: Pre-Game Talk:
2013-2014 Rangers pre-season discussion
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09-25-2013, 07:15 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Long Island
Assuming Hags and Cally still hurt, and Stepan unsigned?
Opening night, NYR, as of right now:
Pyatt (seriously) - Richards - Nash
Pouliot - Brassard - Zuccs
Boyle - Lindberg - Miller (could also have Miller at C and Fast/Hrivik at RW)
Dorsett - Moore - Asham
McD - G
Staal - DZ
Moore - Stralman
I have Pyatt on the top line because Kreider is clearly not ready for that, and Miller can't play up there yet either. Hrivik is really pushing me to put him there, but he's got to continue and even take another step in the final two games.
I would also love to try a top line of Nash - Richards - Zuccarello; but I think the staff is set on playing Nash at RW.
Obviously, missing Stepan, Callahan, and Hagelin is a huge loss to this team. That's half the top 6 missing from the opening night roster.
D, and goalie are VERY strong. Offense needs to come from everywhere.
Falk and Bickel as the spares so Allen can get top minutes in the AHL. If a D goes down, Allen is the call up if he can get there for the game, and Falk/Bickel continue to be "practice squad" guys.
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