Gearing Up For Florida

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“We need a win and they’re a hard-working team.. We have to be ready and we’ve got to play 100%.. We have to bring exactly the same intensity as we have in every game recently.” It’s easy for players to get excited for a rivalry game, especially with so much on the line late in the regular season.. This season the Islanders have proven themselves capable of avoiding a post-Rangers let down, going 2-1-0 in the matchups immediately following Rangers games.. In their only post-Rangers loss this season, the Isles outshot Buffalo 43-15 in a 3-2 defeat on February 9.. “I think we’ve set a standard and I think we hold ourselves accountable inside this dressing room more than anything else,” Hamonic said, coming off a performance in which he stymied Rangers’ leading scorer Rick Nash.. “Good teams have that standard, that work ethic, and that game plan, game-in and game-out and that’s the most important thing.” The game plan has translated most notably on defense during the team’s playoff push.. The Islanders are 8-1-2 in the last 11 games and have allowed just 15 regulation goals in that stretch (1.36 goals per game).. They’ve allowed just one goal in each of their last three games and conceded two or fewer in eight consecutive contests.. With six games remaining in the regular season, Head Coach Jack Capuano believes it’s less about the X’s and O’s and more about the determination level that the team brings to the rink every night. source:

Derick Brassard seeing more playing time for NY Rangers as Brad Richards’ struggles continue

Derick Brassard sets up Dan Girardi

But Saturday night is a good learning experience for how intense it is in a playoff atmosphere, how ready I need to be.” Derek Stepan unquestionably has been the Rangers’ top center, but with Richards admittedly having the worst season of his career, Brassard may have to fill in the gaps where the former Conn Smythe- and Stanley Cup-winner is struggling if the Blueshirts are going to make any noise.. So Tortorella is prepared to use Brassard Tuesday night in Philly in between the shifty Zuccarello on the left wing and bruising, veteran Ryane Clowe on the right.. Both wingers have created offense recently, though they’ve combined for just two goals in the last six games.. Bruce Bennett Derick Brassard sets up Dan Girardi’s game-winning goal against the Islanders Saturday night.. The entire line, in fact, will be composed of forwards who were not on the Rangers’ roster three weeks ago, with Clowe’s physical presence hopefully opening space for the two playmakers.. “Clowe is strong, but me and (Brassard) have to play physical, too,” said Zuccarello, who stands just 5-7, 179 pounds.. “I’m not very big, so I don’t know how much it hurts for the other guy, but I’ve been trying to do it.. You have to do it.” Clowe, 30, also adds valuable experience at this time of year, since he has never missed the playoffs in seven previous NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks.. He has 18 goals and 27 assists in 68 career playoff appearances, and he doesn’t intend to break his own postseason streak.. “I’ve never not played in the playoffs since I’ve been in the league, and this team is the kind of team that once you get to playoff time, with the style and the way we want to play, we can do some damage,” Clowe said Monday.. “And I think the playoffs are when I play my best hockey.” The Rangers sit in eighth place, one point behind the Islanders with a game in hand and two behind the Senators, whose scheduled game in Boston on Monday night was cancelled due to the Boston Marathon bombings.. The Winnipeg Jets trail the Rangers by just two points in ninth place with one extra game played. source:

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