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Rangers Must Slow The Sedins, Score Some Goals

The Rangers need contributions from secondary scorers like Artem Anisimov

The Rangers need contributions from secondary scorers like Artem Anisimov

When: Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 p.m. ET

Opponent: @Vancouver (2-2-1)


On Tuesday night the Rangers will begin the final leg of their absurd fall road trip that took them across the Atlantic Ocean and back again and now across North America to Western Canada.

The Blueshirts, one of only two win-less teams in the National Hockey League, will attempt to get off the schneid when they take on the 2011 Stanley Cup runner-up Vancouver Canucks.

It’ll be a tall task, but Vancouver hasn’t gotten off to a great start either.  The Canucks are just 2-2-1, but Vancouver will receive a boost as alternate captain Ryan Kesler is expected to make his season debut after undergoing hip surgery in late July.

The Canucks’ three losses have come against the likes of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit while Vancouver has beaten Columbus and Edmonton, but this team is not yet playing on the same level it did last spring.

Still, New York’s shorthanded blueline will be tested - this time by the sensational Sedin twins who have won the last two Art Ross Trophies. 

Stalwart Dan Girardi and sophomore Ryan McDonagh will be tasked with slowing down the Sedins and goalie Henrik Lundqvist will also have to be on the top of his game, but for New York to pick up its first victory the team will need to begin producing offensively. 

Lundqvist, Girardi, McDonagh and the rest of the patchwork defense has been terrific in the early going, but it’s been the offense that has held the Rangers back.

New York ranks dead last in the NHL with an average of just 1.67 goals per game and if the Blueshirts have any hope of landing in the win column they’ll need production up front.

The top line of Derek Stepan/Brad Richards/Marian Gaborik looked solid on Saturday and Richards and Gaborik are both off to solid starts, but the Rangers have received very little in the way of secondary scoring.  Brandon Prust and Ryan Callahan have the team’s only other goals, so the other three lines will have to contribute more for New York to keep up with the high-flying Canucks.

The good news is that Vancouver has struggled to keep the puck out of its net.

Roberto Luongo has given up 11 goals on just 85 shots to start the season and the Canucks rank 22nd in goals against.

Vancouver has also given up two power play goals in three of its first five games, so if there’s a time for the Rangers’ revamped man advantage to take advantage, this is it.

The Canucks are without a doubt the toughest team New York has faced yet, but the Blueshirts turned in arguably their best effort of the season a year ago on January 13th when they beat the Canucks 1-0.


- Here’s New York’s projected lineup:

Derek Stepan/Brad Richards/Marian Gaborik

Brandon Dubinsky/Artem Anisimov/Ryan Callahan

Ruslan Fedotenko/Brian Boyle/Brandon Prust

Mike Rupp/Erik Christensen/Kris Newbury

- Dale Weise - who was claimed off waivers by Vancouver after being waived by the Rangers on October 4th - will likely be in the Canucks’ lineup.

- Mike Sauer will not play against the Canucks.  Wojtek Wolski is also likely out of the lineup.  Both players did practice on Monday.


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