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Round 2

Rangers mulling changes for Game 3 against Senators

New York coach Alain Vigneault could swap forwards Tanner Glass, Pavel Buchnevich

by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he is considering more than one change to his lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Senators lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

"I've got a couple things right now that I'm contemplating," Vigneault said.

One is likely whether to keep Pavel Buchnevich in the lineup or replace him with Tanner Glass. Each forward took turns skating on the fourth line with Oscar Lindberg and J.T. Miller at practice on Monday.


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Buchnevich has played the past five games after replacing Glass in Game 4 of the first round against the Montreal Canadiens, but played one shift after the second period in Game 2. The Rangers lost 6-5 when Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his fourth goal of the game at 2:54 of the second overtime.

Buchnevich, who has one assist in five games, played 5:46 in Game 2, including 3:59 at even strength.

Glass, who has one goal and 15 hits in three games this postseason, said he is preparing to skate in warmups like he's done for each of the past five games.

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Vigneault has to decide if he wants Glass' physicality and forechecking in the lineup or Buchnevich's skill and shot.

"I want to talk to my staff," Vigneault said. "I want to get [general manager Jeff Gorton's] input on it and I'll make a decision probably [Tuesday] morning."

It is unclear what other moves Vigneault is thinking about.

The other lines in practice Monday had Derek Stepan centering Rick Nash and Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad between Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider, and Kevin Hayes centering Jesper Fast and Michael Grabner. Those are the same forward lines Vigneault used from the second period in Game 2 on Saturday.

The defense pairs, which haven't changed since Game 4 against the Canadiens, stayed the same: Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Nick Holden, and Brady Skjei with Brendan Smith.

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