Game 7 Take Two

Here’s a sobering stat right off the bat.  No team that has played in Game 7’s in the first and second round has ever won the Stanley Cup.  Of course, that doesn’t mean anything for tonight, just something to keep in mind.

As for tonight’s game, it comes down to the effort. I was amazed at how bad the Rangers looked Wednesday.  They played terribly and they didn’t really look engaged until the final few minutes.  Something tells me their coach won’t let that happen tonight.

But, the coach needs to take responsibility for some lineup choices he has made.  The Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik line is usually great, but the lines that follow have not been so.  I understand the worries about Kreider in the defensive end, but when the Rangers are losing they can’t afford to be picky.  I am still amazed that he only got 9 shifts in all of Game 6. The Rangers should get Kreider involved if they need some offense.  How about a redo of Kreider-Stepan-Callahan?

The other interesting lineup issue is that Torts doesn’t trust Stu Bickel.  We saw this in the triple-OT game and we saw it again Wednesday.  The Rangers are leaning heavily on McDonaugh, Staal, Girardi and Del Zotto.  That could cost them if they get to keep playing after tonight.

And finally, how cool would it be to see Brandon Dubinsky skate out and pull a Willis Reed tonight?  I don’t think it is remotely happening, but it would be amazing.

 

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