For tonight’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals, coach Alain Vigneault has shuffled the deck. When the Rangers take on the Caps at the top of the our at MSG, he’ll go with an odd lineup. At least Viktor Stalberg is the healthy scratch with Oscar Lindberg returning.
NYR Lines courtesy Daily News beat writer Pat Leonard:
I won’t even comment on why the coach demoted Zuccarello to play with Hayes and Glass. And Etem and Lindberg are on the fourth line? Vigneault is channeling his Tom Renney. I’m beyond baffled.
As for the D, Hartford recall Chris Summers remains in with Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein still out. So, that’s pretty much a win for the Caps in terms of match-ups.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.