Rangers lines, defensive pairs for season opener, stats
A couple of notable things to pass along:
Brad Richards will indeed open on left wing, with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash. Coach Alain Vigneault said he believes players should be able to handle two positions, and that he believes Richards is a top six guy. I'm not so sure about top six, but I'm not the coach...
Second line remains same as it has been for a couple weeks: Benoit Pouliot, in NYR debut, on the left of Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello.
Jesper Fast, 21 and making his NHL debut, will be on the right side of Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt. AV, flustered by the pronounciation (Yas-per) nor Jess-per or Jes-parr, has nicknamed him "Quickie".
Quickie's the main topic of a notebook I filed that should be on newsday.com shortly, as well as a piece on Dom Moore, playing in his 531st NHL regular game, and the first since April 2012 and how Vigneault has been impressed with this game after being away (because of the illness and death of his wife Katie, from a rare form of liver cancer).
Moore's on the fourth line BTW, and PK. J.T. Miller will be on his left and Derek Dorsett on the right. Arron Asham scratched. Callahan on IR, but very close. We may see him play against LA on Monday, barring any setbacks.
The d-pairs, as projected:
McDonagh-Girardi; Staal-Del Zotto; Moore-Stralman. John Moore will wear J. Moore on his No. 17 jersey. Dom Moore will be simply 28, Moore.
Lundqvist, 4-0, 1.77 GAA, vs Phoenix in his career, starts.
More from the rink in a few...