Filip Chytil will be a healthy scratch tonight against the Sabres and Connor Brickley will take his place in the lineup. (Brooks, Stephenson)
The Rangers will continue to go with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen.
David Quinn said of the decision to sit Chytil (NYR):
- “I think Fil’s play has slipped a little bit. One of the things that all young players need to learn is to consistently compete and be hard on pucks and give an effort in all three zones. I think Fil has done a good job of that and it’s slipped a little bit. It’s all part of development, learning lessons.”
- “The last time it happened he responded very well. Fil wants to be player he is capable of being. He’s 19-years old, second game he has sat. It’s really not that big a deal in a lot of ways and he will get right back at it.”
- “It’s been steady, we’ve had conversations. It shouldn’t be a surprise to him but it seems like every guy that gets sat is surprised. This is something we have talked about and think it was warranted.”
Quinn said that Jimmy Vesey is being hard on pucks, physical, taking hits to make plays and fighting through checks. “He’s pissing people off with his play so they are looking for him after the whistle.” (NYR)
Quinn said on 1/31 that Chytil has “geat speed, great hands and a great head” and that he has an ability, when those three work together, to create offense. (NYR)