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Feb
05

Practice notes: New powerplay units

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Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are devoting today’s practice to the powerplay, with the below new units:

PP1: Keith Yandle-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller-Kevin Hayes-Oscar Lindberg
PP2: Ryan McDonagh-Dan Boyle-Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello

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?

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Feb
04

Jayson Megna in, Tanner Glass out tonight

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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.

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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:

Mats Zuccarello-Kevin Hayes-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-J.T. Miller
Viktor Stalberg-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Jayson Megna

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Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have some new lines at forward. Oscar Lindberg is back in on the third line, with Jayson Megna and Viktor Stalberg rotating on the fourth line.

J.T. Miller-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Step-Rick Nash
Kevin Hayes-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast
Glass-Moore-Stalberg/Megna

Ryan McDonagh-Kevin Klein
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Keith Yandle-Dan Girardi/Dylan McIlrath

The defense pairings remained the same. Safe to assume Girardi will play if he can go.

 

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Chris Kreider returned to the ice during today’s practice, per Sean Hartnett. Kreider skated on a line with Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast. Oscar Lindberg appeared to be the odd man out, as the other three lines remained the same from yesterday’s game. For those keeping score at home, that means Lindberg may be a scratch for Jayson Megna.

After yesterday’s abysmal performance by Dan Girardi, AV shook up the pairings, moving Girardi to play with Keith Yandle. Kevin Klein moved up with Ryan McDonagh. Dylan McIlrath remains a scratch.

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Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have some new lines at practice today. Chris Kreider is not skating due to a hand injury.

J.T. Miller-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Emerson Etem-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Viktor Stalberg

Ryan McDonagh-Kevin Klein
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Keith Yandle-Dan Girardi/Dylan McIlrath are rotating

It’s safe to assume Kreider would go in for Etem if healthy. It’s also safe to assume one of McIlrath or Girardi will be out for tomorrow’s game.

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Per Andrew Gross, Alain Vigneault is scratching Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath against Tampa Bay tomorrow night. The lines/pairings:

J.T. Miller-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
Chris Kreider-Oscar Lindberg-Emerson Etem
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Viktor Stalberg

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Keith Yandle-Kevin Klein

I don’t know what McIlrath needs to do to earn his spot in the lineup. I thought he did with his play while Klein was out. But hey, what do I know?

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The Rangers appear to be fully healthy today, as Kevin Klein, Dan Girardi, and Antti Raanta all returned to practice today. Klein has been out the longest with an abdominal injury, almost three weeks. Girardi missed a week with a knee injury. Raanta missed a week with what was likely a concussion. Klein’s injury really cost the Rangers, as he was their best defenseman before the injury.

Dylan McIlrath and Emerson Etem appear to be the healthy scratches, per Andrew Gross. The lines at practice:

Rick Nash-Derick Brass-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
J.T. Miller-Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Viktor Stalberg

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Keith Yandle-Kevin Klein

Make of that what you will.

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Dec
22

Lineup notes: Juggling continues

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Per Andrew Gross, the lines for tonight’s game against Anaheim have been juggled again:

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Emerson Etem

Marc Staal-Ryan McDonagh
Keith Yandle-Dylan McIlrath
Chris Summers-Dan Boyle

Let’s see how these lines fare.

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Notes from Alain Vigneault this morning:

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