Zac Jones

Zac Jones sent to Hartford and other updates from Tuesday

5:57 PM: Gerard Gallant spoke after practice and said some of (NYR):

  • Do you think the offense is still getting back to normal after the break, “good enough to win, that is about it. We are getting some chances. I don’t think we are playing our best game yet. It was a long break and we found ways to play good enough to win hockey games, good shut down hockey, good goaltending. It’s nice to win those games too, but I think we can bring more offense, for sure.”

  • Is the forecheck something you are working on, “yea. We’ve got lots of time to do different stuff, forecheck and the d-zone coverage were a couple of topics we covered today.”
  • On switching around the forward lines, “a little more balance, that is basically what we do. It might change tomorrow morning if we sit in the coaches room too long and look at our board. It’s a work in progress and with Kaapo being out a little bit here, you move things around and I just wanted to make a change for tomorrow.”
  • On the bottom-six needing to generate more, “As long as they are getting chances. You’d like a little more, but they are playing pretty good defensive hockey and we haven’t given up many goals in the last three games. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. It’s hard to get upset about winning hockey games and five of six points since the break, but as coaches we try to make the right choices and put your lines together, that is what we came up with today.”
  • Do you prefer the low scoring games and not giving up many chances, “no doubt, 100%. We were giving up a lot of chances early in the year, way too many and now I think we are seeing some results come from that, not giving up as many chances, as many Grade A chances and we are getting better. Guys are competing and playing hard and getting better in the d-zone and that is a big part of it.”
  • Do you feel good about the continuity on defense, “yea, I think it’s great. The guys are battling and playing hard every game. The third pair has been mix and match with different guys going in and out there. They’ve all done a real good job and given us lots of options, for sure.”
  • Are you noticing anything with K’Andre’s growing confidence, “just everything, I think. Offensive plays, like him scoring that goal a couple of games ago on the faceoff play, he wouldn’t have done that. He feels more comfortable and more confident joining the rush and playing that game and his defensive game is getting a lot better. He’s a young kid, you keep forgetting that, what is he, 21? He’s playing good hockey for us.”
  • On Dryden Hunt with Panarin and Strome, “when he’s playing good he creates energy, he’s a good skater, works hard, forechecks well and when things are going good for that line and with him being there, that is what he does and that is what I’m looking for.”
  • Is it okay for him to do all the energy things on that line and not score, “As long as the other two guys are scoring…100%, I don’t really care who scores the goals. They are a top line and they get their goals and play their game and that is what is important.”
  • Have teams changed how they play against Kreider, “no, I don’t think they change to play Chris, they put their top players against that line, their best defense against Mika and Kreids and Laffy, a lot of teams do that and sometimes it opens up room for the other line with Panarin and Strome, that line. I think a lot of teams and matchups go against those lines, for sure.”
  • On Kreider and that line, “I don’t think Chris or Mika look over and see who they are playing against and worry. Most of the time they are playing against the other teams best line, a skilled line, too. A lot of teams don’t really have a shutdown line, once and a while they do, some teams, but for the most part they are playing against the Marchand and Pastranak line, those type of lines.”
  • How does Lafreniere look on the right side,  “he’s fine, everything is going good. He wants to score and put the puck in the back of the net, it’s not going in right now, but I like the way he’s playing and getting chances every game and he’s playing a good game, it’s coming.”

11:16 AM: The lines used at practice today are (Staple, Stephenson):


  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Alexis Lafreniere
  • Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Dryden Hunt
  • Greg McKegg/Morgan Barron, Filip Chytil, Julien Gauthier
  • Kevin Rooney, Barclay Goodrow, Ryan Reaves

10:11 AM: The Rangers have sent Zac Jones to Hartford.

Jones was a scratch on Sunday after Patrik Nemeth returned to the lineup.