford. The Rangers could really use Stepan back in the lineup and on the power play.
The Rangers and Blue Jackets will face off at 7 PM, and the game will be broadcasted on MSG Network.
EXPECTED LINEUP (Not Confirmed)
Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Martin St. Louis
Carl Hagelin-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Lee Stempniak
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Matt Hunwick-Kevin Klein
Posted on January 16, 2015, in Game Previews and tagged Alain Vigneault, Boston, Boston Bruins, Bruins, Cam Talbot, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Dominic Moore, Henrik Lundqvist, Islanders, Jesper Fast, John Moore, JT Miller, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, King Henrik, Lee Stempniak, Madison Square Garden, Marc Staal, Martin St. Louis, Mats Zuccarello, Matt Hunwick, MSG, MSL, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, NHL, NHL 2014-2015 Season, NY Rangers, NYR, Rangers, Rangers Nation, Rangerstown, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Sergei Bobrovsky, Tanner Glass, The Ranger Zone, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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