Preseason Game Five: Rangers and Canucks 10PM

Goalie: Starter: Henrik Lundqvist Backup: Marty Biron

Defense:

  • Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi
  • Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto
  • John Moore and Anton Stralman

Forwards:

  • Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, Rick Nash
  • Taylor Pyatt, Brad Richards, Mats Zuccarello
  • JT Miller, Brian Boyle, Derek Dorsett
  • Darroll Powe, Dominic Moore, Jesper Fast

Roberto Luongo will play the whole game for the Canucks.

Read: The Rangers are Meeting John Tortorella’s Vancouver Canucks Tonight

John TortorellaIn the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that tonight’s matchup between Alain Vigneault’s Rangers and John Tortorella’s Canucks will attract a tremendous amount of attention.

Bob McKenzie said on TSN Drive yesterday that the coaches will draw a bunch of attention to a game that not much can be drawn from because many of the players will not end up making the teams.

He added, “in the grand scheme it isn’t for real but it will feel that way for Tortorella and Vigneault.”


In the Daily News, Pat Leonard writes that some Rangers were frustrated that Tortorella had refused to adjust his coaching style after the team added more offensive firepower last season.

Leonard adds that Tortorella put players on edge so much that they were always looking over their shoulders.


Andrew Gross writes in The Record that this is still an important topic because Tortorella’s press conferences may have led to his firing with the Rangers and could be a downfall for him in Vancouver.

While Steve Zipay of Newsday was the only Rangers beat reporter who traveled to the games in Calgary and Edmonton, the NY Daily News, Record and NY Post will all be in Vancouver for tonight’s game.


Marc Staal, in the CP, said that things got “stagnant” under Tortorella and had a few unfinished sentences including “It just seemed like we had no….” and “There was a lot of negative….”

The Globe and Mail says that a lot of the focus isn’t so much on looking back but on what is next for both teams.


The Rangers and Canucks play in New York on 11/30 and in Vancouver on 4/1

News: Rangers Make Cuts (Danny Kristo and Aaron Johnson)

The Rangers have announced their latest round of cuts:

PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO HARTFORD (AHL) ON 9/25/13:

Goal (1): Cam Talbot

Defense (4): Tommy Hughes, Aaron Johnson, Dylan McIlrath, Danny Syvret

Forward (4): Micheal Haley, Michael Kantor, Danny Kristo, Andrew Yogan.

The Rangers have 30 players in camp and need to cut seven more before the season starts.

Adam Rotter: Of these cuts, only Kristo is a bit of a surprise. Haley is on a one-way contract so he will get his $600,000 in Hartford and Hughes, Yogan, Syvret and Kantor were all destined for Hartford. McIlrath showed that he needs more time and that is probably the thought process with Kristo. Kristo showed some flashes and will probably get called up during the year, but he needs more time to develop at the pro level.

 

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FINAL: Oilers 5 Rangers 3

First Period:

  • Marc Staal from Mats Zuccarello
  • Taylor Hall
  • David Perron

Second Period:

  • David Perron (PPG)
  • JT Miller from Arron Asham and Chris Kreider
  • Ben Eager (SH)

Third Period:

  • Jordan Eberle
  • Dan Girardi (PP) from Ryan McDonagh and Benoit Pouliot

Stats:

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • JT Miller was probably the best Ranger tonight and has probably vaulted himself from afterthought who will start in Hartford to probably the top candidate to take one of Carl Hagelin or Ryan Callahan’s spot.
  • The rest of the young players have, as Joe noted in the case of Oscar Lindberg, leveled off. They have their moments but the more they play during the preseason the more it seems that they need some time in Hartford. Marek Hrivik is probably best positioned, of the group with Danny Kristo, Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg, to make the team out of camp.
  • I hope that on Thursday against Vancouver the Rangers dress what will likely be their opening night lineup. That full group needs a game together and the guys on the bubble should play on Friday in Vegas.
  • Marc Staal had another strong game and another goal. Besides the visor he looks like the All-Star player he was before his injury.

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Preseason: Rangers and Oilers

The Rangers face off against the Oilers tonight in Edmonton in their fourth of six preseason games.

Lineup:

  • Marty Biron and Cam Talbot
  • Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Conor Allen, Dan Girardi, Tommy Hughes, Aaron Johnson
  • Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard, Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Benoit Pouliot, Mats Zuccarello, JT Miller, Arron Asham, Dominic Moore, Micheal Haley, Derek Dorsett

Note: The Rangers Lineup Tonight Against Edmonton

According to Steve Zipay of Newsday, this is the Rangers lineup tonight against the Edmonton Oilers

Goalie: Martin Biron and Cam Talbot

Defense: Aaron Johnson and Tommy Hughes, Marc Staal and Conor Allen, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi.

Forward:

  • Marek Hrivik, Oscar Lindberg, Danny Kristo.
  • Micheal Haley, Dominic Moore, Derek Dorsett.
  • Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Arron Asham.
  • Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello.

FINAL: Flames 4 Rangers 1

First Period:

  • Curtis Glencross

Second Period:

  • Dennis Wideman
  • Marc Staal (PP) from Jesper Fast and Marek Hrivik.

Third Period:

  • Matt Stajan
  • Lance Bourma (Empty Net)

Stats:

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • It’s the first game in a week for this group and that rust showed early on as did the Rangers struggle to find a real rhythm.
  • Marek Hrivik was strong throughout the night and could have an inside track on a roster spot. His play has been good, but his cap hit of $685,000 is very appealing.
  • Marc Staal and John Moore were once again very good and Moore is showing he isn’t afraid to mix it up if he has to.
  • Danny Kristo had four shots on goal and four more attempts. I think he could be a guy that spends a little bit of time in Hartford to round out some things and get called up relatively quickly. Jesper Fast was also making some things happen on the ice.

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GameNite: Rangers and Flames (Preseason Game 3) 9PM

The Rangers take on the Flames in the first of four games in five nights to close out the preseason.

Lineup:

Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot
Defense: Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto, John Moore and Anton Stralman, Justin Falk and Stu Bickel.
Forward: Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Brian Boyle, Marek Hrivik, Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg, Brandon Mashinter, Taylor Pyatt, Arron Asham, Danny Kristo, Darroll Powe.

Note: Rangers Goalie Schedule Next Week

Alain Vigneault told SNY’s Nick Licalzi today what the goalie schedule will be for the rest of the Rangers preseason.

  • Calgary: Henrik Lundqvist full game
  • Edmonton: Marty Biron full game
  • Vancouver: Henrik Lundqvist full game
  • LA (in Las Vegas) TBA

Vigneault said that this was the schedule that he, Benoit Allaire and management decided was best and once he told that to Johan Hedberg, AV gave Hedberg a choice on what he would like to do and Hedberg said he would prefer to stay back and leave his PTO>

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s Post Game Comments

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win in Philadelphia:

  • On going to the net to score, “it was one of the things that we have been talking to our guys about. It’s a tough league to score. The quality of the goaltending is real solid and to score goals you gotta go into the tough areas and pay the price. We accomplished what we wanted to tonight. Philly came at us real hard, we moved the puck in a fashion that allowed us to break their forecheck. It was a hard fought game.”
  • On Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot, “They both played to their strength. They moved the puck, they used their speed. They had some really good chances on the PP but it didn’t pan out there. There seems to be a little bit of chemistry there and hopefully it improves.”

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