Archive for Lineup Changes
To try and halt this three game skid, Alain Vigneault is trying out some new lines for tonight’s game against Carolina:
It looks like AV reads my tweets on defensive pairings (joking). McIlrath will likely be the healthy scratch, but those defense pairings are probably the Rangers’ best bet for efficiency from what they currently have on the roster.
Alain Vigneault tried out some new lines at practice today, and it is likely these are the lines for tonight’s game against Nashville.
Emerson Etem is the healthy forward scratch. The defense remained the same.
Rick Nash has returned to practice, skating on his usual line with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard. Emerson Etem is back as the spare forward. Dan Boyle will also stay in the lineup, and Dylan McIlrath will sit.
Per Andrew Gross, Alain Vigneault moved J.T. Miller up to the second line with Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan. Jesper Fast was back to the fourth line, rotating with Dominic Moore, Jarret Stoll, and Emerson Etem. The other two lines remained the same.
The defense pairings remained the same.
Update: Rick Nash is day-to-day after twisting his back at practice.
The Rangers have some new lines today at practice:
PP1: Nash-Stepan-Zuccarello, Brassard-McDonagh
PP2: Kreider-Hayes-Lindberg, Yandle-Klein.
Viktor Stalberg was skating with the team during this morning’s practice, and was medically cleared to play. There was some changes to the lines in practice, and it appears Alain Vigneault will be holding Stalberg out for at least the weekend:
The defense pairs remained the same.
The defense pairings remained the same. This is the expected lineup for tonight’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
Alain Vigneault shook up the lines and defense pairings for today’s game against the Devils:
PP1: Yandle, Boyle, Nash, Stepan, Zuccarello
PP2: McDonagh, Miller, Kreider, Brassard, Hayes
This just goes to show you that AV reads some of my tweets. Klein has been their best defenseman to start the season, he deserves to be on the top pair. Girardi has struggled, and isn’t the best matchup for the top pairing anymore.
Last night in Montreal, Emerson Etem made his New York Rangers debut. It was rather unceremonious, as he played a grand total of 7:09 on fourth line duty, and was buried for 86% DZ starts. Not exactly the ideal deployment of a guy who is lauded for his offensive skillset.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of Etem’s game. I will be the first one to admit that he is a tremendously gifted offensive player. He has great hands, shot and skating agility. Decision-making, effort level and one-dimensional skillset are the critical concerns I have with Etem. The Rangers traded an extremely versatile player in Carl Hagelin for the young winger, and while I am not here to lament the merits of that trade, it does create something of a roster imbalance. Read More→