1:30PM: David Quinn spoke after the morning skate and said (NYR):
- On Shesterkin being on for the morning skate, “It’s definitely a step in the right direction. I think we are to the point where it’s day to day.”
- On the lines for tonight, “we will keep the lines the way they are to start.”
- On Georgiev’s increased workload, “I think he’s done a great job. I think he’s done a very good job. He’s had a good year.”
- Will how Tuesday ended linger with Georgeiv, “I’ve loved how he’s rebounded from any little adversity. He’s a mentally tough kid and I’m not worried at all about that affecting in any way shape or form.”
- On needing the young players to score, “it would be nice for us to capitalize on some of those chances, especially Kaapo’s been…he’s always identified himself from points, as do most young players, and we can tell him all we want about being in the right place defensively and a good back check and chipping the puck out. I think sometimes players don’t realize that we want them to score as much as they do but there are all of these things they need to continue to do within the game to be effective players. The thing I like about him is that he’s getting more chances and eventually they will start going in.”
- On Chytil not scoring, “You touch on it with these guys but you don’t want to spend too much time on it because it’s hard to score in this league. It’s not an easy league to score in and these guys, at their age, it’s a hard league to score in. Especially at this time of year, it’s getting harder. That is why these games are so important for us as an organization to have these young guys experience the games now and hopefully we can make the playoffs and go through that experience as well.”
- Is Shesterkin the goalie you have the most confidence in, “like we touched on before he got hurt, when you have these guys together you just let the play dictate who is the goalie you are going to use. I thought he separated himself a little bit after a four-week stretch where we had them all here. His numbers prove it. The one thing about goaltending, there isn’t a lot of subjectivity to it. Like I continue to say, we have faith in all of these guys but ‘who is playing the best?’
- When do you think Shesterkin might be back, “This is his first full-team skate. I don’t know how he felt. It really is down to day to day. Today was full-go for him.”
- On Jacob Trouba, “I like the way they’ve both played. They have done a good job of getting us out of our end, I love their physicality. I like their all around game in a lot of ways. Smitty had a couple of great scoring chances the other night, Troubs had a great scoring chance in the O-zone. I like a lot about their game, not just one particular thing, there is a lot I like about both of their games.”
- On Trouba handling Skjei’s departure, “He’s a pro, been in the league long enough. He and I, when Brady got traded, talked a little about how he went through the same experience when Bogosian got traded out of Winnipeg, he was living with Bogosian. He’s been through it before and going through that helps you brace for anything at this level.”
11:30AM: Georgiev will start in net against the Caps. (NYR)
10:40AM: Igor Shesterkin is on the ice for the Rangers morning skate today. (NYR)
Shesterkin has been out since he suffered a non-displaced rib fracture from a car accident on 2/23.
David Quinn has noted in the past week that Shesterkin has been on the ice and taking low shots, but this is his first official time on the ice with his teammates.
Alex Georgiev is expected to start tonight against Washington. (Stephenson)