We have our sneak peak at what tomorrow’s lineup for Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens looks like. As expected Pavel Buchnevich is out of the picture and Tanner Glass is on the fourth line.
NYR lines: 20-21-36; 26-93-61; 40-13-10; 15-24-19 D: 27-5, 18-22, 76-42— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) April 11, 2017
For those who prefer to look at the longhand version of the Rangers lines - we have you covered:
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey- Mika Zibanejad - Rick Nash
Michael Grabner - Kevin Hayes - J.T. Miller
Tanner Glass - Oscar Lindberg - Jesper Fast
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal- Nick Holden
Brady Skjei - Brendan Smith
Other news (that is not surprising) is that the Rangers have sent Taylor Beck and Magnus Hellberg back down to the AHL. So, as expected, Antti Raanta will be good to go tomorrow night as the Rangers backup.
Rangers send Magnus Hellberg and Taylor Beck to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. #HWP— Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey) April 11, 2017
Montreal’s lines at today’s practice at the Bell Sports Complex:
Max Pacioretty - Phillip Danault - Alexander Radulov
Paul Byron - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Dwight King - Andrew Shaw - Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk - Steve Ott - Andreas Martinsen
Brian Flynn - Torrey Mitchell - Michael McCarron
Andrei Markov - Shea Weber
Jordie Benn - Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu - Nikita Nesterov
It’s interesting to see King moved up to the third line and Galchenyuk skating with the fourth line, but the Habs will have offense on all four lines if they roll with this lineup tomorrow. Maybe Claude Julien just wants more ice time for King. We shall see.
As expected Carey Price and former Ranger top draft pick Al Montoya were the goalies on the ice for the Habs. Alexei Emelin was off the ice with a lower body injury. Emelin was injured on Apr. 5th in a game against the San Jose Sharks. He’s been out of Montreal’s lineup since.
An interesting plot twist to Game 1 is an injury suffered today during the Canadiens practice. Max Pacioretty got off the ice after he took a puck or stick to the face.