Per Katie Strang, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will be returning to the lineup tomorrow night in Dallas. Del Zotto had been a healthy scratch for the past three games. The Rangers went 1-2 in that span, scoring just two goals (both on the powerplay) while allowing three goals.
Category: Lineup Changes
Per Larry Brooks, captain Ryan Callahan appears to be returning tonight against Anaheim. Cally suffered a broken thumb a few weeks ago in Washington, and was scheduled to be out for 3-4 weeks. A return tonight would put him right on the three week return date.
To make room for Cally in the lineup J.T. Miller will be a healthy scratch. Coach Alain Vigneault noted that Miller had a tough game in Carolina, which is the reason for his removal from the lineup. Taylor Pyatt still remains in the lineup.
Per Andrew Gross, Mats Zuccarello will be a healthy scratch tonight in Philly. Brandon Mashinter will play on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett. AV noted (per Gross) that Zucc being a scratch is performance based, and not a case of wanting a tougher presence in the lineup against the Flyers.
Per Pat Leonard, Henrik Lundqvist did not practice today due to a “minor” issue. In another tweet later, Leonard noted that Alain Vigneault is not 100% certain that Hank can play on Thursday in Philadelphia.
PP1: Del Zotto-Richards, Kreider-Stepan-Brassard
PP2: McDonagh-J. Moore, Pouliot-Miller-Boyle
Zuccarello, who has been struggling to start the season, has been placed on the fourth line and removed from the powerplay completely. This at least answers questions about the second line and answers questions about kids on the fourth line. People will still have problems with Pyatt ahead of Zucc, but it’s not like Zucc is playing infinitely better than Pyatt and deserves to be a spot up in the lineup.
It is interesting to note that Brandon Mashinter, who was just called up, is not skating with a forward line at the moment. The next game isn’t until Thursday, so that may change.
With Ryan Callahan out for 3-4 weeks with a borken thumb, coach Alain Vigneault has moved Taylor Pyatt up to the top line. J.T. Miller was moved up to the second line, and Jesper Fast moved down to the fourth line:
Pyatt also moved up to the top powerplay unit:
Per Pat Leonard, the Rangers have new lines at practice to account for the roster moves made yesterday:
It’s worth noting that Miller is on the fourth line again, with Moore and Dorsett. The attention is going to focus solely on Taylor Pyatt and his presence on the third line, and I’m inclined to agree here. There’s no real point in having Miller up if he’s not in the top-nine. He needs minutes. If they wanted a fourth line guy, there were other options available that were better suited for those minutes.
There were also new defensive pairings, with Michael Del Zotto not in practice today:
These are the pairs/lines we will see in Washington. Del Zotto did not make the trip to DC.
#NYR lines: Pouliot-Richards-Callahan;Pyatt-Step-Fast:Boyle-Brassard-Zuke: Dorsett-Moore-Asham
AV also altered the ineffective defense pairings:
#NYR dpairs: Staal-Girardi;: Stralman-McD, Moore-Del Zotto
These are, well, interesting to say the least. Let’s see how it all plays out.