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Alex Georgiev to start against the Avs tonight

7:14PM: Kevin Hayes WILL NOT play tonight for the Rangers and is day to day with an upper body injury. (NYR)

5:44PM: Alex Georgiev will start for the Rangers as they travel to Colorado to begin a road trip.

Georgiev came in during the third period of Wednesday’s loss to the Pens.


Henrik Lundqvist took the blame for Wednesday’s loss saying that it was probably his worst game and that against the Pens he “couldn’t find it for some reason.” (NY Post)

Lundqvist said that despite two tough games before Wednesday he wasn’t going to use that as an excuse for his performance. (NY Post)

David Quinn said after Wednesday’s game that the loss was on him and that he shouldn’t have started Lundqvist after those prior two games.

Quinn called it a “huge mistake on my part putting him in that position. Two intense games in Nashville and St. Louis and he shouldn’t have played. That is certainly way more on me then it is on him.

On Thursday, Lundqvist reiterated that it was on him and comes down to how he executes. He noted that he won’t be perfect every night and that you need to find ways to be energized and focused. (Newsday)


Jimmy Vesey is expected to return to the lineup tonight. (Brooks)


Prospect Vince Pedrie is reportedly on unconditional waivers, likely for the purpose of terminating his contract. (Lavoie)


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Penguins blitz Rangers 7-2 at MSG

First Period:

Second Period:

  • Zach Aston-Reese Assists: Matt Cullen
  • Jake Guentzel Assists: Sidney Crosby, Marcus Pettersson
  • Kris Letang
  • Ryan Strome Assists: Brady Skjei, Adam McQuaid
  • Dominik Simon Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist

Third Period:

  • Evgeni Malkin Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Dominik Simon
  • Pavel Buchnevich Assists: Fredrik Claesson, Kevin Shattenkirk
  • Tanner Pearson (Power Play) Assists: Kris Letang, Jake Guentzel
  • Sidney Crosby

Stats:


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Players the Rangers may look to move before the deadline

Darren Dreger was on NBCSN and said the following about the Rangers:

  • On Mats Zuccarello, “He is a veteran forward that is going to augment what some teams have in their push to contend for a Stanley Cup. Zuccarello has been an excellent Ranger, a quality leader, at 31 he has time left to deliver some good hockey but not in the direction the Rangers would be going in to sign him.”
  • On Kevin Hayes, “The Rangers have not decided officially if they are going to trade Kevin Hayes because he is valuable and now and in the future but it’s all about what is being offered. They will gauge that interest and if the interest is there and it’s a deal that makes sense they will make that trade, otherwise they will explore the possibility of extending his contract.”
  • On Adam McQuaid, “he’s 32-years old, if he stays healthy enough there is going to be interest in Adam McQuaid. Right shot D are always valuable. He can be a beast provided that he can stay healthy. It’s nice to have depth and a bit of bite and physicality in the lineup.”

Adam Rotter: I think it’s realistic to assume that Mats Zuccarello, as a rental, could bring the same type of return that Michael Grabner did last year (2nd round pick, prospect Yegor Rykov). Depending on the team acquiring Zuccarello the Rangers may be able to push for a conditional first round pick based upon how far that team goes, but it’s likely not going to be a guaranteed first rounder or top prospect unless Zuccarello heats up and starts producing like crazy.

McQuaid can probably net, at least, the fourth round pick the Rangers sent to Boston to get him in the first place, but as Dreger notes, he has to be healthy. I think he is valuable as a leader and a mentor of sorts for someone like Brady Skjei and Neal Pionk but he isn’t part of the future and the Rangers are likely going to want to get a look at Libor Hajek and/or Ryan Lindgren at some point.

Vlad Namestnikov could be another potential option to move since he can slot into almost any top-nine role and would provide great depth for a team, but I don’t think the Rangers are going to give him away.

Then, of course, there is Kevin Hayes and his situation has been discussed at length. Hayes could be a difference maker for a playoff team and the Rangers will ask a lot for him even though he is a rental. I think you can look at the Central Division and pick any number of teams where Hayes could have an impact. That bodes well for the Rangers because it should drive the price up and land them some nice assets. That is, of course, if the Rangers decide to move Hayes at all.


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Henrik Lundqvist to represent the Rangers at NHL All-Star game

NBCSN has announced that Henrik Lundqvist will represent the Rangers at the All-Star game later this month in San Jose.

Lundqvist has previously been an All-Star in 2018, 2012, 2011 and 2009.

Heading into tonight’s game against Pittsburgh, Lundqvist is 12-9-7 with a save percentage of .916 and GAA of 2.81.

Lundqvist’s 5 appearances in the All-Star game trails Eddie Giacomin’s 6 for the most in team history. (NYR)

Adam Rotter: With the 3 on 3 format and every team needing a representative, Henrik is really the only choice. He is very deserving of it but I think you can make an argument for Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider or Kevin Hayes as the Rangers rep. The issue with those players is that it’s hard to slot them in ahead of any of the other Metro forwards and then finding a player on one of those teams to replace Henrik.


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Filip Chytil back in, Jimmy Vesey scratched against Pens

4:52PM: The Rangers announced earlier today that Filip Chytil would return to the lineup against the Penguins. (NYR)

Jimmy Vesey will be a scratch. (NYR)

Vesey only played 9:56 on Monday against St. Louis.

On the season, Vesey has 10 goals and 10 assists in 38 games with an average of 16:34.

In the last six games, Vesey has 1 goal, 2 assists and an average of 13:45 per game.

Tony DeAngelo is also a scratch with Freddy Claesson replacing him.

Henrik Lundqvist is in net for the Rangers.


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Rangers hang on to beat Blues 2-1

First Period:

  • Ryan O’Reilly Assists: David Perron
  • Mats Zuccarello (Power Play) Assists: Chris Kreider

Second Period:

  • Boo Nieves Assists: Ryan Strome, Kevin Shattenkirk

Third Period:

Stats:


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