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Dec
02

Klein back on defense, Clendening to sit

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As expected, Kevin Klein is back with Brady Skjei at practice today. Adam Clendening is back to the press box as a healthy scratch.

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.

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It looks like Kevin Klein is getting the night off against Buffalo tonight. Klein was paired with Josh Jooris at the morning skate today, indicating he may be a healthy scratch tonight.

Adam Clendening was paired with Brady Skjei, which makes it seem that Clendo will see his first game since dressing as a forward and not playing a shift in early November.

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.

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Alain Vigneault has switched up the lines for this evening’s tilt against the Ottawa Senators, moving J.T. Miller to center on a line with Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash. Full lines for tonight:

Zuccarello-Miller-Nash
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-Brandon Pirri
Matt Puempel-Josh Jooris-Jimmy Vesey

The defense remained the same. So Adam Clendening will join Oscar Lindberg in the press box as the healthy scratches.

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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:

Michael Grabner-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Kevin Hayes-Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey-Brandon Pirri-J.T. Miller
Matt Puempel-Josh Jooris-Jesper Fast

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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:

Pavel Buchnevich-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Jimmy Vesey-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller
Michael Grabner-Brandon Pirri-Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Brady Skjei
Nick Holden-Kevin Klein

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.

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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.

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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:

Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller
Pavel Buchnevich-Brandon Pirri-Jesper Fast

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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Alain Vigneault is changing up the lines a bit for Saturday’s game:

Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello
J.T. Miller-Kevin Hayes-Michael Grabner
Brandon Pirri-Josh Jooris-Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh-Nick Holden
Marc Staal-Kevin Klein
Brady Skjei-Adam Clendening

PP1: DJ ZBad-Kreider-Pirri-Zucc-McDonagh
PP2: Nash-Stepan-Vesey-Hayes-Clendening

Dan Girardi is skating with Dylan McIlrath, so it looks Girardi is still going to be out for another game. Pavel Buchnevich also appears to be out for tomorrow.

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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:

Ryan McDonagh-Nick Holden
Marc Staal-Klein
Brady Skjei-Adam Clendening

It’s expected that the forward lines will remain the same.

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Oct
12

Likely lines for opening night revealed

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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.

Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
J.T. Miller-Kevin Hayes-Rick Nash
Brandon Pirri-Josh Jooris-Jesper Fast/Michael Grabner

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Nick Holden
Brady Skjei-Adam Clendening

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