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Rangers Lines 10/09/14 vs. St. Louis

Bobby Bevilacqua

The Rangers starters for opening night have been announced, and the lineup is listed below:

Kreider – St. Louis – Nash

Hagelin – Brassard – Zuccarello

Duclair – Miller – Stempniak

Glass – Dmoore – Fast

McDonagh – Girardi

Staal – Boyle

JMoore – Klein

Lundqvist

The first line is pretty similar to last year’s top line. Nash and Kreider remain in the same positions as last year, and Martin St. Louis slides into the center position to replace Derek Stepan, who is on Long Term IR. Once St. Louis gets accustomed to the role, this should be a fun line. There is lots of goal scoring and playmaking potential here.

The second line is definitely one of my personal favorites. This is a relatively small line, but super quick. Brassard and Zuccarello will continue where they left off with the chemistry they built up last year. Carl Hagelin gets bumped up to the second line and adds to the speed of the line. This line may wind up being one of the Rangers’ most productive.

The biggest story on the third line is the rookie Anthony Duclair. Just 19 years old, he managed to crack the opening night roster after a very good preseason. Duclair will be playing with a chip on his shoulder as he attempts to prove to the coaching staff and management that he belongs with the big boys. He will be centered by JT Miller, who is also trying to prove that he can be a quality center in a top-9 forward role. The veteran Lee Stempniak will play the right wing position, and will add another quality shot to the line.

Dominic Moore returns to the Ranger’s fourth line after great year last year, one which earned him the Bill Masterton trophy. He will continue to kill penalties and fill in the role he established last year. Newcomer Tanner Glass will also contribute to the penalty kill and add some grit to the team. Jesper Fast rounds out the last night as he looks for his first career NHL goal.

Ryan McDonagh will play his first game as the Rangers’ captain, and he will continue to play with Girardi. One of the best shut down defensive pairs in the league, there is not much to say here besides the fact they will continue to play solid defensively.

Dan Boyle will play his first regular season game with the Rangers, and will play alongside Mark Staal. Boyle will add an offensive touch to this line and Staal will continue his solid defensive play after a nice comeback season last year. All that’s left to see is how effectively Boyle and Staal will play and communicate with each other.

John Moore and Kevin Klein will anchor the last defensive pair. Moore is someone who is not afraid to make a play and throw the puck on net, which is always nice. Kevin Klein has always been comfortable playing against top lines in the league, and will play valuable minutes tonight.

Henrik Lundqvist is back in net. Fresh off of a Stanley Cup Finals Appearance and breaking practically all of the Rangers’ goaltending record, there is no doubt in my mind that he will come back hungry as ever and looking to keep this team a contender.

Puck drop is in minutes. LETS GO RANGERS!

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