2:24PM: Quinn spoke on Monday after practice and said (NYR):
- On yesterday’s game, “We should embrace what happened in the last 25 minutes but we can’t run away and hide from what happened in the first 35 minutes, that is for sure. It’s a balancing act of staring the whole game in the face and understanding why we were in the situation we were in after the first 35 minutes and then all the sudden things change our way in the last 25. That being said, if you go back and watch the film, which I have the luxury of doing, the first 12 minutes, the two penalties disrupted the flow but we had some great chances in the first 12 minutes and the game really got away from us when they made it 3-0 and we melted for 25 minutes.”
- Did you melt because of that 3-0 shorthanded goal, “yea, you are going on the PP and thinking that we can get back and get one here and go back in at 2-1 and we are okay and you give up a shorthanded goal and I really felt that we did not handle that situation well.”
- On the PK, “we have gotten away from what we did in training camp and through the first four games, these last two games are a reflection of the things that we were doing and not doing now on our PK and we have to get back to the things we were doing in the first four games and preseason where we were strong with our decisions, trusted each other, pressuring pucks at the appropriate time, there was a lot of good going on with our PK and we got away from that a little bit.”
- Why does that happen, “sometimes that happens in the course of a game. The Washington game might have been a little bit of a mental approach, maybe we were a little intimidated by our opponent and last night, the first PK we just didn’t attack, sitting back and it looked like, for long stretches the way we did last year on our PK.”
- On Jesper Fast, “this is a guy that is a model teammate and a guy you want to coach. He never takes a day off physically or mentally, his teammates have an incredible amount of respect for him, incredibly likeable, there really isn’t a lot not to like about this guy as a person and player.”
- On Fast on the top line, “he compliments them well right now, he gives them an honest effort, create a little space for them, create a little bit of defensive honesty for them. We will see how it goes.”
- On the D pairs, “we will go with the same pairings for tomorrow.”
- On Kreider moving to the second line, “there is a lot that goes into that, him playing the right side, I know he worked on it a lot this summer, you are putting the lines together and it’s not just about one guy, I’m hoping that it got him on track. I’ve liked his game, he’s frustrated because he had some chances last night, he’s had some chances, the good news is that he’s had chances, they just haven’t gone in. I’d be a lot more worried if he hadn’t gotten chances. He had chances against Washington, he had 2 or 3 great chances last night, he had some great chances against Edmonton, they are going to go in eventually.”
- Do you feel that the Kreider you know is coming, “he’s surfacing, yep…and even before, I think I said this about his PP, I thought his PP game was great early. I thought there were flashes in 5 on 5 play but he’s been a little bit more consistent with his 5 on 5 play.”
- On getting off to better starts, “we’ve gotten off to good starts, out-shooting Washington 11-3, they get their early goal but we are playing well, probably the only stretch we played well against Washington. Ottawa game we got off to a good start, it’s too early to say that it’s a trend with the starts. Yesterday, the penalties certainly didn’t help – one of them you can certainly question and it’s frustrating from a coaching standpoint because penalties are a problem but I gotta be fair to the player too and if I watch and don’t think it’s a penalty, I’m not gonna get on a guy, I have to be fair to the player. Fast game, people make mistakes, gotta be fair to the player.”
- Can you make judgments now, “You find out a lot about your group when you go through the stretch we are going through. This is adversity…you get off a 2-0 start and everyone is telling you how great you are and you score some goals and you get a highlight reel goal and I think it was misleading some people and maybe misleading some of the guys in our locker room about how this was going to play out. I still think it’s a bit early but I’ll have a much better feel after this homestand.”
- On who is in goal tomorrow, “Georgie.”
12:51PM: David Quinn said that the lines below will be what the Rangers start with on Tuesday and that Alex Georgiev will start in net.
11:48AM: At Rangers practice on Monday, the lines being used are (Stephenson):
- Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
- Chris Kreider, Brett Howden, Kaapo Kakko
- Brendan Lemieux, Ryan Strome, Pavel Buchnevich
- McKegg/Haley, Lias Andersson, Brendan Smith
Adam Rotter: Jesper Fast isn’t likely to be the long-term answer on the top line but right now, because of how he forechecks and his hockey IQ, he could be a nice fit with Panarin and Zibanejad. It’s not just because he scored and set up Panarin, but about the plays leading to those goals. Fast battles for pucks and if he is able to get in deep, retrieve the puck and give it to Panarin, where he can set things up in the offensive zone, the Rangers might have something going. Chris Kreider can do some of those things but it seems like there is too much of a cross up, in all three zones, with him going from the left side to the right. Brendan Lemieux would be an interesting guy to try there as well with how he can create space for those two but if Fast doesn’t work I think Pavel Buchnevich, especially if he continues to play like he did in the third on Sunday, will get another crack there.
So why hasn’t Kaapo Kakko gotten a chance yet? For one, he hasn’t earned it yet and also because I think the Rangers are trying to ease him in to a certain degree. He got a spot on the top PP unit on Sunday but I think the Rangers would prefer he get a few more games under his belt before putting him in the spotlight on the top-line.