Rangers CSI: What Tonight’s Roster Reveals

Anthony Duclair (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

AV discusses lineup at practice (NYR)

AV discusses lineup at practice (NYR)

The Rangers are set to take on the Blackhawks at the Garden in preseason action. Tonight’s roster is as follows:

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist, Cam Talbot

Defensemen: Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Matt Hunwick, Mike Kostka, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal

Forwards: Derick Brassard, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Ryan Malone, J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, Marty St. Louis, Lee Stempniak, Mats Zuccarello
*via BlueshirtsUnited.com

Talbot and Lundqvist will man the pipes this season (NHL)

Talbot and Lundqvist will man the pipes this season (NHL)

Evidence A (Goaltending):

This one is cut and dry. Lundqvist is the man in net, backed up by Talbot.

Evidence B (Defense):

The only case to be solved here is the 7th defense spot. I believe that will be decided tonight with Matt Hunwick currently in the lead for it.

Evidence C (Forwards):

This requires some real detective work. Forget the big names in the lineup, save for Marty St. Louis at center, which we think is a terrible idea. Of the 13 forward spots available (12 plus 1 extra) we feel that 8 spots are locked up by:

Rick Nash, Marty St. Louis, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin, Dominic Moore and JT Miller.

That means their is a competition for 5 spots to be had on the opening night roster. Two players we feel have inside tracks and will make it are:

Lee Stempniak and Tanner Glass.

That leaves 3 spots and at least 6 players with legit chances of making the team. Those names:

Anthony Duclair, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Haggerty, Jesper Fast, Ryan Malone and Matthew Lombardi.

These next two games (Saturday versus NJ) will go a long way in determining who those 3 players are. I will say this, tonight’s lineup may very well be the starting lineup on October 9th in St. Louis.

Reports have been coming out that the Rangers are looking to make a move to keep Duclair here. The Blueshirts are currently carrying the max of 50 contracts, and must make a move by Tuesday (10/7) to keep Duclair. Currently he is not one of those 50 contracts and thus the need to make a move in order to be in compliance with the salary cap.

New York has a KING, it only makes sense to add a “DUKE”.