6:13PM: Rangers coach David Quinn spoke earlier today and said (NYR):
- On getting to the regular season, "It's been a long two-weeks and we have kept a lot of guys around for good reason but we are getting down to the end and these last two games will certainly put a lot more clarity to where we are at and what we will do moving forward."
- On Zuccarello, "he's a guy with a ton of talent. You see the plays he is capable of making, if we can continue to get him to play at the pace we want him to play at the pace we all want to play at, he will be a very effective player for us. He has such great stick skills and hockey IQ, him playing at a pace will make him that much more of an effective player."
- Is Henrik playing the whole game, "yes."
- On Shattenkirk, "barring something crazy happening he will play both games."
- On a Kreider, Buch, Zibanejad line, "it gives you a little of everything, Kreider is grit and speed and I really love the way that Mika is playing, a 3-zone game. Buchie has some world class skill and there is a little bit of everything on that line. They can be very dangerous but I also know that when Quickie was up there last year it was a good line too. It all depends on what shakes out with the other forwards."
10:36AM: The Rangers have announced their lineup for tonight's game against the Islanders:
- Forwards: Chris Kreider, Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Vesey, Mats Zuccarello, Brett Howden, Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, Pavel Buchnevich, Vlad Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad, Vinni Lettieri, Tim Gettinger
- Defense: Marc Staal, Kevin Shattenkirk, Neal Pionk, Adam McQuaid, Brandon Crawley, Brady Skjei
- Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist, Marek Mazanec