3:38PM: David Quinn said on Monday (MSG):
- “If we want to achieve our ultimate goal we know we will have to elevate our commitment to playing defense, managing the puck and every single guy has to do it, it has to be across the board. It’s a mindset and we’ve been fortunate, we are all aware of that, there was a stretch where we were giving up less shots and chances but that didn’t happen the last two games and we found a way to win. I think that is part of growth as a team and the league is general has turned into…it’s all about offense, statistics and data and Corsi and all these other stats but at the end of the day you have to play defense. That is a want more than anything and it’s a mindset and a lot of it is a DNA issue for players in this league and you gotta want to do it. There are a lot of guys in this league that can do a lot of things that people can’t do, the guys that are really good in this league they can do things that people can’t do but they are very good at doing what everyone can do. That is what we gotta continue to work on and improve in areas where everyone is capable of doing it, that is what we have to do as a group if we want to achieve our goal.”
- On Kakko, “I’m seeing an 18-year old that is adjusting to the NHL and the pressure is real for all the high-end picks that people think will step into the league and run away with rookie of the year honors. That is not how this works. He’s a guy that is learning, he puts a lot of pressure on himself, holds himself to a high standard and sometimes that is an issue for him, he gets down on himself but we are going to stick with him and he’s a good player and a big piece of our future. Game to game his ice time may vary from a performance standpoint.”
- Why isn’t Howden more productive, “I think because he’s 21 and learning how to play in this league. He hasn’t spent one day in the AHL and this is a hard league to develop in. He’s getting chances, he had two great chances after he scored the other night too. I think there is something to be said that these three young guys together, I think there is a little less pressure on them. When you play with Panarin, I don’t care how long you’ve been in the league, I think you feel an added responsibility to get him the puck all the time. These three guys playing together, maybe there is a bit of a comfort and not feeling like they need to please each other and they can just play hockey.”
- On Libor Hajek, “had another good day today, it’s nothing quick but he’s getting closer.”
- On Panarin, “boy does this guy love hockey, he loves people and doesn’t have a bad day, cares about winning. Usually a guy in his situation that has been productive offensively and has the contract he has, we are very fortunate, those guys are so important in your organization for how they act and what kind of people they are and we hit a grand slam in all of those areas with him.”
12:44PM: Alex Georgiev will start against the Oilers on Tuesday when the Rangers are in Edmonton. (NYR)
Henrik Lundqvist started when the Oilers beat the Rangers 4-1 in their third game of the season.
Georgiev started last year in Edmonton and stopped 30 of 33 shots in a 3-2 OT loss.
The lines used at Monday’s practice were (Gorman):
- Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
- Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Jesper Fast
- Brett Howden, Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko
- Brendan Smith, Greg McKegg, Micheal Haley