5:22PM: K’Andre Miller is on the NHL’s Covid list and will not play tonight against the Flyers.
6:25PM: David Quinn said on Tuesday (NYR):
- On Mika Zibanejad needing to step up, “I think Mika is always looking to rise to any challenge regardless of what is going on with our team or any situation. We’ve talked an awful lot about his season and there were some signs the other night and some things we wish everybody had done better, I’ve seen a lot, actually, the last two practices have been really good for him, probably two of his better practices of the year and the bottom line is that he and everybody else has to get it done tomorrow night.”
- On the forward lines, “if I was going to do anything, I was going to keep Strome, Buchnevich and Kreider together, that certainly was something we thought long and hard about because I thought that line played very well the other night. Brace yourself for maybe some lines changing quickly because we are trying to figure out what is the best matches we can have. If you were able to sit in the meetings to decide what our lineup was going to look like, we probably changed it 10-11 times. None of this is 100%, locked in stone.”
- On facing adversity, “One of the things that sports does, it really gives you a chance to show how mentally tough you are and that is something we are getting tested on and everybody is during the course of this season, teams have been hit by Covid, losing 4-5-6 players and they still move forward. Sports is all about how you handle adversity. That really dictates guys that are successful individually and teams that are successful. How do you handle adversity and that is something we have to face and conquer and it’s a challenge we are looking forward to embracing tomorrow night.”
David Quinn met with the media following the Rangers win over Washington and said (NYR, NHL Media):
- On the game, “I mentioned this the other night, when you are going through what we were going through and not winning games yet playing pretty well and then a bad performance against the Devils and finding a way to win against Philly, I actually thought we might have been worse against Philly than we were against the Devils, and to bring it all together and get back to doing the things that we are going to need to do, we’ve responded in this short season so far, you talk about that game up in Buffalo when we were 1-4 and got it done and won in OT and then two big games against the Bruins, played well, and a good stretch where we weren’t winning and a real poor performance against the Devils, come back to find a way to win and play the way we did today and go on the road and get four points against Philly and Washington, that is a pretty good road trip.”
- Chris Kreider (5) (Power Play) Assists: Ryan Strome (4), Artemi Panarin (12)
- Alexis Lafreniere (2) Assists: Artemi Panarin (13), Anthony Bitetto (2)
- Ryan Strome (5) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (4), Pavel Buchnevich (7)
- Dmitry Orlov (1) Unassisted
- Mika Zibanejad (2) (Shorthanded) Assists: Pavel Buchnevich (8)
12:23PM: The lines will be (MSG):
- Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Alexi Lafreniere
- Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, Pavel Buchnevich
- Phil Di Giuseppe, Kevin Rooney, Colin Blackwell
- Brendan Lemieux, Brett Howden, Julien Guathier
- Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox
- K’Andre Miller, Brendan Smith
- Anthony Bitetto, Libor Hajek
12:06PM: Kaapo Kakko will not play today against Washington and will be placed on the NHL’s Covid list, according to John Giannone on MSG.
K’Andre Miller will play and Igor Shesterkin will start in net.
Kakko had previously been on the NHL’s Covid list briefly in early February and missed one game before coming off the list.
The NHL says, “Continuing for the balance of the 2020-21 season, the NHL is sharing the names of Players who are “unavailable” to the Club (to practice, travel or play in games) due to COVID protocols. Such “COVID Protocol Related Absences” can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.”