New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, 9/19/17: Game Day Lines and News 2
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates with his teammates Brendan Smith #42, Brady Skjei #76 and Mika Zibanejad #93 after scoring a goal against Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators during the third period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers will play their second preseason game tonight as they host the New Jersey Devils at 7 pm at Madison Square Garden.

The New York Rangers, who are coming off a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders on an OT goal by Neil Pionk, are preparing to take on the Devils with another strong lineup for coach Alain Vigneault to evaluate.

New York Newsday reporter Steve Zipay tweeted the lines the team went with at practice yesterday. Jimmy Vesey-Filip ChytilAdam Tambellini  Chris KreiderLias AnderssonRyan Gropp, Matt Puempel-Kevin HayesMats Zuccarello and Catenacci-David DesharnaisAndrew Desjardins are the forwards the Rangers will play in the game tonight. It’s exciting to see the two 18-year-olds Andersson and Chytil both putting in time tonight.

Steve also tweeted the defenseman and goalies in action tonight: Brady SkjeiKevin Shattenkirk, Vince Pedrie-Brendan Smith, Marc Staal-John Gilmour.

Henrik Lundqvist and Alexander Georgiev will share the cage. The team and the home fans will get to see the debut of newly acquired and highly regarded defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. With the way games have been called so far this preseason, he should get plenty of opportunities on the power play.

Rangers Make Some Cuts

The Rangers trimmed their roster a little as they sent Robin Kovacs, Adam Chapie and Brenden Kotyk to the Hartford Wolfpack (AHL). Timothy Gettinger and Ty Ronning were sent back to their Junior teams.

Get Well Soon, Brian Boyle

Current New Jersey Devil and former Ranger Brian Boyle was diagnosed with a treatable form of Leukemia.

As I always say, once a Ranger, always a Ranger. Get well soon, Brian. You can read more on this announcement as Chris Kowalchuck covered the story for ESNY.

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