Tony DeAngelo back in against the Sens

3:05PM: David Quinn spoke earlier today and said (NYR):

  • On Chytil, “confidence for sure, anytime you score goals it rises and he is playing with a lot more confidence. He is harder on pucks, quicker on pucks, forcing more turnovers. When you have kind of skill to force turnovers that is where you can create offense.”
  • On Shattenkirk, “he’s defending well right now, his 1 on 1s down low, he is much more physical and aware of body position and stick position and he is closing on people quicker. There is a whole new level of confidence in his game defensively. Offensively I think he needs to be a little quicker, a little hesitant. When he just plays and doesn’t overthink things he is more productive offensively. I think he’s almost back to 100% from a mental standpoint of where he should be. He is very close to being that offensive player.”

12:44PM: Tony DeAngelo gets back into the Rangers lineup tonight against Ottawa after being scratched Saturday against Washington. (Stephenson)

Freddy Claesson will be a healthy scratch tonight. (Stephenson)

Henrik Lundqvist is in net and Mats Zuccarello will miss the game due to his nagging groin injury. (Cyrgalis)

Tim Gettinger, called up yesterday, will play his second straight game. (Stephenson)


Rangers lose 5-3 to the Capitals

5:44PM: David Quinn spoke after the game and said (NYR):

  • “Before we made it 2-0 I felt they were taking the play to us and we make a good play to make it 2-0. To give up a goal that quickly after we go up 2-0 and not be able to ride the momentum is a little deflating but I thought they were controlling the second period even up to that point. You can’t take a period off against anybody let alone the Stanley Cup Champs. I thought the second period we just didn’t do the two things you have to do in this game and need to be in your hockey DNA, you gotta skate and you gotta hit people and I don’t think we did either one of those things.”
  • On the opponent, “they have a ton of talent, size and veteran way about them. We just didn’t, if you are gonna have a chance to beat them you have to stay on them for 60 minutes. You will have lapses where you don’t play well but they can’t be 20 minute lapses and I thought that is what happened tonight.”
  • On the past two games,” today felt different than yesterday where we didn’t play well for any stretch. We had a pretty good first and a pretty good third, the second was the one that really bothered me. The second looked a lot like 60 minutes of yesterday’s play.”
  • What happened in the second, “I don’t know, maybe we felt pretty good about our first and….I also thought they upped the ante. They didn’t have a great first and we anticipated a push back and they gave it and we didn’t respond. I really like how we come out in the third. We tie it and we have momentum and boom, they make a great play and get the fourth goal which deflates us a little bit. We certainly had more pace to our game then we did yesterday, I thought we were ready to play to start the game unlike yesterday where I thought we were flat for 60 minutes.”
  • Does it bring up any alarms, “I like how we responded, the second period alarms me. The overall game itself, there was a lot of good th

5:39PM: Gettinger has been sent back to Hartford after playing 7:00 and 5 hits.

4:30PM: First Period:

  • Jimmy Vesey Assists: Jesper Fast, Kevin Hayes

Second Period:

  • Brady Skjei Assists: Brendan Smith, Kevin Hayes
  • Nic Dowd Assists: John Carlson, Brett Connolly
  • Jakub Vrana
  • Alex Ovechkin Assists: John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov

Third Period:

  • Ryan Strome Assists: Brett Howden, Neal Pionk
  • Brett Connolly Assists: John Carlson, Jakub Vrana
  • Tom Wilson (ENG) Assists: Michal Kempny

Adam Rotter:

  • The Rangers looked more like the team they have been for most of the season today, which was a big upgrade over yesterday, but they struggled to contain the Caps at times and let the game get away.
  • They had a tough start with the two penalties but overall they were good in the first and, after the Brady Skjei goal, seemed like they might get the bounces. The Caps quickly scored and tilted the game in their favor.
  • Games like this is who I think the Rangers really are. They work hard, have speed and offensive skill, but they struggle to defend and good teams can wear out their defense through the course of the game. The difference usually comes with the goaltending performance. Georgiev didn’t seem as sharp or as calm in net this afternoon and if the goalie isn’t there to bail them out after turnovers and mis-plays, the Rangers will struggle. They could/should also stop turning the puck over as much as they have the past two games.
  • More and more it seems as if the Rangers will have an extremely tough decision to make with Kevin Hayes. He’s been their most consistent player and is certainly young enough to be part of things moving forward, but does he carry more value on their roster or as a trade piece? He would be highly sought after as a rental, which would hopefully net the Rangers a better return, but his role as a leader and the example he sets might be worth more. The interesting thing, to me, with a long-term deal for Hayes comes down to no-trade/no-move protection. Hayes saw Derek Stepan get his contract and then saw him traded right before his no-trade kicked in. You have to think that the Rangers would offer Hayes a similar deal to the one Stepan got, but would he take it unless he was protected right away? As good as Hayes is, the Rangers will still want flexibility with the roster, especially down the middle, so it will be interesting to see how things develop before the deadline.
  • There is also the chance that the Rangers trade Hayes and then re-sign him in the summer, but that is another scenario for another day.
  • All in all the Rangers need to shore up some things after a back to back that was a little less than stellar.

Georgiev in net, Brendan Smith and Tim Gettinger in

1:14PM: Quinn said:

  • On Zuccarello, “it’s two games back to back, just being cautious.”
  • On Gettinger, “I liked a lot what I saw in preseason, he’s a rangy kid, works hard, got good stick skills and has done a real good job down there. This is a warranted call up and I’m excited to see him today.
  • On how Zucc felt after yesterday, “He was feeling fine. We chose to get him in, play him but not go back to back.”
  • On responding to yesterday, “we talked about this as a group, you are going to lose hockey games in this league. If you look around, the league tends to be streaky. You win 4-5 and then lose one and it’s a 3-4 game losing streak. That is something we need to avoid. You are going to lose hockey games, but what are you going to do after you lose one. You gonna stop it at one or let it snowball. That was what was so encouraging after we lost the Islander game, we came back and won a few. Our mindset wasn’t what it had been over the last three weeks yesterday, right from the get-go. Puck management in the offensive zone was poor, we were very impatient, play with the puck in the neutral zone was poor. We gave up more odd-man rushes last night, 12, than we had in our four games previously combined.”
  • Where will Gettinger go, “he will play with Lias and Fogarty.”
  • Was it the plan to play Georgiev, “yea, it was the plan to play him.

12:50PM: David Quinn announced that Alex Georgiev will start today against the Capitals.(Stephenson)

Tim Gettinger will make his NHL debut in place of Mats Zuccarello who is sitting out as a precaution. (Stephenson)

Brendan Smith returns after two-games as a healthy scratch and will replace Tony DeAngelo. (Giannone)


Tim Gettinger called up from Hartford

The Rangers have announced that Tim Gettinger has been called up from Hartford.

From the Rangers release:

  • Gettinger, 20, has skated in 20 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering seven goals and four assists for 11 points, along with six penalty minutes.
  • Entering today, he is tied for first among AHL rookies in goals in 2018-19.
  • In addition, Gettinger is tied for first on the Wolf Pack in goals, is tied for second on the team in shots on goal (42), and is tied for third in power play goals (two) thus far this season.
  • The 6-6, 220-pounder played four seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) prior to beginning his professional career this season.
  • Gettinger skated in 242 OHL games during his four seasons with Sault Ste. Marie (2014-15 – 2017-18), registering 91 goals and 96 assists for 187 points, along with a plus-67 rating and 125 penalty minutes.

He was a fifth round pick of the Rangers in 2016.


Rangers lose 4-0 in Philly

5:05PM: David Quinn spoke after the game and said (NYR):

  • On the game, “We really didn’t have our legs from the get-go and over 82 games you are going to have stinkers and I put this in the stinker category. We were a little slow with everything that we did, we were slow with skating, slow thinking, shooting. I wonder, you get five and you win the way we did against the Islanders, all of a sudden you lose your identity and lose who you think you are and we were just doing things we normally haven’t done with the puck that really causes problems. Our lack of pace hurt us but that is a good hockey team. I know they have struggled a little bit but give them a lot of credit, they made us look slow too. It was a combo of us not playing with the pace that we have over the past few weeks and them playing well.”
  • On allowing odd-man rushes, “it goes back to puck management and trying things that we shouldn’t be trying. We gave up more odd-man rushes, it felt like, tonight than we have over the last 4-5 games combined. That is a reflection of our mindset more than anything, feeling a little bit too good about ourselves and trying things we probably shouldn’t be trying.”
  • On it being a one-goal game late, “we are one shot away no matter how poorly we are playing and it’s something that we kept trying to reiterate. We had the TV timeout and we hit a post, right before that Lias had the breakaway and so it looked like we had a chance but I’m sure their sitting on their bench thinking it should be 5-0. It swings both ways. From our perspective it would have been nice to maybe steal a point but we got what we deserved.”
  • On Zuccarello, “there was a lot of uncertainty, he was feeling very confident that he would be able to play and be a full go but I wanted to ease into it.”

4:14PM: First Period:

  • Travis Konecny Assists: Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux

Second Period:

Third Period:

  • Sean Couturier Assists: Travis Konecny, Claude Giroux
  • Jordan Weal (ENG) Assists: Wayne Simmonds
  • Sean Couturier Assists: Travis Konecny, Claude Giroux


Adam’s Thoughts:

  • This was certainly not what the Rangers were looking for heading into today’s game. They were sluggish, didn’t manage the puck well and couldn’t find a way to tie it up despite Henrik Lundqvist keeping the game close.
  • The Rangers, despite their recent streak, are not going to win every night but the only reason they were in this game was because of their goaltending. Those kinds of games will happen from time to time but they are not the games that the Rangers need.
  • Like other times this season the Rangers have bounced back from lackluster games and they get a chance to do that tomorrow against the Caps.

Updates from Rangers practice on Thursday

1:47PM: Lundqvist will start tomorrow against the Flyers and the Rangers hope that Zuccarello will be able to play. (Stephenson)

12:20PM: The Rangers have announced that Cody McLeod is not practicing today and that he suffered a “fractured hand” last night in the win over the Islanders. (NYR)

Marc Staal, Mika Zibanejad and Vlad Namestnikov are all not skating with what the team is calling maintenance days.  (NYR)

Mats Zuccarello, who has been dealing with a groin issue, is on the ice. (Cyrgalis)