Preseason Game 5: Rangers vs. Red Wings

This weekend was a good weekend to get excited for the upcoming season: the Blueshirts looked strong in their 5-2 win over Boston on Saturday afternoon, and they finally re-signed RFA Brandon Dubinsky (ironically, just hours after Kessel was traded. Hmmm….). Tonight, the newly trimmed roster of 25 Rangers look to continue burying their opportunities against the Red Wings. Last time they met, the Wings scored four goals in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and win 4-2.

As for the lineup tonight, Andrew Gross has the lines from practice:

Lines:
Kotalik-Drury-Lisin
Higgins-Prospal-Gaborik
Dubinsky (likely for Avery)-Anisimov-Callahan
Grachev-Boyle-Parenteau
(Brashear and Voros are on the ice as well).
Semenov-Gilroy
Del Zotto-Girardi
Sanguinetti-Redden
Rozsival-Staal

An update to this via his twitter: Dubinsky and Avery are scratches, and Aaron Voros will play on the line with Anisimov and Callahan. Avery collided with Callahan during practice and limped off, and Dubinsky probably isn’t in game shape yet.

The lines for the Red Wings, courtesy of MLive:

Franzen-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Leino-Filppula-Ritola
Ryno-Emmerton-Maltby
Newbury-Abdelkader-Tatar

Kronwall-Stuart
Meech-Ericsson
Kindl-Delmore

Larsson
Cloutier

I’ll be at the game tonight, sect 415 row D. That’s what my tickets say, but the likelihood of my sitting there are slim to none, I’ll move down to the 300s, this game isn’t sold out. I’m really excited to see Gaborik make his Ranger debut. Enjoy the game.