9:40PM: Brandon Halverson is day to day with a sprained ankle. (NYR)
Game notes from the Rangers are below:
9:49PM: Stats for some of the Rangers prospects tonight are:
- Ryan Graves: minus one, 3 shots
- Brad Morrison: minus one, 1 shot, hooking penalty
- Ryan Mantha: minus one, 1 shot
- Keegan Iverson: minus one
- Brady Skjei: minus one, 2 shots, delay of game
- Ryan Gropp: minus one, 2 shots
- Adam Tambellini: 1 shot
9:44PM: The Rangers lost 2-0.
9:24PM: Corey Pronman says that both Ryan Gropp and Brad Morrison have impressed so far. He adds that the Rangers did not bring a lot of talent to the tournament. (Twitter)
9:19PM: St. Louis is up 2-0. (NYR)
8:55PM: The Rangers are losing 1-0 in the second intermission. They have 15 shots on goal while St. Louis has 15. (PointStreak)
7PM: Brandon Halverson is scratched for the second straight game of the Traverse City tournament. (NYR)
The Rangers lines tonight against the Blues are (NYR):
- Ryan Gropp, Brad Morrison, Hayden Hodgson
- Artem Artemov, Adam Tambellini, Jayden Hart
- Zach Bratina, Mark Simpson, Keegan Iverson
- Anthony Difruscia, Adam Brooks, Cameron Askew
Brady Skjei, Ryan Mantha
Ryan Graves, Jerret Smith
Turner Ottenbreit, Sergey Zborovskiy
Taylor Dupuis is in goal
From the Rangers:
The Rangers were defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 2-0, in their second game of the Traverse City Tournament on Saturday night.
St. Louis tallied the only goal of the first period, as C.J. Yakimowicz notched his first goal of the tournament 5:51 into the contest.
The Rangers outshot the Blues, 10-5, in the second period, and registered the first eight shots on goal of the middle frame, but neither team was able to tally a goal. St. Louis added a goal 2:13 into the third period to take a 2-0 lead and close out the scoring.
The Rangers were 6-for-6 on the penalty kill for the second consecutive contest, and they are 12-for-12 on the penalty kill through the first two games of the tournament.
Post-Game Notes_Blueshirt Breakdown
- Ryan Graves tied for the team-high, and led all Rangers defensemen, with three shots on goal in the contest. Graves, who was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, is serving as one of the Blueshirts’ two alternate captains in the tournament. In 2014-15, the 20-year-old defenseman registered 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 50 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Graves tied for first among QMJHL defensemen in goals from the time he made his season debut on Nov. 7, 2014 until the end of the regular season.
- Ryan Gropp registered two shots on goal in the game. Gropp, 18, was selected by the Rangers in the second round (41st overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, the 6-2, 187-pounder established Western Hockey League (WHL) career-highs in games played (67), goals (30), assists (28), and points (58) with the Seattle Thunderbirds.
- Taylor Dupuis stopped 20 of 22 shots he faced while making his second appearance – and first start – of the Traverse City Tournament. Dupuis, 21, appeared in 44 games with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2014-15, posting a 21-16-5 record. Dupuis’ 21 wins were a single-season OHL career-high.
Brady Skjei on being named the Rangers captain for the Traverse City Tournament…
“It’s an honor for sure. Any time you get to put this jersey on — (this tournament is) the first time I put it on – it (is) really cool. To have that ‘C’ on there — it’s not the big club, but it’s still definitely an honor.” (Quote courtesy of BlueshirtsUnited.com)