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In his one game return, Clendening was solid if unspectacular, showing his skill at moving the puck. He also made a nice defensive play on Jack Eichel in the third, but then took a holding penalty.
This shouldn’t shock anyone. It’s going to take an injury to get Clendo in the lineup regularly. Let’s hope Klein’s game picks up.
Fans have been clamoring for Clendo to get into the lineup for a while. It’s no surprise that it’s for Klein either, who has been struggling mightily all season. Let’s see what the kid can do.
From practice yesterday, Matt Puempel will make his Rangers debut, playing on the fourth line with Josh Jooris and Jesper Fast. Oscar Lindberg will sit while the Rangers look at what they have in Puempel. As Josh wrote, there’s potential for this to be a steal, as Puempel was never really put in a position to succeed with the Senators, playing mostly with Chris Kelly and Chris Neil this year.
Here’s the full lineup for today:
A bit late on this, but the Rangers shuffled their lines yesterday at practice. Perhaps more important is they shuffled the defense pairings as well:
The forward lines will change all year, such is life in the NHL. However the shift in the defense pairings represents something slightly more important. Brady Skjei has been the Rangers second best defenseman this season, and has been moved to the top-four. Nick Holden –who has been pretty bad so far– and Kevin Klein –who has been sneaky bad so far– are now the bottom pairing.
Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers will not be changing up their lines that much today. The same forwards skated together. The only change is the expected one, as Dan Girardi is back in for Adam Clendening. Clendo had a strong game on Sunday night, but as the 7D, will be relegated to the press box even after strong efforts.
Josh Jooris also skated in a non-contact jersey. He’s been out for a few weeks with a separated shoulder. Even when healthy, it’ll be tough for Jooris to crack the lineup. Oscar Lindberg has been a healthy scratch for a few games now, and it’s a fair assumption that Lindberg is ahead of Jooris on the depth chart.
Per Brett Cyrgalis, Chris Kreider returned to practice today after missing a few games with neck spasms. Kreider was inserted directly into the top-six, as expected. What was not expected was Pavel Buchnevich being sent to the fourth line as a result:
Oscar Lindberg was the extra forward.
It’s tough to have any gripes with the lineup. Sure, I’m not a fan of Buchnevich on the fourth line, but I kind of like the idea of Buch setting up Pirri with Fast making the smart plays to spring them. You know the team is deep at forward when Lindberg is the healthy scratch, even with an injured forward.
The defense pairs remained the same, with Adam Clendening as the extra.
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As expected, Kevin Klein will make his season debut tonight after missing three games with a back injury. Also as expected, Dylan McIlrath will sit for Klein’s return. Both Dan Girardi and Pavel Buchnevich will again be out. The expected defense pairs will be:
It’s expected that the forward lines will remain the same.
Per Steve Zipay, here are the lines from practice today. It is likely that these are the opening night lines, with Dylan McIlrath and Oscar Lindberg as the guaranteed scratches. There will need to be a decision on the fourth line as well.