Filip Chytil

Chytil scratched against the Blues

6:51PM: On MSG, Quinn said that it was an easy decision to sit Chytil and that “part of development isn’t just throwing people out there and letting them play, part of it is learning accountability and that certain things are not negotiable and he and I have talked about that and he has let a few things slip in his game that just can’t happen and sometimes it’s good to sit out and observe from up top and he will do that tonight.”

He added, “He’s a young player that is learning the things he has to do that he has never had to do before and it’s a long season for a 19-year old. He’s handled it well, he understands what we are looking for, there is a lot of clarity in what we are looking for. He will be better for it.”

6:37PM: The Rangers confirmed that Filip Chytil will be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against the Blues. (NYR)

David Quinn said on Sunday that Chytil has had a couple of tough games lately and there has been a “dip” in his play. (NY Post)

He added that, overall, Chytil has had a “great year, done a lot of good things.” (NY Post)

Before the game, Quinn said that part of development is learning to be accountable and that there are certain areas of his game that have slipped lately. (Stephenson)

He said that the two have talked about what is needed and that Chytil will be “better” for this. (Stephenson)

Henrik Lundqvist said of Chytil in November, “we all knew right away that he is extremely skilled, we saw it day 1. It’s understanding when to use that skill, but we are starting to see what he can do at crucial times of the game. Players like that can be the difference maker a lot of nights.” (NYR)


Vitali Kravtsov

Vitali Kravstov’s goal and assist for Russia


Artemi Panarin Rangers

The Rangers are still believed to be the favorites for Artemi Panarin

Nick Kypreos said on Hockey Night in Canada that the expectation around the NHL is that Artemi Panarin will become a free agent on July 1 and that “the Rangers remain the odds on favorite to land him next season.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun was on the radio on Friday and said that the Rangers would be a “prime” landing spot for Panarin.

LeBrun said that he thinks Panarin could get a cap hit of between $10M to $11M with his next contract. (Nichols)



Updates from Rangers practice on Sunday

2:41PM: David Quinn said that Kevin Shattenkirk will return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow in St. Louis. (Cyrgalis)

Quinn did not reveal which defenseman would come out of the lineup for Shattenkirk. (Cyrgalis)

Tomorrow will be Shattenkirk’s first game back against the Blues since being traded to Washington in 2017.

Also from practice, Filip Chytil was reportedly rotating on the fourth line, with Jimmy Vesey, Ryan Strome and Cody McLeod, indicating that he could be a healthy scratch against the Blues. (Stephenson)

Boo Nieves, who was scratched last night, was skating with Brett Howden and Pavel Buchnevich on the third line. (Stephenson)



Fast scores twice in return as Rangers defeat Nashville 4-3

11:16PM: David Quinn said on MSG:

  • On what was different tonight, “the guys had a meeting and we talked about playing winning hockey and understanding situational hockey and I thought we did a heck of a job with that. I give our leadership group a lot of credit, our captains and Hank and Shatty. They got the team together, we didn’t even have a team meeting, Give those guys credit because they took the bull by the horns and we played winning hockey when it mattered.”
  • On keeping it simple and smart, “I thought we did a good job of that too. Once we had the 4-3 lead we did a good job of managing the game and playing smart and taking away time and space and not taking unnecessary chances. Did a hell of a job on the 6 on 5 and the PK was huge when we needed it. There are a lot of different ways to win hockey games. We learned an awful lot tonight but made a lot of progress.”
  • On the Mika line, “You put Quickie and Cody in our lineup and it just gives us a whole different look. We are competitive, more passionate and Quickie gets rewarded statistically but there is a reason we put that line together. Mika played his best hockey with those two guys and they were our best and most effective line tonight. I thought Strome’s line played really well, they were good. It’s one game. We have more games to play and more games to win.”
  • On the bench in the third, “there was excitement, guys knew what they had to do and it was a different feel tonight for sure.”
  • On the Rinaldo hit on Mika not getting called, “shocked. I’m sure it will be addressed by the league.”



Updates prior to the game against Nashville

The Rangers have announced that Tony DeAngelo returns to the lineup tonight in place of Freddy Claesson and that both Jesper Fast and Cody McLeod are back from injury. (NYR)

Boo Nieves is a healthy scratch. (NYR)

The lines to start the game are set to be (Stephenson):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • Filip Chytil, Brett Howden, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Ryan Strome, Cody McLeod