Practice notes: AV shakes up lines after roster moves

December 20, 2013, by

Per Pat Leonard, Alain Vigneault has shaken up the lines at practice in advance of tonight’s game against the Islanders:

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Carl Hagelin
Brad Richards-J.T. Miller-Benoit Pouliot
Brian Boyle-Dom Moore-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
John Moore-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Justin Falk

Have at it.

Categories : Lineup Changes


  1. Chris F says:

    A+ lines!

  2. Chris F says:

    I feel a big win tonight!

  3. AD says:

    Wow! Miller on the 3rd line!

  4. phil says:

    I know I have been negative…but have to admit..I like these lines better and with Cally…back and guys playing up to potential this would be a decent team… still would love to have E.Kane or Big Buff if Wpeg is dumping/trading

    • Dave says:

      Lines are contingent on Miller being successful. Would love to see Cally slide in for Pouliot there.

  5. BobM says:

    You can use all of your fancy statistics you want, but only Chris Kreider is a positive plus/minus on the entire team.

    Why isn’t Cam Talbot playing anymore?

    I think when the Olympics occurs and everyone who gets picked from this “team” (if any are deserving), we should see how well (or not) that they play with different team mates.

    If they play with intensity, then I think that it is more than obvious that there is something more going on behind the scenes than we are aware of.

    Why did Marty Biron retire all of the sudden at the beginning of the season? What were the “personal issues” for him missing parts of training camp?

    I am being a conspiracy theorist until proven otherwise.

    • Chris A says:

      I think Marty’s personal issues were a five-hole that had grown too big.

      Stop looking for something that isn’t there. The Rangers are transitioning to a very sophisticated D system that most of the D men can’t handle right now. I love Danny G but his awful skating is being exposed by the new system.

      As far as intensity, it’s hard to play intense, balls-out hockey when you still have to think about what you are doing and constantly worried that the guy next to you is screwing up and needs to be covered.

      Eventually, it will become instinctive and the Rangers will improve tremendously. Right now we just have to grit our teeth and watch the mediocre way the Rangers are playing right now. That shouldn’t be that much of an adjustment for us fans, the Rangers have been a mediocre, .500 team since the start of the ’11-’12 Playoffs.

  6. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Yeah, I kinda like these lines. “On paper” hasn’t meant a whole lot this season so far though, so some production is needed.

    AV will have to be judicious with that 3rd line, it has the potential to be a defensive liability.

    Other than that, they look balanced, and giving Miller some offensive linemates is a good step.

    • Walt says:

      Why not switch Zucc, and Hags??

      Zucc and Kreider have been terrific, while Nash, and Hags played very well together!!

      I hope the Miller kid finds his comfort zone, and forces management to keep him up, and get the diesel truck off of the roster!! Pyatt that is??

  7. BobM says:

    The Battle for the Basement this evening.

    • Dave says:

      Columbus and New Jersey are both behind the Rangers, and ahead of the Isles.

      • Chris F says:

        If the Rangers lose, they drop below NJ, and sit just 2 points ahead of Columbus with the Blue Jackets having a game in hand. While maybe not technically a battle for the basement, it’s as close as it can be.

  8. Rangers Rock says:

    Finally good lines!

  9. Erixon20 says:

    I prefer Step with Kreider (and Zucc), and Brassard with Nash (and Hags), but this s/b decent. When Cally gets back and if JT plays well, that would be a great 3rd line with Richards. Future 4th line should be Bolye, Dorsett and someone tough. Also, after the freeze I’m hoping for Franson for DZ.

  10. Mikeyyy says:

    Finally Av takes my advice and puts all the fast guys on one line.

    • Chris. C says:

      I’m with you also Mikeyyy – That line is gonna cause so much trouble, that first and third line better pot some goals. I see a blow out if everyone just shows up and play.
      6-1 Pk gets 2 goals also tonite.

  11. SalMerc says:

    First 12 minutes usually tells the tale. Hoping we aren’t in a 2 goal hole. That will allow lines to role and get rhythm.

  12. supermaz says:

    I like it…looks like one of the suggestions from one of the posters here.