Preseason

Potential lines for tonight’s preseason opener

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Skjei (Photo: Blueshirts United)

Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers practiced with the below lines in anticipation of tonight’s preseason opener against the Devils.

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Viktor Stalberg
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Marek Hrivik
Ryan Bourque-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast
Brian Gibbons-Jayson Megna-Luke Adam

Keith Yandle-Dylan McIlrath
Brady Skjei-Dan Boyle
Chris Summers-Raphael Diaz

I’m intrigued by this Yandle-McIlrath pairing. When I saw the roster for tonight’s game, I thought that could be an interesting pairing, if it happened. Also very excited to see how Skjei does with Boyle. Both excel greatly at moving the puck.

At forward, that third line of Bourque-Lindberg-Fast should be fun to watch. All three are solid skaters, and could eat up inferior competition.

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  • The way he set up the lines looks like he already has his first cuts playing together on the 4th line. I think Viktor Stalberg can cause a little damage on that line. Yandle and McIlrath could be awesome or dreadful.

  • The one thing that concerns me abt Stalberg were the reports that he was totally bagged & sucking air during the skating & fitness drills. Didn’t want to hear that because he needs to be in shape.

    • in fairness, I read on many occasions that he worked out with Hank over the summer, it’s not like he shirked his responsibilities at all.

  • HOCKEY is here, The Undertaker has arrived. I wish him the best, give it your all Dylan, you have many fans on your side. If the Devils wish to get nasty, Mcilrath and Glass will accommodate.

    • Maybe, but Bobby, I got to tell you, while the fans will certainly love to see him kick the crap out of another AHL guy that we may never hear of again, I don’t think that is what’s gong to earn him a spot on this roster, on this team, with this coach, on the 2015-16 version of the Rangers.

      If on the other hand, he shows smarts, solid positional defensive play, the ability to pass effectively and start the rush, maybe even a good, hard shot (which I’ve heard he has), that’s what will earn him a shot to make the team. If he takes bad penalties and shows a lack of dscipline, he will surely punch his ticket out of NY.

      • Did you see that goal Diesel scored a couple of yearts ago when he took a pass deked the D & goalie right out of their jock straps and scored. Seriously he did and I was astounded. I didn’t know he could do that. If he flattens a couple of guys tonight without taking himself out of position that won’t hurt him at all.

        • All good, but he has to show he can do that on an NHL level, totally different thing obviously. If I’m his adviser, I’m telling him, “forget about being ‘The Undertaker’. Show AV how hard you have worked on your skills. Show him you can bring the qualities that the coach values most. That’s the only way you are going to make this team.”

          But yes, some well timed and legal bone rattling checks wouldn’t hurt either. 🙂

  • And so begins the annual McIlrath Watch. Seriously, Bobby B, are you a leftover from the 1975 Flyers? I’m pretty sure they are all retired. Can we all say in unison pulllease!!! The NHL has changed, the NHL has changed, the NHL has changed. If McIlrath is on this roster for any great length of time this season, the team will be in trouble.

    Looking forward to the beginning of the season.

    Regards- orange

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