Callahan Back in Blue; Likely Lines for Opener; New #s

According to the Katie Strang at ESPN.com, Ryan Callahan was back in a "contact" blue jersey during practice today. Yesterday, Alain Vigneault had the Rangers captain in a non-contact yellow jersey despite being cleared for contact the other day.

…good to have him officially back at practice. Let's hope he bangs a couple of teammates around to toughen them up for the regular season. God knows they need it from what I saw this preseason.

Carl Hagelin is still skating in the non-contact yellow jersey.

Meanwhile, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record gives us the likely lines for tomorrow's season opener…

Richards-Stepan-Nash
Pouilot-Brassard-Zuccarello
Pyatt-Boyle-Fast
Miller-D. Moore-Dorsett

McDonagh-Girardi
Staal-Del Zotto
J. Moore-Stralman

Falk and Asham were the extras.

…i'm still really hating that third line. Would look much better with Kreider, Lindberg or Hrivik. Or as I've said, how about flipping Pyatt and Miller.

…i know Pyatt has been the whipping boy around here lately, but who knows, maybe in his second year he takes more of a leadership role as a veteran on the team and thrives in a system he's familiar with from his time with Vigneault in Vancouver.

A couple of new numbers this year if you haven't noticed according to Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report

Miller – #10
Fast – #12
D. Moore – #28
Falk – #44
Pouliot – #67

Finally, the Rangers took a flight out to Phoenix immediately after this morning's practice.

…so ridiculously pumped for tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LGR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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