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2020-21 Rangers

Igor Shesterkin starting against the Devils on Tuesday

12:43PM: David Quinn spoke this morning and said (NYR):

  • How do you feel about the team not making a trade, “We feel good and it’s a sign to our team and everybody in our locker room that we feel really good about where we are at and the direction we are going, we like the way we’ve been playing lately and I’m sure it’s a big sigh of relief to a lot of guys because every team, in this situation, when the deadline comes up there is a lot of talk about guys coming and going and I certainly think that it shows how committed we are to our team right now and feel good about where we are at.”

  • On gaining confidence, “To me, experience is the best way to gain confidence, every time you have a good shift or something goes well for you you gain a new level of confidence and I think that is what is happening with the young players bit by bit. Those are two big time games we just played on the Island and to take 3 out of 4 points and for our young players to contribute the way they did is certainly a great sign moving forward. Make no mistake about it, our success is certainly driven by our top players and veterans and those guys played a bit role in it as well.”
  • Who is starting tonight, “Shesty is in net tonight and there are no lineup changes.”
  • On Zac Jones, “He just got here today, he skated this morning. Obviously there is a familiarity with him from my end of it, as we talked about yesterday, this is a guy we’ve thought an awful lot of the minute we drafted him. He went on to have a great college career and we will see how it goes while he’s here. It’s day by day, see how he adapts, see how he adjusts, I know there is not a lot of practice time, so it’s going to be hard to evaluate him in a lot of ways at the pro level, but we are going to do the best we can and if we feel that he gives an indication that he can help us, he’ll play.”
  • On playing the Devils four in a row, “You just gotta break it down game by game. You can’t get too caught up in the fact that you are gonna play them four in a row, you just need to focus on the next game at hand and that is what we have to do tonight. It’s no different than how we are going to have to approach the last 15-games. We feel good about how we are playing and the direction we are going, but we certainly know that teams that are in the situation the Devils are are very dangerous. There is not a lot of pressure on them, they’ve made a lot of moves in the last few days and these teams are the dangerous teams. They’ve got nothing to lose and we have to be ready. You saw what happened to the Flyers on Sunday when Buffalo came back and beat them. Regardless of who you are playing we have to approach it the same way, we have to play the same way regardless if we are playing the Capitals, Bruins, Devils or Sabres. It’s the NHL and there are good players all across this league on every team.”
  • Is there no quarantine requirement for Jones, “No, he drove from UMass so there is no quarantine required and he got tested.”

11:40AM: Igor Shesterkin will start tonight against the Devils. (NYR)


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Tonight is the first of four straight games between the Rangers and Devils.