Vigneault’s starting lines for Caps ridiculous

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:



Glass-Hayes-Zuccarello :\

Lindberg-Moore-Etem :\

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.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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