Alex Georgiev in net and new defense pairs for Rangers against Sens

6:17PM: David Quinn spoke before the game and said (NYR):

  • On the defense pairing, “we have basically three new defensemen and a lot of people made assumptions when the season started with Trouba and Skjei playing together. In the preseason and first game we stuck with it but as we looked at where we are at we felt these were the best pairings for us right now with DeAngelo and Staal, Trouba and Hajek and Skjei and Fox. We are not fortunate enough to have six guys here for two-years that have all played together and there is clarity on who can play with who so there is still a feeling out process for us.”
  • On Hajek and Trouba, “when you are a rookie and you have an older, I mean a guy who has played in the league a while – he’s 25, when you have an experienced defenseman it gives you more of a calming effect and I think that will help two of our younger defensemen.”
  • On what he wants to see, “two things we didn’t do enough of, we certainly didn’t play at the pace we wanted to play at, I thought our puck support was poor coming out of our own end, we disappeared on our D quite a bit, I think we have corrected that. I didn’t think we established any five-man gaps, slow in a lot of areas. I’m looking forward to playing tonight. I think we’ll have a much better performance.”
  • How comfortable are you keeping Brendan Smith at forward, “very. He had a really good camp, had a great stretch last year when he played forward and I have no problem playing him at forward for an extended period of time.”

4:18PM: Alex Georgiev will start for the Rangers tonight against the Senators. (NYR)


Adam Fox will pair with Brady Skjei and Libor Hajek will skate with Jacob Trouba on defense to begin tonight’s game. (NYR)





David Quinn said on Friday that there are moving pieces on defense and Larry Brooks wrote that the pairs may be Trouba and Marc Staal, Skjei and Fox and Hajek with Tony DeAngelo. (NY Post)

On Thursday, according to Natural Stat Trick, at 5 on 5:

  • Brady Skjei played: 16:10 with Trouba, 0:43 with Skjei, 0:39 with DeAngelo, 0:33 with Staal, 0:10 with Hajek
  • Jacob Trouba played: 16:10 with Skjei, 0:24 with Hajek, 0:22 with Fox, 0:13 with Staal
  • Marc Staal played: 15:24 with DeAngelo, 0:39 with Fox, 0:33 with Skjei, 0:25 with Hajek, 0:13 with Staal
  • Tony DeAngelo played: 15:24 with Staal, 2:04 with Hajek, 0:39 with Skjei
  • Adam Fox played: 9:16 with Hajek, 0:43 with Skjei, 0:39 with Staal, 0:22 with Trouba
  • Libor Hajek played: 9:16 with Fox, 2:04 with DeAngelo, 0:25 with Staal, 0:24 with Trouba, 0:10 with Skjei

The forward lines are expected to remain:

  • Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Brett Howden, Jesper Fast
  • Brendan Lemieux, Lias Andersson, Brendan Smith

David Quinn said that Lias Andersson will play more after only playing 8:33 on Thursday. (NY Post)

Andersson played 4:05 in the first, 2:59 in the second, 1:29 in the third with 5:56 of that at even strength and 2:37 on the PK.

He did not take a shift in the final 13:11 of the game and spent most of the game between Brendan Lemiuex and Brendan Smith.