The Maven's Haven

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    Mave's Saves: Bruins at Rangers

    RANGERS RECORD: 0-2-0.

    THEME: Oh-for-two-and-what-do-they-do?

    PLUS: Ryan Callahan is leading his club; hasn't missed a beat. Arron Asham still has a useful role and hasn't lost his punch. Jitter-less Rick Nash comes as billed; the real goods.

    MINUS: So far, Henny Lundqvist's goaltending has been somewhat spotty. A more physical Michael Del Zotto would help. This segue from playoff stardom to non-playoff games for Chris Krieder has been bumpy, so far. 

    EVEN: Marian Gaborik is getting chances, putting the puck on net; goals will come; especially if Nash keeps occupying the foes' top defensive pairing. Brad Richards hardly looks lost as point man on the power play. Tyler (One Goal) Pyatt appears to be an able acquisition.

    CHALLENGE: The lads must blend an inspired game with a relaxed -- have fun -- attitude. The grind-it-out game must be hiked to a higher level. Neutralizing Milan Lucic is a top priority, while finding more air behind Tuukka Rask would be worthwhile. 

    FAN COMMENT: From Jordan Schoem of Saddle River, New Jersey: "The Blueshirts have to get back to 'in-your-face' hockey. More physicality is needed and more pucks on net."

    FOUR KEYS TO STOPPING BOSTON

    1. Be more physical in all zones; control board play in the corners.

    2. Don't take unnecessary penalties.

    3. Put lots of bodies in front of Tuukka Rask, Boston's goalie.

    4. Dump and chase with more vigor than in Game One.

    FOUR MATCH-UPS TO WATCH

    1. Zdeno Chara vs. Rick Nash: The Rangers' ace must use his speed to get around Man Mountain Z.

    2. Patrice Bergeron vs. Brad Richards: Face-offs are key and Brad must out-duel the Bruin.

    3. Ryan Callahan vs. Brad Marchand: So that Marchand does not creates mucho offense, The Captain must neutralize him. 

    4. Carl Hagelin-Chris Kreider vs. Adam McQuaid-Johnny Boychuk: Rangers speedsters can exploit slower Bruins D-Men.

    MAVEN'S RAVIN': Throw out the "panic" thinking. The Rangers played two well-coached, determined teams. The rematch with Boston will be the first litmus test of many for Tortorella's Troops. A win means all's swell on Seventh Avenue.

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