Updates from Rangers practice on Thursday

6:22PM: The Rangers recalled Matt Beleskey from Hartford.

6:12PM: David Quinn spoke after practice today and said (NYR):

  • On Buchnevich, “he will probably miss this weekend, he is probably a week away but he is getting closer and closer.”
  • On Namestnikov and Zuccarello, “they are right there, so we will see.”
  • On the young players, “there are going to be peaks and valleys, they will get better and better and better because they are playing a lot and being put in different situations but then you are asking a 20-year old to play 82 games against men and then there is a dip. So far they have managed that well and bounced back. There will be another dip, it’s just the lay of the land playing in the NHL.”
  • On the forward lines at practice, “injured guys, still a lot of uncertainty about what our lineup will look like.”
  • On Brendan Smith, “he’s hurt, upper body injury. It’s nothing major, he’s day to day, nothing long-term. He could do everything but contact but I anticipate that might change tomorrow.”
  • “We need to support better in the offensive zone, we need to stop playing 3 on 5 hockey. We need to be more patient in the O zone, those are the things we touched on. Our breakouts have to be better.”

12:42PM: At Rangers practice on Thursday, Adam McQuaid and Brendan Smith skated but in non-contact jerseys. (Cyrgalis)


Mats Zuccarello, Pavel Buchnevich and Vlad Namestnikov all skated in regular jerseys. (Cyrgalis)

The lines being used during practice included (Cyrgalis):

  • Chris Kreider, MIka Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
  • Jimmy Vesey, Ryan Strome, Filip Chytil
  • Lias Andersson, Brett Howden, Kevin Hayes
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Steven Fogarty, Mats Zuccarello

On defense, Marc Staal was paired with Neal Pionk, Freddy Claesson with Kevin Shattenkirk and Brady Skjei with Tony DeAngelo. (Cyrgalis)