Preseason Game 3: Rangers defeat the Flyers

The Rangers beat to the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 6-3.  For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves and the Rangers took 37 shots on goal.

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The Rangers line up was:

Kreider-Brassard-Zuccarello

Nash-Miller-St. Louis

Duclair-Mueller-Haggerty

Glass-Hayes-Fast

McDonagh-Kampfer

Staal-Boyle

Hunwick-McIlrath

Lundqvist

Missiaen

Comments:

-The Duclair-Mueller-Haggerty line was very impressive tonight, each of them had a goal (Haggerty had 2), Duclair and Haggerty’s goals were very nice. Duclair seemed to put himself in a great position numerous times, and had some great chances.  Mueller scored on the powerplay and made some solid defensive plays as well.

-Today was J.T. Miller’s least impressive preseason game so far in my opinion.  He made a brutal turnover leading directly to a Flyers goal and seemed to be a little out of sync on the ice.  Miller shouldn’t have to worry about making the team but hopefully he reviews the tape from tonight to keep improving moving forward.

-The Flyers lineup was not strong at all tonight, many of their regulars will likely play tomorrow.  So don’t take the score of tonight’s game too seriously.

-As Jared mentioned on twitter before the game, the top 6 forwards tonight could very likely be the top 6 on opening night.  It will be very interesting to see how the coaching staff structures the rest of the lineup.

-Fast played well once again, he seems to be a responsible defensive player so the fact that he has been more involved offensively this preseason is a good sign.  If he keeps up this play I think he will be on the roster opening night.

-As far as the battle for 7th defender, none of Kampfer, McIlrath, or Hunwick necessarily stood out.  I think Hunwick has looked slightly better through two games, as he seems to be much more involved offensively than the other two.  Once again the decision of how the coaching staff wants to structure the team will play a big factor in who gets the spot.

Next Game

The Rangers play the Flyers tomorrow night at 7pm in Philadelphia.  Cam Talbot is expected to play the entire game.

Larry Brooks Exposes Advanced Stats for the Fraud They Are

I get it, Torts

I get it, Torts

Today, Larry Brooks put the final nail in the coffin that Steve Simmons has been hammering away on for years.

Actually, not really. Ol’ Brooksie published a column today with the promising title “Lack of NHL stats in an information age is mind-boggling”, which turned out to be less of a rally call for increased information than it was another shallow rebuttal of performance metrics from an individual who clearly hasn’t made the slightest attempt to understand their merits.

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Image from Resolute via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Resolute via Wikimedia Commons

News came down yesterday that Derek Stepan will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured fibula, leaving a hole at the top of the Rangers’ lineup. It’s likely that the shuffle resulting from Stepan’s absence will alter the way Alain Vigneault uses his bottom six.

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Rangers Cut 20 From Training Camp Roster

The Rangers announced their first round of cuts from training camp today.

To Hartford camp:
Forward (9): Michael Kantor, Nick Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Michael St. Croix, Andrew Yogan
Defense (2): Troy Donnay, Sam Noreau
Goal (1): Mackenzie Skapski

To junior teams:
Forward (2): Keegan Iverson, Adam Tambellini
Defense (3): Ryan Graves, Ryan Mantha, Daniel Walcott
Goal (1): Brandon Halverson

Released from try-outs:
Forward (1): Nathan Burns
Defense (1): Dallas Valentine

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Stepan Fractures Fibula

UPDATE: Stepan broke his left fibula and there is no timetable for his return.

Last season, Chris Kelly missed 50 days with a broken fibula. Obviously not all breaks are the same, but if Stepan were on the same timetable it would put his return around November 12th — 14 games into the regular season.

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