The Rangers lines for tonight’s game against the Flyers are expected to be (NYR):
- Vitali Kravtsov, Mika Zibanejad, Filip Chytil
- Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
- Brendan Lemieux, Lias Andersson, Vlad Namestnikov
- Greg McKegg, Boo Nieves, Vinni Lettieri
- Libor Hajek, Jacob Trouba
- Marc Staal, Tony DeAngelo
- Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith
- Henrik Lundqvist
- Igor Shesterkin
Lundqvist is slated to play the full game.
David Quinn met with the media on Tuesday and said (NYR):
- On Chytil and Kravtsov with Mika, “Looking to see how they play in general, that responsibility, it’s a great responsibility.”
- On Vitali Kravtsov, “he’s put himself in a good position, he’s in the mix to make the team, just like the rest of the guys here and he has to continue to move forward like he has. I think he’s gotten better since Traverse City and better and better in camp here and he has to continue moving forward if he wants to make the team.”
- On where it’s best for young players, “it all depends on the individual, it’s a question we ask ourselves as we evaluate these young players to determine what is the best spot for them in order to being the best players they can be. First, how much can they help us. Two, being here and playing limited minutes and sometimes a healthy scratch, are they able to handle that? It’s such a case by case situation that it’s a tough question to answer.”
- On where Kravtsov needs to get better, “not unlike most 19-year olds when they come to this league, there are all the other things that factor into being in NHL player. He’s no different than Kakko or Chytil or Lias or Howden, young players that are learning the other things you need to do to play in this league night in and out.”
- On Henrik Lundqvist, “he’s much more at ease with where we are at. He knows we are moving forward, not still in the teardown stage like we were last year. I think he is in a much better place mentally and it’s a process for guys like him and Staalsie that have been here a long time to go through what we have gone through. Both of them are re-energized and feel good about where we are at because we are moving forward.”
- On where Henrik’s game is, “it’s a tough start when you give up a breakaway 30 seconds into his first game. After those goals I really liked his game and how aggressive he was, I thought he played well the other night, I’m happy with where he’s at.”
- Is there a temptation to keep playing Henrik if he’s good, “no, because we have a lot of faith in the other guy. I thought Georgie played really well the other night as well. People can’t forget how well Georgie played those last three months last year. We feel very confident in our goalie tandem.”
- On Shesterkin, “he’s a guy we have an awful lot of faith in, he’s played well here. Camp is not over. It is an adjustment for a goalie, the net is the same size but the angles and game are different, a better league but I really liked what I saw in Philly.”
- On how things have gone for Shesterkin in camp, “this was an opportunity for everybody to make this camp. I had never really seen him live so it was hard for me to get a feel, my expectations were, I knew he was a really good goalie and wanted to see how he would adapt.”
- On Shesterkin’s personality, “the language barrier is a little tough for me and I don’t spend a lot of time with the goalies because I don’t know anything about it. Benny handles a lot of that but I do know he has a quick wit and good personality.”
- On Adam Fox, “a guy that has adapted to this level pretty quickly. I knew we were getting a great player and that he would be an NHL player, my question was how quickly it would happen for him. Based on where he was coming from and the amount of minutes he was playing at Harvard and always having the puck, he wasn’t always going to have the puck as much at our level. How quickly would he be able to adapt to defending, pace of play. He has certainly adapted quickly.”
- On the PK, “we have to be better and understand responsibilities, being quick thinking. We have to move as the puck is moving, more anticipation, skate in small areas. You can be aggressive without being over extended and that is an area we worked on and keep working on.”
- On DeAngelo, “tough to tell because he hasn’t played a game. He came in at a time where we backed off a bit because our camp was tough early, he’s come in at a time where we’ve backed off from a battling standpoint and it’s going to be a good test for him and against a lineup that is pretty close to an NHL lineup in the preseason.”
The Flyers will have a roster featuring Travis Konecy, Kevin Hayes, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Jakub Varacek, Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen.
Other lines that were part of the Rangers morning skate but will not play tonight include (NYR):
- Artemi Panarin, Brett Howden, Pavel Buchnevich
- Micheal Haley Jesper Fast
- Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox
- Tarmo Reunanen, Joe Morrow
- Alex Georgiev
Yegor Rykov is listed as injured.
Adam Rotter: This is a bit of a mish/mosh lineup with where guys are playing but it’s easy to see the Rangers starting the season with a second line of Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome and Kaapo Kakko. A good performance from that line, and especially Strome, could clinch that. Lemieux, Anderson and Namestnikov could also be a line at times for the Rangers but that depends on who else slots in where and who makes the team. In terms of where guys slot in and who makes the team, Vitali Kravtsov and Filip Chytil both fit there. There just aren’t enough spots for everyone and it seems like at least one of Chytil, Kravtsov, Howden and Andersson will be in Hartford. The fourth line are guys battling for the 13th forward spot or possibly the 12th and 13 forward spots if two of the younger guys go to Hartford.
Tony DeAngelo gets his first game and without Adam Fox in the lineup should get some PP time when Trouba isn’t on the ice. Hopefully Henrik Lundqvist can build off of his solid half a game against the Islanders and put forth a strong performance against a bunch of the Flyers regular forwards.