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Category: Lineup Changes

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.

Lineup notes: Dan Boyle returns, Anthony Duclair still sitting

Per Sean Hartnett, the only lineup change being made tonight will be Dan Boyle returning to the lineup, replacing Mike Kostka. Likely riding the 5-0 win on Tuesday night, coach Alain Vigneault did not make any changes to his forward lines, which means Anthony Duclair will again be a scratch.

Sooner or later, I’m going to get the Duclair-Kevin Hayes-Lee Stempniak third line and Carl Haglein-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast fourth line that I desperately want.

Also, Tomas Kaberle will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack for a few games this weekend. He will need to sign a PTO first.

Fast in for Duclair; Glass has inappropriate photos of the coaching staff

Per Seth Rothman, recently recalled winger Jesper Fast is taking line rushes with Tanner Glass and Dominic Moore, while Carl Hagelin, Kevin Hayes, and Anthony Duclair are all taking rushes together. If these lines hold true, then it means Lee Stempniak will be the odd man out.

In unrelated news, Tanner Glass has inappropriate photos of the coaching staff, and that’s why he’s in the lineup*.

*-Not really.

Update: Stempniak is working on a powerplay unit and Duclair is not….so no one knows anything. This should be fun.

Update #2: Duclair is the odd man out.

Practice notes: Boyle in regular jersey, Kaberle at practice

Per Andrew Gross, Dan Boyle, out since the season opener with a fractured right hand, was in a regular practice jersey this morning. He was skating with Tomas Kaberle, who is joining Ranger practices without a contract. Boyle may not play tomorrow, but it looks like he will be set to return next week. Considering the state of the blue line, his return can’t come soon enough.

The lines and defensive pairs were switched up a bit as well:

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

Marc Staal-Kevin Klein
Conor Allen-Dan Girardi
Matt Hunwick-Mike Kostka

Boyle’s return would spell the end of Kostka in the lineup. It’s good to see Stepan back in the lineup too, but I don’t know if putting Glass with two rookies is the wisest move for the fourth line.

Reinforcements are on the way

John Moore might not play every night once everyone is healthy

The Rangers are so shorthanded right now that they’re bringing in Tomas Kaberle to skate with the team today, but that won’t last much longer.

Derek Stepan’s return is imminent, Dan Boyle’s recovery is also in it’s final stages, and John Moore’s suspension will be over after Sunday’s game. Kevin Klein could follow soon after, though no official prognosis has been made on his foot injury.

So how will things change in the coming days and weeks?

For one thing, the return of Stepan and Boyle should, should, get the power play on track. Statistically it can’t be much worse than the three-for-32 slump to start the season (Pittsburgh has 19 power play goals already…), but even a mediocre stretch by the man advantage would mean an extra goal every few games, a not insignificant padding for the patchwork defense.  Read more »

Lineup changes: New defense pairings with Moore out

Per Brett Cyrgalis, the coaching staff shook up the defensive pairings a bit with John Moore headed towards a suspension. The forward lines were changed up as well, likely due to the success we saw from the Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash trio:

Zuccarello-Brassard-Nash
Chris Kreider-Martin St. Louis-Anthony Duclair
Carl Hagelin-Dominic Moore-Lee Stempniak
Tanner Glass-Kevin Hayes-Chris Mueller

Ryan McDonagh-Marc Staal
Kevin Klein-Dan Girardi
Matt Hunwick-Mike Kostka

Ryan Malone took a maintenance day.

That fourth line is likely to change, probably moving Mueller to center, Malone to RW, and Hayes as a scratch. Either way, that fourth line is “meh” at best. The bottom four looks, well, it looks like it will get exploited a few times. I think that’s a mild way of putting it.

New lines from practice: Duclair back in

Per the team Twitter, coach Alain Vigneault has some new lines at practice, with Anthony Duclair sliding back in on the third line. Ryan Malone is the extra skater:

Chris Kreider-Kevin Hayes-Rick Nash
Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Martin St. Louis
Anthony Duclair-Dominic Moore-Carl Hagelin
Tanner Glass-Chris Mueller-Lee Stempniak

There were no changes to the defensive pairings.

Lineup Changes: Duclair odd man out with roster moves

Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers have new lines following three roster moves yesterday, and Anthony Duclair will be the odd man out, at least for tomorrow night’s game. The lines:

Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Martin St. Louis
Chris Kreider-Kevin Hayes-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Dominic Moore-Lee Stempniak
Tanner Glass-Chris Mueller-Ryan Malone

It’s very early in the season, and Alain Vigneault also said that Duclair may not play every game to start the season. There is value in watching games from above to see how plays develop in the NHL and in AV’s systems. It’s one game, so there’s no reason to panic over Duclair sitting. The staff will make the best possible decision to ensure his growth isn’t stunted by rushing him.

Lineup notes: Hunwick back in, Kostka skating as extra

Can’t really say this was unexpected, but after Mike Kostka’s two turnovers last night, he was skating as the 7D in practice today, per Seth Rothman. Marc Staal was skating with Matt Hunwick, and Kevin Klein was still with John Moore.

The forward lines remained unchanged, as Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller were the extras.