The New York Rangers have no time to collect their thoughts as they are back on the ice to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the second half of a back to back.
Moore was the lone Ranger who scored last night as he was praised by Vigneault, told North Jersey.com’s Andrew Gross:
I was pretty impressed for a guy who’s been off for a full year to come out and to play the way he did and to talk to players the way he did on the bench.
The Rangers will take on the Flyers who split their preseason contests last night by losing to Washington, and beating Toronto in a shoot out. The lineup has yet to be announced yet for the Flyers, but expect Steve Mason to be between the pipes as the battle between him and Ray Emery continue, as we find out who will be the Flyers opening day starter.
The Rangers will start Martin Biron, as he’ll play the first half of the game, and told Jim Cerny of Blueshirts United, to bring it on regarding the backup goalie competition:
I didn’t need to be told, I was coming into training camp anyway to show a new coaching staff what I can bring to this team like we did a couple years ago
He also mentioned that he plans on proving that him and Henrik Lundqvist are the right pair of goalies the Rangers need:
I’ve worked really hard for that, and I keep working hard for that because it’s a source of pride for goalie partners to be able to say we are the best in the league. I love watching Hank getting Vezina recognition and winning the trophy because it’s a source of pride for me, as well. You want the coaching staff to feel confident to give you that chance.
Eager to prove that their time at the Traverse City prospects tournament wasn’t a fluke are Jasper Fast and Oscar Lindberg sharing spots on the second line with Taylor Pyatt. If everything continues the way it has for Lindberg, we may see him opening night skating with the team as they start the Western Conference swing. Fast, does have an off shot to make the team out of camp due to injuries, but expect him to be sent down to Hartford, making it all the way to the end, before seeing him later in the season.
We still have yet to see Johan Hedberg, and the plan is as of right now to carry 4 goaltenders as the team heads to their second round of cuts following todays game. Vigneault stated that he plans on carrying 37-40 players as they head to their Western Canada trip September 23 against the Calgary Flames.
New York Rangers (0-1-0) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (1-1-1)
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA | 7:00PM EST Game Start
Rangers Projected Lines:
B. Pouilot – D. Brassard – M. Zuccarello
T. Pyatt – O. Lindberg – J. Fast
M. Haley – D. Moore – D. Dorsett
A. Yogan – D. Powe – M. Kantor
R. McDonagh – D. Girardi
A. Stralman – C. Allen
D. McIlrath– D. Syvret
M. Biron – C. Talbot
Rangers Next Five Games (All shown on MSG):
Sept. 23: @ Calgary
Sept. 24: @ Edmonton
Sept. 26: @ Vancouver
Sept. 27: @ Los Angeles (Game in Las Vegas)
Oct. 3: @ Phoenix (Start of Regular season)