Michael Grabner shot attempt vs Flyers
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The New York Rangers are back in action Tuesday night and looking to get back on track following two tough losses over the weekend.

  • Philadelphia Flyers (20-15-8, 48 points)
  • New York Rangers (22-17-5, 49 points)
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden
  • Television: MSG Networks
  • Gametime: 7 p.m. ET

After a poor effort in their first two games following the bye week, the New York Rangers will look to rebound against the rival Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Line Changes

The biggest news to make out of the most recent lineup shake is the absence of Boo Nieves. Instead, the Rangers will be going with veteran Peter Holland on the fourth line, with Nieves returning to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Holland has been in the league for eight seasons and has 81 career points with a plus/minus of minus-28.

Outside of the addition of Holland, head coach Alain Vigneault has moved Pavel Buchnevich from the fourth line back to the first line. Along with Buchnevich moving up in the lineup, rookie Vinni Lettieri has been moved to the second line.

It appears that Vigneault is looking to find one line that is responsible defensively, as he dropped Michael Grabner to the fourth line. Grabner will be paired with the newly recalled Holland and Jesper Fast. Grabner currently leads the Rangers with 19 goals.

The Rangers will continue to be without Kevin Hayes, who will miss his second straight game. Vigneault will continue to go with J.T. Miller at center.

McDonagh returning?

Ryan McDonagh will take part in warmups prior to tonight’s game. Whether or not he plays will depend on if he is cleared by team doctors following warmups.

This season has not been the best for McDonagh, who has struggled both offensively and defensively. Once McDonagh returns to the lineup, the Rangers will need improved play from their 28-year-old defenseman and team captain.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.