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Preseason Game 3: Flyers at Rangers

So we meet again.

So we meet again.

The “out for blood” Flyers are in town tonight to take on the Rangers in their third preseason game. As with most preseason games, there is a new lineup tonight, with J.T. Miller getting a shot between Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis. Miller has had a strong preseason, and now it appears he is being given a shot as the short-term 1C stopgap until Derek Stepan returns to action. He’s certainly earned that shot.

The Rangers play a moderate 1-2-2 forecheck and a strong-side overload in the DZ (man-on-man when the puck is below the goal line). With a lead, AV will back the 1-2-2 forecheck up to the neutral zone, forcing turnovers while keeping five bodies back for defense. As for special teams, the Rangers run a 1-3-1/umbrella hybrid powerplay and a hybrid (diamond/wedge+1) penalty kill).

The Flyers play a 2-1-2 forecheck, and once they get a late lead, they switch to a more conservative 1-1-3 left wing lock. In their own zone, the Flyers play a mix of zone and man-on-man defense, depending on puck location.On special teams, the Flyers run a 1-3-1 and an umbrella power play and a diamond force penalty kill with the strong side forward looking to pressure the point.

Rangers Lineup:

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Injuries hampering veteran chances

Penalty box, press box with injury, close enough.

Penalty box, press box with injury, close enough.

The Rangers went on a low-risk spending spree this summer, bringing in veterans Matt Lombardi, Lee Stempniak, and Ryan Malone. Some questioned this initially –Stempniak not so much– as the Rangers have a lot of kids ready to take spots in the lineup. However, more competition is good. Competition breeds improvement.

But now, two of those veterans have seen injuries cut into training camp and preaseason games. First Malone went down last week with a hip flexor injury after a strong-ish (he fatigued at the end) performance in the preseason opener against the Devils. He missed out on practices, didn’t play Friday and won’t play today. Meanwhile, Lombardi just went down with a groin injury after an unimpressive game on Monday. He was slated to go tonight, but he’s been scratched last-minute.

Less than a week into the preseason, and two vets brought in on low-risk deals are on the shelf. What will that say about their long-term durability?

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New lines for kids heading into Monday’s game

Per Andrew Gross, Alain Vigneault has new lines for tomorrow’s preseason game against the “out for blood” Flyers:

Kevin Hayes-Chris Mueller-Anthony Duclair
Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Rick Nash-J.T. Miller-Marty St. Louis
Marek Hrivik-Matthew Lombardi-Jesper Fast

Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Mat Bodie-Dylan McIlrath
Matt Hunwick-Mike Kostka
Ryan McDonagh-Steve Kampfer

Naturally, one of those defensive pairs won’t be playing tomorrow.

More kids with strong games as Rangers down Hawks

AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles

AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles

Another game, another strong showing for the kids. J.T. Miller pretty much assured himself a spot on the opening night roster with another strong game. Anthony Duclair looked unreal. Marek Hrivik had a strong game. Oscar Lindberg scored a goal. Cedrick Desjardins played really well in the second half of the game. Conor Allen and Dylan McIlrath, while not exactly stellar, managed to keep Jonathan Toews off the score board. I didn’t turn the game on until mid-second period, so the observations are based off that.

  • Spoke with Kevin when I turned the game on, he said Anthony Duclair, at least offensively, looked like he belonged in the NHL. Great instincts, was able to skate with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard. What’s holding him back is his play away from the puck. Honestly, this kid is more hyped than Evgeny Grachev way back when. There’s a long way to go for the kid to develop, and there’s a reason why I brought up Grachev. Not saying Duclair will turn into Grachev, but despite all his skill, he still needs to make it.
  • Oscar Lindberg’s goal was a softy, but he got open –which is incredibly important for a kid looking to make the team– and shot the puck through a screen. These are two fundamental aspects of hockey you expect to see from your fourth line, which is where Lindberg is penciled in at the NHL level.
  • Ryan Haggerty was a bit invisible, at least from the point where I turned on the game. Remember, he was only kept with the NHL club last year as a negotiating tactic to get him to sign in NY.
  • J.T. Miller looked engaged for a second game in a row. He was much more confident with the puck, especially on the powerplay. He also got to the front of the net for the Rangers third goal. It looks like he’s going to make this team.

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Preseason Game 2: Rangers at Chicago

Photo Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers are in Chicago tonight for their second preseason game of the season. They dropped Monday’s contest against the Devils in the final minute, then the rookies lost a scrimmage against the Devils rookies on Wednesday before the first round of cuts. Tonight will be a different lineup, with Anthony Duclair playing on a line with potential first liners (to open the season) Derick Brassard and Rick Nash.

The Rangers play a moderate 1-2-2 forecheck and a strong-side overload in the DZ (man-on-man when the puck is below the goal line). With a lead, AV will back the 1-2-2 forecheck up to the neutral zone, forcing turnovers while keeping five bodies back for defense. As for special teams, the Rangers run a 1-3-1/umbrella hybrid powerplay and a hybrid (diamond/wedge+1) penalty kill).

Joel Quenneville is one of the best coaches in the game. His Hawks play an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck, keeping the back forward and defensemen ready to jump on turnovers. In the defensive zone, the Hawks play a standard zone defense looking to defend you in layers based on puck location. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play, and a wedge+1 penalty kill.

Rangers lineup:

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Rangers lineup for tonight

The Rangers have announced their lineup for tonight, and the biggest item of notice is that Anthony Duclair is going to get time with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash. Ryan Haggerty, Marek Hrivik and Oscar Lindberg are also making their preseason debuts.

Chris Bourque-J.T. Miller-Mats Zuccarello
Nick Tarnasky-Dominic Moore-Ryan Haggerty
Marek Hrivik-Oscar Lindberg-Lee Stempniak
Anthony Duclair-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash

Ryan McDonagh-Dylan McIlrath
John MOore-Dan Girardi
Conor Allen-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist/Cedrick Desjardins

As rosters get trimmed, the kids vying for a roster spot are going to have to step up their game. We saw strong performances from the kids on Monday, so the kids playing tonight will need to at least match that performance.

Rangers cut 20 from training camp roster

The Rangers have announced their first round of cuts, sending 12 players to Hartford, 6 to their respective Juniors teams, and releasing 2 from their tryouts:

AHL: Troy Donnay, Michael Kantor, Nickolas Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Sam Noreau, Mackenzie Skapski, Michael St. Croix, Andrew Yogan

Juniors: Ryan Graves, Brandon Halverson, Keegan Iverson, Ryan Mantha, Adam Tambellini, and Daniel Walcott.

Released: Nathan Burns, Dallas Valentine

The Rangers have 43 players remaining in camp:

Forwards (25): Chris Bourque, Ryan Bourque, Derick Brassard, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Haggerty, Kevin Hayes, Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Matthew Lombardi, Ryan Malone, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Chris Mueller, Rick Nash, Ryan Potulny, Martin St. Louis, Lee Stempniak, Derek Stepan, Nick Tarnasky, Mats Zuccarello

Defensemen (14): Conor Allen, Mat Bodie, Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Tommy Hughes, Matt Hunwick, Steven Kampfer, Kevin Klein, Michael Kostka, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, John Moore, Marc Staal, Petr Zamorsky

Goaltenders (4): Cedrick Desjardins, Henrik Lundqvist, Jason Missiaen, Cam Talbot

Kids impress in preseason loss to Devils

AP Photo/John Minchillo

AP Photo/John Minchillo

Well, the Rangers and Devils put on a show last night in a rare exciting preseason game. The Rangers lost on a pretty bad goal by Adam Henrique in the final minute, but wins and losses don’t really matter as much in the early going. I only got home in time for the third period, so my reaction points are only from that period. If there was something I missed, definitely let me know.

  • J.T. Miller really impressed me. He looked a lot more poised with the puck, he didn’t look lost without the puck, and he overall played like a kid who is looking to make this club. It will be interesting to see how he does it later in the preseason as more cuts are made.
  • Ryan Malone also played very well. It was nice to see him in front of the net on the powerplay, looking for rebounds, deflections, and screens. It’s something that only Chris Kreider really does on a regular basis. Malone is another guy who I’d like to see continue the strong play against teams as cuts are made.
  • Danny Kristo had his moments, and that feed to Matt Hunwick was a thing of beauty. Kristo is someone who Alain Vigneault singled out as “putting it all together.” His skill is NHL ready, but it was the three zone game that held him back.
  • Speaking of Hunwick, he made a great read on that play (where Kristo fed him, and he hit the post). I didn’t notice him much before or after, but I guess that’s a good thing.

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Preseason Game 1: Devils at Rangers

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Three months of hockey-less living has been rough, but the Rangers return to the ice tonight against the New Jersey Devils. There are a lot of roster spots open for the taking, and a lot of the guys competing for those spots are in action tonight. Tonight marks the debuts of the highly anticipated Kevin Hayes, Dan Boyle, and Tanner Glass.

In case you need a refresher (click here for all systems posts), Alain Vigneault has his guys playing a moderate 1-2-2 forecheck and a strong-side overload in the DZ (man-on-man when the puck is below the goal line). With a lead, AV will back the 1-2-2 forecheck up to the neutral zone, forcing turnovers while keeping five bodies back for defense. As for special teams, the Rangers run a 1-3-1/umbrella hybrid powerplay and a hybrid (diamond/wedge+1) penalty kill).

As for the Devils, Pete DeBoer has the Devils playing a 1-2-2 forecheck which they’ll use aggressively in the offensive zone or passively in the neutral zone as a trap depending on game situation. In the defensive zone, Deboer employs a hybrid overload/zone defensive system depending on whether the puck is along the boards or at mid-ice. On special teams, the Devils employ an umbrella/1-3-1 power playOn the penalty kill, the Devs rotate between a box and a diamond depending on puck location and the setup of the opposition.

Rangers lineup:

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Preseason games begin with spots to be earned

Why is no one talking about Fast? (Photo: Blueshirts United)

The Rangers kick off their preseason schedule tonight against the Devils, and seven of the forwards in the lineup tonight are slated to be competing for roster spots. There are, by my count, four open roster spots (3C, 3RW, 4LW, 4RW) in addition to the 13F and 7D spots. In total, that’s six roster spots up for grabs for forwards.

Alain Vigneault is on record saying most of the kids headed to Juniors will be cut on Wednesday –with a select few (Duclair) sticking around, of course– so the natural feeling is that Groups A and B will comprise the NHL roster and most of the guys competing for the open spots.

Let’s look at the front-runners for each spot:

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