Rangers open up preseason against Devils, lineup announced
It’s finally time. After a very long summer of waiting, the Rangers will begin the preseason at Madison Square Garden on Monday Night against the New Jersey Devils. It is the first of six preseason games, and the first of a back-to-back series.
This year’s preseason contains a lot of interesting storylines, with players fighting for roster spots all over the lineup. The first two games will be key for them to make an impact and prove to the coaching staff why they should be on the roster.
Here is the Rangers lineup for Monday’s game against the Devils.
Ryan Bourque Magnus Hellberg
Luke Adam Antti Raanta
Jesper Fast Defensemen
Brian Gibbons Dan Boyle
Tanner Glass Raphael Diaz
Marek Hrivik Dylan McIlrath
Chris Kreider Brady Skjei
Oscar Lindberg Chris Summers
Jayson Megna Keith Yandle
Vigneault assembled a nice mix of veterans, youngsters and guys fighting for spots in the NHL or AHL, opting to balance out his rosters for the playoff games.
Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Keith Yandle, Dominic Moore and Dan Boyle are the Rangers veterans who will dress on Monday Night.
Viktor Stalberg, who signed with the Rangers after his contract was bought out by the Predators, will don the Rangers sweater for the first time. His career really hasn’t gone the way he has hoped, and as Vigneault said, “you only get so many kicks at the can.” He can still be a quality bottom-six players, especially on the defensive and possession parts of the game.
Rookie defensemen Brady Skjei and Dylan McIlrath will have the chance to impress the coaches right out of the gate, starting in the first pre-season game of the season. Vigneault raved about the fitness and conditioning of Brady Skjei, who some believe are NHL ready now. Dylan McIlrath is practically at his last chance to crack the Rangers roster, and this preseason is extremely important for him. Expect both of them to be playing at their best.
Tanner Glass will be playing, and he needs to be really good. Last season, there wasn’t a lot of competition for his spot on the fourth line. Now, there’s Stalberg, Jarret Stoll, Emerson Etem, Oscar Lindberg, and others who could easily push him out of the lineup.
An interesting player to watch is Marek Hrivik, who had a very good camp and preseason last year, making it to the final round of cuts before the season began. The bottom six is wide open, and nobody is guaranteed spots, so watch out for Hrivik.
The two goalies for the back-to-back games are Magnus Hellberg and Antti Raanta. This afternoon, Vigneault told media that it’s an “open battle” for the backup spot. Many people, including myself, thought Raanta would be the clear-cut favorite for the backup role, because he has more experience. But the 6-foot-4 Hellberg will get a good chance to win an NHL job.
Posted on September 20, 2015, in Rangers Updates and tagged Antti Raanta, Dylan McIlrath, Madison Square Garden, Magnus Hellberg, Marek Hrivik, MSG, New York Rangers, New York Rangers tickets, NHL, NHL 2015, NYR, Rangers, Rangers backup, Rangers home opener, Rangers preseason, Rangers tickets, Viktor Stalberg. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.