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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.

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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.

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The Rangers have some new lines today at practice:

Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes-Viktor Stalberg
Jarret Stoll-Dominic Moore-J.T. Miller

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

PP1: Nash-Stepan-Zuccarello, Brassard-McDonagh
PP2: Kreider-Hayes-Lindberg, Yandle-Klein.

Dan Boyle and Emerson Etem appear to be the scratches.

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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:

Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
J.T. Miller-Kevin Hayes-Oscar Lindberg
Jarret Stoll-Dominic Moore-Emerson Etem

The defense pairs remained the same.

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Practice notes: Hayes back at center

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Alain Vigneault shuffled the lines at yesterday’s practice, moving Kevin Hayes back to center on the third line:

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Jesper Fast
Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller
Jarret Stoll-Dominic Moore-Viktor Stalberg

The defense pairings remained the same. This is the expected lineup for tonight’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.

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Alain Vigneault shook up the lines and defense pairings for today’s game against the Devils:

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Jesper Fast
Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller
Viktor Stalberg-Dominic Moore-Jarret Stoll

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

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.

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What to do with Emerson Etem?

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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→

Jarret Stoll, Tanner Glass, and Dylan McIlrath will be scratched tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Dan Boyle and Jesper Fast will return to the lineup, and Emerson Etem will make his Rangers debut.

Boyle will be paired with Marc Staal. Etem and Fast will play with Dominic Moore.

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Dan Boyle took rushes with Marc Staal today at practice, and Alain Vigneault confirmed that he will return to the lineup tomorrow night. Boyle was a healthy scratch last night, as Dylan McIlrath took his spot in the lineup. Best guess is that McIlrath will sit, despite a strong game.

Jesper Fast will also be in the lineup on the fourth line. Fast was a healthy scratch for two games, as AV juggled his fourth line. Emerson Etem and Jarret Stoll were alternating on the wing, and Etem might get his first game as a Ranger tomorrow. It looks like Tanner Glass, who had a rough night, will sit.

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Boyle to sit tomorrow, Klein on the PP

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Per Sean Hartnett, the Rangers have switched up the powerplay, most notably with Kevin Klein playing in place of Dan Boyle. Boyle will be a scratch tomorrow, and Dylan McIlrath will play.

PP1: Nash-Brassard-Zuccarello, Yandle-Klein
PP2: Kreider-Hayes-Miller, McDonagh-Stepan

There are a few things to note here. First is that McIlrath needs to play. Second is that Boyle is 39 years old, so getting him some extra rest isn’t a bad thing. Third is that, despite what some click-bait articles on the internet may lead you to believe, Boyle hasn’t been bad. He’s been, if anything unspectacular in his first three games.

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