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09-22-2013, 08:22 AM
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The Rangers worked on out manning the opponent in the defensive zone and turning the puck around for quick transition last week during one of training camp streams. The Rangers won't be so aggressive on the forecheck. They will settle back in a 1-2-2 or 2-1-2. Bieksa talked about Vancouver playing that style under AV. More aggressive in their zone to recover the puck instead of playing a zone and shot blocking system. AV wants more aggressive play in the defensive zone. Tortorella wants to play zone instead of man to man pressure. Tortorella wants more aggressiveness on the forecheck while AV will sit back some more. Total opposites.

With Tortorella commanding all his players to block shots, Jordan Schroeder did just that when he stepped in front of a heavy second-period slapper by Nail Yakupov. The centre crumpled to the ice after absorbing the shot in his first game since shoulder surgery in May. He didn't place any weight on his left leg while being helped to the locker-room and the nature of the injury was inconclusive.

"He had x-rays but I'm not so sure about the machine," said Tortorella. "We'll wait until we get home and right now it's a bruised foot. We had a pretty young lineup and they had a lot of their NHL team and it certainly gave us a read on where our kids are with the quickness. That's what this is about. Do we want to win? Yeah. Are we going to lose our minds? No. We're going to go about our business and get ready.

How many times did a Ranger player block a shot and end up with a broken bone in his foot or hand? Ryan Callahan. The Rangers were without Callahan for the 2011 playoffs after he blocked a Chara shot. Brandon Dubinsky. Chris Drury. Dan Girardi looked like he broke his ankle last season in a game against Montreal. It was only a bruise.

Chris Drury will see a hand specialist today after breaking his left index finger while blocking a shot during yesterday morning’s scrimmage at Rangers training camp in Greenburgh.

The Blueshirts’ captain, who is expected to miss the first three or four games of the regular season, said that the break was on the lower part of the finger, and that even though he was wearing reinforced gloves, the puck that struck him must have hit a seam.

In 2009, Drury broke his right wrist blocking a shot, and was severely limited in the Rangers’ playoff series against the Washington Capitals, although he did play through the injury. This time around, the injury is to Drury’s top hand gripping the stick, which requires less pressure while playing, and the timing is much better.

Drury barely played in 10-11. He broke the finger again in a different spot later.

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