Note: Cuts Are Coming Today

The Rangers will be making their final cuts today as they need to be at 23 players and under the salary cap by tomorrow at 5PM.

Players who need waivers to be sent down will be placed on waivers at 12PM.

Stu Bickel and Justin Falk will both need to be placed on waivers inĀ  order to be sent down. Conor Allen does not need waivers.

Brandon Mashinter, Arron Asham and Darroll Powe need waivers to be sent down.

Read: The Final Two Forward Spots

JT MillerAlain Vigneault noted after the Rangers loss to the Kings that there are two forward spots up for grabs and that the decision will be made on Saturday and announced on Sunday.

Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the top candidates for those two spots are Arron Asham, Darroll Powe, Marek Hrivik, JT Miller and Chris Kreider.

Brooks says that Miller’s “tenacious” play seems to have earned him a spot and that at this point it would be “stunning” if Miller doesn’t make the team.

Miller told the Daily News that he knew he wasn’t a lock for the roster and that his focus was on earning his way onto the roster.

Brooks says that Chris Kreider seems like a long-shot, even after improving his game on Friday night. Kreider told Brooks that he spoke with the staff earlier in the week about being accountable and that he doesn’t worry himself with where he is on the depth chart.”

Kreider told the Daily News that he thinks he has started to shake off some rust and is starting to come along and play better each night.

The Rangers need to be under the salary cap by Monday at 3PM.

Read: Henrik Lundqvist On The Preseason and His Game

Henrik LundqvistFollowing the Rangers loss to the Kings last night, Henrik Lundqvist chatted with Dave Maloney:

On going home, “It’s been fun but it’s time to start the real season. I think for everyone but for me personally it’s time to take a deep breath and think about a few things and get ready for the seaosn. It’s been a good trip, we didn’t get the results that we wanted, but we got to work on a few things. It’s been some tough games to play with broken plays and deflections, but you just need to go through some things. I started to feel more comfortable in the second half of this game and yea, it’s time to go home.”

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s Post Game Comments

Alain Vigneaultvia MSG, Alain Vigneault’s post game comments after the Rangers loss to LA

  • On JT Miller, “he played real strong in back to back games. He skated well, when he had the chance to carry the puck and make some plays he made some plays. When he had a chance to play the man he played the man. I think that whole line, in terms of youth and potential played well. We are playing against a team that had 95% of their roster, won the Stanley Cup a few years ago and we didn’t have a lot of PKers tonight and I think it showed early. I think we grinded it out and played hard, the goalie made some saves in the third and it’s 4 games in 5 nights and now we have some decisions to make.
  • On more structure in front of Hank, “its coming along. We are throwing a lot of young guys in the lineup that are getting a first or second taste of NHL hockey. When you are playing against a team that won the Stanley Cup a few years ago, it could be intimidating but our guys played hard and tried their best.”
  • On working with a smaller group, “yes….yes I am.”

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FINAL: Kings 4 Rangers 1

First Period:

  • Anze Kopitar
  • Jeff Carter
  • JT Miller from Anton Stralman and Oscar Lindberg
  • Mike Richards

Second Period:

  • Trever Lewis

Third Period:

Stats:

  • Not Available as of 1AM, possibly because the game did not take place at an NHL rink.

Adam Rotter

  • Well that ends a pretty lackluster preseason for the Rangers that probably raised as many questions as it answered. The team was sloppy, tired at times and while they created offense, they didn’t score. The defense wasn’t at it’s best and there still is a lot of work that needs to be done.
  • I thought Rick Nash skated the best he had in the preseason but he still looks like he needs to shake off more rust. He was turning the puck over a lot but also seemed to connect with Benoit Pouliot a few times.
  • For the longest time I didn’t considered Darroll Powe as someone who had a chance at being with the Rangers this season but he was probably the most consistent player in the preseason and seems like he has secured a bottom six/PK role similar to Dominic Moore.
  • Chris Kreider had some nice moments as did Jesper Fast and the the line of JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg and Marek Hrivik. Miller had the goal and another strong game. Based on salary cap space it would seem that only one of Kreider or Miller will start the season with the Rangers and I think Miller may have the upper hand.

Rangers game notes:

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Preseason: Rangers and Kings 10:30PM

8:42PM: From the Rangers twitter account, Alain Vigneault said:

  • Darroll Powe has played really well
  • 3 or 4 players are fighting for two spots and some roster decisions will be based upon the salary cap ramifications
  • Final cuts will be made on Sunday, according to Steve Zipay
  • Brad Richards, Brian Boyle or Derick Brassard could be moved to wing based on the depth at forward

8PM: The Rangers close out the preseason tonight in Las Vegas against the LA Kings at 10:30PM

  • Benoit Pouliot, Brad Richards, Rick Nash
  • Chris Kreider, Brian Boyle, Jesper Fast
  • JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik
  • Brandon Mashinter, Darroll Powe, Arron Asham

Michael Del Zotto, Stu Bickel, John Moore, Anton Stralman, Justin Falk and Conor Allen.

Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal.

Read: Ray Ferraro On The Rangers Last Night and For This Season

Ray Ferraro was a guest on TSN’s Leafs Lunch today and spoke about the Rangers after broadcasting their loss to Vancouver last night.

Ferraro said, “they looked like a team that had been on the road for ten days, or 12 days. They looked disorganized at times, Lundqvist was terrible which is always a surprise to me because I think he is just a terrific goaltender. There were some goals, Henrik Sedin’s second goal, Burrows was in front of the net with about 20 feet, literally 20 feet around him it looked like a pee-wee game, your like, where is everybody!”

“Dan Girardi, who is a really good player was on the ice for all five goals against last night. The Rangers looked about as bad as they possibly could look. They got some good news with Derek Stepan signing. They are about 2 and a half weeks away, they think, of getting Ryan Callahan back and 3 and a half weeks until Carl Hagelin can come back. That is 3 really good forwards.”

He added, “I still think they will have the same problems and struggle to score goals, they should be good defensively.”

Note: Tonight’s Lineup Against LA

According to Pat Leonard, the Rangers lineup for the preseason finale against the Kings is:

  • Benoit Pouliot, Brad Richards, Rick Nash
  • Chris Kreider, Brian Boyle, Jesper Fast
  • JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik
  • Brandon Mashinter, Darroll Powe, Arron Asham

Michael Del Zotto, Stu Bickel, John Moore, Anton Stralman, Justin Falk and Conor Allen.

Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal.

Players not playing tonight include Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Dominic Moore, Taylor Pyatt, Derek Dorsett,

Read: Henrik Lundqvist On Last Night

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist was pulled from the Rangers 5-0 loss to the Canucks last night after the second period.

He surrendered 5 goals on 17 shots in 40 minutes and told the Rangers website that the puck seemed to bounce the other way the entire night.

Lundqvist said that there were four deflections and one goal where he had two guys on top of him. “It was a tough game to play. I could do better reads on the deflections maybe, it’s good that it’s preseason. It’s the only positive thing for me, it doesn’t count and you can start over and keep working on the details of the game.”

He added that a big part of the game is defending deflections and that is something he needs to work on before the season starts.

Lundqvist said that he thinks he will play part of the game tonight against the Kings in the final preseason games.

FINAL: Canucks 5 Rangers 0

First Period:

  • Henrik Sedin (PPG)
  • Frank Corrado

Second Period:

  • Henrik Sedin
  • Ryan Kesler (PPG)
  • Hunter Shinkaruk

Third Period:

Stats:

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • This hasn’t been the ideal preseason for the Rangers or one that will stop the questions and worry about scoring. It’s preseason though and Alain Vigneault is still trying to figure out who fits best with who and he has been without Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan all preseason.
  • It’s only preseason but I don’t think I am the only one who expected to see some points come from Rick Nash and Brad Richards. They have their moments and are creating some isolated chances, but neither have been a top five player in any of the Rangers preseason games.
  • John Moore on the other hand continues to shine in this up-tempo system that favors defensemen who can skate well. He was strong once again.
  • Only Rangers without shots on goal tonight are Jesper Fast and Michael Del Zotto, both attempted one shot each that was blocked. Fast is interesting but with Alain Vigneault trying to figure out scoring lines, he didn’t get a chance with skilled guys tonight.
  • Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t at his best tonight as he seemed to struggle picking up deflections and didn’t have the best support. Marty Biron looked good in the third and I would think that they might split tomorrow’s preseason finale against the Kings.

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