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The Rangers are in Washington tonight to take on an “undefeated” Capitals team that sits atop the Metro Division. The Caps are doing what they did last year, scoring at a solid pace while depending on tremendous defense and goaltending. The Caps ran away with the President’s Trophy last season, and seem to be picking up right where they left off.
The Rangers are dealing with some injuries at the moment, but still have the forward depth to keep up with the Caps. This game will be won by the team that makes fewer mistakes in their own zone. The Rangers have been porous on defense and Henrik Lundqvist has been having his usual slow start. So this game could be high scoring.
The Rangers are in action tonight against the Detroit Red Wings in a “Wednesday Night Rivalry” game on NBCSN. I use that phrase loosely, as there is no real rivalry between the Rangers and Red Wings. It’s one of those Original Six matchups that people still think is a rivalry. But I digress.
Kevin Klein returns tonight, taking Dylan McIlrath’s spot in the lineup (let’s keep the outrage over this isolated to the lineup decisions post, please). This is a good game for him to return, as Detroit isn’t exactly a powerhouse this year. It’s a good chance for him to get his legs back under him…..or to showcase himself.
The Rangers lost in St. Louis over the weekend, but completely dominated the game. If the Rangers continue to play like that, they will be very difficult to beat on any given night. Tonight it’s the defending Western Conference Champion San Jose Sharks coming to town.
The Rangers are without Dan Girardi and Pavel Buchnevich tonight, to go along with Oscar Lindberg and Kevin Klein on the injury list. In response, Alain Vigneault has juggled his lines and pairings. Antti Raanta also makes his season debut tonight.
The Rangers had their new forwards on display on Thursday night, as speed killed the Islanders. It wasn’t without a little drama, as the Rangers defense is still in a state of disarray, but overall the Rangers are certainly improved up front. But now they are in St. Louis to take on a very good Blues team that appears to be on the cusp every season.
The Blues have a strong, puck moving blue line to go with their numerous skilled forwards. Goaltending is good enough in St. Louis to get by, and the only thing really holding the Blues back is the quality of their division. The Central is again a dogfight, and I’d venture a bet that St. Louis would win at least two of the other three divisions without much competition.
Hockey is finally here. It’s a little late, but better late than never. The Rangers drop the puck at home on the season opener for the first time in close to a decade. This season is likely going to be a roller coaster ride, with much improved forward depth and possibly a bottom-five defense.
Pat wrote a detailed preview of the game tonight, so be sure to check it out. That’s all I got. Welcome back, hockey. We missed you.
The end of the preseason is upon us, and for the first time in a while, the Rangers still have significant questions regarding training camp battles. Every player fighting for a battle –that the coaches need to evaluate further. They know what Tanner Glass brings– is in the lineup tonight.
Boo Nieves is in the lineup tonight, which is a bit of a surprise. It’s been assumed that he was hurt in camp, which is why he has stuck around so long. Logic suggests AV wants a look at the kid in a game, which is why he’s out there tonight.
The roster is beginning to take shape for the Rangers, as they are left with 36 players in camp. Tonight likely represents the last chance for some bubble players to make a positive impression on the coaching staff. It’s also likely the last game for players destined to go to the AHL who earned longer looks, like Robin Kovacs.
The Isles are dressing most of their NHL forwards tonight, so expect a decent amount of pressure on the Rangers defense. This could be the game where we see how well Adam Clendening can perform against NHL regulars, and if he truly belongs in the top-six. Only time will tell.
After being handed their first preseason loss, the Rangers are in Philadelphia tonight with a roster that is getting closer to what it might look like on opening night. There are two potential opening night lines and a potential defense pairing dressing tonight. And yes, that defense pairing has Clendening with McDoangh. Raise your hand if you saw that coming.
Put your hand down, you’re lying.
Another night, another preseason game against the Devils. AV seems to be enjoying the skill and speed at camp this year, as he is dressing a top line that could be a potential opening night lineup. While many will be looking to see how the top line clicks, all eyes will likely be on Jimmy Vesey, Brady Skjei, and Adam Clendening as they look to impress.
Teams are starting to trim their rosters, so the players that impressed the first two games will likely be facing stiffer competition tonight and the remaining games of the preseason. It’s now when the NHL players get separated out from the bubble guys.
After a great start to the preseason, the Rangers are back in action tonight against the Devils. Much of the focus will again be on the top line of Vesey-Hayes-Nash. Similar to the Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich line, this is something that Alain Vigneault is at least experimenting with as a possible regular season line. Buchnevich, by the way, is playing again tonight, as is Brandon Pirri.
The blue line is a bit muddled. Three guys playing tonight are expected to be on the opening night roster in some capacity. McIlrath is getting his second straight game after scoring and looking overall solid on Tuesday. For some odd reason I think he’s on the outside looking in, so he will need another solid performance tonight.