New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, 4/14/17: Game 2 Preview, News and Notes
Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers players celebrate their win against Montreal Canadiens after game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Some thoughts on Game 1, Game 2 preview, plus some extension news and notes on this edition of New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat. 

  • New York Rangers (1-0)
  • Montreal Canadiens (0-1)
  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1
  • Game 2, Fri Apr. 14, 7 p.m. ET USA, MSG
  • Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Well, for at least one game, the biggest questions regarding the New York Rangers were most definitely answered. Mr. Lundqvist was back to his normal self, backstopping the Blueshirts through a slow first period, and making a game-changing stop on a Shea Weber power play opportunity.

Same goes for the defense, which seemed to be able to rewind back to three years ago as Girardi and Staal were able to flip some switches and really bring some solid, heady play. Overall, an almost perfect game played by the Rangers, receiving a massive boost from Tanner Glass on a first-period goal, and an empty netter from Michael Grabner.

As we move towards Game 2, it looks as though we will see the same lineup, so you Glass haters are going to have to hold on for one more game it seems.

The old saying states, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and I don’t disagree at all with AV  keeping his lineup the same.

So just as a refresher, the lineup will look something like this …

Forwards

  1. Chris Kreider – Derek Stepan – Mats Zuccarello
  2. Jimmy Vesey – Mika Zibanejad – Rick Nash
  3. JT Miller – Kevin Hayes – Michael Grabner
  4. Tanner Glass – Oscar Lindberg – Jesper Fast

Defense

  1. Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
  2. Marc Staal – Nick Holden
  3. Brady Skjei – Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

  1. Henrik Lundqvist
  2. Antti Raanta

Other News

The Rangers announced today that defenseman Steven Kampfer has been signed to a two-year extension worth 1.3 million. That’s $650,000 annually, so this gives the Rangers some flexibility and depth.

Although on the surface this may seem like a simple depth signing, many Rangers fans were pleasantly surprised by the play of Kampfer during his brief time with the Blueshirts. He was acquired midseason from the Florida Panthers in a trade for Dylan McIlrath and seems better suited for AV’s style of play.

He’s still only 28 and is a right-handed shot, which is something the Rangers severely lack in the cupboard. Kampfer is an experienced defender with over 150 NHL games to his name. This signing will likely mark the end of Adam Clendening’s time in New York. Many fans will argue Clendening wasn’t offered a fair shake, but honestly, even though you will sacrifice some offense, Kampfer offers more physicality and smarter defensive zone play.

Outside Links

For an NHL playoff preview be sure to check out the most recent Real Talk Rangers Podcast with Kevin Delury.

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