Martin St. Louis returned to the lineup last night on a line with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin. As he deserved to be, the future Hall of Famer was placed right back into an advantageous offensive environment, pushing Jesper Fast down to fourth-line duties. For the better part of the 2015 calendar year, Fast has been the one on Hayes’ right wing, which along with Hagelin, has produced positive results to the tune of a 53.9 Corsi%.
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The Rangers employed new forward lines at practice today, moving Kevin Hayes back to the third line center spot, and moving J.T. Miller onto Brassard’s wing:
Kreider – Stepan – Nash
Miller – Brassard – Zuccarello
Hagelin – Hayes – Fast
Glass – Moore – Sheppard
I think Hayes projects best as a center, so I’m glad to see him back in the middle. Interesting that now without Miller or Sheppard on his wing, he’s without a faceoff safety valve.
News of Martin St. Louis’ knee injury necessitates some significant changes to the Rangers’ lineup, both in the forward lines and the power-play units. According to Andrew Gross, Alain Vigneault showed off these forward lines at this afternoon’s practice:
- Kreider – Stepan – Nash
- Hayes – Brassard – Zuccarello
- Hagelin – Sheppard – Miller
- Glass – Moore – Fast
Every single line is different from what the Rangers started with on Sunday evening against Florida, so let’s take them one by one:
James Sheppard’s reign of terror is over. Tanner Glass will sub back in for James Sheppard tomorrow night, according to AV.
#NYR head coach Alain Vigneault on Glass: "I think it's time to Tanner to come back in."
— Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey) March 9, 2015
This could obviously be a traumatic time for James Sheppard, let’s hope J.T. Miller can explain the situation delicately to him. This is really J.T.’s first test of leadership.
Pat Leonard reports on the details of Mats Zuccarello’s now completed four year extension:
The full, done Zuccarello deal: 4 years, $18 million, full no-trade in 1st season, nothing in final 3yrs. Salary $4.5 per yr, as is cap hit
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) March 2, 2015
Pretty team-friendly deal Zucc gave the Rangers. Very happy to have him at those terms.
Derek Stepan is day-to-day with an upper body injury, Andrew Gross reports. Stepan will make travel with the Rangers to Boston, but it’s unlikely he’ll play Thursday night. Most writers seem to believe it’s his wrist that’s ailing, not his back like I suspected last night.
J.T. Miller slid in between Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis in practice, with Hagelin, Moore and Stempniak forming the third line and Glass, Hayes and Fast the fourth.
Cam Talbot will start for the Rangers tomorrow night.