Alexis Lafreniere boosted to top line in recent lineup change

Alexis Lafreniere is a key to the new Rangers lines

It looks like Alexis Lafreniere will be on the top line tomorrow. In the latest practice, he was with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. Pavel Buchnevich was with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome.

The defense pair changes were expected, although it is disappointed to see Brendan Smith benched after points in two straight games. But on the bright side, the bottom-six forwards remain intact, and they’ve been strong to start the season.

It took just three games before Lafreniere moved to the top line. We wondered how long it would take, and less than a week was the answer.