Excited for the lineup tonight. Should see a lot of energy with all the kids playing.
Here's the lineup for anyone who missed it:
Benoit Pouilot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Arron Asham
Marek Hrivik-Oscar Lindberg-Danny Kristo
Micheal Haley-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Conor Allen
Aaron Johnson-Tommy Hughes
Eh. He's coming off an injury plagued camp, so I'm sure it's just a quick test before he goes to Hartford. With the way Kreider has been outplayed by other kids, I wouldn't be surprised to see that whole line end up with the Whale.
This line up is a lot more balanced. What I think AV is doing is like making some sort of bread or pastry. You have in one bowl some of the ingredients mixing and in another, are all the dry ingredients that need to be balanced and added carefully. Once that blend of dry ingredients is at the right proportions, the dry will be added to the wet.
Squad #1 is the one from last night with K-R-N and 75% non-NHL players. I think AV knows now what he can remove from that lineup and by the VAN game on Thurs, I think he'll be ready to combine the ingredients, and some more adjustments after the VAN game leading up to game #1.
I'd have to imagine he will want to put his best foot forward for the Vancouver game. I'm pretty sure some players are going to be finished their play in NYR jerseys for the season by the end of tonight's game.
Our team NEEDS A LOT of timing and fine tuning, chemistry work, and playing as a balanced lineup. Players need to start slotting into their roles and getting used to it. You need at least 2 games for that. Another reason why Stepan is being an idiot. Missing out on the formalizing of the lines is not helping ANYONE except maybe Lindberg and DM.
I'd have to imagine he will want to put his best foot forward for the Vancouver game. I'm pretty sure some players are going to be finished their play in NYR jerseys forever by the end of tonight's game.