Per Vince Mercogliano, The NY Rangers lines tonight will have the newly anointed Video Game Line of Artemi Panarin-Mika-Zibanejad-and Vladimir Tarasenko as their top line, as expected. The big news, though, is that Vitali Kravtsov will be back in a top-six role with Chris Kreider and Vincent Trocheck
New-look #NYR lines:
Panarin – Zib – Tarasenko
Kreider – Trocheck – Kravtsov
Laf – Chytil – Kakko
Vesey – Leschyshyn/Goodrow – Gauthier
— Vince Z. Mercogliano (@vzmercogliano) February 10, 2023
This is as balanced a lineup as we can get right now, and quite frankly, these are some fantastic lines. Gerard Gallant hinted he knew what his perfect lines were, and perhaps he was simply waiting for that top line RW to make the appropriate changes.
With the Kid Line intact, the fourth line becomes an almost perfect shutdown line with Vesey, Goodrow, and Gauthier.
Oh, and Filip Chytil is moving to PP1, bumping Trocheck to PP2.