2020-21 Rangers

What David Quinn said about DeAngelo, Kakko and more on Friday

At practice on Friday, the Rangers used lines of (Larry Brooks, NHL Network):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Alexis Lafreniere
  • Phil Di Giuseppe, Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko
  • Brendan Lemieux, Brett Howden, Julien Gauthier

Tony DeAngelo skated with the taxi-squad players before practice and Anthony Bitetto skated with the main roster. (Brooks)


Alex Georgiev will start in net against the Islanders. (NYR)

David Quinn spoke after practice today and said (MSG):

  • On Last night, “we certainly are very alarmed at what happened last night, it really was a complete shocker to us as a staff and talking to the players, they were surprised at what developed last night. We do get to play them tomorrow, lets see how we respond. But, certainly, really disappointing, there really wasn’t anything good that happened last night, in any capacity in any fashion of the game. Tony took an undisciplined penalty and he and I had a conversation. We just gotta make sure that doesn’t happen. We took too many penalties last night, took too many penalties last year and we have to nip it in the bud right now.”
  • On Tony DeAngelo and the defense, “there will be more discussion on that, we will know it tomorrow.”
  • Was DeAngelo being benched enough of a message, “That is something we are going to continue to discuss and talk with Tony. It’s a process, we take a lot of things into consideration when we make those types of decisions.”
  • On Kaapo Kakko getting moved around, “When Rooney went down we had a little bit of a juggling act with the lines, especially with some of the penalties. There are a lot of reasons why you saw that happen. This is his second year, everybody here thinks he’s a really good player, we just guys to show up night in, night out, compete night in, night out. He’s no different. He was on a crowded bus of guys that didn’t have good nights last night. He has to be better, but everybody has to be better after last night’s performance, that is for sure.”
  • What is the takeaway you want the rookies to have from last night, “It’s not just the young guys, our whole team needs to learn a lesson after last night. That team does a good job of being patient, not beating themselves. As much as winning is about learning how to win, it’s also learning not to lose and that is something we have had hard time with in the past and certainly had a hard time of it last night. It’s not just the young players that need to learn a lesson, it’s everybody in our lineup and we thought we found that balancing act at the end of last year and we certainly didn’t have it last night and we better find it in a hurry if we are going to have a chance tomorrow night.”
  • On Kevin Rooney and hits from Thursday, “Rooney is day-to-day, not sure of his availablity will be. As far as both hits go, I thought the one against Chytil was a little excessive, certainly should have been a penalty and maybe one the league might have looked at. I want to give Johnson the benefit of the doubt with Rooney, but it’s hard to imagine he didn’t know he was coming, but I do want to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, I’m not 100% sure they knew they were going to collide, but the play was below, maybe he was looking at the play below the collision. I don’t think he goes out headhunting like that, but it was right in front of the bench and to the naked eye it did appear that he could have avoided him, but the play was below the collision, so maybe he was looking at the puck.”
  • Are you planning to put Lafreniere with Panarin and what message does it send Kakko, “It’s not just a message to Kakko, it’s a message to everybody. We are not sure, we are trying different things, it’s early in the season, we are moving pieces around, especially after a game like last night. You don’t want to overreact, but that being said, if someone plays better than you than they should get a better opportunity. We will make that decision either later today or tomorrow.”