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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.
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.
The Rangers have some new lines today at practice:
PP1: Nash-Stepan-Zuccarello, Brassard-McDonagh
PP2: Kreider-Hayes-Lindberg, Yandle-Klein.
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:
The defense pairs remained the same.
The defense pairings remained the same. This is the expected lineup for tonight’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
Alain Vigneault shook up the lines and defense pairings for today’s game against the Devils:
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.
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.
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.
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.