Jan 14, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella looks on from the bench against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Lines For Opening Night If The Season Started Today


If the season started today these would be my lines for the Rangers:

Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik

Thoughts: This line was great last year especially at the end of the season before Gaborik had that shoulder problem. Why break up a good thing? Obviously Gaborik probably wouldn’t be healthy for opening night but let’s pretend he will be.

Nash-Stepan-Callahan

Thoughts: Nash can play left or right wing and I definitely think he’ll be better suited away from Richards because they both like to carry the puck into the zone (Remember how bad Gomez and Jagr were together?). Nash’s shooting, Stepan’s passing, and with Callahan planting himself in front of the opposition’s net could have this line produce a lot of offense.

Kreider-Boyle-Pyatt

Thoughts: Kreider’s offensive talents may be too good for the likes of Boyle and Pyatt, but Kreider needs to learn the pro game first. He showed what he could do with the puck last playoffs now he needs to show what he can do without it. Once Kreider learns the pro game this line could be very defensively responsible.

Asham-Halpern-Rupp

Thoughts: Sorry Mr. Halpern but it looks like you’ll be stuck between two enforcers for the time being. Enjoy your three minutes 5 v 5 play a night, and enjoy your two minutes of penalty kill a night also. I’d love to see some kids make this team and knock the likes of Asham and Rupp out of the lineup. Christian Thomas, J.T. Miller, and Ryan Bourque I’m looking at you. Maybe even Michael Haley would be a good change of pace.

Prediction: After gaining Tortorella’s trust, Kreider shows a ton of offensive ability and knocks Ryan Callahan down to the third line. This isn’t just a prediction this is also my hope. I think Callahan can play with any center on the team and do well. Kreider on the other hand can probably play better with Stepan than with Boyle but for now Kreider needs to work his way up the ladder.

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Tags: Chris Kreider Marian Gaborik Rick Nash

  • tomb

    if the season started today you would put Gaborik on the first line?

  • tomb

    Boyle has little offensive talent. Dubi will get 25 goals this year. easily. Torts put him with guys who have no offensive skills.

  • Bo Beck

    I think your lines have many faults. All Hagelin adds to the first line is speed not much else. That doesn’t equal to a first line player. Ok I seen this a lot and everyone who has thought of this is nuts! You do NOT put a potential 35-40 goal scorer on the 3rd line. Callahan’s skills are best suited for third line play not a rookie who’s game is goal scoring. How do people come up with this, yeah let’s take a pure goal scorer and throw him on third line with Boyle and Pyatt. Please tell me you were joking about that.

    The fourth line is not set in stone either don’t be surprise if Rupp is gone before the season starts. While I respect everyone’s opinion that’s just insane fellow fans need to start thinking clearly. Callahan is nothing more then a garbage goal scorer he doesn’t create for himself and his best attributes are his defensive attributes.

    If Doan is signed

    First) Doan, Richards, Gaborik
    Second) Krieder, Stepan, Nash
    Third) Callahan, Boyle, Hagelin
    Fourth) Asham, Halpern, Pyatt

    If no Doan

    Hirivik, Richards, Nash
    Krieder, Stepan, Gaborik
    Callahan, Boyle, Hagelin
    Asham, Halpern, Pyatt