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Category: Preseason

Rangers lineup for tonight

Update 11:25am: These were the lines during the morning skate, as Kevin Hayes appears to be replacing the injured Derek Stepan. Also, it looks like Cam Talbot will be playing, not MacKenzie Skapski or Jason Missiaen.

Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller, Ryan Bourque
Tanner Glass, Chris Mueller, Jesper Fast
Ryan Malone, Matthew Lombardi, Martin St. Louis
Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Danny Kristo

Marc Staal and Dan Boyle
Michael Kostka and John Moore
Steven Kampfer, Matt Hunwick

Henrik Lundqvist/Cam Talbot

Original Post: After yesterday’s scrimmage, the Rangers announced that Group A from training camp will be suiting up tonight for the preseason opener against the Devils.

Forwards: Ryan Bourque, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, Danny Kristo, Matthew Lombardi, Ryan Malone, J.T. Miller, Chris Mueller, Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan.

Defensemen: Dan Boyle, Steven Kampfer, Michael Kostka, Ryan Mantha, John Moore, Samuel Noreau, Marc Staal.

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist, Mackenzie Skapski, Jason Missiaen.

Training camp roster divided into three teams

Per The Daily News, the training camp roster is divided into three teams: A, B, and C. When looking at the team makeup, Team C appears to be all kids that are headed to the AHL or Juniors sooner rather than later. Teams A and B appears to be a mix of vets, kids competing for spots, and prospects destined for the AHL. However, of the vets in Teams A and B, it’s telling to see how Alain Vigneault has his initial lines and pairings.

TEAM A

Forwards: Ryan Bourque (25), Jesper Fast (91), Tanner Glass (15), Carl Hagelin (62), Chris Kreider (20), Danny Kristo (29), Matthew Lombardi (45), Ryan Malone (24), J.T. Miller (10), Chris Mueller (86), Martin St. Louis (26), Derek Stepan (21).

Defensemen: Dan Boyle (22), Steven Kampfer (47), Michael Kostka (4), Ryan Mantha (72), John Moore (17), Samuel Noreau (79), Marc Staal (18), Petr Zamorsky (97).

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist (30), Mackenzie Skapski (81).

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Rangers training camp roster

The Rangers training camp roster has been announced, and it contains 63 players. The breakdown is 37 forwards, 20 defensemen, and 6 goalies. Some cuts are going to be sooner rather than later, as kids headed to Juniors will be returned to their respective teams. Here’s the breakdown of the players on the training camp roster:

Forwards (37): Chris Bourque, Ryan Bourque, Derick Brassard, Nathan Burns, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Haggerty, Kevin Hayes, Marek Hrivik, Keegan Iverson, Michael Kantor, Chris Kreider, Danny Kristo, Nickolas Latta, Paxton Leroux, Oscar Lindberg, Matthew Lombardi, Ryan Malone, Chris McCarthy, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Chris Mueller, Rick Nash, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Ryan Potulny, Michael St. Croix, Martin St. Louis, Lee Stempniak, Derek Stepan, Adam Tambellini, Nick Tarnasky, Andrew Yogan, Mats Zuccarello.

Defensemen (20): Conor Allen, Mat Bodie, Dan Boyle, Troy Donnay, Dan Girardi, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Matt Hunwick, Steven Kampfer, Kevin Klein, Michael Kostka, Ryan Mantha, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, John Moore, Samuel Noreau, Marc Staal, Dallas Valentine, Daniel Walcott, Petr Zamorsky.

Goaltenders (6): Cedrick Desjardins, Brandon Halverson, Henrik Lundqvist, Jason Missiaen, Mackenzie Skapski, Cam Talbot.

Poll: what to do with Cam Talbot

Cam Talbot has been an interesting story since joining the Rangers in Marty Biron’s stead at the beginning of last season. An undrafted free agent who blew the lid off his ceiling and went on to have a mini-breakout season as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup. He put up tremendous numbers (12-6-1, 1.64 GAA, .941 sv%), and by virtue of his age, can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this coming season.

Now, this puts the club in something of a pickle. He has an incredibly small sample size of games to judge his true talent level. What complicates things further is that most goalies of NHL caliber talent can put up quality numbers in a small set of games. What makes a starter is the ability to hold up that level of play over a fairly grueling 55-65 game sample. We have no idea if Talbot is up to that task, and unless something goes catastrophically wrong, we’re unlikely to find out this season. Read more »

Rangers announce final cuts

Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller made the roster, while Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg and Marek Hrivik were assigned to Hartford

The Rangers announced their final roster cuts this morning, assigning Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik, Darroll Powe, Brandon Mashinter, Stu Bickel and Conor Allen to the Hartford Wolfpack.  Powe, Mashinter and Bickel must all clear waivers.

The following players made the opening night roster:

Forwards: Arron Asham, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Ryan Callahan, Derek Dorsett, Jesper Fast, Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot, Taylor Pyatt, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello

Defensemen: Michael Del Zotto, Justin Falk, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, John Moore, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist, Marty Biron

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Rangers downed by Kings – Do. Not. Panic.

The Rangers preseason means nothing. Bring on Thursday.

The Rangers preseason means nothing. Bring on Thursday.

In another one sided preseason game, the Rangers were out of luck in Las Vegas as they lost 5-1 to the LA Kings including conceding the first goal inside 15 seconds. Jon Quick made 22 saves while the Kings scored two goals on the powerplay.

On a night of few bright spots, JT Miller continued to play catch up after missing preseason time as he scored the Rangers lone goal. Given his pro experience and strong play in the preseason Miller is a strong candidate to be one of the kids to stick around to start the season. At the very least Miller has made plays been noticeable and used his body effectively. The two goals in three games are almost a bonus.

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Kristo among those sent to Hartford in today’s cuts

Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have cut the following players, and sent them to the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack:

Goalies: Cam Talbot

Defensemen: Tommy Hughes, Aaron Johnson, Dylan McIlrath, Danny Syvret

Forwards: Micheal Haley, Michael Kantor, Andrew Yogan, Danny Kristo

While most of these were predictable (I got 8 of 9 correct), Kristo being sent to the AHL is a bit of a surprise. Many thought he was playing well, albeit slightly inconsistent. My guess is that Kristo will need top-six minutes, and it is something he won’t get at the NHL level right now (a reason why Brandon Mashinter may still be here). Plus, he has been outplayed by the other kids vying for a top-six role while Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are injured (Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast, Marek Hrivik).

A quick note on Mashinter: With Haley cut, Mashinter appears to have leapfrogged him on the depth chart. The kid is playing well, but has a long way to go to supplant the Derek Dorsett’s and Arron Asham’s of the team.

Miller, Staal, Allen with solid play in third preseason loss

Hasn't missed a beat (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hasn’t missed a beat (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Rangers lost their third preseason game –and second straight– tonight in Edmonton, but it was not all negative. J.T. Miller and Connor Allen played extremely well tonight. Allen is leapfrogging kids on the depth chart very, very quickly. We all know about Miller’s potential, and the kid played will with Arron Asham and Chris Kreider. Marc Staal also showed what he brings to the Rangers when he is fully healthy. Boy did he look good. Very assertive with the puck.

  • Starting with the powerplay, the Rangers are moving the puck well, but they are still holding the puck a little too long. It was nice to see people in front of the net with the man advantage as well. It’s still a work in progress, and this wasn’t their top powerplay unit out there. It was nice to see Ryan McDonagh get some time out there too.
  • For those wondering, it was a 2-1-2 (spread) on the 5 on 3, and an umbrella on the 5 on 4s.
  • Connor Allen has some wheels on him. Kid got back really quickly on the Ben Eager shorty. He forced the shot, and it was just some bad puck luck. That’s a goal that happens in NHL 14. Kevin is big on Marek Hrivik (as am I), but Allen has been very, very impressive.
  • As mentioned above, JT Miller and Marc Staal sure looked good. Staal isn’t missing a beat after that gruesome eye injury. Ditto Miller and his hammy.

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Preseason Game 4: Shaking off rust in Edmonton

(Photo: LoHud)

(Photo: LoHud)

The Rangers are in Edmonton tonight to take on the Oilers in their second of back-to-back games, and second of a four-in-five stretch to close out the preseason. The lines for tonight’s game have generated some discussion, particularly when you look at the forward lines. This is a team that needs to shake off the rust, but needs to give their highly touted prospects a lot of ice time to see what they are made of.

I haven’t watched much Edmonton hockey over the past year, but their style of play two years ago was centered around a 1-2-2 forecheck and defensive zone pressure. With more skill and speed on their team, it wouldn’t shock me to see a more aggressive style of play from the Oilers.

Rangers lineup:

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Lines for tonight’s game against Edmonton

Per Steve Zipay, the lines for tonight’s game against Edmonton will be:

Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Marek Hrivik-Oscar Lindberg-Danny Kristo
Micheal Haley-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-JT Miller-Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Conor Allen
Aaron Johnson-Tommy Hughes

Martin Biron (full game)
Cam Talbot

There are a few things worth noting here, first being Connor Allen on a pairing with Marc Staal. The kid has impressed, and will be getting a bigger chance to impress while playing with Staal. It’s also worth noting that Chris Kreider is getting a second straight game after being removed from the top line last night. He needs to rebound, and fast.