Having faced rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski in two games, rather than just seeing him on video, the Rangers are starting to see some tendencies in his game that they hope to exploit in Game 4.
"How he plays the puck is a little different from [Carey] Price," said Chris Kreider, who scored the goal from in front that tied Thursday night's Game 3 with 28 seconds left in regulation. "The kind of things he likes to do when they're on the penalty kill, just how he finds the puck through traffic . . . He likes to come outside the paint a little more than Price."
Tokarski, 24, has allowed five goals on 67 shots. Defenseman Kevin Klein believes "it's just a matter of getting in front of him, causing chaos, screening, bearing down on the chances that we do get . . . He's a little bit smaller than Carey, and I think the fact that we need to get a little more traffic on him, maybe take his eyes away . . . would help a lot."
Kreider has been an effective net presence since he returned for Game 4 of the Penguins series after missing 19 games with a broken hand. He has three goals and three assists.
"There were a few times [Thursday] we'd have liked to have a few more bodies there," he said. "They're trying to keep us from getting there, too. So there is going to be confrontation and conflict trying to get to the paint. That's something we want to focus on going forward."
With Dan Carcillo suspended and the status of injured Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard uncertain, Alain Vigneault will have some personnel decisions to make for Sunday night's Game 4. J.T. Miller, who also can play center, and right wing Jesper Fast are the two spare forwards. Both have played in these playoffs.