Henrik Lundqvist in net, Kreider a game-time decision against Dallas

10:17PM: David Quinn said after the game on MSG:

  • On Chris Kreider, “upper-body injury and he was hemming and hawing. He is close, day to day.”

6:55PM: Kreider is OUT tonight for the Rangers and Phil Di Giuseppe is slated to play in Kreider’s spot on the top line with Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich. (MSG)

5:46PM: David Quinn spoke after the morning skate and said (NYR):





  • “Not sure yet on Kreider, will be a game-time decision.”
  • On the balance of the three-goalie situation, “without question it’s a challenge but you don’t treat every player the same, what you do is treat every player fairly. When you are 37-years old and had the career that Hank has had, and still the goalie he is, there is a lot that goes into these decisions and the conversations that you have. Like I touched on after the Detroit game, him not playing for that extended period of time, a lot of it had to do with the schedule and that we played the Islanders for three games and Georgie had had so much success against the Islanders. If we didn’t have the Isles in that quirky schedule for three of the four, Hank would have played. You look at the games and he has played the most games of any goalie this year and he played a really good game the other night and we will see him tonight, but you are sensitive to a guy who has had so much success and been the face of our franchise and means so much to our team now that the conversations may be a little more in-depth.”
  • Do the goalies respect going with the hot hand, “yea, because eventually they are going to be in that position. I went through this in the AHL, obviously this is a grander stage but you tell your two goalies ‘listen we have two good goalies and the guy with the hot hand and a win is going to keep winning. If a guy plays six really good games and has an off night you give him another chance, but there is a lot that goes into these decisions. When a guy is hot you want to play him, that being said, we might have two guys that are hot and a guy might play two great games and get two wins, yet a guy who has been playing well hasn’t played. There is so much, especially when you have three, that goes into those decisions.”
  • Is it hard to play 3-4 games in a row with this situation, “it’s hard but if the other two aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing or there is a guy clearly playing better than the other two then that is what will happen.”
  • Did you expect to have the potential of even playing Kreider tonight, “yes, as we touched on after the game, we all said that it was a lot different. Talking to him after the game and between periods, he certainly was in a much better state than I envisioned watching the collision he had with Mika. He’s close, not sure if he will play tonight.”
  • How much of a voice does Lundqvist have in the goalie situation, “ultimately it’s our decision but player input means something to me, anyway. If we ever lose the human element we are going to be in trouble. There is a human element to all of this, before he is Hank Lundqvist, the 37-year old goalie, he’s Hank Lundqvist the 37-year old human being.”
  • Does Kreider’s ability to bounce back relate to his physical conditioning, “yea, obviously you are talking about a unique physical talent for sure. All of that adds up to a guy who can recover quickly from situations like this.”
  • On Brady Skjei, “I really like Brady’s game. This is the best he’s played since I’ve been here. I love the single mindedness approaching every game, there is a clarity to how he wants to play. We’ve talked about that he can be a shutdown defenseman who can add offense because of his skating and ability to join the rush and get us out of our end. One of the things I like is that he is coming in every night thinking he is going to play good defense, going to have good gaps, a good stick and a lot more physical lately. That played a role in making the switch. We will see how it goes tonight, it’s still in the trial basis.”

11:35AM: Henrik Lundqvist will make his second straight start as the Rangers host the Dallas Stars at MSG on Monday. (NYR)

Chris Kreider, who left Saturday’s win with an upper-body injury, took part during the morning skate but is a game-time decision. (Cyrgalis, Stephenson)