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Shuffling the deck: Rangers mix lines up at practice

Alain Vigneault

Alain Vigneault


The New York Rangers may have won their first three games of the season, but things haven’t been going so well of late.

After scoring just one goal in losses to Winnipeg and Montreal, head coach Alain Vigneault has decided to change things up ahead of Sunday’s game against New Jersey.

These were the lines New York went with in their last game against Montreal:

According to beat reporter Andrew Gross, the new lines look like this:

Two changes were made to the top six forward group. Derrick Brassard, who has a goal and an assist in five games this season, swapped lines with Derek Stepan, while Kevin Hayes was replaced on the second line by Jesper Fast.

The Rangers will have to hope that giving Rick Nash a new center will help him find his scoring touch. The 31-year-old has just one assist so far this season.

The defense pairings were also changed, as Kevin Klein moves up to the top pairing with Ryan McDonagh.