2020-21 Rangers

Artemi Panarin expected to play on Thursday

6:31PM: David Quinn spoke after practice and said (NYR):

  • On Kreider and Zibanejad’s veteran status, “No, they’ve run out of that veteran status ticket that they’ve had. So, I have liked part, obviously we all talked about Mika’s game after the first Bruins game. There certainly was a lot more of what the Mika Zibanejad we know we’re going to need. I thought Chris was more physical last night. Listen, we’ve talked about it an awful lot here in the first part of the season. We need a little bit more out of everybody, not just certain guys. Those two guys are certainly a part of that and they know that and no one’s working harder to get out of it than those two guys. So it’s not for the lack of caring or effort. Sometimes you can get in your own way and sometimes it happens at this level.”

  • How much of last night’s game is on you as the coach, “As a coach, you always feel like it’s on you. It’s just a sickening, sickening feeling and unless you’ve been coaching, it’s hard to explain. The hard part about this profession is when things go well, you don’t think you have much to do with it and when things go bad, you think you have everything to do with it. That’s certainly how I felt last night, personally. The thing that you’ve got to keep in mind, you know, you’re sitting here and you’re going over the schedule and when you look it was such an outlier last night. And listen, I know what our record is, I know what our record is, nobody’s happy with it, but effort hasn’t been our problem, competing hasn’t been our problem and it was last night and it was an outlier. Obviously, we were all pissed off last night, no one more than I was and you’ve gotta let the dust settle, we’ve got to corral our emotions here and we’ve got to move past and make sure that it doesn’t happen again and that has certainly been talked about. We had a good practice,  I was actually encouraged by our practice today because losing can wear on you and we’ve had some tough losses, we’ve had games where we’ve competed and lots of games where we think we could win and we haven’t and one play makes a difference in these one-goal games. Losing can wear on you and I think that might be the case, a little bit, right now, we don’t have any swagger, we don’t have any confidence, to the level that we need to win, but that’s something that we’ve got to find from within. We can’t just drop a pill in their water and give them confidence pills, it has to come from within, and we’ve got to get out of it. So, yeah, you’re damn right I feel a huge responsibility for it. That’s just coaching, that’s the profession that we’re in.”
  • On losing Trouba, “it’s a big blow, but in this shortened season and these circumstances, every team has it, so it’s next man up. The good news is that K’Andre skated today and it looks like he’ll be ready to play tomorrow, we will plug him in. Everybody on the D-corp has to play a little better, it can’t be one guy, it has to be everybody.”
  • What will you miss with Trouba, “It’s an upper body injury, he’s going to be out 4-6 weeks, (to off-camera), can I tell them?…. He broke his thumb, he’s out 4-6 weeks and we will miss everything that he brings, from a physicality standpoint, a compete standpoint, from what he brings from a leadership standpoint. He’ll be missed, but the good news is that it’s not as serious as we thought and he’ll be back sooner than later.”
  • How do you get the bounces to go for you, “you can definitely control it, puck luck is a byproduct of doing the right things over and over again. It’s getting inside, throwing pucks, I mean look at the two goals they scored, the second and third goals. They’re throwing a puck from the corner to the net, it goes off of us and in. They get a puck to the right point, there’s no hesitation, they wrist it to the net, they tip it, it goes in. We don’t do that enough. You do that 20-25 times in a game and you’re going to get a ‘lucky’ bounce. That’s not luck, that’s a byproduct of keeping it simple and doing those types of things that allow you to get that ‘lucky bounce.’ We’ve got to incorporate that more into our game, too often we want to pass the puck into the net. In this day and age, you’ve got to get inside and you’ve got to understand when it’s time to be simple and throw pucks and have people there where you will get those bounces and when it is time to make plays. We’re still fighting that, that is for sure.”
  • Is Artemi going to play and who will play with K’Andre, “We anticipate Artemi playing, we’ve had a couple of thoughts on what we will do with that d-pairing, but haven’t fully decided yet.”
  • Is Jack Johnson available, “Jack just got cleared, so he will need a few practices before we are able to put him in.”

5:26PM: Both K’Andre Miller and Artemi Panarin have been removed from the injury list in the Rangers Game Notes for tomorrow against Philly.


1:30PM: Artemi Panarin is expected to return to the Rangers lineup on Thursday when they play the Flyers. (NYR)

Panarin skated with Ryan Strome and Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere was moved to a line with Kevin Rooney and Colin Blackwell. (Stephenson)

The PP units used today were (Stephenson):

  • Adam Fox, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome
  • K’Andre Miller, Kaapo Kakko, Brendan Lemieux, Alexis Lafreniere, Pavel Buchnevich