Steve Zipay at Newsday reports this line-up for tonight's third preseason game in Calgary:
Henrik Lundqvist is expected to play the entire game.
...now that Miller (hamstring) is back healthy, I'm a bit surprised to not see him in the line-up tonight. Assuming he gets his first preseason action tomorrow.
...i think this is a huge game for Hrivik, who seems to be behind guys like Lindberg, Fast and Kristo for a spot on the roster.
...and of course, my complete focus will be on Mashinter tonight.
Here's Alain Vigneault on how he plans on evaluating the young talent in the remaining four preseason games (via Blueshirts United)...
"Because of the fact we are going to play four games in five nights, all of those (younger) guys will get an opportunity to play, and I've been trying to put them in situations where they're going to be sucessful. Both Fast and Kristo, for example, are supposed to be offensive players, so I'm trying to put them on a line with some skill level and with a little power play time."
...while it's frustrating to start the season with Stepan holding out along with Cally & Hags still recovering from shoulder surgery, having these young guys succeeding in camp has me excited not only for this season, but for the future of the Rangers franchise.
I also feel that the relaxed atmosphere that AV has implemented along with the youthful enthusiasm has really helped this team bond as seen in this great pic that Lundqvist put on his Instagram page of the guys having a great time in Banff...
...the more pics I see being posted by the players in Banff, the more I think this trip will have the same positive effect the European voyage had on the 2011-12 team. Some great chemistry being generated out there.
Did anyone notice that Pyatt was wearing an "A" on his jersey in the pre-season game that he played? I'm going to assume that means he will be playing on opening night. I would much rather see a young player take his spot.
@TheNYRBlog has he played at all this preseason?
I've watched the Flyers game a couple of time. Fast really stood out. He was all over the ice. He has so much poise offensively. He's not afraid to take charge of the puck. His hockey IQ is very high. He makes good passes, he gets himself in position to score; in front of the net, in the left circle, in the slot; he's been a very high percentage goal scorer in Juniors and the SEL He's not afraid to mix it up in the dirty areas but his small stature hurts as he was knocked off his feet a few times. He is a plus plus skater and he hounds the puck relentlessly when on defense. He wasn't used on the pk but i would think that he and Oscar would make a great pair.
I also like Conor Allen. He's a good skater with adequate size. He has a decent shot, but by no means a cannon. He seems very aware on the ice and has a great stick. He's physical enough; On one play behind the net, he manhandled tough guy Simmonds and deftly took the puck away. He's got good ice awareness and makes good outlet and long tape to tape passes.
Obviously all this is based on one exhibition game but what these guys showed in that game appears to be who they are as hockey players.
This is Marek Hrivik's chance to shine with the skilled players Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg. Good luck to him, hope he makes the most of this opportunity.
Would have loved to have seen Kristo/Boyle- linderberg-fast. Also idk if these are the lines cause AV said he wants Boyle on the wing
@TheNYRBlog Can't they just watch tape from his first NHL game where he scored two goals? Oh! I just remembered. AV doesn't watch video....