When they introduce the players at what should be a loud MSG for the home opener, the Rangers will do so with one change to the lineup. Third-year coach Alain Vigneault has decided to insert forward Tanner Glass for second-year forward Jesper Fast.
The prevailing thought is this is a reaction to the Blue Jackets taking runs at some Blueshirts last night. Particularly Ryan McDonagh, who Rene Bourque came up high on and later caught the Rangers captain with a undetected hi-stick. There’s no question Columbus likes to ramp it up and will take the body with reckless abandon.
So, I can see why Glass is in. He’ll play on the fourth line with Jarrett Stoll and Dominic Moore. The Blueshirts lose some speed by subbing the plodding Glass in for Fast or as AV prefers to call him “Quickie.” Fast was fine in the first two games and made his usual defensive plays off hustle. He is a penalty killer. Something Vigneault is not shy about with Glass, who will see time there. Perhaps with Stoll as an extra, it’ll aid the Rangers on the kill.
The second reason Glass is in is to be a deterrent if anything happens with Chris Kreider. As we know, Kreider’s late hit injured Jackets forward Alex Wennberg concussing him. Columbus wasn’t pleased. They’ll be even less with Kreider not getting any NHL discipline. So, it might not be so much of a question of if but when. Of course, the best way for the Jackets to exact revenge is on the scoreboard. We’ll see what happens.
As for the Jackets, William Karlsson replaces Wennberg. So, each team with one change to the forwards. That’s it. It’s time for Rangers intros and faceoff.