Rangers drop preseason opener to Devils 4-3

David Quinn Post Game (NYR Game Notes & NYR):

  • Update on Panarin, “just a mild groin strain, more precautionary than anything.”
  • What did you see with Fox’s IQ, “I’ve coached against him many times, too many, and we made the trade I had a familiarity with him and knew that he had an NHL brain, the question was whether he was going to be able to defend quick enough and compete quick enough at this level to be successful and so far he has done that very well. When you play as fast as he does with his brain, and he has the skillset, we saw what can happen. He made a lot of great plays tonight, loved how he defended, a lot of good things tonight.”
  • How has Fox grown as a player, “Knowing what he was going to have to do, leaving Harvard, to have the success at this level that he wanted to have, he did a heck of a job this summer training. He had some success at the World Championships. If you add all of that up, he came to training cso zamp with a level of confidence that has allowed him to perform pretty well so far. I haven’t really been surprised by a lot of the things he has done because I’ve been watching him a long time, I might be a little surprised how quickly he has been able to do some of the things people were wondering if he’d be able to do, so far so good.”
  • What more do you want to see from him, “things from a defensive perspective, gap control, better stick positioning, faceoff coverage. Things he is capable of learning. He went to Harvard, so…)
  • On Kaako not feeling nervous, “He’s played in some big games. Excited is probably what he more was. I’m sure there were a few nerves but I think he was probably more excited. I said to him at the pregame skate this morning, are your parents gonna be able to watch today and he said yea, they can watch online. Then I skated around and said I bet all of Finland will be watching and he said, probably.”
  • On his goalies, “they were victims of a couple of turnovers unfortunately, a high-tip. I thought they were both solid. I’m sure both want to be a little bit better but it’s the first exhibition game, so a lot of guys could be a little better, some guys could be a lot better. Those guys would probably want to have one or two of them back, but it’s the first exhibition game.”
  • On Greg McKegg, “I’ve liked a lot of what I’ve seen since camp started. A real hard nose player, real coachable, a real hard-nosed player. A lot to like about him.”

First Period:

  • Nico Hischier (1) ASST: Sami Vatanen (3), Will Butcher (1)
  • Mikhail Maltsev (1)

Second Period:





  • PPG – Artemi Panarin (1) ASST: Jacob Trouba (1), Kaapo Kakko (1)
  • Nikita Gusev (1) ASST: Brandon Baddock (1), Sami Vatanen (4)
  • Micheal Haley (1) ASST: Greg McKegg (1)

Third Period:

  • Brett Seney (1) ASST: John Hayden (1), Will Butcher (2)
  • Lias Andersson (1) ASST: Boo Nieves (1), Vitali Kravtsov (1)

Goalies:

  • Alex Georgiev: 8 saves on 11 shots
  • Igor Shesterkin: 12 saves on 13 shots

Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • Panarin from Trouba and Kakko on the PP sure seems like something we are going to hear often for years and years to come.
  • I think we saw flashes of what each of the new and young Rangers can bring. Kakko certainly looked ready to play and contribute, Fox was making heady and smart plays with and around the puck, Kravtsov showed his skill but also, and understandably, looked raw at times. Kravtsov will likely start and play with the Rangers but he may get eased in a bit more compared to Kakko who may step right in to a big role.
  • I liked Lias Andersson’s game, same with Libor Hajek. We should get Filip Chytil and Brett Howden on Friday against the Devils and maybe a mix of the three on Saturday.
  • As we move along in the preseason we will see who gets more ice time and where but I’m guessing we will see more of Greg McKegg, less of Brandon Crawley, more of Boo Nieves and Brendan Smith battling for the swing role of forward/defenseman with the threat of Hartford close by.