Friday’s updates on the Rangers

5:37PM: Quinn spoke and said (NYR):

  • On being vocal at practice, “last night wasn’t acceptable and we felt that today was an opportunity to correct some of the things that have crept into our game and be better against Montreal.”
  • On DeAngelo at forward, “that was more to round out the lines. He won’t be playing forward against Montreal. Vinny is coming up.”
  • On Georgiev starting, “we want to have both guys ready to go. Hank is our guy but Georgie is a guy that we trust and we want to give him ample opportunity to continue to grow and you need to two goalies.
  • On McQuaid, “he is getting closer, might be another two weeks or so but he is getting closer.”
  • On Howden, “I don’t love putting a cap on a guy, he has an awful lot of talent and is so far for us a great two-way forward, productive offensively, responsible in our end and kills penalties. He’s done a little bit of everything for us and at 20-years old you never want to project a guy because sometimes it hinders their growth. I just want him to get better at the pace he is getting better and be the best player he can possibly be and see where it takes him.”
  • Was the situation with Shattenkirk resolved, “absolutely. You will see him tomorrow night. (Smile)
  • Is it easier or more difficult to make those decisions, “after, it makes it more difficult but when you make those decisions you just make them because it’s what needs to happen.”
  • Why do you still have to bench someone like Shattenkirk, “family, we all have famillies and disagreements yet we all still love each other. Sometimes those actions call for those reactions but you move past it. Literally, there is zero issue moving forward.”

3:54PM: At Rangers practice on Friday it was announced that Vinni Lettieri will be called up and that Alex Georgiev will start in net against Montreal. (Stephenson)

The lines being used were (Stephenson):


  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Filip Chytil
  • Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
  • Ryan Strome, Brett Howden, Lias Andersson

Tony DeAngelo was skating with Tim Gettinger and Steven Fogarty but with Lettieri coming up, it’s likely that DeAngelo will be scratched tomorrow. (Stephenson)

The defense pairs used were Marc Staal and Neal Pionk, Freddy Claesson and Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei and Brendan Smith. (Stephenson)