- Lawson Crouse (2) ASST: Christian Fischer (1), Carl Soderberg (4)
- Tony DeAngelo (2) ASST: Brendan Lemieux (1), Pavel Buchnevich (4)
- PPG – Alex Goligoski (1) ASST: Jakob Chychrun (1), Nick Schmaltz (6)
- PPG – Tony DeAngelo (3) ASST: Ryan Strome (4), Kaapo Kakko (1)
- Christian Dvorak (4) ASST: Alex Goligoski (5), Clayton Keller (7)
David Quinn spoke on MSG after the game and said:
- On the game, “obviously we are not in a great spot right now and we have to dig ourselves out of it. To come out in a bit of a repeat performance of the other day..we were better in the second and better in the third but certainly nowhere where we need to be if we are going to have a season. It’s not going to happen overnight, I hope it does but you have to dig your way out. We made strides in the second period, big kill in the third, our goalie played well and we got a point but it’s going to take some time. We are going to stay at it…we know we are a lot better than this.”
- Did you make any PK changes, “it’s execution, I thought our kill was good tonight, they got that goal, slapshot from the point off the post and it goes it. I thought our PK was better tonight. The PK was really good in the preseason and really good in four games and then we had the two games where I thought we were sluggish and not decisive at times, we were more decisive and made strides on the PK, it allowed us to get a point with what happened in the third period.”
- Are the mistakes new or the same, “a lot of the same. We just gotta – you can talk all you want about systems and structure but if you aren’t skating, not moving your feet and playing with urgency and pace, you can’t play this game and be successful, you just can’t do it. This game is simple but it’s hard, we are just not doing the basics of what you have to do to have success right now consistently, sometimes we do it, more often we don’t right now. You can feel it and we are in a little bit of a rut and we have to hit and skate our way out of it.”
- Why was Kakko’s ice time lower, “just the flow of the game.”
- Did you shorten the bench, “Went for three lines, he played right till the end.”
- On Fast and Kreider switching on the top line, “just changing it up from time to time, giving Kreids an opportunity. PK had something to do it, Kreids was sitting so I wanted to get him out after the PK but for the most part it was Fast on that line.”
- Why Smith over Lemieux when you cut down, “I thought Lemieux had a tough night. Smitty has been consistent with his effort and energy. Lemieux, we end up taking a penalty because Lemieux turn it over. He’s played well for us, I just thought it was one of those nights he didn’t have it.”
- How do you balance the ups and downs with the players, “that is a balancing act that a coach has and you need to know your team and personnel, our guys are maybe a little fragile right. As important what you are showing, it’s the delivery of the message and that is a balancing act that a coach has to feel for for his team and predict their reaction.”
- On DeAngelo’s game overall, “I thought he did some good things, had a good night on top of his goals.”
- On Georgiev, “he played really well.”
- I thought the Rangers were better tonight on the whole but they still aren’t anywhere near where they need to be. They seemed slow, unable to make a pass without the puck bouncing off a stick, and almost afraid to pressure or go for a loose puck because they would leave their zone on defense.
- There needs to be more urgency at getting to pucks and then putting pucks toward the net. The Rangers continue to only want to score goals on tap ins as opposed to taking shots, going for rebounds and trying to score that way. It’s all fixable, and I think it can and will be fixed, but it’s going to take time.
- I keep thinking that each loss is going to bring some changes from Hartford, likely in the way of Filip Chytil and maybe Ryan Lindgren. The Rangers have two roster spots open so they can add those players without sending anyone down. At forward they could add Chytil, at center, have McKegg/Haley as scratches and then determine which of Andersson, Howden or Strome would go to the wing. Strome has been better but Howden looks overmatched as the second line center. I’d love to see Lias Andersson get more ice time as I think he does a lot (pressure and play physical) of what the Rangers want, but that would likely only come on the wing.
- The issue is more on defense where Marc Staal has looked slow and Brady Skjei seems to alternate good and bad on a shift to shift basis. It’s not ideal for the Rangers to scratch either, Libor Hajek has been fine as have all three right shot defenders. Lindgren though brings that physicality, Dan Girardi-type hockey, that the Rangers could use more of.
- With Kaapo Kakko, he is certainly dealing with some ups and downs through the first seven games of his career and maybe it is time to just try him with Panarin and Zibanejad. Kakko protects the puck so well and maybe his habit of carrying it behind the net and then back up into the zone will work better and create space for Zibanejad or Panarin. He didn’t play a lot tonight but he was averaging 15:21 in the prior six games and I think it’s likely he is back up toward the number on Thursday against a tough Sabres team.