7PM: Kakko is skating on the fourth line with Howden and Smith and Lemieux is on the second line with Panarin and Strome.
3:45PM: David Quinn met with the media following the morning skate and said (NYR):
- Has Georgiev changed the goaltending plan, “we knew coming in that we had two really good goalies. It’s been a little bit of a quirky situation the last couple of weeks because of Hank missing a couple of starts and Georgie playing really well. We felt really good about Georgie when the season ended last year and we feel great about him right now and we feel great about Hank.”
- How does the goalie plan evolve, “Hank is okay because he is good and we certainly acknowledge and need, the league is becoming more of a two-goalie situation for a lot of teams, especially when you have two guys like we have. We are going to need both of these guys, how much each guy is going to play, to me that is day to day but we feel great about both of these guys.”
- What goes into picking who starts, “We knew whoever played against Anaheim wasn’t going to play tonight, so that played a little bit of a role. It’s schedule driven a lot of times but more than anything it’s play driven.”
11:40AM: Alex Georgiev will start in net against the Predators tonight. (Cyrgalis)
Georgiev stopped 32 of 33 shots against Nashville in the Rangers 2-1 win in November.
The lines used at the morning skate are (Stephenson):
- Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
- Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
- Greg McKegg, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast
- Brendan Lemieux, Brett Howden, Brendan Smith
Marc Staal did not take part in the morning skate but will play tonight. (Cyrgalis)