Here’s a look at the Rangers’ line combinations for tonight’s game.
J.T. Miller - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash
Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Mats Zuccarello
Jimmy Vesey - Kevin Hayes - Michael Grabner
Brandon Pirri - Oscar Lindberg - Matt Puempel
Pavel Buchnevich was called up from the Hartford Wolf Pack today, which might mean that Grabner is not ready to play after taking a hard check from teammate/defenseman Adam Clendening during practice yesterday. Kreider and Zibanejad are game-time decisions, though are likely to play.
Marc Staal - Ryan McDonagh
Brendan Smith - Nick Holden
Brady Skjei - Adam Clendening
Dan Girardi is out at least two weeks with a deep gash on his ankle. Kevin Klein is still experiencing back spasms, though may slot in if he’s feeling up for it tonight. Brendan Smith will make his debut with his new club.
It’s King Henrik’s birthday today! (Let’s spoil it.)
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Backes
Peter Cehlarik - David Krejci - David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano - Ryan Spooner - Jimmy Hayes
Matt Beleskey - Dominic Moore - Riley Nash
New acquisition Drew Stafford won’t be playing tonight, per WEEI’s Ty Anderson:
Cassidy confirms Stafford will not play tonight vs. Rangers.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 2, 2017
Where he would is still up for debate, but we won’t find out just yet.
Anderson also reported Tim Schaller’s scratch in favor of Beleskey, and confirmed the defense (below):
Also: Beleskey will draw back into the lineup tonight. Tim Schaller sits as a scratch. Same six defensemen Bruins went with vs. 'Zona, too.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 2, 2017
Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
Colin Miller - Kevan Miller
John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow were on the ice with the big club yesterday, however.
Tuukka can take this one, so Dobby can slot in on Saturday vs. the Devils.