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2019-20 Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist in net, Lias Andersson back in

7:06PM: Brady Skjei and Micheal Haley are scratches tonight, according to the NHL’s official roster.

6:05PM: David Quinn said before the game (NYR):

  • On Marc Staal’s game last night, “I thought he was solid, made a lot of good plays, defended well and was in the right position and I liked his game.”
  • On the lineup, “A couple of issues health-wise, so we we will see what happens after warmups.”
  • On playing simple, “they are listening, I was hoping they can apply it. When we got up 3-0 it got a little squirrely and I thought they did a good job of taking the play to us when they made it 3-1 and we were able to survive that 8-minute stretch. I thought our third-period was better, I didn’t think we gave up much and we found a way to win which is what you have to do. Sometimes you aren’t going to have your “A” game but if you can find a way to win when things aren’t going well, it’s a pretty good sign.”
  • On Carolina, “they are as hard a North team as you are gonna see. No-frills to their game, a really simplistic approach, they have talent, I really like their D-corp. They have a bunch of D that can skate and good size. No mystery why they made the playoffs and they are obviously a team that will make some noise this year as well.”
  • Who is in net, “Hank.”
  • Why Hank back to back, “he’s only played seven games, I wasn’t worried about him being tired and I liked his game last night. It’s been a funny year with our schedule and I wanted to give him a chance to get into a rhythm because he really hasn’t had a chance to. We get in late last night but I’m not worried about him being tired, he’s had a good year and I liked his game last night so I think he deserves this opportunity.”
  • On his history of back to back success, “yes, he has and last year he had a big game here, we came down here and won, he’s earned this opportunity.”
  • What is the key to winning the 2nd night of a back to back, “you need everybody going, our shift length is going to be important tonight, I didn’t love our shift lengths last night, they were way too long. It was something we talked about this morning, we are going to need four lines going, six defensemen involved and everybody has to do their part. If we are able to do that we are going to be able to play at the pace to have success, if not we are going to be lagging behind a bit and that is not what you want to do against this team.”
  • Was Hank pushing to get back in, “Hank is pushing to play 82.”
  • Which guys are banged up, “I’d rather keep that to myself.”
  • On Chris Kreider’s game, “I think early on he had some great scoring chances that he didn’t capitalize on that he normally does, I thought he had some real good games, last couple of games have been solid for him. Kreids is a really good player for us and with our youth we need him night in and out.”
  • Will Lias or Lindgren be in, “Lias will be in tonight.”
  • Lindgren, “maybe”

5:40PM: Henrik Lundqvist will start his second straight game against the Hurricanes tonight. (NYR)

Lias Andersson will return to the lineup after sitting last night. (NYR)

The rest of the lineup is TBD.


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What David Quinn said after the win over Detroit

David Quinn met with the media following the win over Detroit and said (NYR Game Notes):

  • On the game, “the kill was a big piece of the game, not a lot going on in the game in general. They get a PP, we do a good job killing it, we draw the penalty and capitalize on our PP and then did some good things to get a 3-0 lead and then, again, I thought we made things complicated for ourselves with the goal they scored to make it 3-1. I didn’t love the end of our second period but we were much better in the third, played a smarter game, didn’t take unnecessary chances and giving up odd-man rushes. We get the shorthanded goal because it’s 3-2 if they capitalize on their PP and we get the shorthanded goal that puts us in a good position.”
  • On Fox on the PP, “I liked both units, nice that they both got a goal but there was some mojo on both units. They haven’t really had a chance to practice together, good signs from both units.”
  • Will you go with Henrik tomorrow, “it’s 10 minutes since the game ended, I’ll talk with Benny and we’ll make that decision.”
  • On how Henrik has handled discussions about his playing time, “he understands why we are doing it, this isn’t punishment it’s load management, game management for someone his age and the way the position has changed a little bit. Most teams are going with a 2-goalie situation where one might play 60% and the other 40% and I think that when the dust settles that will be the case for us. He’s handled it well and played well. As I said to him at the end of last season, we want you to have a good season, not a good half and I think this will help him do that.
  • On it being an adjustment for him, “for sure and as you get older in your career there are a lot of adjustments you have to make. He’s embracing it and understanding it, I’m sure he doesn’t love it, I’m sure he wants to play 65-70 games and I wouldn’t want a goalie not wanting to play 65-70 games. He’s a smart guy and understands the changes and adapting as you move further in your career.”
  • On Marc Staal’s game, “Staalsie had a solid night.”
  • Will the defense change game to game, “yes, it will be that. Guys that play well and maybe the leash is shorter for guys because I’m comfortable with seven. Maybe there are times where if you don’t feel great with all seven, a guy doesn’t have a good night and you give him another chance, well that might be a little bit different now with seven guys that I would like to see play.”
  • On team defense, “There were a couple of times we were hemmed in but structurally pretty good and didn’t give up much or anything at all, especially in the second period where you’re in the offensive zone for 35-40 seconds, all the sudden it’s coming down in your end and you get hemmed in for a minute plus and that happened a couple of times tonight to us where there wasn’t an opportunity to change and they get stuck out there for 1:20, 1:30 which is too long but sometime it’s a faultless situation. That being said, I know we can do a better job changing quicker and having shorter shifts.”
  • On DeAngelo, “Tony has always been an offensive player with great instincts and skills and I’m not surprised he is putting up points at this rate. Last year he had 30 something points and a half a point a game  guy and this year he has elevated it. It’s why he got drafted in the first round and everyone thought so highly of him.”

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Rangers bounce back with 5-1 win over Detroit

First Period:

Second Period:

  • PPG – Tony DeAngelo (5) ASST: Brendan Lemieux (4), Pavel Buchnevich (7)
  • Chris Kreider (3) ASST: Pavel Buchnevich (8), Tony DeAngelo (6)
  • PPG – Ryan Strome (5) ASST: Adam Fox (3), Artemi Panarin (7)
  • Valtteri Filppula (2) ASST: Andreas Athanasiou (6), Anthony Mantha (6)

Third Period:

  • SHG – Greg McKegg (1) ASST: Brett Howden (2), Jacob Trouba (6)
  • EN – Artemi Panarin (7) ASST: Ryan Strome (8), Marc Staal (1)

Three Stars:

  • 3: Artemi Panarin
  • 2: Tony DeAngelo
  • 1: Henrik Lundqvist

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Adam Rotter:

  • This was a nice bounce back game for the Rangers, especially since they lost on Monday to a team right next to the Red Wings in the standings.
  • The Red Wings put some pressure on at times but Henrik Lundqvist was there and excellent in his first start since the loss to Boston.
  • The Rangers got scoring from throughout the lineup, in all situations and looked a lot more like the team they showed they could be in the wins over Tampa and Nashville. They were opportunistic, capitalized off Detroit mistakes and when the Rangers made mistakes, Henrik Lundqvist was there.
  • Adam Fox continues to impress with the plays he makes to get the Rangers out of their zone, the plays he makes to keep the puck in the offensive zone and how he gets the puck to the net and QBs the PP.
  • Lias Andersson sat but he will be back in, maybe not tomorrow since McKegg scored, but soon enough. He’s not going to sit for a while but if he was sitting for a prolonged stretch he would go to Hartford and play there. The Rangers think having him up with them is more beneficial than being in Hartford, so we will see how it plays out over the next few days and weeks.
  • Carolina will be a much tougher opponent and the Ranger will need to be tighter in their structure and better in all areas.

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Lias Andersson and Ryan Lindgren scratched, Zibanejad still out (Updates)

1:59PM: David Quinn met with the media after the morning skate and said (NYR):

  • Changes at forward, “McKegg is in and Lias is out.”
  • Who is out on D, Lindgren.”
  • Why are Lias and Lindgren out, “I thought Lias had a little bit of drop in play the other night, 20-year old kid has had a good run here, played some pretty good hockey but this was the choice we made. I don’t feel great about sitting Lindgren, I think he has done some good things but I wanted to get Staalsie back in, he deserves to get back in and looking at the rest of the D-corp, I felt that was the move we were going to make.”
  • On Mika, “took another step forward today, he’s getting closer. Won’t come on the trip tomorrow but getting closer.”
  • Has his injury lasted longer than expected, “no, again, every day is a new answer to how he is feeling. I didn’t really have a timetable set and when he’s healthy he will be ready to go.”
  • Where will Kakko play, “we haven’t decided that yet.”
  • Will McKegg play center, “yes, McKegg will play center.”
  • What about Kakko’s game did you like against Ottawa, “he’s playing with a lot more swagger, much more of a pace to his game. He’s getting into battles as opposed to just being around them. Usually when you have that type of talent and do those things, you are going to be productive offensively. I never worry about him offensively, we need to focus on what he is doing shift in and shift out and what his approach is in each shift. When he approaches it that way he is going to be productive because he has that talent.”
  • Will he get better as he plays more, “without question, especially at this level.”
  • What do you want to see from Staal, “just a little bit quicker, a little bit more assertiveness and a little bit more physicality. Everything was okay but I think there is another level he can get to and he knows that and has worked hard at it this past week and I expect him to have a good night.”
  • Will he play with Fox, “yes.”
  • What do you expect from Henrik, “I expect a good night out of him, that is why he is in there. I think he’s done a good job of adapting, I think he’s had a good year and a good job adapting to a reduced workload that, the way the league is going and the situation we are in, that he will benefit from it long-term. I think he has done a good job adapting to a reduced workload.”
  • Will you split the goalies for the back to back, “Benny and I talked about that, we have no decision yet. We will see how tonight goes, see how the game develops. There is a chance he could play tomorrow.”
  • How do you draw the line with physicality, “that is managing your emotions and gearing your energy in the right direction. One of the things I thought happened the other night was we geared our emotions and physicality in a negative way. Physicality ha to happen between whistles, not after it and I thought we let our emotions get the best of us. It was a frustrating night because we got off to such a great start and continued to do the things we did against Tampa and Nashville and it was like a switch went off, we go up 1-0 and I could tell, the very next shift after we went up 1-0, you could feel a little bit different approach to it, even though we were in the offensive zone and may have had a scoring chance, it had a different feel to it and then the whole game flipped and we didn’t handle it very well, that is for sure. You’ve got to be able to handle momentum changes in a game and we didn’t do a good job of that the other night.”

11:33AM: Lias Andersson and Ryan Lindgren will be healthy scratches in tonight’s Rangers game against the Red Wings. (NYR)

Greg McKegg will come in for Lias Andersson and Marc Staal will return to the Rangers lineup for Lindgren. (NYR)

Mika Zibanejad will miss both tonight’s game and tomorrow’s game as he recovers from his upper body/neck injury. (Cyrgalis)

Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers, his first appearance since being pulled against Boston on October 27th.

Andersson was scratched thrice last season when he was with the Rangers.

This season, Andersson has one assist in 12 games, a minus three rating, 7 shots on goal and is averaging 10:05 per game while skating almost entirely on the Rangers fourth line.

David Quinn said last week that he felt Andersson played his best game of the season against Tampa Bay.

On 10/23. Quinn said “Lias has to play faster from play to play, he tends to kind of stand up after he does something, not a lot of continuation in his play. He knows that and we’ve talked about it and those are the kind of things he will have to do if he’s going to get more minutes and responsibility.”


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What David Quinn said after the loss to Ottawa

David Quinn spoke on MSG after the loss to Ottawa and said:

  • On what happened after the first 11 minutes, “just the way that first 11 minutes unfolded, you could feel it on the bench after we made it 1-0 that we felt this game was going to be a different type of game, that it was going to be easy. Really it was two different games, there was the 11-minute and the 49-minute game and unfortunately we played the 11-minute game instead of the 49-minute game.”
  • Were you surprised at what happened, “no, I was actually a little concerned as the first 10 minutes were unfolding just because, I know what can happen and human nature can kick in, when you have youth you might think things will be easy. Give Ottawa a lot of credit, they upped the ante and it was almost like we were surprised that they were competing and skating and for 49 minutes we didn’t handle it well at all.”
  • Did the fight change the momentum, “it could have, fighting can do that. I wish it would have inspired us a little more but it didn’t.”
  • Did Ottawa do anything to take you out of your game, “no, like I said, it’s an NHL game, they want to win a hockey game, they were competing and battling and as the game went on it looked like we were getting upset that they were actually doing it. We’ve got to learn to handle these things. For two games we did it and this one we didn’t and it cost us severely.”
  • Was Kakko a positive, “yes, very much so, he had a really good night. You can just see him play with a different level of confidence right now. He might have been the only guy who had a good night for us.”
  • What impact did Brady Tkachuk have, “he’s an agitating player and we played right into his hands, that is all you can say. On top of being an agitating player he’s a really good player. This game is about managing emotions and not being distracted and we had a few too many guys get distracted.”
  • On Georgiev, “not his best night.”

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Rangers struggle and lose 6-2 to Ottawa

First Period:

Second Period:

Third Period:

  • PPG – Vladislav Namestnikov (5) ASST: Connor Brown (10), Nick Paul (3)

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Adam Rotter:

  • This was beyond frustrating because the Rangers looked like they were going to run Ottawa out of the building after dominating the first 10 or so minutes. Ottawa tied it, the Rangers paraded to the penalty box and just lost their structure, intensity and their way.
  • Ottawa worked harder after the 10 minute mark of the first, they won battles, were quicker to pucks, blocked a lot of shots and frustrated and stymied the Rangers at every turn.
  • It’s one thing to be out-played, out-worked and embarrassed by the Bruins as they are possibly the best team in the East, but to have that happen for 40-45 minutes against the last place Senators, that can’t happen if you have any designs on doing anything this season.
  • It’s very possible that this is who the Rangers are, that they are a team that will play well for 2, maybe three games in a row, show promise and an upward trajectory and then throw in a stinker that makes you question who the real Rangers are.
  • Henrik Lundqvist comes back in Wednesday, not that Georgiev was the problem tonight, Marc Staal will almost surely be back in for either Hajek or Lindgren and, most importantly, hopefully Mika Zibanejad returns.
  • One thing the Rangers did last year, and what they did after the Boston game, was respond after poor outings. Hopefully the Rangers from the first 10 minutes and the past two games show up on Wednesday against Detroit because losing two in a row, to teams 30 and 31 in the league, will not be good for anyone especially with Carolina on Thursday.

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