The Rangers have one more exhibition game to play following Thursday night’s 5-0 defeat to the Canucks and one more chance for someone on the outside looking in to force his way into the lineup.
But following the loss coach Alain Vigneault made it clear it will take a special performance to change his mind.

Which means it probably doesn’t look good for Chris Kreider who has had a middling camp at very best to open the season as a Ranger.

“A lot of players are close but really haven’t shown me they can play at this level on a consistent basis” Vigneault said. “There are still guys [with a chance] who are going to play [against the Kings] but they have to play better.”

J.T. Miller seems to have eclipsed Kreider. Jesper Fast has had a better camp and so too has Marek Hrivik. Darroll Powe has played his way onto the squad with a strong camp after clearing waivers in June. Arron Asham who also cleared waivers at that time has impressed on a club that doesn’t have a lot of brawn.

The Rangers are 1-4 having been outscored 18-8 following their defeat to the John Tortorella-coached Canucks. Henrik Lundqvist originally scheduled to play the entire game was pulled after allowing five goals on 17 shots in two periods — four on deflections — and as such The King is expected to start against Los Angeles.