Ryan Spooner returns to the lineup in place of Vinni Lettieri. (Cyrgalis)
NEW YORK -- The NHL season is less than a month old, but the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers will be looking to escape some not-so-select company Tuesday night, when the Rangers host the Panthers at Madison Square Garden.
Both teams lost their most recent games. The Rangers dropped a 4-1 decision to the visiting Calgary Flames on Sunday night. The host Panthers fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday night.
The defeats continued frustrating months for the Rangers (2-5-1), who have one regulation/overtime win, and Panthers (1-2-3), who have yet to win outside of the shootout. Only two other teams -- the rebuilding Red Wings and the Arizona Coyotes, who have missed the playoffs the last six seasons -- have one regulation/overtime win or fewer. >> Read more
So far this season at 5 on 5, the Rangers are 21st in shot attempts, 26th in shots on goal and 27th in goals. (Natural Stat Trick)
After only scoring one goal on 45 shots against Calgary on Sunday, David Quinn spoke about a mindset that the Rangers need to have and that they are not yet a "quick-release, take-advantage-of-broken-plays type team." (Rangers Game Notes)
He added, "I think we've got to be more tenacious with a shooting mentality. Too many times, we get a loose puck, and it's hold it, stickhandle, then make a pass as opposed to just getting it to the net and maybe getting them turned around a little bit. I think we're doing a better job in that area but not enough." (Rangers Game Notes)
Last week, Sportsnet's Chris Johnson noted that the Rangers were one of four teams that had two scouts in Toronto watching the Penguins and Leafs.
It was revealed this morning that Leafs GM Kyle Dubas was at last night's Flames/Rangers game, though as Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger noted, Leafs RFA William Nylander's agent Lewis Gross lives in NYC and was also at the game.
Dubas recently traveled to Europe to meet with Nylander and spoke with Gross last night, according to Dreger.
While on the radio in Toronto this morning, Dreger said that it is not uncommon for a General Manager to check out other games but that when they do it is likely with a "purpose" and looking at something specific.
10:53AM: The Rangers have recalled Alex Georgiev after sending him to Hartford for two games this weekend.
Georgiev was 1-1 on the weekend,allowing 6 goal on 63 shots.
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5:31PM: Ryan Spooner, Freddy Claesson and Tony DeAngelo are scratched for tonight's game against Calgary.
Adam McQuaid and Cody McLeod come into the lineup in place of Claesson and Spooner.
This season is likely to be an uphill battle for the Rangers (2-4-1), who embarked upon a rebuilding project at the trade deadline in February. But New York has shown promise under rookie coach David Quinn, who has presided over four losses by two goals or fewer.
The loss to the Capitals on Wednesday capped a productive two-day stretch against contenders for the Rangers, who beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night.
"That's big, coming away with a point -- three out of four," left winger Chris Kreider told reporters afterward. "Obviously, we'd like to have four out of four, but three out of four's pretty good, considering the travel and the strength of the opponents that we played. So it's something we can hang out hat on. But I think we can get to the point where we're getting all four points." >> Read more
10/22/18 | Jeff Gorton said that Andersson is playing well in Hartford and that the Rangers prefer the 20 minutes he is playing in Hartford to the 7 or 8 he might get in the NHL right now. (NY Post)
He added though that it is something the team will monitor moving forward. (NY Post)
10/20/18 | Lias Andersson scored for Hartford on Friday and had six shots on goal in a Wolf Pack win.
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10/22/18 | Jeff Gorton says that the Rangers are not thinking about Hartford for Chytil and that they think he is in the "right place. (NY Post)
He added that the potential slide with Chytil's contract has not been a topic. (NY Post)
10/19/18 | 6:19PM: On Friday, Quinn said of Chytil, "I think he is pressing a little bit for a goal, once one goes in I think that the weight of the world will be off his shoulders. He is not unlike any 19-year old playing in this league. They want to have success and they are going to press and he is going to stay with those guys and play and as long as he puts forth an effort we will let him play. We think very highly of him and think he is a big piece of our future and think he can be good right now. This isn't just about the future, this is about winning hockey games and we think he can help us." (NYR)
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1:29PM: Shattenkirk and Claesson had maintenance days and are expected to practice tomorrow. (Stephenson)
Boo Nieves skated on his own before practice. He has been out since the preseason due to a concussion. (Stephenson)
1:01PM: Kevin Shattenkirk and Freddy Claesson are not skating at Rangers practice on Friday. (Cyrgalis)
Pavel Buchnevich returned to the Rangers lineup on Wednesday after being scratched for Tuesday's win.
Buchnevich played 10:30 and was a minus one with no shot attempts.
He played 4:23 in the first, 2:40 in the second and 3:27 in the third, all at even strength. He didn't play in the final 5:28 of the third or get a shift in OT.
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The Rangers fought hard, but couldn't pick up the golden goal in overtime as they lost to the Capitals, 4-3, in Washington D.C. >> Box score
- 6:09 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk
- 14:05 WSH John Carlson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom
- 3:32 WSH Alex Ovechkin (PP); Assists: John Carlson, Brett Connolly
- 12:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (PP); Assists: Neal Pionk, Brett Howden
- 17:01 WSH Alex Ovechkin (PP); Assists: John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom
WASHINGTON -- The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals renew a divisional rivalry Wednesday night when the New York Rangers visit Capital One Arena for the first of four meetings this season.
New York will be playing for the second straight night after Tuesday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Shattenkirk converted in the shootout and each had two assists for the Rangers (2-4-0). Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes scored in regulation and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves. New York capped a 2-1 homestand in which all three games were decided by one goal.
5:25PM: The Rangers have announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight in the second half of a back to back against the Washington Capitals. (Stephenson)
Pavel Buchnevich, after being scratched last night, will replace Cody McLeod on the fourth line LW spot. (Stephenson)
Lundqvist stopped 31 of 33 shots overall and two of three shots in the shootout last night against Colorado.
Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists and the shootout winner on Tuesday in the Rangers win over Colorado.
The assists were Shattenkirk's first points of the season and, after being scratched last Thursday, said that he was more aggressive and felt like he was playing his game again. (NYR Game Notes)
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The Rangers bounced back from their loss against the Oilers to edge the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists and scored the deciding goal in the shootout while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots on goal in the 3-2 Rangers victory. >> Box score
- 12:07 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Mats Zuccarello
The Rangers are off to their second straight 1-4 start after taking a 2-1 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal for the Rangers, who matched a season-low 24 shots on goal. The Rangers held their own against Connor McDavid's line, but gave up the game-winner to McDavid during a power play 6:23 into the third.
In the past three games the Rangers have had 24, 27 and 24 shots on goal while allowing 40, 43 and 27 against. (HR)
In their five games this season, the Rangers have only scored three or more goals twice and have scored just one goal in a game twice as well.
David Quinn said last week that the Rangers need to have "more tenacity in the offensive zone."
Through five games, Filip Chytil has two assists, a minus one rating, 6 shots on goal and an average of 12:17.
In the last three games, Chytil has played 10:03, 11:06 and 10:19.
Chytil said last week that he needs to play to his strengths and shoot the puck more. (NY Post)
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At Rangers practice on Monday, Matt Beleskey, who has been out with an injured shoulder since the preseason, is on the ice in a non-contact jersey. (Cyrgalis)
The lines being used at practice are (Cyrgalis):
- Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
- Jimmy Vesey, Brett Howden, Vladislav Namestnikov
- Filip Chytil, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
- Cody McLeod/Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Spooner, Vinni Lettieri
Neal Pionk was a healthy scratch for the second straight game on Saturday but David Quinn said after the game that he is someone who is going to play "a lot of hockey." (NYR)
In the first three games of the season, Pionk is a minus three, has 2 shots on goal 6 shot attempts and an average of 19:15 per game.
In just 42 minutes of 5 on 5 play this season, when Pionk is on the ice the Rangers have 38% of the shot attempts. (Natural Stat Trick)
10/15/18 | Keith McCambridge said of Andersson (NYR Prospect Report), "Lias has been coming to the rink with the mindset of continuing to get better every day and he has been playing well as of late. He has done a better job of consistently keeping his feet moving and supporting pucks and, as a result, he's been able to capitalize on his scoring chances. He has been putting in the work, spending time with me reviewing his shifts back, and he has also been doing extra off-ice workouts in the gym."
10/14/18 | Lias Andersson had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick on Saturday, his 20th birthday, in the Wolf Pack win over Providence.
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The Rangers were unable to build off their recent 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks from earlier in the week, this time falling to a winless Oilers team at home, 2-1, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Connor McDavid netted the game-winner for the Oilers on a power-play at 6:23 in the third period. >> Box score
- 12:49 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Marc Staal, Brendan Smith
- 14:17 EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Darnell Nurse, Connor McDavid
- No goals
- 6:23 EDM Connor McDavid (Power Play); Assists: Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
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It took four games for the New York Rangers' David Quinn to get his first win as an NHL coach, and when it finally happened, his team presented him with the puck to mark the achievement.
There may not be any celebratory pucks for getting the second win, but Quinn and the Rangers hope they do not have a long wait for the next victory.
The Rangers get a chance to follow up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon when they host the Edmonton Oilers. >> Read more
Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith scored the tying goal last night for the Rangers and, so far, in his return to the NHL this season is averaging 17:18 per game.
Smith is averaging 15:53 per game at even strength, 1:13 on the PK, 13 seconds on the PP and David Quinn said on Friday that the Rangers are not asking Smith to do anything he hasn't done already in his career. (NYR)
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Through the first four games on his NHL career, Brett Howden has 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots on goal and 14:09 per game.
Howden is at 59.6% on faceoffs this season and has seen his ice time increase in all four games, from 10:36 to 12:31 to 15:53 to 17:34 on Thursday against the Sharks.
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12:33PM: At Rangers practice on Friday, Kevin Shattenkirk is paired with Brady Skjei, Neal Pionk is paired with Marc Staal and Tony DeAngelo and Adam McQuaid are skating as extras. (Cyrgalis)
The forward lines being used are (Cyrgalis):
- Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
- Pavel Buchnevich, Brett Howden, Mats Zuccarello
- Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner
- Vlad Namestnikov, Filip Chytil, Vinni Lettieri
Cody McLeod is skating as an extra. (Cyrgalis)
David Quinn picked up his first career NHL coaching victory last night when Brady Skjei scored the OT winning goal against the Sharks.
Quinn said after the game that the players presented him with the puck for his first game, something that he called "pretty special" before saying he wishes he could divide the puck into "about 45 pieces" to share with the team. (NYR Game Notes)
Henrik Lundqvist presented Quinn the puck after the game, in front of a group that included James Dolan, and said that while Quinn has won games before in college or during his time as an assistant in the NHL, the first NHL win as a head coach is "special" and "a big deal." (NY Post)
On Quinn, Lundqvist added, "I like everything about his style. I like the way he communicates and interacts with the team, I like the way the whole staff goes about its business to get us prepared. I'm really happy for him." (NY Post)
The Rangers picked up their first win of the season after Brady Skjei scored in overtime against the Sharks, 3-2. Brendan Smith tied the game late in the third period with his first tally of the year. >> Box score
- 4:31 SJS Marcus Sorensen (Shorthanded); Assists: Timo Meier, Brent Burns
- 13:52 NYR Brett Howden
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For the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers, eight meant different things in their previous games.
The Sharks totaled eight goals in their first regulation win of the young season while the Rangers allowed eight in falling to 0-3-0.
On Thursday, the teams will get together at Madison Square Garden where the Sharks will hope to keep the goals flowing while the Rangers will hope to avoid another ugly loss. >> Read more
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6:11PM: David Quinn said of Shattenkirk's reaction to not playing tonight, "he's taking it well. I know that everyone wants to make a big deal out of this and it's always a big deal when you don't play a game but I think that under these circumstances, where a guy is coming off major knee surgery, missed the second half of the whole year, finding his way mentally. He's fine physically, but he doesn't have a lot of confidence from a skating perspective. He isn't fine with it, no one is fine with not playing but if you were hearing our conversations, this is not an 'are you kidding me type of conversation. We've talked through this and he is going right back in on Saturday. This is part of where he needs to get back to." (NYR)
1:12PM: David Quinn confirmed on Thursday morning that Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk will not play tonight's game against San Jose.
He added though that Shattenkirk would return against the Oilers on Saturday.
Quinn said that he did not consider Shattenkirk's absence to be a "healthy scratch" but as another step in his return from major knee surgery.
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David Quinn spoke on Wednesday about accountability and roster management, saying "you don't bench guys for every mistake but, to me, the piece that is non-negotiable is effort." (NYR)
Quinn noted that when a decision to bench a guy, or take someone out of the lineup, is made then multiple things are taken into consideration, including how much of a "bank account" they have built up but that "If mistakes are made because of lack of all out effort, then I don't care what your bank account is." (NYR)
He said that situations like that lead to conversations of "clarity and explanation" with the player and that "holding guys accountable is his number one responsibility as a coach." (NYR)
At Rangers practice on Wednesday, the defense pairs being used are :(Stephenson)
- Brady Skjei and Adam McQuaid
- Marc Staal and Tony DeAngelo
- Freddy Claesson and Brendan Smith
Kevin Shattenkirk, who is likely to be scratched tomorrow, is skating with Neal Pionk.
David Quinn said yesterday that he wanted to get Freddy Claesson into the lineup.
8/20/18 |Following their time together at Boston University, David Quinn coached Kevin Shattenkirk for 10 games with Lake Erie during the 2010-11 season.
Shattenkirk did not produce a point in those games and was scratched after playing three games.
He sat out a 10/17/10 shootout loss to San Antonio before returning to play against Oklahoma City on 10/19/10.
Quinn said that Shattenkirk, at the time, wasn't doing what was needed or playing at the right pace. He said that he handed Shattenkirk a DVD of the previous game and told him to figure out why he wasn't playing against San Antonio. (NY Post)
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5:59PM: Shattenkirk said of his game this season (NYR):
- "Not great. I think I need to get the urgency back in my game a little bit. It's a little too slow for me. With the puck, being harder to play against in the D zone, in my 1-on-1s and making decisions quicker and playing with urgency and getting things done because you have to get them done and that is what I have been lacking and it's what the coaches want to see more from me."
- "You have to learn from it. I'm not a guy who would take it the wrong way and mope about it. It's the NHL, if you aren't playing well there are guys who are. Tony DeAngelo played a phenomenal game the other night. He earned a spot on the roster, I think all of the D have earned a spot on the roster and I'm probably the guy who needs to fight a little harder to get my spot back. That is on me for sure. It's a process bu this is probably a good little kick to get me going and get me out of this, I don't want to say slump, but playing the game that I know that I have."
David Quinn said on Tuesday of Shattenkirk (NYR),"He's coming off major knee surgery and I think he is fighting it mentally and is unsure of himself. He's a big part of what we got going on moving forward. We talked at length today and I thought he had a good practice and I think it's more mental than anything. We've talked about playing with more urgency, I think he is still a little hesitant because of what happened last year and he has to get his confidence back and he will get every chance. This is a process, it's not a punishment. Sometimes it takes a bit longer to get back to where you want to be than you would like. He's going to be that guy when he gets back to being Kevin Shattenkirk and a great mindset and being physically 100%. I have zero doubt about that and so does he."
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David Quinn said that he went with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen against Carolina because he wanted to get Tony DeAngelo into the lineup but keep the same six defensemen. (NYR)
DeAngelo played 17:34 in his season debut, had two primary assists, 2 shots on goal, 2 hits, 3 giveaways, 1 takeaway, 1 blocked shot and penalties for roughing and interference.
He played 4:55 in the first period, 5:24 in the second period and 7:15 in the third period with 15:21 at even strength and 2:13 on the PK.
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On Sunday the Rangers had leads of 2-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, and 5-4 before falling 8-5 to the Hurricanes.
David Quinn called it a "tough night" and said that the Rangers lacked the attention to detail that they had in the first two games. (NYR)
Quinn said that defensively it looked like the Rangers had "never gone over D-zone" coverage, didn't play situational hockey and felt a sense of deflation when Carolina tied it at 5. (NYR)
The Rangers allowed four unanswered goals in the third period as they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 8-5 on Sunday at PNC Arena. >> Box score
- 4:26 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Jesper Fast
- 5:01 CAR Lucas Wallmark; Assists: Jordan Martinook, Andrei Svechnikov
- 10:44 CAR Andrei Svechnikov; Assists: Justin Faulk, Calvin de Haan
- 11:31 CAR Warren Foegele; Assist: Justin Williams
- 19:29 CAR Teuvo Teravainen (ENG); Assist: Sebastian Aho
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3:30PM: Vlad Namestnikov and Tony DeAgenlo are in the lineup for today's game in Carolina. (NYR)
Cody McLeod and Vinni Lettieri are healthy scratches and Alex Georgiev is in net. (NYR)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- If there has been a good thing about the ebbs and flows through the first two games of the season for the Carolina Hurricanes, it's that they've been able to work through the down stretches.