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Updates from the Rangers on Wednesday

Adam Fox didn’t skate today with what the team is calling a maintenance day. (Stephenson)

The lines being used were (Stephenson):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Kaapo Kakko
  • Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Alexis Lafreniere
  • Greg McKegg, Kevin Rooney, Filip Chytil
  • Tim Gettinger, Morgan Barron, Jonny Brodzinski


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Kris Knoblauch spoke after practice and said (NYR):

  • On Braden Schneider, “Braden’s been a really good player for us in Hartford. I think he’s a very good defensive player, an incredible skater and for his age very strong. I think one of the things players coming to the NHL have troubles with is eliminating play and that is knocking a guy off the puck, separating him, and then making the next play. Braden is young, but that is something that, he will make the transition a lot easier than other guys whenever he gets his opportunity to do that.”
  • Is there progress with Schneider from last year, “he made quite an impression with us last year. He only played for two games with us and I know that when their junior team started to play up again, I know myself and Gord Murphy were disappointed to see him go. We wanted to spend the year with him, but obviously, the rules were that he had to return. He’s a little bit stronger, a little bit faster, and a little bit smarter. He was there for such a short time, but he made a good impression then.”
  • Are you able to see if playing for Canada at the Worlds has helped him, “It’s a great experience for him and playing at a higher level. You play at junior and a lot of those players dominate junior and are not pushed all the time and, especially in a high stakes tournament, your focus has to be very sharp. I think anybody who plays in that tournament has a good experience and helps in their development.”
  • Is there one specific thing someone has to do to jump from the AHL to the NHL, “it’s a difficult situation because you are here for just a short time and even you see guys that are with a team regularly, but in and out of the lineup they feel that when they do get that opportunity they don’t want to make a mistake because if you make a mistake it’s a reason for the coach to take you out and same with a player that is just called up from Hartford. It might be their only chance so they put a lot of pressure on themselves and keep their game so simple that they don’t want to make that mistake but are also in a position where they can’t help the team by making a play. It’s a fine line, a balancing act for those players, but from what I’ve seen, those guys that are getting a call up because of the circumstances are managing it very well.”
  • Where does the focus need to be for tomorrow, “I think this team has done such a good job of rebounding after a loss and haven’t strung together bad stretches where they haven’t played well. I think it’s a very mature group and focused on knowing what they need to do and they have a bad game and are able to turn the page and move on to the next game and hopefully, that can happen tomorrow night against San Jose.”

Alexis Lafreniere said (NYR):

  • On playing with Panarin and Strome, “It’s really fun, obviously, Bread is one of the best players in the league so just being able to play with him and be on the ice is good. I have to adjust my game a little bit playing right-wing so it’s a little bit different, but I’ll try to adjust as quick as I can and try to be ready for every game.”
  • What is your comfort level playing on the right side, “I think I’m comfortable, it’s just a little different coming back to your end playing right. I think I’m comfortable and obviously, it’s going to take maybe a couple of games, but I’ll learn from the guys. We have a couple of guys playing on their off side, so it’s nothing crazy, just need to adjust your game a little bit.”
  • Did you say you’d rather not play the right side, “I’ve played left-wing my whole life, so obviously I was more comfortable there, but I’m ready to try to adjust and change to right-wing and that is what I’ll try to do and play the best hockey that I can.”