2021-22 Rangers

Updates from the Rangers on Thursday

At Rangers practice today the lines being used were (Stephenson):

  • Barclay Goodrow, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
  • Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
  • Dryden Hunt, Filip Chytil, Sammy Blais
  • Alexis Lafreniere, Greg McKegg, Kevin Rooney

Gerard Gallant spoke after practice and said (NYR):


  • On Ryan Reaves, “I don’t know, he’s still day to day, we will see tomorrow. He did the full practice, so that is a real good sign.”
  • What are the odds he plays tomorrow, “Honestly, I wait until the trainer tells me because sometimes I think they are ready and they tell me no.”
  • Will the goalies split the two games, “yep.”
  • On Lafreniere being moved down, “There was a couple of little changes there, four guys on each line, so we aren’t sure what we are going to do tomorrow for the lines and lineup. He’s a young kid and we want him to do better and make sure that he is working hard. We chat with the kid every day, go out there and work hard and see what happens, but we want him…he wants to do better and we want a little bit more from him too, that is on both sides of the puck. He’s a good kid, I always go back to being young and you need to grow up a little bit and play a mature game and that is what we want.”
  • Is it about sending a message to him, “No, it’s about us trying to win games and putting him in the best spot available. It’s not really a message, coaches make up lines everyday and if he takes it as a message, that is great, but like I said, I just want to put our best lineup out every night and see where it goes.”
  • On generating more at 5 on 5, “we gotta generate more, there is no doubt about that. Hopefully, it will get better in time…we don’t cycle enough, we don’t create enough stuff around the net, get rebound chances and that is a big part of the game. We’ve gotten away with it, we’re 6-2-2, but we can be better.”
  • Is it still early or is there a structure issue on offense, “I think it’s early and the message is, we always talk about it, if you are going to score goals you score them in the blue paint a lot of times and we gotta get more people there, we gotta get more guys committed there. I don’t know what has happened in the past, but we gotta get more people around the blue paint.”
  • On the next three games as a big test, “We are playing real good teams and I think they have a combined two losses. We’ll have to battle hard, we’ve been on the road most of the season and we got a great road record, haven’t played as good as we want to, but the record is pretty good and we gotta battle hard. Edmonton is a gonna be a great team with the talent they got and they play fast, the next night you play Calgary gave it to us good in our building. We got a good challenge the next two games.”
  • Do you expect to learn a lot in the next two, “I know my team, I know what we got here and we are trying to get better everyday.”