Tanner Glass said that he feels he is playing to earn a spot in Game 1 of the playoffs and that he possesses a different set of skills than the guys he is competing with. (NY Post)
He said that he has playoff experience and that it's important to have a "pushback" when needed, adding "I play a solid defensive game and finish my checks. Those are important parts of playoff hockey." (NY Post)
Glass has played in 60 career playoff games including 20 during the Canucks' run in 2012, 19 for the Rangers in 2014-15 and 4 last season.
He noted that with his skill set allows for him to make a potential impact with a big hit and that "it's not always what you do with the puck."(NY Post)
In his playoff career he is averaging 8:17 per game and has had 161 hits.
Larry Brooks writes that Glass is a "grinder" who has had an impact on what Brooks' calls the Rangers "often negligible forecheck." (NY Post)
Glass has played in the Rangers last two games but has been scratched in six of their 9 games.
Adam Rotter: Whether it's the right move or the wrong move, I see the Rangers starting Game 1 in Montreal with Tanner Glass on the fourth line. That said, just because he plays in Game 1 doesn't mean he will play the whole series. I just think that based upon how things have gone the last few weeks, as well as past history, that Alain Vigneault will call on him before he calls on Pavel Buchnevich, Brandon Pirri or Matt Puempel.
Of the four possible players he is the one who provides their best option for physical pushback, but he also won't bring much potential offense and would very likely play the fewest minutes. My feeling is that the Rangers 12th forward will change 2-3 times in the first round depending on how things develop but that Glass will get the first crack at it.