What David Quinn said before the game against Toronto

Rangers coach David Quinn met with the media prior to tonight’s game against Toronto and said (NYR):

  • On the lineup tonight, “Freddy is out, Brickley will be out, Kreider didn’t make the trip and Fast is out.”
  • On the lineup combinations, “Chytil will be with Namestnikov and Letteri, Lias will be with Strome and Vesey, Howden will be with Boo and Smitty. Lemieux is with Mika and Buchie.”
  • On Lemieux skating on the top line, “there is a lot that goes into putting lines together and I want to see what Lemieux can do with Mika and Buchnevich. He has 12 goals in limited opportunity, I thought it would be a good opportunity to put him with Mika and Buchie and I think Lias has been playing well and want to give him a chance with Strome and Vesey and I liked the other line with Fil, Vinny and Namestnikov.”
  • On Lettieri, “Vinny, one of his great strengths is how competitive he is and how hard he tries, I think sometimes he tries too hard and puts himself out of position. I think he needs to play a little bit more of a calmer game, a little bit more structured game and that will put him in a position to be more creative offensively and put his strengths to his advantage, mainly his shot.”
  • On the week coming up, “we’ve been in a tough stretch here and nothing feels better than winning. We’ve talked ad-nauseum about our situation and our struggles, we want to win a hockey game, tonight is there is a way that we will have to go about doing that against a team of this magnitude and with the talent they have. We want to play purposeful hockey. We did some good things against Detroit but not good enough. You get two goals and spend all that time in the offensive zone, we’ve talked all year about having more of an edge to our game offensively, gotta beat people off walls, when we have a choice to go inside our outside we need to go inside.”