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Category: Lineup Changes

Lineup notes: Hunwick in, Moore out

Per the Rangers Twitter, Matt Hunwick will replace John Moore on the third defense pairing tonight in Calgary. It’s a relatively minor lineup change, probably designed to ensure Hunwick’s legs stay fresh.

Lineup notes: Kreider to fourth line, Glass a healthy scratch?

Per the Rangers Twitter, Tanner Glass was skating with Matt Hunwick as the extra skaters at practice. Chris Kreider has been moved to the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast. That likely means J.T. Miller has moved up in the lineup to play top-nine minutes, presumably with Kevin Hayes and Lee Stempniak. Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis, where he excelled last game.

AV: Kreider doubtful for tonight

Per Sean Hartnett, winger Chris Kreider is doubtful for tonight with neck spasms after colliding with Carl Hagelin at practice yesterday. With Kreider likely out, J.T. Miller will stay in the lineup for at least one more game.

Meanwhile, AV also confirmed that Tanner Glass and John Moore will return to the lineup tonight. Glass is replacing the injured Kreider, and Moore is replacing Matt Hunwick. If Kreider can go, it’s safe to assume Miller will be the odd man out.

Back to benching kids for vets?

Miller will sit for Glass. Shocker.

Miller will sit for Glass. Shocker.

Update: Tanner Glass is out for the optional skate, which means he will likely be a healthy scratch, per Steve Zipay. The original title for this post is relatively useless, so I’m going to change it now.

Original Post: In case you missed it yesterday, Tanner Glass returned to practice and skated on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast. With that, J.T. Miller will be a healthy scratch, sitting alongside Anthony Duclair in the press box. If you’re on Twitter, and you’re following me, Martin, Becky, Chris, or Kevin, then you know how absolutely thrilled we are to see two younger and better skaters sitting for Glass.

I’m not going to beat a dead horse and explain why Glass isn’t even remotely close to being the best option on the ice. Been there, done that. By all accounts, Glass is a fantastic person, but on the ice, he’s just not the answer. Let’s just compare him to the two kids sitting in favor of Glass, and it’s pretty clear.

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Practice Notes: Glass skates, Talbot starts

Per Brett Cyrgalis, winger Tanner Glass –out with the mumps– skated with the team today at practice, rotating with Anthony Duclair on the fourth defense pairing with John Moore. Glass won’t play tomorrow, and it looks like Alain Vigneault won’t be making any lineup changes either.

Jim Cerny noted that Cam Talbot will be in goal tomorrow.

Practice notes: Boyle back, Moore/Duclair extras

Per Andrew Gross, Dan Boyle is back and practicing with the team after sitting out with flu like symptoms. Considering Tanner Glass had flu like symptoms before coming down with the mumps, we had legitimate concern for Boyle. Boyle was inserted into the lineup in place of John Moore, who will join Anthony Duclair in the press box, also per Gross.

Lineup notes: Kreider returns; Duclair likely to sit

Per Andrew Gross, Chris Kreider is back in the lineup tonight, and Anthony Duclair will be the healthy scratch tonight, based on the line combos:

Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Martin St. Louis
Carl Hagelin-Kevin Hayes-Lee Stempniak
J.T. Miller-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast

Another night when Duclair sits. Fire away. I have a post coming at noon, that I wrote before this news broke, about the glut of wingers.

Glass out with flu like symptoms, Stempniak to dress

Per Rick Carpinello, winger Tanner Glass will be out tonight with flu like symptoms. Lee Stempniak will return to the lineup to take his place. Also, it’s confirmed that Ryan McDonagh will play tonight, and John Moore –not Matt Hunwick– will be the odd man out on the blue line.

Cam Talbot will get the start in net tonight.

Lineup notes: Fast/Duclair in; Stempniak day-to-day

Per Steve Zipay, Lee Stempniak is out tonight, and Alain Vigneault doesn’t think it is a long-term issue. That means both Anthony Duclair and Jesper Fast will play tonight, on the third and fourth lines, respectively. Per Zipay, the lines at practice yesterday:

Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Martin St. Louis
Carl Hagelin-Kevin Hayes-Anthony Duclair
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast

Lineup changes: Duclair in for Fast

Per Andrew Gross, Anthony Duclair will play tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, skating on the third line with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin. Lee Stempniak was shifted to the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass. Jesper Fast will be the healthy scratch.

The defensive pairs will be Marc Staal-Dan Boyle, John Moore-Dan Girardi, and Matt Hunwick-Kevin Klein.