Where should Lias Andersson be playing?

In 16 games with the Rangers this season, Lias Andersson has 1 goal, 2 assists, a minus two rating, 16 shots on goal, 23 shot attempts, 25 hits and a 45.1% faceoff percentage.

Andersson is averaging 10:54 per game overall and 11:04 in the past 10 games.

In the last seven games Andersson is averaging 11:18 but has played fewer than 8:30 thrice.

Jeff Gorton said that he believes Andersson has been “effective, progressing and playing the right way” since being called up.  (NY Post)

He added that the Rangers are developing Andersson to be a 200-foot player that will be with the organization “for a long time.” (NY Post)

Gorton said that the Rangers are assessing Andersson’s spot “all the time” and that conversations about what is best for him and the team will happen when everyone is healthy. (NY Post)

Andersson said that he will leave the decision to the organization but that he would take the opportunity to play fourth line in the NHL “anytime.” (NY Post)

He said that he doesn’t feel as if he is being “buried” on the fourth line but adds that he wants to improve his offensive game and be someone who plays in the top-six. (NY Post)

Adam Rotter: Andersson will play most of this season with the Rangers, either because of injuries or after the trade deadline, but I don’t think another short-term stay in Hartford would be the worst thing in the world. There is definitely an argument to be made about keeping him with the Rangers and around David Quinn, even if it’s around 10 minutes a night, but he also needs to play and he can likely double his ice time in Hartford. Again, I think that Andersson will play close to half the season with the Rangers and will get more ice time later in the year, but he needs to play and he can do that in Hartford if everyone on the Rangers is healthy.


Steven Fogarty and Cole Schneider sent back to Hartford

The Rangers announced earlier today that they have sent Steven Fogarty and Cole Schneider back to Hartford.

This could indicate that Mats Zuccarello is ready to return on Friday and that Pavel Buchnevich, who is close to returning, could be an option to at least be a healthy scratch.

Schneider was called up but did not play.

Fogarty played in 10 games for the Rangers, was a minus one, had 9 shots on goal, 11 shot attempts and an average of 7:46 per game.


Stamkos nets three as Tampa beats the Rangers

10:41PM: David Quinn spoke on MSG after the game and said:

  • On the penalties, “A couple of them I really thought were unnecessary on our part, two in particular, four in the course of the game against a team like that, you are going to take them but night in night out, if we are going to have a chance we can’t have that discrepancy in PPs, you can’t be 10 minutes shorthanded more than the other team, it’s just too game changing. Especially against this team, if you are gonna have a chance to beat them you can’t have that discrepancy.”
  • On drawing more penalties, “we gotta be less defendable, we gotta draw penalties and earn our ice. We are doing a lot of good things and that is the next step for us. We gotta be more determined with the puck to force people to draw penalties. We are not there yet. 3-2 game, I thought we did a good job in the third and had some good chances and boom, turnover in the neutral zone and it’s 4-2 and them 5-2.”
  • On Shattenkirk, “no update, we will know more when we get home tomorrow and evaluate.”
  • “I thought there was an eight minute stretch in the second where they really took it to us but I was happy with how we started the third.”
  • “When the puck got to our blue line in the offensive zone it was too slow. We weren’t taking quick shots or going D to D in a hurry to change the point of attack, let them get into shooting lanes. We gotta be quicker on the offensive blue line and generate some chances. Again, 10 minutes extra of killing penalties is not a recipe to have success in this league or any league.”

10:30PM: Henrik Lundqvist said that the penalties played a big part in the game and that you can beat a team like this if you play smart.

On the McDonagh goal, Lundqvist said that he made a bad read on the shot and thought McDonagh was going to shoot high.

10:11PM: First Period:

  • Kevin Hayes Assists: Ryan Strome, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • Steven Stamkos (Power Play) Assists: Victor Hedman, J.T. Miller
  • Kevin Hayes Assists: Jimmy Vesey

Second Period:

  • Steven Stamkos (Power Play) Assists: Victor Hedman, Brayden Point
  • Ryan McDonagh Assists: Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov

Third Period:

  • Anthony Cirelli Assists: Erik Cernak
  • Steven Stamkos Assists: Ondrej Palat, Braydon Coburn
  • Jesper Fast Assists: Filip Chytil
  • Anthony Cirelli (ENG) Assists: Alex Killorn, J.T. Miller


Adam Rotter:

  • Tampa Bay is one of the best teams in the NHL and infinitely better than the Rangers are right now. None of that is up for debate and Tampa should be and is heavily favored when they play the Rangers. The Rangers though do themselves absolutely no favors whatsoever by putting Tampa on the PP as much as they did. This game is an uphill climb if the whole thing is played at 5 on 5, but the Rangers have pretty much no chance to win a game like this if they keep parading to the box.
  • Penalties aside, this was another game where Henrik wasn’t always as sharp as he needed to be. The Stamkos shots are out of this world but he has to stop Ryan McDonagh’s shot.
  • Penalties and not the best game from Henrik Lundqvist aside, it’s also hard to win or compete if you don’t have the puck. The Rangers did not have the puck nearly enough until the the third period and by that time Tampa had pretty much clinched the game.
  • It’s now another break for the Rangers until Friday when Derek Stepan and the Coyotes come to town.
Kevin Hayes Rangers

Kevin Hayes will return to center tonight

12/12/18 | Elliotte Friedman lists the Bruins as a team that has been connected to Hayes but adds that they will have competition for him. He notes that Hayes would fit what Colorado is looking for. (Sportsnet)

12/10/18 | After playing Saturday’s game on the wing with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes will return to his regular spot in the middle for tonight’s game against Tampa Bay. (NY Post)

Hayes will be replaced by Vlad Namestnikov on the Rangers top line and will shift between Ryan Strome and Jimmy Vesey against Tampa. (Newsday)

David Quinn had said that long-term the Rangers viewed Hayes as a center and noted on Sunday that after organizational discussions, it was in the team’s best interest for him to play center. (Newsday)

Quinn did note that he would be comfortable moving Hayes to the wing in a situation where he wanted to shorten the bench. (Newsday)

On Saturday against Florida, Hayes played over 14 minutes at 5 on 5 with Zibanejad and Kreider with one goal for and two goals against. (Natural Stat Trick)

Adam Rotter: Hayes has developed into a solid center which was certainly no sure thing after his first couple of years in the NHL. He’s become an important player down the middle for the Rangers and will almost certainly get paid this summer as a center. The Rangers will have to determine soon whether they want to make a run at re-signing him or trade him. The Rangers can start working on an extension on Jan 1 and if they can’t make a deal, or at least make progress, they should trade him ASAP to get as much as they can for a rental. If Hayes is traded by the deadline the next question will be whether there is a chance he could potentially return as a UFA in July.


Updates on the Rangers from Sunday

5:03PM: Rangers coach David Quinn said on Sunday that he would be “stunned” if Mats Zuccarello returns to the Rangers lineup tomorrow in Tampa. (Stephenson)

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

  • Chris Kreider, MIka Zibanejad, Vlad Namestnikov
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Strome
  • Filip Chytil, Brett Howden, Jesper Fast
  • Matt Beleskey, Lias Andersson, Steven Fogarty

Rangers blow multiple leads but win in a shootout

10:26PM: David Quinn spoke with the media on MSG following the win and said:

  • On the game, “We seem to be a little fragile mentally and I was really anxious to see how we would respond to our good first period and we never gave ourselves a chance. We took a bad penalty just like we did against Winnipeg and they score early in the period and you could sense it on the bench. You gotta get out of that rut and you can’t hang your head after we give up a goal, we have to keep playing and do the things we did in the first period. Our goal is to build off the first. They get 4 PPs and we get 1, which can really skew a game too, you can’t kill four penalties against that team and some of them were not necessary so we need to clean that are up for sure.”
  • How do you work on mentally fragility, “it’s just practice and doing it over and over again and doing it right, feeling good about your effort and what you accomplish. We will draw from the first period and continue to get better and get out of it. That is what we have to do.”
  • On Hayes on the wing, “early on the line played well. I didn’t think they had a great second or third but you could say that about the team in general. After watching the film I’ll have a better feel for what they look like.”
  • On Matt Beleskey, “he has the ability to score goals. That line didn’t play a lot, I was hoping to play them more so you will probably see them more against Tampa but he has the ability to score goals and contribute offensively.”

9:55PM – First Period:

  • Mika Zibanejad Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes
  • Vladislav Namestnikov (Short Handed) Assists: Kevin Hayes, Fredrik Claesson

Second Period:

  • Keith Yandle (Power Play) Assists: Mike Hoffman, Jonathan Huberdeau
  • Jonathan Huberdeau Assists: Keith Yandle
  • Matt Beleskey Assists: Brady Skjei, Tony DeAngelo
  • Aaron Ekblad Assists: Jonathan Huberdeau, Evgenii Dadonov

Third Period:

  • Fredrik Claesson
  • Aleksander Barkov (Power Play) Assists: Keith Yandle, Mike Hoffman



  • Zibanejad: SCORES
  • Barkvov: STOPPED
  • Shattenkirk: SCORES
  • Huberdeau: SCORES
  • Hayes: SCORES


Adam Rotter:

  • This was an uneven night for the Rangers. They were really good in the first period and looked a lot like the team the Rangers are when they are playing smart and winning battles.
  • Then the second started and the game seemed to slip away from the Rangers. They blew another multi-goal lead, struggled on the PK and while they kept getting the lead, Florida was never far from tying it.
  • So much of this season is based upon progress that we see from individual players but overall progress from the group as a whole, within David Quinn’s system, is equally as important. One of the big things for the second half of the year will be how this group defends a lead.
  • Henrik Lundqvist was not as sharp as usual during regulation but he was spectacular in OT and the only reason why the Rangers were able to get another point. That said, with the group in front of him and their struggles with the puck, if he isn’t in “A1” shape every night the Rangers are likely going to be in trouble.
  • NIght after night we are seeing Mika Zibanejad establish himself as a front-line player and someone deserving of All-Star consideration. The ability to have guys like Zibanejad, Kreider and Hayes, all still “young,” setting examples and carrying the load takes an enormous amount of pressure off the 19/20 year old Rangers. The 19/20 year old Rangers may be the future, but right now they don’t have to be the present and that allows them to develop at their own pace without the spotlight blaring on them.