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Category: Lineup Changes

Practice notes: New lines; Pyatt, McIlrath appear to be scratches

Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have new lines at practice and appear to be dressing 12 forwards and 6 defensemen:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Brad Richards-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Taylor Pyatt/Benoit Pouliot-Brian Boyle-Arron Asham
Carl Hagelin-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
John Moore-Justin Falk/Dylan McIlrath

Gross also noted that Pyatt and McIlrath skated together as a defensive pairing, indicating they might be the healthy scratches for tomorrow’s game.

New lines to compensate for Callahan injury

Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have some new lines to compensate for the injury to captain Ryan Callahan:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Taylor Pyatt-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Benoit Pouliot-Dominic Moore-Arron Asham

Gross noted that Derick Brassard is taking a maintenance day after taking a shot off the leg last night, and that he will take Pyatt’s spot in the lineup for tomorrow’s game.

Miller, Falk in; Del Zotto, Pouliot out

Per Larry Brooks, Benoit Pouliot’s time in the lineup has come to an end. The recently recalled J.T. Miller will take his spot in the lineup, skating with Derick Brassard and Carl Hagelin. The other lineup change is Justin Falk in for Michael Del Zotto. It appears Alain Vigneault is matching Del Zotto and Falk based on opposition. The Devils have a little more snarl in the lineup, so the tougher Falk dresses.

Derek Dorsett is still battling wrist issues, and is not playing tonight.

Lineup notes: Dorsett out; “Unspecified defenseman” banged up

Per the Rangers Twitter feed, Derek Dorsett will be out tonight with a lingering wrist issue. Taylor Pyatt will return to the lineup in Dorsett’s place. Also, AV noted an unspecified defenseman is banged up and the defensemen will be a game time decision. We can speculate all we want, but we know it isn’t John Moore that is banged up, since AV confirmed he will return tonight. If the unspecified defenseman is good to go, then I assume Justin Falk, who barely played in the third period last game, will be the healthy scratch.

Talbot starts; Pyatt, Moore scratched

Per Pat Leonard, it looks like Taylor Pyatt and John Moore will be healthy scratches for the second straight game. AV is a coach that doesn’t like to change things up following a win, so this is relatively unexpected.

Also per Leonard, Cam Talbot will start tonight in net. This will be the first time Talbot starts two straight games. Talbot has not allowed more than two goals in any of his seven starts this season.

Practice notes: AV shakes up the lines

After a run that saw the Rangers score just nine goals in seven games, Alain Vigneault has shaken up his lines (per Pat Leonard). The only line that remains intact is the Kreider-Stepan-Zuccarello line:

Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Ryan Callahan
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

In reality this illustrates the Rangers dire need for a winger, since Pouliot has been anything but reliable in his first 24 games as a Ranger. The injured Taylor Pyatt is not the answer either.

On the powerplay, Andrew Gross notes some changes as well:

Nash-Richards-Callahan-McDonagh-Girardi
Kreider-Stepan-Brassard-Zuccarello-Del Zotto-John Moore

At this point I’m surprised Marc Staal isn’t getting a look at the point. Or Stralman, who has history with Scott Arniel.

Del Zotto to return to lineup tomorrow

Per Katie Strang, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will be returning to the lineup tomorrow night in Dallas. Del Zotto had been a healthy scratch for the past three games. The Rangers went 1-2 in that span, scoring just two goals (both on the powerplay) while allowing three goals.

Justin Falk, who had been replacing Del Zotto in the lineup, could be the odd-man out tomorrow. Per Strang, AV is unsure if he will sit Falk or John Moore.

Rick Nash good to go

Per Andrew Gross, Rick Nash is good to go and will play tonight. He will take J.T. Miller’s spot in the lineup, as Miller will be a healthy scratch with Michael Del Zotto. Nash had been out since the third game of the season with a concussion.

Miller back in the lineup as Mashinter sits

Per Steve Zipay, J.T. Miller will be back in the lineup tonight against the Penguins. Brandon Mashinter will sit to make room for Miller in the lineup. Mashinter played very little in the loss to Anaheim.

Brooks: Callahan to return tonight; Miller healthy scratch

Per Larry Brooks, captain Ryan Callahan appears to be returning tonight against Anaheim. Cally suffered a broken thumb a few weeks ago in Washington, and was scheduled to be out for 3-4 weeks. A return tonight would put him right on the three week return date.

To make room for Cally in the lineup J.T. Miller will be a healthy scratch. Coach Alain Vigneault noted that Miller had a tough game in Carolina, which is the reason for his removal from the lineup. Taylor Pyatt still remains in the lineup.