Rangers vs. Islanders Preseason Quick Hits

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog, News by Dan Akeson

As the New York Rangers prepare for their first preseason tilt of the 2017 – 2018 NHL season, let’s take a moment to review a few thoughts heading into tonight’s contest against the rival New York Islanders:

1 – The Buch is Back: Pavel Buchnevich will play tonight and it will be worth watching his strength and overall conditioning after an up-and-down rookie campaign. While he won’t be with his likely line mates, tonight could give a glimpse into his progress, or lack thereof.

2 – Re-Lias on Andersson: No. 7 overall pick Lias Andersson will make his debut in a Rangers sweater this evening, vying for a spot on the opening night roster. Head Coach Alain Vigneault will give Andersson a potential opportunity to make the team out of camp. How NHL-ready is the young Swedish center?

3 – Miller in the Middle: As we speculated throughout the offseason, the Rangers potential lack of high-end centers could be resolved if JT Miller were able to evolve into the 3C role. A natural center, Miller has struggled with the maturity needed to be relied upon in center ice. He will get the chance to succeed there and tonight is the first step.

4 – Tony from NJ: Tony DeAngelo, the fiery 5′ 11″ defender, also makes his Garden debut tonight. Can he be more than a trade throw-in? His ceiling is pretty high if he is able to keep his emotions in check and maintain professionalism.

5 – Hey, Boo Boo: Cristoval “Boo” Nieves has a legitimate opportunity to seize the role of 4C this season for the Rangers. After battling back from injuries, this could be a make or break opportunity for the young New Yorker.

Tonight’s projected lineup:

GOALTENDERS

31 Ondrej Pavelec

75 Brandon Halverson

SKATERS

10 J.T. Miller

23 Bobby Farnham

24 Cristoval Nieves

25 Andrew Desjardins

27 Ryan McDonagh

28 Paul Carey

29 Cole Schneider

40 Michael Grabner

44 Neal Pionk

47 Steven Kampfer

50 Lias Andersson

54 Gabriel Fontaine

55 Nick Holden

61 Rick Nash

63 Ryan Graves

77 Tony DeAngelo

89 Pavel Buchnevich

95 Vinni Lettieri