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The lineup for tonight against New Jersey

The Rangers lineup for tonight against the Devils is expected to be (NYR):

  • Alexis Lafreniere, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
  • Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
  • Barclay Goodrow, Filip Chyil, Julien Gauthier
  • Sammy Blais, Kevin Rooney, Ryan Reaves
    • Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox
    • K’Andre Miller, Jacob Trouba
    • Jarred Tinordi, Nils Lundkvist

Igor Shesterkin will start in net and is expected to play the full game. (Stephenson)

Players still in training camp that aren’t playing tonight include: Zac Jones, Patrik Nemeth, Libor Hajek, Dryden Hunt, Morgan Barron and Vitali Kravtsov.


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Gerard Gallant spoke after practice and said (NYR):

  • Will Shesterkin and Georgiev each get a full game, “That’s the plan.”
  • Update on Kravtsov, “Today was his first day out there, so that was good. Though he feels a lot better. Obviously he isn’t playing tonight, but it was his first day back on the ice.”
  • Does he have enough time to show you what he is about, ” Yeah, for sure. I mean, it’s not just from training camp, he’s been here a while. The organization knows him well, I don’t know him as well and we will see if he gets into the next game, but it’s not all based on that.”
  • Do you plan to put Kravtsov back with Chytil and Goodrow, “We’re gonna see, see where it goes, that is what training camp is all about. Gauthier has played well and he’s going to play with those guys again tonight. Kravy started training camp there, unfortunately he got hurt in the Jersey game, we will see, one day at a time.”
  • On Gauthier, “He’s played well, went to the net, drove to the net, he’s definitely had a good camp.”
  • Does the size of Fox and Lindgren impact how you want to match them up, “It definitely does. Certain teams, you know, I mean, but again you want your top guys on the ice. Certain teams we’re gonna look at the top guys, who they’re gonna play against and we’ll say, maybe it fits better with K’Andre and Troubs, so different match ups, different teams. Obviously size makes a difference when you’re playing in your own zone. Hopefully we’ll be playing in the other zone a lot more, but it definitely makes a difference, for sure.”
  • On the defense being aggressive, “Yeah, I’m not a big believer of high risk gambling plays, I don’t like that. You need D-Men to join the rush in this league, that is a big part of the league and a big part of having success in the offensive zone, but you’ve got to play those numbers, you can’t just fly off the blue line on a rush when it’s a high risk play, when your forward is protecting the puck or taking the blue line away. You’ve gotta make sure you are aware of what is going on with the play, when there is an opportunity to jump, jump and you leave the blue line, but we are not making high risk plays for those. The last thing you want to do is give up 2 on 1s or 3 on 1s the other way.”