Rangers Insider: Why it seems Buchnevich might play in Game 4

Following a Game 3 in which the Rangers struggled to generate scoring chances, will Alain Vigneault turn to rookie Pavel Buchnevich to spark the offense?

The 21-year-old rotated in on a line with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad during Monday’s practice at the Garden and also took reps on the top power-play unit, an indication Buchnevich might play in his first playoff game Tuesday in Game 4 with the Rangers trailing Montreal 2-1 in the first round.

Vigneault didn’t commit to any changes, saying he’s looking at all of his options.

“Some of our problems have come a lot under our puck management,” the coach said when asked about Buchnevich and the offense. “We need to do a better job here. We had a lot of unforced turnovers (Sunday) that we need to correct.”

Buchnevich rotated with Tanner Glass, who has been effective on a fourth line, which Vigneault said after Sunday’s loss is the team’s best right now. While Kreider, Zibanejad and Buchnevich did seem to have good chemistry during training camp — seven months ago — they’ve played just 34 minutes together 5-on-5, according to datarink.com.

All of Vigneault’s lines were juggled Monday. Derek Stepan centered Rick Nash and Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes was between Mats Zuccarello and J.T. Miller, and Michael Grabner was to the left of Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast.

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After being a healthy scratch for the first time all season on Sunday, Nick Holden was back on a pair with Marc Staal during Monday’s practice. Brady Skjei and Brendan Smith were reunited after playing well together over the first two games.

Kevin Klein was credited with four giveaways in Holden’s place in Game 3.

“I still do like his game,” Vigneault said of Holden. “I think he’s dependable, good steady defenseman that can move the puck when the pressure is on. Like any player in a year he has good moments and other moments might be a little more challenging.”

Both Holden and Klein have struggled. The Rangers also have Steven Kampfer and Adam Clendening at their disposal. Asked if the decision was between only Holden and Klein, Vigneault declined to discuss his potential lineup choices.

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The Rangers are 0-for-10 on the power play in the series and on Sunday had three awful man-advantages. “Getting into the zone is one major thing,” Skjei said. “We’ve got to create chances by shooting pucks and getting traffic in front of the net.”

Stepan shifted to the second power-play unit with Skjei, Nash, Hayes and Miller. Kreider, Zuccarello, Zibanejad and Ryan McDonagh filled out the first group.

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