FINAL: Devils 5 Rangers 4

10:51PM: The Rangers have sent through the following quotes:

Alain Vigneault on J.T. Miller…“I thought J.T. had some moments. I thought he was battling hard on the puck, making some real nice plays for a first exhibition game. It was a chance to see him in the middle. I thought he did some good things.”

J.T. Miller on his play tonight…“I just tried to play normal hockey. You prepare yourself as much as you want for the camp and the season, but you still have to play. You have to go out and catch on a little bit.”

Henrik Lundqvist on tonight’s game…“I felt pretty good. It was a tough start, two deflections like that, but it’s just a good feeling to be out there again. Great crowd, almost sold out here for the first game of the preseason. It was definitely a fun feeling to be out there again. I did get a feeling, sitting here before the game, that it came fast, the turnaround (from last season). At the same time though, this is where you want to be. You want to play and get going and have a good training camp. I think this was a good first game for us.”

Ryan Malone on scoring a goal…“It definitely helps. You can’t really judge yourself on the points. You have to make sure you are constantly making plays, playing in the defensive zone, making forechecks and making sure all the little parts of the game are taken care of. It was a pretty good start tonight.”

9:36PM: First Period:

  • Reid Boucher (1) Deflected shot – ASST: NONE
  • Michael Ryder (1) Tip-in – ASST: Eric Gelinas (1), Adam Henrique (1)
  • Carl Hagelin (1) Snap shot – ASST: J.T. Miller (1)
  • PPG – Ryan Malone (1) Snap shot – ASST: J.T. Miller (2), Chris Mueller (1)

Second Period:

  • Michael Ryder (2) Tip-in – ASST: Reid Boucher (1)

Third Period:

  • PPG – Eric Gelinas (1) Slapshot – ASST: Patrik Elias (1), Marty Havlat (1)
  • Chris Kreider (1) Snap shot – ASST: Danny Kristo (1), Cam Talbot (1)
  • Jesper Fast (1) Slapshot – ASST: Tanner Glass (1), Steven Kampfer (1)
  • Adam Henrique (1) Wrist shot – ASST: Michael Ryder (1), Tomas Kaberle (1)

Stats:

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • You could see the skill that Kevin Hayes has and why the Rangers think highly of him. It’s only one game of seeing him and while I think he is close, I still think he should start the year in Hartford. It may only be a short time in Hartford, like Carl Hagelin and Ryan McDonagh, but I think, at least after one game, he should start with the Wolf Pack.
  • I liked Ryan Malone tonight but I can’t shake the feeling he is the kind of player who will get 10 points in his first 18 or so games and then get 3 in his next 15. He looks motivated but also a tad slow and I think mat catch up with him as the year goes on. He may be the kind of guy who needs to alternate in and out of the lineup as the 13th guy as the season goes on.
  • JT Miller, Matthew Lombardi and Danny Kristo looked good. Jesper Fast scored a goal and looked nice on the PK. The battle for the final spots should be fun.
  • Chris Kreider, Marty St. Louis and Carl Hagelin all look to be in nice form.

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Practice: The likely lines for tonight’s game against the Devils

Rangers Mural11:06AM: Derek Stepan is not on the ice this morning. (Zipay)

Both Lundqvist and Talbot will play tonight for the Rangers. (NYR)

9/22/14 | 11:01AM: The group of Rangers who are playing tonight against the Devils are on the ice now at the MSG training center.

The likely lines for tonight’s game are (Gross):

  • Carl Hagelin, JT Miller, Ryan Bourque
  • Tanner Glass, Chris Mueller, Jesper Fast
  • Ryan Malone, Matthew Lombardi, Marty St. Louis
  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Danny Kristo

The defense being used at the morning skate is (Gross):

  • Marc Staal and Dan Boyle
  • Michael Kostka and John Moore
  • Steven Kampfer, Matt Hunwick

Samuel Noreau and Ryan Mantha are also skating.

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start with Cam Talbot as his backup.(Gross)

Read: What Alain Vigneault sees in Tanner Glass (Updated)

9/22/14 | 3:40PM: On Glass, Vigneault said yesterday “Tanner is a kid who when he came to us in Vancouver, he wasn’t on anybodies chart. We signed him as a depth player, two-way contract and he came to camp and him being who he is, being a hard worker, he battled through every practice, he made his way and caught everyone’s attention and made our team.”

Vigneault added, “He got better coaching and improved as a player. He is a great kid who understands his role and when he became available, the year before he went to Pitt, we tried to bring him back but he felt he had a better opportunity in Pitt and this time we talked to him again and tried to bring him and now he is here.”

7/7/14 | 3:45PM: EJ Hardek said on SNY’s Rangers Blue Line podcast today, “I think the biggest thing is that Vigneault is comfortable with Tanner Glass and he knows him and he can step in and Glass can step in knowing what he has to do in a Derek Dorsett type role at a little less money. I’m never crazy on signing guys like that to a three-year term because I think they are replaceable guys but after going to the Stanley Cup Final I think Alain Vigneault has earned the right to ask management for a guy that he is comfortable with and make it happen. Glass will be what he is which is a fourth line player who can create energy and mix it up.”

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Read: Jeff Gorton Needs To Be The Choice To Replace Glen Sather (Updates)

9/22/14 | 3:54PM: Gorton handles the “day to day demands” of the Rangers  while Sather oversees the “club’s personnel.” (ESPN.com)

Katie Strang says that she wouldn’t be surprised if Sather stepped away and into a “less-demanding” role after this coming season. (ESPN.com)

For all Sather related updates on his future, CLICK HERE.

6/18/13 | 9:34AM: At The Record, Andrew Gross writes that the Rangers need to make sure that Jeff Gorton is next GM of the team and takes over for Glen Sather when Sather decides to step away.

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Rangers Blue Line Podcast: Leadership, JT Miller and Derek Stepan discussion

NHL.com’s Brian Compton and Adam Rotter of SNYRangersBlog  react to the first few days of training camp, and what they expect to see as games begin. Plus, Brian previews the Atlantic Division with NESN’s Billy Jaffe.

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Stepan day-to-day

Expectations for first pre-season game

Vigneault looking for leadership

Billy Jaffe interview (9:15)

JT Miller’s chip on his shoulder (21:35)

Rick Nash (26:05)

Read: Rangers Prospect Report on Pavel Buchnevich and others

RANGERS0The Rangers have sent through a prospect report focusing on Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Haggerty and others:

RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: SEPT. 12 – SEPT. 21

FAB FIVE

Pavel Buchnevich, LW – Buchnevich continued his strong start to the season with Severstal Cherepovets in the KHL. The 19-year-old ended this past week by posting three consecutive multi-point efforts, registering six points (four goals, two assists) over the span. Buchnevich has tallied a point in four of his last five games, and has recorded four multi-point games in Severstal’s first eight contests of the season.

KHL SEASON TOTALS: 8 GP, 5-4-9, 0 PIM, +5 +/- RATING

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