Per Vince Mercogliano, Chris Kreider is set to return tonight against Boston. He is back on the first line and top powerplay unit, as expected, bumping Alexis Lafreniere back to the third line and second powerplay unit.
Complete #NYR lines:
Kreider – Zib – Kakko
Panarin – Trocheck – Kravtsov
Laf – Chytil – Goodrow
Vesey – Brodzinski/Leschyshyn – Blais
Gauthier is skating in a non-contact jersey. https://t.co/GzurO5skXB
— Vince Z. Mercogliano (@vzmercogliano) January 18, 2023
Sammy Blais is expected to be the healthy scratch, which makes sense given Jake Leschyshyn is a better skater and produces the same (bad) results.
The second powerplay unit got a little bit of a shakeup, adding K’Andre Miller to the point. Jacob Trouba shifted to the left circle, and Vitali Kravtsov was removed entirely.