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2020-21 Rangers

Keith Kinkaid starting tomorrow, Panarin TBD

5:08PM: David Quinn spoke after practice and said (NYR):

  1. On Panarin and Shesterkin, “Bread practiced today, so he’s certainly in the mix. The conversation on playing tomorrow, we won’t know until later today. Igor will not play tomorrow.”

  • Did Panarin skate on a line, “He did skate on a line, we had a bunch of guys, well not a bunch of guys, he’s with Strome and we were rotating a couple of wingers in there because we weren’t sure if he will be able to play tomorrow. If he does play, he will play with Strome.”
  • On Shesterkin’s status, “He is day-to-day, it’s really a nagging situation, we don’t think it’s anything long term, it’s turned into a little bit longer than we thought, but he could wake up tomorrow and be in a good position and play sooner than later. It really is day-to-day.
  • How big would it be to get Panarin back, “It would be good for any team, under any circumstances to get Panarin back. We are excited at the fact that he practiced today and there is a chance he can play tomorrow. Any time you add a player of that caliber, everybody should be excited and make things better for us.”
  • On Panarin’s focus level, “He’s in a good spot. He’s been around the last few days, he’s in a real good spot mentally and excited to get back to play and we want to make sure we put him in a position to succeed.”
  • On Chytil, Kakko, and Lafreniere as a line, “there were some good signs as the game was going on and they were getting more familiar with each other. It’s something we are going to experiment with moving forward.”
  • Does Panarin fix the PP himself, “Any time you add someone like him, 5 on 5 or PP, you are going to be in a better position, not only is he going to improve it, but he’s going to improve everybody’s mentality and play with more confidence. We certainly think that will help in curing the PP, but there are certainly other things we have to address.”
  • On the goalie tomorrow, “Keith Kinkaid will be in net tomorrow.”
  • On discussing in-game adversity with the team, “We’ve talked about that all year, this isn’t something that has crept up on us. We’ve talked it about it all year long and it’s something we gotta continue to manage and do a better job of. It’s part of being a pro athlete and being a successful team and successful player, how do you handle adversity? We’ve shown signs of doing a good job of it, but not enough.”
  • On Boston’s top line, “We’ve done a pretty good job against that line in general, they are very difficult to shut down totally. One of the goals was a shorthanded goal and the other was a 60-ft slap shot. They were buzzing, it was probably the best they’ve played against us in the five games we played them. They give every team trouble, not just us. We’ve gotta do a better job managing pucks when we are out there and being physical and playing through them to slow them down a little bit, but they are tough to slow down and they are the best line in hockey for a reason. They are highly talented and play angry and with an attitude and they are not easily denied. We have to make sure we do a better job against them and not let their goals be as easy as they were last night.”

1:43 PM: Keith Kinkaid will start for the Rangers tomorrow against the Bruins. (NYR)


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Artemi Panarin practiced again today and could return tomorrow against Boston. (NYR)

Igor Shesterkin is still out with a mild groin strain. (NYR)