Practice notes: AV shakes up the lines

November 26, 2013, by

After a run that saw the Rangers score just nine goals in seven games, Alain Vigneault has shaken up his lines (per Pat Leonard). The only line that remains intact is the Kreider-Stepan-Zuccarello line:

Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Ryan Callahan
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

In reality this illustrates the Rangers dire need for a winger, since Pouliot has been anything but reliable in his first 24 games as a Ranger. The injured Taylor Pyatt is not the answer either.

On the powerplay, Andrew Gross notes some changes as well:

Kreider-Stepan-Brassard-Zuccarello-Del Zotto-John Moore

At this point I’m surprised Marc Staal isn’t getting a look at the point. Or Stralman, who has history with Scott Arniel.

Categories : Lineup Changes


  1. Seahorse says:

    I like these lines. Nash does well with hags and pouliot didn’t look lost with cally in the third period last night

  2. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Bascially he switched Hagelin and Cally, and really these are the two that were going to be battling for that last top 6 position when Nash came back.

    I like it due to the chemisty Nash and Hagelin have shown in the past.

    Bottomline though, these guys have to start producing on their chances, which have been plenty. Finish.

  3. Ryan says:

    Maybe time to split up the Stepan line as well, no? See how Nash, steps and hags had decent chemistry last year as they each bring a different quality to the table. Maybe put The Krieder on instead of hags. Basically id like to see Nash with any other center but Richie lol

  4. George says:

    Switch Cally with Zucc and I would be fine with the lines

  5. Mikeyyy says:

    Those three guys deserved to keep their line. They have done everything asked of them.

    I would like zucc and nash to be deployed to both lines at different times in the game. Kinda of shock and awe. It would be nice if you could do that with the top 6.

  6. Walt says:

    The thought of Miller going to the AHL, while the useless Pouliot stays up is a crime. Dave, you even stated that he hasn’t done a thing all season, while being a defensive liability.

    Miller can skate as well, checks well, is defensively responsible, and has a bit of an edge, somethimg that Pouliot is lacking. As a matter of fact, please check and see if Pouliot has a three piece set, he hasn’t shown it so far.

    What are they waiting for, send him down, and if you don’t want Miller, how about Kristo. Anyone but the two dead beats, Pouliot, and Pyatt!!

  7. Walt says:

    With all the debate about Hank earlier today, everyone should go to the TSN.CA web site and see the break down by the former goalie Jamie McClenan. Time, and again, when Hank gets beat it turns out to be for two reasons. He seems to go down too early, and his glove is out of position. Last night’s game, three goals were scored this way, and maybe there is something to what the man is saying. Hay I’m no goalie, but check out the site and see for yourselves.

    Please don’t take this is me piling on Hank, it’s for our education!!

  8. Bloomer says:

    Any line with Pouliot on it is going to struggled, no matter how you mix and match the lines. After ranting and raving that JT Miller should be playing with Rangers, I am happy to see him sent down. Tormenting the kid by sitting him in the press box night after night will not make him a better hockey player. Now he can do what hockey players are meant to do…play hockey.

  9. Mikeyyy says:

    Pouliot or pyatt?

    From those lines he can easily insert pyatt where pouliot is.

  10. Scully says:

    How do these lines seem to people:





    They seem to work just fine for me in NHL 14 :D.