Vigneault scrambles lines in Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Coming off a 5-0 win in Edmonton, it was a little surprising when coach Alain Vigneault shuffled three lines to start last night's game at Rogers Arena.
Swift left wing Carl Hagelin, who has speed if not comparable size to injured Chris Kreider, was moved to a line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash after a one-game experiment with Dan Carcillo in that role.
Dom Moore, who was centering an effective fourth line, joined the duo of Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis, moving to left wing.
Brian Boyle moved from the left wing to center the fourth line with Carcillo and Derek Dorsett. The line of Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot remained intact.
"Not taking anything away from Dan [Carcillo], but I think Step and Nasher look better when they have speed on that left side. Kreids has a big element of speed . . . even though Hags and Richie had good chemistry," Vigneault said. "Dom and Marty kill penalties together and [assistant coach Dan Lacroix] said they had some chemistry from their Tampa days. I'm hoping for the speed element that Hags can bring, Dom can bring."
That reconstituted fourth line hasn't played much together, but Vigneault said "those guys play about nine or 10 minutes against third and fourth lines, so I'm hoping I'm helping my top end and it's not going to affect that chemistry. If it does, we'll adjust."
Blue notes:J.T. Miller, Justin Falk and Ryan Haggerty were healthy scratches . . . A victory would have given the Rangers a franchise record of 25 on the road. The Blueshirts play in Denver Thursday, and close the regular season in Montreal on April 12.