6:25PM: David Quinn spoke before the game and said (NYR):
- On the goalies for Sunday and Monday, “I don’t want to commit to anything yet.”
- On Filip Chytil lately, “You need to find different ways to influence a game whether you are scoring goals or not and I think he has. I loved his game the other night, liked a lot of his games lately even though he hasn’t been on the scoresheet. It’s a completely different Filip Chytil, he’s competing on pucks, stopping on pucks, more responsible defensively, playing with a level of confidence offensively we haven’t seen before. A lot of good to Fil’s game.”
- On Buchnevich lately, “I think his last 4-5 periods have probably been his best hockey so far. If he can continue to do those things he will get rewarded eventually. Pucks that should go in sometimes don’t and when you get one, pucks that shouldn’t go in usually end up going in. Goal scoring can be very streaky and one of the things for Buchie and when he’s doing the things he needs to do and is focused on the process and doing the right thing from the situation that is in front of him, he gets rewarded offensively because he is so talented.”
2PM: Alexander Georgiev will start on Friday when the Rangers face against the Maple Leafs.
Last season against Toronto (Rangers Game Notes):
- Georgiev posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.01 GAA and a .956 SV% (130 saves on 136 shots) in three appearances in the season series.
- Georgiev made a single-game career-high 55 saves in the Rangers’ win against Toronto on Feb. 10, 2019, and the 55 saves were also the most any Rangers goaltender has made in a game the team won in franchise history.
- Georgiev also made 44 saves in the Blueshirts’ 2-1 win on Mar. 23, 2019 at Toronto, and he became the first Rangers goaltender since expansion (1967-68) to post two 40-save wins against one opponent in the same season.
David Quinn said on Thursday that part of the reason why Georgiev was started was because they were playing the Leafs.
The lines used at practice on Thursday were (Stephenson):
- Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
- Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Pavel Buchnevich
- Brendan Lemieux, Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko
- Greg McKegg, Brett Howden, Brendan Smith
The PP units the Rangers practiced with yesterday were (NY Post):
- Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Kaapo Kakko, Tony DeAngelo, Mika Zibanejad
- Ryan Strome, Brendan Lemieux, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, Pavel Buchnevich/Filip Chytil
The Leafs, 17-14-4, have 38 points and have played two more games than the Rangers.
Toronto has won two straight and is 8-4 under new coach Sheldon Keefe.