Archive for Lineup Changes
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.
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.
Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are devoting today’s practice to the powerplay, with the below new units:
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?
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.
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:
The defense pairings remained the same. Safe to assume Girardi will play if he can go.
Chris Kreider returned to the ice during today’s practice, per Sean Hartnett. Kreider skated on a line with Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast. Oscar Lindberg appeared to be the odd man out, as the other three lines remained the same from yesterday’s game. For those keeping score at home, that means Lindberg may be a scratch for Jayson Megna.
It’s safe to assume Kreider would go in for Etem if healthy. It’s also safe to assume one of McIlrath or Girardi will be out for tomorrow’s game.
I don’t know what McIlrath needs to do to earn his spot in the lineup. I thought he did with his play while Klein was out. But hey, what do I know?
The Rangers appear to be fully healthy today, as Kevin Klein, Dan Girardi, and Antti Raanta all returned to practice today. Klein has been out the longest with an abdominal injury, almost three weeks. Girardi missed a week with a knee injury. Raanta missed a week with what was likely a concussion. Klein’s injury really cost the Rangers, as he was their best defenseman before the injury.
Make of that what you will.