It’s expected that the decision will be between Raphael Diaz and Kevin Klein for the third line right defense spot and Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that he has a good idea of who will take that spot, but did not reveal who. (Ranger Rants)
On Saturday against Montreal, John Moore spent most of the game with Kevin Klein though did skate a few shifts with Raphael Diaz.
Adam Rotter: I think it will be Kevin Klein though Raphael Diaz has been, at least to me, better than expected for a guy who is on his third team in one season. Klein has playoff experience, against Alain Vigneault’s Canucks, and he has played with John Moore earlier in the season while Diaz and Moore have not played much together. Diaz and Moore are similar styled players, a more offensive bend and willing to join the rush, while Klein is more stay at home and I think the stay at home factor, playoff experience and previous work with John Moore will get Klein the spot, for at least game one.