According to Pat Leonard, at today’s informal skate the Rangers have Derek Stepan centering Ryan Callahan on the left and Marian Gaborik on the right.
Another line has Brad Richards with Carl Hagelin on the left and Rick Nash on the right.
He notes that the other two lines remained the same:
Chris Kreider, Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt
Arron Asham, Jeff Halpern, Mike RUpp
1/10/13 at 1:52PM:
Earlier today at the Rangers practice, Brad Richards was between Marian Gaborik and Rick Nash, Derek Stepan was between Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin, Brian Boyle was between Chris Kreider and Taylor Pyatt and Jeff Halpern was between Arron Asham and Mike Rupp.
The Rangers proposed top line of Richards, Gaborik and Nash was called one of the “scariest” lines in the NHL by Sportsnet.
On playing with Gaborik and Richards, Nash said, at Ranger Rants, that “It’s fun to play with them, it seems like they always find you. We’ve got to make sure we get some chemistry quick.”
John Tortorella said back in September that he couldn’t wait to see how Nash and Richards would work together.
Richards and Nash are expected to find chemistry easier than Richards and Marian Gaborik did at the beginning of last season.
Adam Rotter: The side of Brad Richards that Rick Nash plays on will determine a lot. Nash of the left side means that Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan can play on the top two lines and Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider get the second and third LW slots.
Nash on the right side pushes Marian Gaborik down to the second line and forces Ryan Callahan to either move to LW on the second line or play third line RW. Nash on the right side would also put Carl Hagelin on the top line and potentially Chris Kreider on the second line if Ryan Callahan doesn’t move to the left side.