Lineup Changes

As expected, NY Rangers lines remain unchanged as playoffs near

After the first day of playoffs camp, the NY Rangers lines remained unchanged from March when they last played:

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin-Ryan Strome-Jesper Fast
Phil Di Giuseppe-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko
Brendan Lemieux-Greg McKegg/Brett Howden-Julien Gauthier

Brendan Smith-Jacob Trouba
Ryan Lindgren-Adam Fox
Marc Staal-Tony DeAngelo

Remember that Lemieux is suspended, so it is likely Howden finds himself on the wing on the fourth line until Lemieux returns. Despite the other forwards joining the club, this is the likely lineup when the puck drops against Carolina in Toronto.

David Quinn, on Brendan Smith, said that Smith is a defenseman. He fared well with Trouba in a short period of time, and there really is no one else that can step into those minutes. It’s not like the Rangers have many options when it comes to lineup depth.

Heading into the playoffs, the NY Rangers lines show they are clearly top heavy. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, as this team was carried by its stars all season. They will need to do the same in the playoffs if the Rangers are to survive.

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  • Hard to believe DQ claiming to win SC with legit 1st line, Panera and none, unproven 3rd line and no 4th line, plus unproven starter instead of the King. I guess no other better options on D side

  • I can’t picture this roster taking on one of the big 4 teams.

    Boston, Tampa, Philly and Wash have their top 6 and bottom 6 that can score and shutdown anybody. They also have some pretty good special teams.

    • Quite possibly, in Artemi Panarin and Igor Shesterkin, the Rangers may have the two best hockey players in the world. That’s a good start. Mika Zibanejad is an outstanding player and with two really good lines, it is hard to key on the Rangers defensively. Except for maybe Kakko and Howden, the Rangers aren’t actually putting any bad players on the ice. The Ranger defense is much better than people give them credit for and Lindgren is quite underrated.

      They may not win the Cup, but I like their chances better than anyone else’s.

  • Can’t wait to see the guys back on the ice if we can come back anywhere near how we were playing when we got stopped will have a good shot at moving on

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