12:13PM: David Quinn spoke after the morning skate and said (NYR):
- On Panarin’s status, “It’s just a maintenance situation, nothing serious, he’ll be in the lineup tonight.”
- On Julien Gauthier, “I liked his game the other night, I thought he really played a straight-line game, there was a physical element to his game, involved in the play and like all young players learning in this league, the defensive side of it and things away from the puck that all young players continue to learn and he did a better job of it the other night.”
- On the young players, “Each guy has had different type of seasons, but overall we’ve all seen the progress they’ve made and it’s an opportunity to continue to play important games, you play in the NHL, we are playing teams that are heavy, playoff teams and it gives them a chance to get a better gauge of what the NHL is all about and the teams you are going to have to play to win Stanley Cups. These games are helpful for them.”
- On how the team will respond down the stretch, “It’s very important, you want to feel good about every game you play and want to make sure you give a great effort, that you compete and the winning and losing usually takes care of itself. There is really no more no less, that is the bottom line, it’s what we talked about this morning and anticipating a good effort from our guys tonight.”
- Where will Kakko, Kravtsov and Barron be, “Kakko is going to play with Strome and Lafreniere and Kravtsov is gonna play with Chytil and Blackwell and Barron will be on the same line he was the other night.”
- Is Panarin with Mika, “Yes.”
- Is it a priority to experiment in these last games, “If it’s going to help us win the game we will experiment and try anything. That is how we are looking at it, with as many young players as we have you are always looking for different combinations because there is just so much uncertainty and unknown of who can play with who and I think you are going to try different things because we have so many young players in our lineup, give you a chance to find out who can play with who.”
- On giving young players time on the top PP unit, “That will be a game by game decision and even within the game you make those types of decision, we are open for anything right now.”
- On Trouba, Kreider and Lindgren’s status, “still day-to-day with all of those guys.”
- Who is your goalie tonight, “our goalie tonight will be Shesty.”
- Do you believe you learn about players when they are in this situation, “you learn about people every day, certainly in situations like this you learn an awful lot about people and our players know that, regardless of what you are doing you are getting evaluated daily. How people react to certain situations helps you form your opinion on them. They understand that.”
11:35 AM: Igor Shesterkin will start for the Rangers tonight against the Capitals. (NYR)
Ryan Lindgren, Chris Kreider, and Jacob Trouba all remain out for tonight’s game. (NYR)
Artemi Panarin did not take part in the morning skate with what the team is calling maintenance. (NYR)
Panarin will play tonight.
The PP units at the morning skate were (Stephenson):
- Pavel Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad, Colin Blackwell, Ryan Strome, Adam Fox
- Alexis Lafreniere, Kaapo Kakko, Vitali Kravtsov, Filip Chytil, Zac Jones.
The Rangers can be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs if Boston picks up one point and/or the Rangers lose to Washington in any fashion.