Archive for Lineup Changes
Per Brett Cyrgalis, it looks like Eric Staal might be a healthy scratch tomorrow. Staal is not rotating with the top-six, and the bottom-six does not have him in the rotation. This could just be a coy maneuver by Alain Vigneault, however. The top-six are the same, and the bottom-six look like this:
If Eric Staal is sitting for Tanner Glass, I have no idea what to say.
Some notes from practice today, and there were a bunch of them:
- Mats Zuccarello and Viktor Stalberg will not play tomorrow in Detroit. They are both “dealing with lower body issues.”
- Oscar Lindberg will be back in the lineup. A call up from Hartford is also expected.
- No surprise here, Antti Raanta will be in net for the Rangers tomorrow. Giving Henrik Lundqvist rest is much needed, considering the workload this year.
- Dan Girardi will be ready for the playoffs. Neither he nor Ryan McDonagh (hand) skated at practice.
Some new lines from practice today, per the Rangers Twitter:
Oscar Lindberg is again the healthy scratch.
Antti Raanta will start in Montreal. I’d expect him to get two more starts down the stretch to keep Hank fresh.
Rick Nash didn’t practice, and it appears that Oscar Lindberg was the fill-in, meaning he will be the scratch.
Per Steve Zipay, Alain Vigneault switched up the lines at practice to account for the return of Rick Nash and the absence of Derick Brassard. Nash had been out for about six weeks with a bone contusion, and Brassard is now out with flu like symptoms. The lines were adjusted, and we appear to be getting the long-awaited Nash-Eric Staal combination.
The trade deadline has come and gone, and perhaps it is surprising that the Rangers did not make any additional moves to bolster their roster for a playoff run. Jeff Gorton was adamant about trying to upgrade the fourth line and penalty kill, but in the end no deals were made today.
While all the madness, or lack thereof, the Rangers had a morning skate. Eric Staal will play tonight, likely at center. Jesper Fast was out due to illness. If he can’t go, Dylan McIlrath will likely play forward.
Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are devoting today’s practice to the powerplay, with the below new units:
It’s good to see Yandle on PP1, along with their hottest player right now in Miller. My guess is that Rick Nash would replace Lindberg when healthy, but what do I know?
Per Steve Zipay, the newly recalled Jayson Megna will play tonight, and Tanner Glass will be the healthy scratch. This isn’t a surprise, as Megna wasn’t recalled to be scratched, and Paille wasn’t signed to be scratched. Lines were unconfirmed.
Dylan McIlrath is also playing, which isn’t a surprise.
Per Steve Zipay, Derick Brassard will not play tonight with flu like symptoms. Kevin Klein will return to the lineup though, and was skating with Ryan McDonagh this morning. The new lines to account for Brassard’s absence:
The defense pairings remained the same. Safe to assume Girardi will play if he can go.