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2019-20 Rangers

Georgiev in net and other updates before the game in NJ

1:08PM: The Rangers are starting the game with the following lines (MSG):

  • Brendan Lemieux, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
  • Chris Kreider, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast
  • Micheal Haley, Brett Howden, Brendan Smith

12:27PM: Alex Georgiev will start in net for the Rangers on Saturday against NJ. (NYR)

Micheal Haley will come back into the lineup and replace Boo Nieves.(NYR)


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Jack Hughes will miss the game for the Devils with a lower-body injury.

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

  • On the PP yesterday, “just to methodical and too slow, when we are effective we are in more of an attack mode and we were just too content staying on the perimeter and looking for the perfect play. That has been our problem on the PP. Statistically we look like we have been successful and we have for the most part but we need more pace, shooting and yesterday in particular we were looking for the perfect play.”
  • On the lineup, “Boo is out and Haley is in.”
  • On the Devils, “they are playing hard. I know what their record is but night in and night out they are playing hard and one of the things they do a really good job of is getting to the net in the offensive zone. So we need to be structurally sound and engaged in our one-on-one battles. Last night we defended pretty well but against the Bruins or even a team that goes to the net like NJ, you have to be good in your own end all of the time, not just most of the time. We didn’t give up odd-man rushes, just 2 or 3, and our guys have been focused on it and done a good job. We are in the right place last night on two of their goals and just didn’t cover people, we just need to be a little more aware.”
  • On Kakko’s progression, “right before he got sick I thought he really made a jump in that three week stretch. He was playing at a pace, more physicality to his game. There is an awful lot of pressure for all of these young players when they get into the league, from Hughes to Kakko, Svechnikov last year, there is a lot of pressure and I don’t envy them because they are under the microscope and expected to produce and it’s difficult to produce at this level and they all judge themselves by points and it takes some time for them to insert the other things it will take at this level to be successful which will allow you to be productive offensively. I think he was learning that, a bit of a setback when he got ill and he’s still finding his way but I really liked what he was doing before he got sick.”
  • Can Kakko fit anywhere, “I think he can play with anybody, he has that type of skill set. When he’s in that mindset and playing at a pace and with some physicality to his game he is productive. He is a big kid, can create space for himself physically and that is something eh will have to do more often.”
  • On Kakko against Boston, “we talked again this morning and he’s pressing. He wants to do so well and I keep going back to Svechnikov, who in the first few months in Carolina struggled and now he’s a beast. It take time for these guys to understand this league, especially coming over from Europe and it’s a whole different situation, ice surface is bigger, less physical, not as quick. Before he got sick he was certainly trending in the right direction. He wanted to come back and hit the ground running, like we all did, but it takes a little bit of time.”
  • What do you expect out of Georgiev, “a good performance.”
  • On how long he sat, “last year he went through this a little bit and did well, I’m not worried about that.”