Wednesday’s updates on the Rangers

At Rangers practice on Wednesday, the lines used were (Cyrgalis):

  • Filip Chytil, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Brett Howden, Jesper Fast
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Lias Andersson, Ryan Strome

Brady Skjei is skating with Adam McQuaid, Freddy Claesson is skating with Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Smith is skating with Neal Pionk. (Cyrgalis)

Marc Staal did not practice but David Quinn said that he is okay. (NYR)


David Quinn spoke after practice and said (NYR):

  • On McQuaid, “the timing is perfect with Shatty going down and Adam coming back and being a full go. Good timing from an injury perspective.”
  • Do you know when McQuaid will be ready, “hoping for Friday but he will be in a day to day situation. He has missed a lot and been out for a while so that will be more of a day to day situation.”
  • On how long it took for McQuaid, “surprised after the first day or two but after we dug deeper and had all the proper evaluations we knew it would be a timely situation.”
  • Is Zuccarello back for the next game, “that is the plan but with these situations you never know so we are day to day, like we all are in life. (Smile)
  • On the players who are out, “Both Zucc and Buchnevich and Cody, talking about three guys who are a big part of what we have going on. Three NHLers that bring a different element to our lineup. We have missed them but every team has injuries and you have to overcome them.”
  • On Buchnevich, “same situation. Hoping for Friday.”
  • On Zuccarello, “I thought his game was starting to come and he was playing well and it was unfortunate, the timing of it, he has worked really hard to come back, I know he wants to come back but it didn’t make sense for him to be in a situation where he w as in and out. We want to make sure that when he does come back it’s full go. We have missed him for sure, a guy that has had a lot of success at this level, been a point producer and we have missed his offense.”
  • Georgiev will play tomorrow and when asked if he will return to the team for Friday, Quinn said “we will see.”
  • On the PP discrepancies, “we have done a really good job of doing certain things but when it comes to earning your ice and making people defend you and drawing penalties, we tend to slow down at the wrong time. Whether it’s the neutral zone or offensive zone where it looks like someone will be able to defend us, too often we concede that they will be able to defend us and we don’t earn our ice. You have to earn your ice and gotta move your feet when you have the puck and too often we are slowing up and allows us to be defendable and not draw penalties. We’ve gotta play faster and determined with the puck, harder to play against.

McQuaid said that he is feeling better and progressing with his injury. He said that he doesn’t have a specific return date but that he wants to get back as soon as possible. (NYR)