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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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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