Practice Buzz: Line Rushes Hint at Opening Night Lines

Rangers at practice (NYR)

Rangers at practice (NYR)

Today at practice the NY Rangers took to the ice and rushed as these forward lines:

Chris Kreider(LW), Marty St. Louis(C), Rick Nash(RW)
Carl Hagelin(LW), Derick Brassard(C), Mats Zuccarello(RW)
Anthony Duclair(LW), JT Miller(C), Lee Stempniak(RW)
Tanner Glass(LW), Dominic Moore(C), Jesper Fast(RW)

FYI: Kevin Hayes, Ryan Malone and Matt Hunwick were extra skaters.

My first impression is that the Rangers are overstocking the 1st line a bit. If the Blueshirts moved Duclair up to the top unit, and Kreider to the 2nd line it would provide a different look on the 3rd.

I’m not exactly comfortable with Duclair and a still raw JT Miller on the 3rd line with Stempniak. Of course, a healthy Kevin Hayes on the 4th line would likely take MSL off center.

Still, the group of forwards doesn’t worry me either and I feel they will have a strong showing against a deep and talented St. Louis Blues lineup.

On defense, no shock there:

Ryan McDonagh(LD), Dan Girardi (RD)
Marc Staal (LD), Dan Boyle (RD)
John Moore (LD), Kevin Klein (RD)




Special Teams:

I’m thinking different looks depending on how players are going. Looking for the pp units to possibly be:

Kreider, Brassard, MSL
Zuccarello, Boyle

Duclair, Miller, Nash
McDonagh, Girardi

On the PK:

Hagelin, Moore
McDonagh, Girardi

Stempniak, Fast
Staal, Klein

Oh, and for the record on October 5th, we nailed the opening night roster:

Fulltilt NYR roster prediction (

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