6:18PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that Knoblauch will likely remain with the Rangers for at least the next two games.”
6:08PM: Kris Knoblauch spoke before the game and said (NYR):
- On tweaking things from last night, “A little bit, we saw them play, felt that maybe we didn’t exploit some of their weaknesses. They don’t have very many, they are a good hockey team, a lot of good players, well coached, but I think there were some things that we felt we could be better at. Overall we liked our effort, execution was pretty good, but we felt that maybe we could take advantage of some things.”
- On converting chances into goals, “we felt that we could definitely do some things a little bit different. For our Grade A scoring chances, the ones that were really good, I thought we did really well creating those, sometimes you don’t have those opportunities. Especially, it was mostly our defensemen jumping up into play and getting those scoring opportunities, but also, I don’t think we had enough of, when there is a perimeter shot and we don’t have enough net presence to get a rebound or make it uncomfortable for the goalie. I think that is one thing, to score regularly in this league, if the goalie is playing well, you need more than just a good shot. We encourage our players to stay with it. Their goalie played well, but we could do a little bit more.”
- How much of a challenge has this been, “It’s been a great experience. You don’t know the players that well, their strengths, but I’ve watched them on TV and talked to Quinny and have a pretty good pulse on the team and what they provide. But, ultimately, it takes a while to coach a team the way you want to coach it. The ground work has been laid out and been well prepared and we are just trying to follow the game plan. The team is playing well and it’s not really much that Murph or myself have been doing or been responsible for, it’s the preparation that Quinny and his staff have been doing.”
- On Tom Wilson’s potential impact, “He’s a very good hockey player, physicality, scores goals, but I’m just worried about our team and our execution. They are a better team with him, so we’ll have to raise our game.”
5:14PM: The Rangers have announced that Keith Kinkaid will start in net tonight against the Capitals.
The team also said that Igor Shesterkin skated this morning and remains day to day.