Archive for Lineup Changes
Update: Tanner Glass is out for the optional skate, which means he will likely be a healthy scratch, per Steve Zipay. The original title for this post is relatively useless, so I’m going to change it now.
Original Post: In case you missed it yesterday, Tanner Glass returned to practice and skated on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast. With that, J.T. Miller will be a healthy scratch, sitting alongside Anthony Duclair in the press box. If you’re on Twitter, and you’re following me, Martin, Becky, Chris, or Kevin, then you know how absolutely thrilled we are to see two younger and better skaters sitting for Glass.
I’m not going to beat a dead horse and explain why Glass isn’t even remotely close to being the best option on the ice. Been there, done that. By all accounts, Glass is a fantastic person, but on the ice, he’s just not the answer. Let’s just compare him to the two kids sitting in favor of Glass, and it’s pretty clear.
Per Brett Cyrgalis, winger Tanner Glass –out with the mumps– skated with the team today at practice, rotating with Anthony Duclair on the fourth defense pairing with John Moore. Glass won’t play tomorrow, and it looks like Alain Vigneault won’t be making any lineup changes either.
Per Andrew Gross, Dan Boyle is back and practicing with the team after sitting out with flu like symptoms. Considering Tanner Glass had flu like symptoms before coming down with the mumps, we had legitimate concern for Boyle. Boyle was inserted into the lineup in place of John Moore, who will join Anthony Duclair in the press box, also per Gross.
Another night when Duclair sits. Fire away. I have a post coming at noon, that I wrote before this news broke, about the glut of wingers.
Per Rick Carpinello, winger Tanner Glass will be out tonight with flu like symptoms. Lee Stempniak will return to the lineup to take his place. Also, it’s confirmed that Ryan McDonagh will play tonight, and John Moore –not Matt Hunwick– will be the odd man out on the blue line.
Cam Talbot will get the start in net tonight.
Per Steve Zipay, Lee Stempniak is out tonight, and Alain Vigneault doesn’t think it is a long-term issue. That means both Anthony Duclair and Jesper Fast will play tonight, on the third and fourth lines, respectively. Per Zipay, the lines at practice yesterday:
Per Andrew Gross, Anthony Duclair will play tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, skating on the third line with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin. Lee Stempniak was shifted to the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass. Jesper Fast will be the healthy scratch.
Per Sean Hartnett, the only lineup change being made tonight will be Dan Boyle returning to the lineup, replacing Mike Kostka. Likely riding the 5-0 win on Tuesday night, coach Alain Vigneault did not make any changes to his forward lines, which means Anthony Duclair will again be a scratch.
Also, Tomas Kaberle will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack for a few games this weekend. He will need to sign a PTO first.
Per Seth Rothman, recently recalled winger Jesper Fast is taking line rushes with Tanner Glass and Dominic Moore, while Carl Hagelin, Kevin Hayes, and Anthony Duclair are all taking rushes together. If these lines hold true, then it means Lee Stempniak will be the odd man out.
In unrelated news, Tanner Glass has inappropriate photos of the coaching staff, and that’s why he’s in the lineup*.
Update: Stempniak is working on a powerplay unit and Duclair is not….so no one knows anything. This should be fun.
Update #2: Duclair is the odd man out.
Per Andrew Gross, Dan Boyle, out since the season opener with a fractured right hand, was in a regular practice jersey this morning. He was skating with Tomas Kaberle, who is joining Ranger practices without a contract. Boyle may not play tomorrow, but it looks like he will be set to return next week. Considering the state of the blue line, his return can’t come soon enough.
Boyle’s return would spell the end of Kostka in the lineup. It’s good to see Stepan back in the lineup too, but I don’t know if putting Glass with two rookies is the wisest move for the fourth line.