Oscar Lindberg had impressed his Rangers’ evaluators at each step heading into Tuesday night though whether there’s actually room for a rookie center on the opening day roster depends on re-signing restricted free agent Derek Stepan.

And of course an NHL preseason game is a more difficult test than training camp practices or a prospect tournament. So while Lindberg a 21-year-old Swede in his first season playing in North America had no grievous missteps in a 3-2 win over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center neither did he move up the crowded depth chart.

"It’s been a lot of new things for me" said Lindberg who had two shots in 15:16 of ice time including 4:10 on the power play. "Especially the [smaller] surface of the ice. I’m getting more and more comfortable with the practices. It was hard to understand all the drills in the beginning."

Derick Brassard competing with Brad Richards to center the top line with Stepan absent had a goal and set up Benoit Pouilot’s winner at 5:30 of the third period.

"They both I thought played to their strength" coach Alain Vigneault said of Brassard and Pouilot. "They moved the puck they used their speed they got some quality chances. There seems to be a little bit of chemistry and hopefully it continues to improve."

NHL veterans Brian Boyle Dominic Moore and Darroll Powe who deflected Andrew Yogan’s sharp-angle shot from the right boards with 33.9 seconds left in the second period for a 2-1 lead have been centering lines as well.