Jimmy Vesey gets chance to prove himself with Rangers’ top line

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Jimmy Vesey is conscionable the latest subordinate to get a look connected the Rangers’ apical enactment adjacent to Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, which has fixed the 29-year-old adjacent much of an accidental to showcase himself successful the last days of his nonrecreational tryout contract.

“We enactment him everywhere,” manager Gerard Gallant said of Vesey, who blocked 1 changeable and recorded 1 deed successful the Rangers’ 5-4 nonaccomplishment to the Bruins connected Wednesday nighttime astatine Madison Square Garden. “A batch of the guys — I mean, I’m not going to constituent retired conscionable Vesey due to the fact that there’s [Gustav] Rydahl and there’s each those guys battling for those spots. So he’s 1 of them. He’s played successful antithetic situations and we privation to springiness our guys a look. So that’s what it has been.

“We’ve been trying to capable retired the roster to marque consciousness for the opening night. Again, they’re accumulation games, you’d similar to play good and you get much of your squad into them, but again, I’m not putting excessively overmuch into the lines oregon the lineup close now.”

Slotting adjacent to Zibanejad and Kreider is acquainted territory for Vesey, who spent the archetypal 3 seasons of his NHL vocation successful New York with those two. Vesey and Zibanejad really came to the Rangers astatine the aforesaid clip up of the 2016-17 season.

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In 80:51 of crystal clip implicit those 3 seasons, according to Natural Stat Trick, Vesey, Zibanejad and Kreider were connected the crystal unneurotic for 5 goals and 7 against. However, that was respective years agone and each 3 players person evolved a ton since then. Vesey said the familiarity helps successful presumption of their communication.

“I’m not going to beryllium tense to speech to them,” helium said. “Yesterday successful practice, we had a batch of connection going. I was astir apt a small spot of nerves the archetypal mates drills. But they’re large guys and making maine consciousness truly comfortable.”

Zibanejad scored doubly successful the archetypal play of Wednesday night’s loss, including 1 connected the powerfulness play. However, the Kid Line of Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko was erstwhile again the Rangers’ astir accordant portion passim the game. The trio totaled 2 goals (both from Kakko), an assistance (from Lafreniere) and 10 shots connected goal.

Still, Gallant wasn’t peculiarly pleased with the Rangers show — particularly the players connected the roster bubble.

Mika Zibanejad (second from right), scored 2  goals successful  the Rangers' 5-4 preseason nonaccomplishment   to the Bruins. Mika Zibanejad (second from right), scored 2 goals successful the Rangers’ 5-4 preseason nonaccomplishment to the Bruins. Jason Szenes

“A batch of them didn’t bash themselves favors with tonight’s game,” helium said. “A batch of guys are battling for jobs, but it wasn’t a bully crippled for a batch of those guys tonight. Our full team, we weren’t bully enough.”

Ryan Lindgren is day-to-day with an undisclosed lower-body wounded and didn’t skate against Boston. Gallant said the Rangers are “playing it existent safe” with Lindgren, who was sidelined for 3 games successful the archetypal circular of the playoffs past play with a lower-body injury.

As a result, his antiaircraft partner, Adam Fox, was besides held retired of the lineup to support the desired D pairings together.

“Could helium skate today? Yes,” the manager said. “We’re not concerned.”

Igor Shesterkin was scheduled to commencement Wednesday nighttime astatine MSG, but the Rangers said “stomach issues” relegated the prima netminder to the bench. As a result, Jaroslav Halak got the motion and gave up 5 goals connected 26 shots successful the loss.