The Rangers will take the ice for their first preseason recreation at Madison Square Garden on Monday evening, when the Islanders come to city wanting to start their 2022-23 marketing campaign on the fitting foot after lacking the playoffs final season.
Not solely do these video games function a chance for gamers to showcase themselves, however it’s a chance for head coach Gerard Gallant to mess around with sure line combos and defensive pairings to assist him finalize his lineup come opening evening on Oct. 11.
“The message is different for a lot of different players,” Gallant stated Sunday at MSG Training Center. “Some guys don’t have to make the team, they know that. Other guys, play your tails off — the guys who are trying to make the team.”
A majority of the primary group on the ice at MSG Training Center on Sunday will compete within the preseason-opening tilt with the Isles, Gallant stated. The most notable gamers to watch in that group embody Zac Jones, who’s vying for the sixth defenseman spot, Ryan Carpenter, who’s competing with Gustav Rydahl (additionally in Group 1) for the fourth-line heart job, and Jimmy Vesey, who’s on knowledgeable tryout contract. Vitali Kravtsov can also be a part of that group.
Lineup staples resembling Jacob Trouba, Chris Kreider, Kaapo Kakko, Braden Schneider, Filip Chytil, Ryan Reaves, Okay’Andre Miller and Mika Zibanejad had been additionally within the first group. Gallant didn’t verify the Rangers’ plan for goaltending, however it’s seemingly Igor Shesterkin and Dylan Garand will break up the online Monday evening.
“I got a pretty good idea what I like best right now, but we’ll see,” he stated. “Things change day to day in this game. People get hurt. Some people play really well and makes you make decisions. But we have a pretty good idea, I do, what I’d like to see.”
Lane Lambert might be behind the Islanders’ bench as head coach for the primary time on Monday.
“I’ve known him a long time,” Gallant stated. “He was in my wedding. We’re close friends. He’s been an assistant for a long time, did a great job obviously with [Barry Trotz], in Nashville, Washington and then the Islanders. He deserves an opportunity.”