According to the New York Rangers, Brandon Mashinter will make his 2013-14 Rangers debut in Philadelphia tonight with Mats Zuccarello headed to the press box as a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
Alain Vigneault says the decision was performance based, and not due to wanting Mashinter's toughness in the line-up against the Flyers.
…can you say live blog of every Mashinter shift tonight? lol
…in all seriousness, I'm not really all that surprised to see Mashinter in the line-up as he seems more qualified for fourth line duty than any of the other personnel on the team. And even if AV doesn't want to admit it, it makes perfect sense to get him in, what should be a physical affair, against the Flyers.
…as far as Zuccarello goes, eventually one of the underachieving forwards had to be used as an example and I guess Zuccarello drew the "short straw." It could have easily been Pyatt, Pouliot or Dorsett as well.
In some encouraging news, Henrik Lundqvist took shoots from goaltender coach Beniot Allaire after the morning skate.
Here's the proof courtesy of John Giannone…
…i like the sound of that. Would be a huge relief if he's ready to go Saturday night in Detroit.