With only two preseason games remaining after tonight, the New York Rangers roster will start to take shape over the next several days. Tonight will include a prospect-heavy lineup, which likely means that Alain Vigneault is looking for any last minute standouts that will stick around for a little while longer. There are two rounds of cuts coming up later today, and tomorrow afternoon following tonight's game in Philadelphia.
That will leave the Rangers with approximately 30 players remaining on the training camp roster, with two games upcoming next week. At the other end, the Philadelphia Flyers will be dressing a fairly regular NHL lineup tonight, after last night's prospect squad was defeated 6-3 at Madison Square Garden. Tonight will be a big test for the kids in blue, but for anyone that is looking to make a lasting impression, tonight would be the night to make that happen.
Here are the expected lineups for both teams.
Forwards: Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Jakub Voracek, Vincent Lecavalier, R.J. Umberger, Matt Read, Sean Couturier, Michael Raffl, Jason Akeson, Zac Rinaldo, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Defense: Michael Del Zotto, Mark Streit, Nicklas Grossmann, Samuel Morin, Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn
Goalies: Ray Emery, Steve Mason
New York Rangers
Forwards: Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Anthony Duclair, Ryan Haggerty, Dominic Moore, Lee Stempniak, Marek Hrivik, Kevin Hayes, Carl Hagelin, Nick Tarnasky, Ryan Bourque, Chris Mueller
Defense: Mat Bodie, Conor Allen, Mike Kostka, John Moore, Kevin Klein, Matt Hunwick
Goalies: Cam Talbot (full game), Jason Missiaen