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10-27-2010, 08:53 AM
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The Rangers have to continue to play that aggressive road game at home. This isn't going to be an easy one for a lot of reasons. This is the type of game the Rangers have lost at home several times in the past. Put 2 or 3 good games together and then lay an egg at home. I'm hoping this team is a bit different.

I think the Rangers should concentrate on three things tonight -

1, Keep the forechecking up - there are a lot of new faces on Atlanta and they are still trying to figure out their roles in the system. They've let up close to the league max in GA, so keep the pressure on throughout the game.

2, Be positionally aware and continue to block shots - This team has got some wheels and skill so let the play come to you, dont run around - block shots similar to that game up in Toronto, the teams are a little similar, young and skilled - you gotta stay on top of their sticks.

3, Bottle up the neutral zone and pinch - Continue to pinch, support and stand up at the blue lines and in turn you'll keep possession of the puck. Its a balance though, you cant cheat too much with the speed out there you just have to slow them down in the entry areas and some turnovers could be had the other way.

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