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Eric Staal a healthy scratch?

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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.

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Some notes from practice today, and there were a bunch of them:

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Some new lines from practice today, per the Rangers Twitter:

Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
JT Miller-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Kevin Hayes-Eric Staal-Jesper Fast
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Viktor Stalberg

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.

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Per Steve Zipay, Alain Vigneault is shuffling the lines again.

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
Oscar Lindberg-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Kevin Hayes-Eric Staal-J.T. Miller
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Viktor Stalberg

Rick Nash didn’t practice, and it appears that Oscar Lindberg was the fill-in, meaning he will be the scratch.

On defense, it looks like AV listened to me, as Ryan McDoangh is with Kevin Klein, and Keith Yandle with Dan Girardi.

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Per Steve Zipay, Alain Vigneault switched up the lines at practice to account for the return of Rick Nash and the absence of Derick Brassard. Nash had been out for about six weeks with a bone contusion, and Brassard is now out with flu like symptoms. The lines were adjusted, and we appear to be getting the long-awaited Nash-Eric Staal combination.

JT Miller-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Rick Nash-Eric Staal-Viktor Stalberg
Chris Kreider-Kevin Hayes-Jesper Fast
Oscar Lindberg-Dominic Moore-Tanner Glass

The defense pairings remained the same, with Marc Staal, back in the lineup, being paired with Dan Boyle.

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The trade deadline has come and gone, and perhaps it is surprising that the Rangers did not make any additional moves to bolster their roster for a playoff run. Jeff Gorton was adamant about trying to upgrade the fourth line and penalty kill, but in the end no deals were made today.

While all the madness, or lack thereof, the Rangers had a morning skate. Eric Staal will play tonight, likely at center. Jesper Fast was out due to illness. If he can’t go, Dylan McIlrath will likely play forward.

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Practice notes: New powerplay units

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Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are devoting today’s practice to the powerplay, with the below new units:

PP1: Keith Yandle-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller-Kevin Hayes-Oscar Lindberg
PP2: Ryan McDonagh-Dan Boyle-Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello

It’s good to see Yandle on PP1, along with their hottest player right now in Miller. My guess is that Rick Nash would replace Lindberg when healthy, but what do I know?

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Jayson Megna in, Tanner Glass out tonight

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Per Steve Zipay, the newly recalled Jayson Megna will play tonight, and Tanner Glass will be the healthy scratch. This isn’t a surprise, as Megna wasn’t recalled to be scratched, and Paille wasn’t signed to be scratched. Lines were unconfirmed.

Dylan McIlrath is also playing, which isn’t a surprise.

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Per Steve Zipay, Derick Brassard will not play tonight with flu like symptoms. Kevin Klein will return to the lineup though, and was skating with Ryan McDonagh this morning. The new lines to account for Brassard’s absence:

Mats Zuccarello-Kevin Hayes-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-J.T. Miller
Viktor Stalberg-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Jayson Megna

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Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have some new lines at forward. Oscar Lindberg is back in on the third line, with Jayson Megna and Viktor Stalberg rotating on the fourth line.

J.T. Miller-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Step-Rick Nash
Kevin Hayes-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh-Kevin Klein
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Keith Yandle-Dan Girardi/Dylan McIlrath

The defense pairings remained the same. Safe to assume Girardi will play if he can go.


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