Buchnevich practicing on powerplay, could play Game 4

April 17, 2017, by

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Per Dan Rosen, Pavel Buchnevich is skating on the top-six with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. That line is also skating on the top powerplay with Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello. This is a good indication that Buchnevich will be skating in Game 4, likely at the expense of Tanner Glass. Buch gives the Rangers a must needed skill and goal scoring boost. The full lines:

Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
JT Miller-Kevin Hayes-Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast

Nick Holden is back with Marc Staal, so it’s likely he plays Game 4 as well. Probably over Kevin Klein. But at least the forward lines look great.

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Categories : Lineup Changes, Playoffs


  1. Stevesse says:

    Buch will make no difference other than to satisfy those who want change for change sake. It was the fourth line that was the best line. What did they do? They dump and chase and come hard at the d. That is how you beat Montreal. Watch what Z does. Miller did it a few times, but the rest of the team, nada.Buch is another prima Donna who plays KhL hockey. 1,2,@3c should send back their salaries.

    • Chris A says:

      Grabner and Fast can be far more effective playing dump and chase than Tanner Glass. Dump and chase isn’t about punishing the opposition. It’s about winning the puck and finding teammates with a quick pass to the slot or starting the cycle.

      Watch Fast and Zucc closely. When they go in on the forecheck, they take a hit and use their low center of gravity to box out the defender from the puck while looking to make a play. All Glass does is slam the defender into the wall and then the fallen defender’s teammate scoops up the puck in goes up ice.

      Hockey is now a speed game, the days of thunderous hits making a difference are over. Win the puck, pass the puck, shoot the puck. It’s just that simple.

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      No the American Stepan is the Prima Donna. The fourth line is doing. their job and more. Play Buch and sit the Prima Donna Stepan and make America great again.

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        Right…it’s all Stepan’s fault. Miller, Kreider and Hayes have been as bad or worse, but the defenders of the “Untouchables” will focus solely on one guy.

        • HARLEMBLUES says:

          My response was to the Russian KHL Prima Donna slur. E3 if you have read some of my earlier post today you would know the young core has been called out by me. They are the future and should be given the chance the old core was. To grow get better and hone their skills for a real run at the cup with the old core not around. Stepan is a Prima Donna. Give this team to the young core and let’s move on. I’m not for slurs of any kind make to any group.

  2. Rangers Rock says:

    My ass is on the line. This is the exact line I recommended a couple of weeks ago.
    I hope the boys wake up!
    Why did the coach wait to play this lineup!
    GBTR = God Bless the Rangers
    I am now on your side.

    • paulronty says:

      Lol! These are the exact same lines I too was touting. Why did the coach wait to ice these lines–because he’s stupid & does not pay attention. These lines don’t mean the Rangers will win,however. Motivation & will is the key there. These guys hit adversity & folded up like an umbrella. Maybe,just maybe, these lines will ignite a spark. Let’s hope.

      • Sammy says:

        Go see a good movie

      • Reenavipul says:

        AV lets the boys run the room, yet it’s not working and he has no clue how to fix it.

        Doesn’t manage the team, doesn’t manage the schedule(just look at the handling of McDonagh as proof) and doesn’t manage the opponent: could somebody tell me why this guy is allowed to steal money?

        • Reenavipul says:

          Just read a quote from the super genius that has me flummoxed for an alleged top level coach:

          “Throughout the season, every day that we practice, we work on speciality teams, any extent [between] 20-30 percent of practice,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “[Monday] was no different. We did work on our execution on making a couple quicker plays.”

          I’m sorry, but that’s insane. 1/2 of practice should be situational(PP/PK/2 down/EN/EN+PP/PK) drills/scenarios. The rest of it is stretching, light cardio followed by instruction. Then you go situational, followed by open play. You go heavy on situational because it’s all high leverage situations and they happen so infrequently IRL. You need to make it second nature even if it only happens once a season.

          It blows my mind how much hockey is in the dark ages due to culture.

  3. JS says:

    With no effective defensive passing out of the zone and team movement into the offensive zone there is nothing Buch will do to change anything. Our Achilles heel is the same one we had in November.

  4. SalMerc says:

    I would have swapped Stepan and Lindberg, letting Stepan understand that he played like crap and Oskar deserves more minutes. That will never happen in the land that wears Derek-colored glasses.

    Can we do something to help the defense actually have somebody to pass to? Montreal does a great job of covering our wingers and our poor skating defenseman (yes, I am being kind) have no where to go so they try to do too much or dump it in which results in a turnover as our forwards are afraid to chase after it. Maybe 2 touch passes in the neutral zone? Just an idea, but I am no Alain Vigneault.

  5. Fotiu is God says:

    Our Code Blue situation brings to mind an anecdote from 90s Belfast.

    I was in an RUC, or Royal Ulster Constabulary, (predecessor to today’s Police Service of Northern Ireland) armored car. Call came in from The Shankhill Road: the Loyalist-Protestant heartland.

    A young Nationalist paramilitary member, named Bootsy, had attempted to bomb a chips shop. His arch-enemy, a Loyalist assassin called Mad-Dog was rumored to have been holed up there.

    Unfortunately, though, the shape-charge of Bootsy’s IRA-built bomb went lateral, rather than the intended vertical. (To take out Mad-Dog’s second floor room.)

    Bootsy, if not the remnants of his sedan were strewn all over the road, still burning hot when we rolled up. I looked about, emotionally waylaid. The wind knocked out of me.

    When it felt appropriate, I asked the lead RUC man about Bootsy.

    After surveilling the scene, the cop cracked wise; in so doing he displayed brilliant dark-Scots/Irish humor. “Well, his condition is life threatening… but not at all critical.”

  6. Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

    I said from the beginning that, if he was healthy, I’d play Buch over Glass. But Glass has been (for him) terrific, and most certainly deserves to stay in the lineup.

    However, IF (and it’s a big IF), Buch can find his from from earlier in the year, he can help us. I still think that, physically, he’s probably not ready for the rigors of playoff hockey and was and is a project that is likely a year away. Keep fingers crossed if he goes in!

  7. Bloomer says:

    The defenseman can only make an effective pass if someone is there to receive it.

  8. Reenavipul says:

    The trend is not AV’s friend. Has gone backwards in the standings, look more lost each year in the playoffs, the team has given up more goals each season and the roster is largely the same.

  9. Lucky says:

    Zibanejed should stay out for Buchnevich. He brings nothing to the table . Not even grit or anything. Its embarrasing to watch him play. I’ll send a beer for any goal he make. From germany to US

  10. Blueshirts94 says:

    I’ve wanted exactly this lineup from the get go. KZB, Vesey-Stepan-Nash, Miller-Hayes-Zucc, and a great 4th line.