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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.
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.
PP1: DJ ZBad-Kreider-Pirri-Zucc-McDonagh
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.
The Rangers closed out their exhibition schedule last night, dropping the finale to the Flyers, 4-2. With all the competition in camp, it has certainly been an interesting pre-season. After Wednesday’s cuts, the Rangers sit at 28 remaining players in camp. As we all sit with baited breathe to see if we are stuck with yet another full season of Tanner Glass, I’m going to lay out my cuts and ideal opening night roster.
This is all for fun and will probably differ, not only from what the club will actually do, but also, these things will change and evolve as the season goes along.
Much to the dismay of about half of Rangers fandom, the Keith Yandle era is over in New York. After dealing his rights to the Florida Panthers for a sixth and conditional fourth round pick on Monday, the Cats came to terms with Yandle on a seven-year/$44.45m contract yesterday. His deal includes a no movement clause for the first six (!) years of the deal, with a modified no-trade clause in year seven.
We all knew going into his big contract that Yandle would not come cheap. We also knew that his gross misuse over the past season would likely lead to his exit. The cap hit for the deal is a pretty representative $6.35m, but it was the term that really knocked me over. I certainly did not expect Yandle to get max term, but in a barren waste land of free agency and Alex Goligoski already off the board, I feel like the Panthers did what they had to do. Read More→
Per Brett Cyrgalis, it looks like Eric Staal might be a healthy scratch tomorrow. Staal is not rotating with the top-six, and the bottom-six does not have him in the rotation. This could just be a coy maneuver by Alain Vigneault, however. The top-six are the same, and the bottom-six look like this:
If Eric Staal is sitting for Tanner Glass, I have no idea what to say.
Some notes from practice today, and there were a bunch of them:
- Mats Zuccarello and Viktor Stalberg will not play tomorrow in Detroit. They are both “dealing with lower body issues.”
- Oscar Lindberg will be back in the lineup. A call up from Hartford is also expected.
- No surprise here, Antti Raanta will be in net for the Rangers tomorrow. Giving Henrik Lundqvist rest is much needed, considering the workload this year.
- Dan Girardi will be ready for the playoffs. Neither he nor Ryan McDonagh (hand) skated at practice.
Some new lines from practice today, per the Rangers Twitter:
Oscar Lindberg is again the healthy scratch.
Antti Raanta will start in Montreal. I’d expect him to get two more starts down the stretch to keep Hank fresh.