New York Rangers lineup fluctuates as playoffs approach

The New York Rangers spent less than half an hour on the ice at MSG Training Center for Wednesday practice, which Gerard Gallant loves.

An 11-year-old former NHL player, the Blueshirts head coach can appreciate their lightened workload at this late stage of the season.

“Today was 25 minutes on the ice, and that’s all they need,” he said. “I’m really happy with the way the training has gone this season, for the most part, the way I’m coaching and my coaching style.”

Galant knows he’s not draining his players and has enough recovery time with playoffs less than two weeks away, but he’s also collected all the information he needs to determine his perfect line-up.

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The Rangers spent the vast majority of the season shuffling their front groups. The only constants were Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanijad as one of the top six duos and Artemi Banarin and Ryan Strom in another role. But the rightists of both lines changed constantly, as did the lower six units.

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