Zuccarello out and Lundqvist starts against Dallas

Mats Zuccarello will miss tonight’s game against Dallas with the groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for three games recently. (NYR)

Zuccarello returned for one game but missed the last game due to the injury. (NYR)

Henrik Lundqvist will start in net and David Quinn said that he wasn’t sure yet which defensemen would be out. (NYR)

Steven Fogarty, who was called up yesterday, will skate on the fourth line for the Rangers. (NYR)



Steven Fogarty called up from Hartford

The Rangers have announced that Steven Fogarty has been called up from Hartford.

From the Rangers release:

  • Fogarty, 25, has skated in 19 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering seven goals and seven assists for 14 points, along with 16 penalty minutes. He is tied for the team lead in goals, ranks second on the team in points and power play goals (three), and is tied for fourth on the team in shots on goal (38) this season. Fogarty has recorded a point in six of the last 11 games with the Wolf Pack, registering eight points (four goals, four assists) over the span, and he has tallied at least one point in 11 of 19 games this season.
  • The 6-3, 210-pounder has skated in 151 career AHL games over parts of four seasons (2015-16 – 2018-19), all with the Wolf Pack, registering 23 goals and 32 assists for 55 points, along with 59 penalty minutes. Fogarty has skated in one NHL game in his career, as he made his NHL debut with the Rangers on Apr. 7, 2018 at Philadelphia.



Vinni Lettieri sent to Hartford

11:23AM: Larry Brooks tweets that Lettieri was sent down to play for Hartford today and a decision on calling him back up will be made after.

9:35AM: The Rangers have announced that Vinni Lettieri has been sent to Hartford.

This season, Lettieri has been a healthy scratch six times and in the 14 game he has played, he has 0 points, a minus four rating, 8 PIM and 18 shots on goal.

He is averaging 8:54 per game.

Vinni Lettieri said during the preseason that he has to be “fierce” in the offensive and defensive zones and get to the “dirty areas.” (NYR Game Notes)

He added, “might take a blocker to the face like I did from the goalie there – that didn’t feel too good – but that’s what it’s going to take to either get the guys going or get a rebound. That’s just what you have to do as a smaller guy.” (NYR Game Notes)



Rangers beat Panthers 4-2

First Period:

  • Filip Chytil Assists: Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider
  • Mike Hoffman Assists: Evgenii Dadonov, Aleksander Barkov
  • Aaron Ekblad (Power Play) Assists: Mike Matheson, Mike Hoffman
  • Brendan Smith Assists: Lias Andersson, Chris Kreider

Second Period:

  • Vladislav Namestnikov Assists: Mika Zibanejad

Third Period:

  • Chris Kreider (Power Play) Assists: Neal Pionk, Henrik Lundqvist

3 Stars:

  • 3: Filip Chytil
  • 2: Henrik Lundqvist
  • 1: Chris Kreider



Brady Skjei scratched for tonight’s game against Florida

6:35PM: David Quinn met with the media prior to the game and said (NYR):

  • On Strome, “he will play with Howden and Vesey to start. He’s put up some points, guy that kills penalties. He’s still young, that is something that can happen in this league, guys get in the league young and they lose sight of his age. Certainly a lot of hockey ahead of him and we feel his best hockey is ahead of him and it’s our job to get it out of him and he will have every opportunity here to do that.”
  • On Skjei, “he looks indecisive in all areas and I think he is fighting it a bit mentally. It’s good for a guy to get a deep breath and collect himself and we have had conversations so he understands where we are at and when he is back in we expect him to be the player we know he is capable of being.”
  • On Smith, “just looking for what we demand of everyone which is effort which is always good with Smitty. His puck management, defending, all the things he needs to do to be a player that helps us succeed and I thought he did a good job of that in the practices. He got off to a great start, his play slipped a little bit over the past two weeks but sometimes it’s not as much an indictment on their play as opposed to that we have some depth on our D corp and can get guys in here.”
  • On Freddy Claesson, “he plays with a lot of passion, his personality shows in how he plays. If you talk to him in the locker room, he’s got a loud personality, fun loving personality and he’s never had a bad day in his life and that is infectious. He plays with conviction and if you are going to make a mistake it better be of conviction and he does that. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, has made good decisions with the puck, has been physical and he’s been really good for us.”

5:28PM: David Quinn announced that Brendan Smith will return to the Rangers lineup tonight and that Brady Skjei will be scratched. (Stephenson)

Mats Zuccarello will also miss the game with the groin injury that caused him to miss the three games prior to the Islanders game. (Stephenson)

Ryan Strome will skate with Brett Howden and Jimmy Vesey. (Stephenson)



What Jeff Gorton said about acquiring Ryan Strome

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton on the Strome trade (NYR):

  • On the trade, “at this time with Spooner kind of being the odd-man out and the opportunity to get someone, we like his versatility, he can play center, he can kill penalties and hopefully when we put him with our group be a better fit.”
  • On Strome, “the fact that he can center, wing, PP, PK, take faceoffs, I think he brings a little of everything. With our group right now, having someone that can play in all areas of the game can help us.”
  • On him being a former Top 5 pick, “I just spoke to him, really excited about the opportunty to come back this way and play. If you look at our team and our make up and some of the things that he can do, to me there is an opportunity for him to display some of those skills. When you are a top-five pick overall there is a lot of pressure to perform and do certain things and he has been in the league almost 400 games and we know where he fits in but I think he feels and we feel that there is a little bit more of getting to the level we hope he can get to.”
  • Where will he play, “We spoke a little bit today with David about that, my sense is to let him get here and see where he is most comfortable. I would think that wing is something we are looking at, we don’t have a lot of right hand shots on the wing. It’s a possibility to be on RW and see where he fits but having a bunch of centers and that flexibility, if someone is waived out you still have someone that can win draws for you on either side. If you look at what he has done for Edmonton he has killed a lot of penalties, done a good job for them. We are looking to use him in all areas.”
  • Could he play tomorrow, “it’s possible.”