Archive for Lineup Changes
In a move to hopefully get the most out of his powerplay, Alain Vigneault made some changes to the two units, swapping Dan Boyle and Ryan McDonagh at the point, and Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis as a forward. Both Boyle and MSL have been struggling mightily, and it was time to change things up. The units:
Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers are shuffling their lineup after last night’s loss to the Isles, and J.T. Miller will be a healthy scratch along with Matt Hunwick. Lee Stempniak and John Moore will be back in the lineup. Tanner Glass will still be playing because he “played physically last 3 games, element that team needs.” The lines:
I don’t really understand Hayes on the fourth line, but I’m not the coach.
Per Brett Cyrgalis, Derek Stepan was not on the ice for practice and is not expected to play tomorrow in Boston. Tanner Glass, a healthy scratch for the last six games, was skating on the fourth line, which was one of three new lines:
The top line remained unchanged, but the other three had changes. I’m not sure why Moore is now on the third line, but that Glass-Hayes-Fast line could be problematic. Moore is probably the best bet to manage Glass on the ice.
Also, Nash was named an alternate captain for the All Star Game this year, much deserved.
Per the Rangers Twitter, defenseman John Moore will return to the lineup in place of Matt Hunwick. Moore, who has yet to score a goal and has just three assists this season, has been a healthy scratch for the Rangers last two games.
Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in net tonight.
Per Steve Zipay, Jesper Fast will be the healthy scratch tonight for the Rangers as they take on Dallas. J.T. Miller will be re-inserted back into the lineup. For some reason, Tanner Glass is still playing. It’s not like Dallas is incredibly skilled, fast, and high scoring or anything like that.
The defense will remain the same, and Henrik Lundqvist will be in net.
Per Steve Zipay, forward Lee Stempniak –who missed a few games with the mumps– will be back in the lineup tonight at the expense of J.T. Miller. Stempniak skated with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin at the optional skate. John Moore also appears to be in for Matt Hunwick.
Alain Vigneault noted that the lines are not final, and everyone will take warmups.
Derick Brassard will return to the lineup tonight after missing a few games with the mumps. Brassard was the second Ranger (Tanner Glass) to contract the mumps, but is not the last. Lee Stempniak is no longer with the team for the moment as he is being isolated with the mumps. The lines will change a bit, but the same forwards will dress tonight, with Brass subbing for Stemp.
On defense, John Moore will still be a healthy scratch.
Per the Rangers Twitter, Matt Hunwick will replace John Moore on the third defense pairing tonight in Calgary. It’s a relatively minor lineup change, probably designed to ensure Hunwick’s legs stay fresh.
Per the Rangers Twitter, Tanner Glass was skating with Matt Hunwick as the extra skaters at practice. Chris Kreider has been moved to the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast. That likely means J.T. Miller has moved up in the lineup to play top-nine minutes, presumably with
Kevin Hayes and Lee Stempniak. Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis, where he excelled last game.
Per Sean Hartnett, winger Chris Kreider is doubtful for tonight with neck spasms after colliding with Carl Hagelin at practice yesterday. With Kreider likely out, J.T. Miller will stay in the lineup for at least one more game.
Meanwhile, AV also confirmed that Tanner Glass and John Moore will return to the lineup tonight. Glass is replacing the injured Kreider, and Moore is replacing Matt Hunwick. If Kreider can go, it’s safe to assume Miller will be the odd man out.