Mika Zibanejad OUT against Nashville, Georgiev in net

6:30PM: David Quinn spoke with the media on Friday and said (NYR):

  • On Ryan Strome, “you see his trajectory, that you want to see in all of your players, he’s gradually gotten better. I think he has been more thorough in all three zones, obviously he’s been productive offensively but the other aspects of his game that he’s added has certainly made him an impactful player for us.”
  • On not having Mika, “you certainly prefer to have him there and with our youth situation down the middle, you think ‘boy we really miss him’ and we really do, that being said, I thought Fil Chytil had a second-line center type of night. The question is can he do it over and over again. I thought Howden had a really good night, I thought Lias Andersson had his best night. The good news for us is that all of those guys had really good nights, now, can you follow it up.”
  • On Chytil, “how quick he was, how decisive, he was on the right side of the play. His willingness to compete and battle every shift, when the puck was in the neutral zone, offensive zone, d-zone, there was an element of quickness and decisiveness in every area that he is going to need to have.”
  • Mika is not a head injury, “it’s more neck, upper, that area.”
  • Same lineup tomorrow, “yes.”
  • On Brady Skjei, “you can see it in his face. He wants to do so well, so badly and sometimes that is his biggest problem. One of the things you see when he’s playing well is the confidence in his look, the gaps, when he gets to a puck he’s decisive. To me it’s his gap that can tell you whether he is feeling good about his game or not, I thought he had a really good game the other night.”
  • Does Skjei get down on himself too quickly, “100%, without question. He cares so much and not only does he want to do well for himself, teammates, coaching staff, organization, he’s that type of human being. Every player wants to do that, I think he does it at another level, it can kind of get in his way, being the player he is capable of being consistently, that is something he has to continue to work on and overcome.”
  • On Lindgren, I thought he had a really good night, picked up where he left off from training camp. His skating, compete level, decision making with the puck, his puck skills are better. Thought he had a good night.”
  • On conversations with Marc Staal, “we talked at length today. He understands what he needs to do to get back. He’s a guy that I really think will elevate his game to where he is going to be in night in and night out, at least I hope so. We need him, we need veterans and guys that have been in the league for a while. I’m expecting him to get back to where he needs to. If he does what I know he is capable of doing he’s going to be in the lineup, we want to win hockey games and at the end of the day that is what it’s about. I think he’s smart, when he’s playing well he plays with an edge to his game, strong defender, good gaps, good PKer. He’s as likeable a guy as there is and has a presence about him. Those are things that we need.”
  • On consistency, “we’ve done it two of the last three games, but that is not enough. As I’ve talked about, you can’t have the dropoff that we had. You can’t go from playing well against Buffalo and then having that colossal drop that we did against Boston. We had a better performance against Tampa than we did against Buffalo. We have to find that level where if you aren’t having a great night and aren’t feeling it, you have to be able to survive and not have what happened to us against Boston happen.”

12:23PM: Mika Zibanejad has been ruled out for tomorrow’s game against Nashville with an upper body injury. (NYR)

Zibanejad has been listed as day to day since he was injured in the first period of last Sunday’s loss to Boston.





Alex Georgiev will be in net and Marc Staal will be scratched. (NYR)