Jeff Gorton was on The Michael Kay Show at 4PM on Monday and said the following:

  • Did AV's post game comments expedite you firing him, "no, I think, it's a godo questionm based upon what he said. We had made the decison to do it once the decision was made I wanted to do it after the game and not have it linger any more. It didn't have any effect."
  • Did it get contentious, "not really. For anyone who has ever had to do that, it's never a great conversation. AV felt he should still be coaching the Rangers and said so and I can appreciate that and I will leave it at that."
  • Why did you make the decision, "I think that in sports five-years is a long time and watching our team over the last several months and thinking about going forward with youth, it just felt like it was the right time to make the change. Have the timing of a new coach and, essentially, a young team start together."
  • On Lindy Ruff, "I just had a brief conversation with him today. He will head home and then we will talk in a few weeks and see where things are at. I will talk with some people and see where they fit for head coach and then we will talk to Lindy at the end of the process."
  • How hard was the conversation, "it was hard. We worked closely for five-years and I consider him a friend. It's difficult. That night, after the game, I am getting off the train to grab him and talk to him and go through that. It was hard, those are hard things to talk about and difficult conversations but I guess I sleep at night thinking it was the right thing to do."
  • On AV's player development, "I hear that too and heard it when he was coming out of Vancouver. I don't neccesarilly agree with that as a broad statement, that he doesn't develop young players. He has had success, Kreider and Skjei are a couple of guys that come to mind. We had Pionk and he had no problem playing him. It wasn't a huge issue for me. Our group, we just felt that maybe the guys who have been here could use a fresh start and a message from somebody else. It had more to do with that than anything."
  • On balancing development and wanting to win the Cup, "no question, good point. It's definitely a fine line. When you are trying to win and that is the coaches job. Sometimes as managers, we are sitting from ten floors up saying put these young guys on the ice but the reality is that we are trying to win and everyone is trying to win that night and it's a fine line of winning and developing players."
  • Is the next coach currently employed, "Good question, I would say that I don't know the answer to that. We have to go through a process and talk to a bunch of people and get some ideas from other people, what they are thinking about our group and maybe here from some people outside our group that have insight that we don't have, that we are close to it. We will find out and go from there."
  • Do you have a guy that you want, "I think someone is going to have to convince us. We do have a number of names that we want to talk to and start to do but I think someone is going to have to convince me and our group that they should be the next coach of the Rangers."
  • Do they have to have head coaching experience, "I think it's important that you would have been a head coach somewhere along the way and had success with it. It's a pretty hard job to learn on the fly."
  • On experience, "I think it could be from junior, really any league but they would have had to have been a head coach to have that experience."
  • Would you involve someone like Lundqvist in this, "no, not really. These guys will come in tomorrow, have our exit meetings with them and talk to them and find out on a personal level how they felt about the season, a team level, which we know wasn't good, but I like to hear from the players and their thoughts and what they are thinking and Hank is certainly someone we want to hear from. As we go through a coaching search I think that will be my role."
  • Did you know AV would be out when you made the moves, "I would say no. When we did all of this we had conversations and AV was fine with the things we were doing and understood. As time went on over the last couple of months it became clear to me that we needed a change and I definitely didn't know at the deadline or when we did stuff, it just became clear in the last week or so."
  • Is there any timetable, "I don't think the draft is that important except that free agency is right behind it. That is probably the best target date."
  • On the lack of toughness, "I agree and it does have to be addressed. We do want to be a team that plays harder and in the last couple of months we were void in that area and it became more and more clear and it's something that will be addressed."
  • On the young players, "I'm certainly happy with the first round picks from last year. Chytil's speed and skill is pretty evident for an 18-year old player to make plays and skate like he does. Lias is a real competitive player that I think will have a bright future. When Georgiev came up and played so well in goal, I think that was a bright light. Pionk, to play over 20 minutes and get the points that he did and be on the plus side and be competitive, those are the guys that really stick out. On the other side, guys like Gilmour and O'Gara got a good taste and it will help them as they come to camp next year and see if they can crack it."
  • Did you have any second thoughts after the trades, "I don't really agree. Maybe we would have made it if we hung in there, I don't think we would have went very far, I don't think we were a very good team, I think that Henrik covered a lot and I just didn't see where it was going or that we were a high level team that could compete with some of the better teams in the league. Could we have made it? Maybe but at the end of the day, it would have been tough for us to get 97 points the way we were playing."
  • "At the end of the day, everything better the letter and the moves that we made, that is what we are after. We want to win, build a team capable to win and that can go after it for a number of years and give us that chance to finally win."
  • On needing a coach with a 'name' factor, "It doesn't matter. We need to get the best person for the job and someone who can light a fire under these guys and give us an identity and hold these players accountable and get us on the right path."
  • Where does analytics fit, "there is a place for it, we talk a lot about it, look at a lot of different things. Having been someone who scouted for a long time there is still something about an eye test and a feel that comes out but it is nice to look at and see another angle. It's not baseball where it' stoppage after every page. It's continuous, it's hard to listen to analytics 100% but we look at it and try to get every edge that we can."

Gorton spoke with the team's website and said (NYR):

  • "we are going to be picking the next coach of the Rangers and that is exciting for us and him. We look forward to hearing from these people, seeing what they have to say. There are a number of good candidates and we look forward to the process."
  • What qualities are you looking for, "We are looking for someone that has a progressive mind, that is thinking the game and looking at what will happen next, that can change on the fly, see things for what they are and process that and change and play a different way in a certain circumstance. The ability to watch players and understand that they have and stick with them and just a good person, leader and someone who can develop young players."
  • On coaching experience, "depending on where the experience is and what level they have coached at and what success they have had. We will look at different types of experience. I don't think it's the end all be all and that person may not have coached in the NHL yet."
  • On how this fits with what happened in Feb, "we have a lot of decisions to make. We will begin the process of looking for a coach and we will be out watching players for the draft and make sure we make good on these top picks we have. As we go forward we will look at free agency and other situations so I think it's going to be pretty busy."
  • On the experience for Chytil and Andersson, "I think it's going to pay off for them. It's always better when you come back and know players and are familiar with how it works, they played some NHL games, they don't have that unknown this summer. They have played games and know what to expect and as they head into the summer they know the size of NHL players, the speed. I think that when we see them in September they should be different athletes, different people and more confident."
  • On the new prospects, "Ryan Lindgren has been in Hartford and has played really well and that is exciting, scored a few goals, got in his first fight. He has been good, is getting his feet wet playing pro hockey and when he comes back in September he will know what to expect. Howden has had a good start to his playoffs, rangy center that keeps playing well and producing. Hajek got hurt in the first round, hopefully he can get healthy and ready for the memorial cup but all good things we are seeing from them."
  • On a message to Ranger fans, "I want them to be excited. These are tough times and tough decisions and it seems like every day we are having a press conference about something. It's exciting when you are doing this and undertaking a rebuild and getting a new coach, there is a certain amount of excitement, they know what's going on, I think they understand that we have good young players coming and the ability to get more. Hopefully they are as excited as we are about it and looking forward to what is next."

Gorton was also on WFAN on Monday afternoon and said:

  • What made you decide to make a change, "I would say that over the last few weeks, since the trade deadline and going through the process and then coming down to the last week, made the decision that we need a fresh start and a new voice."
  • How surprised was AV, "I don't know. Probably not surprised but maybe surprised I did it so quickly."
  • Was his message stale or did he lose the locker room, "it's a hard thing to say because we changed so many players, half our team was gone at the trade deadline. I would say that it was more the day to day message, after five years, needing something new and needing a fresh start, I think we had a number of guys that need that."
  • Was your mind made up when you sent the letter, "no, certainly on the rebuild and what we needed to do, we had made up our mind with the letter and press conference and moves we made. But as far as AV, no, he is a very successful coach, he has coached over a 10000 games, successful here, got us to the Stanley Cup Final. It's a tough move to make when someone is successful and is a good person and you know he is good at his job but you know that it's time."
  • Did player input contribute to the decision and will they have input on the next coach, "I would say that the answer on both is not much. It's my job and the people that work here for us to make those decisions and let the players play. We will go through a process tomorrow like we always do when a season ends, hopefully usually later in the year than this but we will talk to them all and get a sense for their season and how they felt about it but very little input about the coach. We will pick the coach and let them play."
  • Did you talk to players along the way about AV, "no, I think that is probably a tough spot to put a player in, to help you make decisions about the coach. I think that is for us to decide and seeing how we play on the ice helps make that decision. I try to keep the players out of it, most of the things we talk to the players about is their own performance and getting better and getting us better on the ice."
  • What are you looking for in the team, "I think that if you look at the NHL today it's a very fast game, we want a fast, exciting, skilled team that competes hard every night. That hasn't really changed, that is how we had success and made it to the final and how we have had success the past 10 years and it's what we want to get back to and go another level from that."
  • Will you look at someone non-traditional, "We will look at everything, non-traditional, lately in the league, a few guys have had a lot of success in their second go-round so we are looking at those kinds of guys, people that have had success in other leagues. We will look at anything that might work for us and get us to where we want to go as far as speed and character and getting back to that."
  • On trying to rebuild in NY, "it's an original six franchise in a very large market with a lot of fans that are opinionated and love the Rangers and want to win too. It's difficult in one regard because it's not something we have done a lot with the Rangers but it's also a decision that our fans have been really supportive. They like the idea of being so transparent and telling them what we were going to do to rebuild this. They were in this we are behind you now show us what you are going to do state and we are comfortable with that."
  • How long do you expect the rebuild to take, "We can't write a letter every six months. It has been well received because we are being honest and open about it and not trying to get into the playoffs and get through around. It's been good. As far as the rebuild and how long it takes, I don't know. If you look around the league there are some teams that have done it quicker than others and than others have taken longer. Sometimes you need a little luck along the way and maybe to hit on a player in a place where you didn't think you would hit on him, we are hoping for that but the other thing is that we have three first-round picks, some seconds and some thirds for the first time in a while and that gives us a lot of picks and areas to help improve our team in a short amount of time. We are hopeful that this draft can be part of the rebuild real quick."
  • Are there franchise players in the draft, "As always there are a few right at the top that are really good and give you that chance and a lottery that gives you a little hope of that. We feel that this is a draft with 10 or 11 really good players at the top and it's a deep first round and hopefully those other two picks give us a chance at a couple of good players also. Our scouts are pretty happy with having three picks and the opportunity, we think the draft is pretty deep so it's exciting."
  • On Henrik Lundqvist fitting in, "he fits right in the middle of it. He has stated and we have stated that he wants to be a Ranger and we want him to continue to be a Ranger. He is our best player, our franchise player and we think that as it stands he belongs here and our rebuild could be centered around him. We don't think he is done by any means, he showed that in stretches this year how good he can still be. Hopefully we will have a team surrounding him that can cut down on some scoring chances. He will be here and is part of it and we are happy to have him."
  • Does the rebuild coincide with him playing at a high level, "you hear that a lot, father time and all that but being from Boston and having the QB that is still playing, we'd like to think our guy is going to play for a while too."
  • Hank will go on the TB12 method, "he's got his own method and whatever he is doing is working and we will keep him on it."
  • How much of the workload should he be carrying, "I think he likes to play as many as he can get, that is a coaching decision generally but we like him around, 55-60 games. That is probably ideal for us and I think we can do that. We have some young goalies that have shown really well and we had a young player this year, Georgiev, who showed really well when called upon. If we get him the right back up, the right mix for him, I think we can help get the most out of him."
  • How active will you be in free agency, "we will see what happens. When you say rebuild you are usually talking about a young team and letting players play and giving them chances. We will have a lot of that but it's difficult to have twenty 18, 19, 20 year old players also. We will look at everything, the market and see what players are available and term and money and some character and leadership type players that might help us develop these young guys."
  • What about free agents who are in their prime, "We have a number of young players that we think are close or half a year or a year away. We will see in September where we are with that. As we look at the market we have to look at those type of players and see if they can help us turn it around quicker."
  • Are you getting a lot of calls on the draft picks, "well my phone is ringing up a little more from the coaches. When we left the GM meetings a lot of people mentioned they might be interested in those picks. It's a good time for a Rangers fan. There are a lot of things we have to do here but it's exciting as we build forward and find a new coach there is a lot of good things happening here."
  • How did you know the team needed a new voice, "when I say I don't talk to the players, I mean that I don't talk to them about the coach. We talk to them about other things. I would say that watching every game, watching every practice, we are around the players, on and off the ice, watching interactions, being around meetings and different scenarios where you see things happening. Seeing players mannerisms, there were a lot of indicators that kind of tell you. When you lose as many games as we did and you don't play well you start looking for things. AV did a great job here but sometimes in sports it's time for a change and I just think that this is the time."
  • Would you consider someone without a track record, "it depends on what you mean by no track record. I don't think someone with zero head coaching experience anywhere in their history is going to be on our radar but we are going to look in a lot of different places and try to find that person. We will see what is out there."
  • Are you looking for the opposite of AV, "yes and no. We had Torts and he was a different type of personality than AV, AV was a little different and when he came in it worked. That is part of it. As we are looking at candidates we will look for the perfect fit right now. It's tough, we have a young team, there is a bit of teaching and growing to do as a group. Finding that right person, there are a lot of elements we are looking for."
  • Would you consider bringing back a former coach, "yea, I wouldn't touch that one. It's worth asking but I'm not willing to pay the fine."
  • Have you told the equipment guys to hold 91 for a player you might sign, "I'll stay with the no comment on that and let it play out."
  • Is Mark Messier a candidate, "Mark has done a lot of good things in hockey for the Rangers and all that, a real qualified hockey person, but I would say as the head hockey coach of this team, we are going to look in another direction."
  • How many candidates do you expect to interview, "I think we will talk to a lot, probably more than 10 people to get a feel for what is out there but to interview and dial in, the number is probably between 5 and 10."

Jeff Gorton spoke with John Giannone and said (MSG):

  • On why the decision was made, "We went through a process the last several weeks to decide what we were going to do at the coaching level and talked a lot about AV and what he has done here and just in the last week we made the hard decision that it was time for someone new and a new approach. It's a tough decision and someone who has done a real good job for us and wish him nothing but the best and thank him for the job he has done here." 
  • What is the identity you are looking for, "as we go through our interview process we want to hear from everyone and their ideas. With the Rangers we like to play fast and a skilled game and anyone we talk to has to understand that is how the league is and that is how we want to play. Having an identity comes in with the coaches approach and mixing with the organization. It's showing up, playing hard, a skilled fast game and competing for each other and trying to win every game, that is what we want to do."
  • Is there a timeline, "no. This process will probably take a few weeks and we will go through it but as far as a timeline, we don't have one. I would hate to give a date and then not come through. I've had that happen before, we will go day by day and find the best person."
  • Will the head coach be younger, "I don't think that is accurate, we need to find the best person and someone who can gives us that fresh perspective and get to our identity. As far as age, there is not really a requirement, we just want the best person to come in and get us going."
  • How will you hire and a coach and build a team, "I don't expect it to be too difficult. New York Rangers, original six team, a great city. We have a lot of first round picks, a couple last year and it's an exciting time. Based on the phone ringing and the names coming in, it will be a well sought after job. We will pick the right person but it will be a good person who comes in at the right time and helps us move forward."
  • On the young players, "they both showed flashes of being NHL players but we are cautious, they are 18 and 19 years old respectively. We will let it play out. We have seen enough good things but we will let the summer sort things out and what they do in the summer will have a big impact on what they do in September."
  • How will the team look, "I think we will have a young look. We will look at everything and there will be rumors and names like there always is as you head to the draft and free agency. We won't close our mind to anything but we will have a younger team that will be exciting."

Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends as New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) moves the puck during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends as New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) moves the puck during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

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)

10:22AM: David Quinn said that right now Filip Chytil is going through the normal ups and downs for a 19-year old and "fighting it a little bit." (NYR)

He said that on some nights Chytil plays with energy but that on Wednesday, in the second half of a back to back, "I thought he was tired." (NYR)

Quinn said last week that he had to get Chytil more ice time and in the two games since he said that, Chytil has played:

  • Colorado - 20:08, plus one, 1 shot, 4 shot attempts blocked, 1 giveaway, 2 takeways and a hooking penalty. He played 5:58 in the first, 6:25 in the second and 7:45 in the third.
  • Washington - 12:34, 1 shot on goal, 1 shot that missed the net and was 1 and 3 on faceoffs. He played 6 minutes in the first, 4 minutes in the second and 2:34 in the third.
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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)

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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers have sent goalie Alex Georgiev to Hartford and have called up goalie Marek Mazanec.

Georgiev has only played once this season and the Wolf Pack have games Friday and Saturday before the Rangers return on Sunday.

Mazanec, 27, is 2-2 this season with a GAA of 3.53 and a save percentage of .859 through four starts.

Rangers coach David Quinn said on Wednesday that sending Georgiev to Hartford was something that he and Jeff Gorton would discuss. (NYR

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Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

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

First period:

  • 6:09 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk
  • 14:05 WSH John Carlson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom

Second period:

  • 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
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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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.

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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

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.

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Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) makes a pass during the second period of the game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) makes a pass during the second period of the game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

First period:

  • 12:07 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

 

 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.

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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) scores the winning goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) in overtime at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers won 3-2 .Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) scores the winning goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) in overtime at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers won 3-2 .Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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."

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Mar 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) is congratulated after scoring his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) is congratulated after scoring his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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
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(Andy Marlin)

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)

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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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Oct 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira (16) and New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) come together at the boards during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira (16) and New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) come together at the boards during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

First period:

  • 12:49 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Marc Staal, Brendan Smith
  • 14:17 EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Darnell Nurse, Connor McDavid

Second period:

  • No goals

Third period:

  • 6:23 EDM Connor McDavid (Power Play); Assists: Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

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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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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)

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The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

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)

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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A shot by New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) (not pictured) gets by San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) to win the game in overtime at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers won 3-2 .Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A shot by New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) (not pictured) gets by San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) to win the game in overtime at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers won 3-2 .Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

First period:

  • 4:31 SJS Marcus Sorensen (Shorthanded); Assists: Timo Meier, Brent Burns
  • 13:52 NYR Brett Howden

Second period:

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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn behind the bench during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn behind the bench during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

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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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal over the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) (Joe Skipper/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal over the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) (Joe Skipper/AP)

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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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn behind the bench during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn behind the bench during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

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)

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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.

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

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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Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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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Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Lucas Wallmark (71) scores a third period goal past New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Lucas Wallmark (71) scores a third period goal past New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

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)

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Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey battle during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey battle during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Third period:

  • 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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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

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.

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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends as New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) moves the puck during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends as New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) moves the puck during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

Early in the second period on Saturday night, Patrik Berglund hit Filip Chytil on a play that David Quinn said he had a "big problem" with. (NY Post)

No call was made on the play and Chytil missed 11 minutes of the game while sitting on the bench with Jim Ramsay and then going through concussion protocol. (NY Post)

Quinn noted that Chytil didn't have the puck and that, in Quinn's view, it was a hit to the head. (NY Post)

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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) defends against Buffalo Sabres center Patrik Berglund (10) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) defends against Buffalo Sabres center Patrik Berglund (10) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

Conor Sheary scored two goals and the Sabres held on to beat the Rangers on Saturday night, 3-1. >> Box score

First period

  • 13:15 BUF Conor Sheary (Power Play); Assists: Rasmus Ristolainen, Casey Mittelstadt
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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres are rebuilding teams.

So, it is no surprise that both will be looking for their first win of the season when they meet Saturday in Buffalo after losing their respective season openers at home on Thursday.

The Rangers lost 3-2 to the Nashville Predators, while the Sabres were defeated 4-0 by the Boston Bruins, who were hurting from their 7-0 loss to the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in their season opener on Wednesday.

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Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Cody McLeod will play for the Rangers tonight in place of Vlad Namestnikov. (Stephenson)

The rest of the lines are the same as they were on Thursday:

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • Ryan Spooner, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast

During the preseason, McLeod said that his job is to "stick up for teammates" and Quinn said, "he's a straight-line player and has an edge to his game. (NY Post & NYR Game Notes)

McLeod played under Quinn when he was an assistant with Colorado in 2012-13.

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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Jimmy Vesey said that he believes he can be a 20-25 goal scorer in the NHL and that he could get there this season. (Newsday)

Vesey said that he wants to be a "factor every night" and that David Quinn told him that he is counting on him to "have a good year and be better than last year." (Newsday)

Quinn said on Friday 9/28 Vesey got better as camp went along, had his best game against the Flyers and added "with Jimmy it's more the mental piece of it and feeling that he can be a real good player at this level."

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(Adam Hunger)

With the Rangers and Predators tied at 1 in the third period, Adam McQuaid was in front of the Rangers net when Nashville's Kevin Fiala's stick caught him up high.

McQuaid's glove flew off and he went to the ice but, even after the refs huddled, no call was made.

In describing the play, McQuaid said that he took a stick to the mouth but that the situation "is what it is." (Newsday)

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(Adam Hunger)

Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich scored in the season opener but the Rangers failed to get a lead on the Nashville Predators in a 3-2 loss at Madison Square Garden. << Box score 

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Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

NEW YORK -- The Nashville Predators are widely considered one of the teams likeliest to contend for the Stanley Cup this season. The New York Rangers are ... not.

But the Rangers will get an early opportunity to prove the prognosticators wrong Thursday night when they host the Predators in the season opener for both teams at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers embarked upon a rebuilding project late last season, finishing 34-39-9 and in last place in the Metropolitan Division. New York shipped off several veterans at the trade deadline, including Rick Nash and captain Ryan McDonagh.

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(Seth Wenig)

In early September, Dom Luszczyszyn projected the Rangers to finish this season around 82 points but possibly surprise in either direction. (The Athletic)

He notes though that while the Rangers may not be good enough to be in the playoff race this season, they may not be "bad enough" to battle with Vancouver, Ottawa and Detroit for the top overall pick. (The Athletic)

Overall he has the Rangers ranked fourth from the bottom, behind Detroit, Ottawa and Vancouver.

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Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 30 shots in the loss. (Sergei Belski)
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 30 shots in the loss. (Sergei Belski)

Henrik Lundqvist was on The Michael Kay show on Wednesday and said the following (ESPN):

  • On the season, "super excited to be back and playing tomorrow. We had a great camp. It's exciting, a lot of people around us are unsure of where we stand, for us as a group, it's a great challenge to see how far we can push this. Right now our main focus is to have a great start and really try to get into the playoffs. If you get in there, you never know. I think that is a good mindset to have."
  • On sticking with the rebuild, "I made a commitment to this organization way back and it's a dream of mine and goal of mine to finish my career here. I love the way the organization treats me, getting the opportunity to play in NY is a great challenge to have. A rebuild, a lot of people think of it as 3-4 years but I think, today, you see in hockey that it's all about getting the right pieces and you can do it pretty fast if you do a good job. This year we have added some great pieces, I think it's a year where we can build for the next couple of years but I hope we can be a team that surprises a lot of people. When that came up in February it was not a very long discussion, I want to be in NY, I want to play here, try to be here when we turn things around and try to go for it again. That would be the ultimate dream and goal for me."
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Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammate right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Greg Pateryn (6) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammate right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Greg Pateryn (6) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

The Rangers' 'A' list has grown extra long for the 2018-19 NHL season.

The Blueshirts announced Wednesday that Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello and Marc Staal will serve as alternate captains for the upcoming campaign.

The new leadership quintet figures to be a collective substitute for the primary captain role. The Rangers' 'C' remains ownerless since last season's trade of ex-captain Ryan McDonagh to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tags: Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
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Pavel Buchnevich is slated to start the season on the Rangers top line with his regular linemates Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad.

Buchnevich said that, like any player, he wants to take a step towards getting more minutes and playing an important role on the team. (NHL.com/RU)

Mika Zibanejad said that Buchnevich worked hard this summer, came to camp with a "good attitude" and has looked "a lot more upbeat." (The Athletic)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

10:16AM: At Rangers practice on Tuesday morning, the lines being used are (Cyrgalis):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • Ryan Spooner, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Brett Howden, Vinni Lettieri

Cody McLeod is skating as an extra in line rushes.

On defense, the pairs being used are Brady Skjei and Adam McQuaid, Brendan Smith and Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal and Neal Pionk. (Cyrgalis)

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

10/2/18 | 5:38PM: Quinn said on Tuesday of Lundqvist that he is in "world class shape who is incredibly competitive and a team guy, who wants to be here and be part of the next successful Stanley Cup run. I know people talk about his age, I've said this before, I think it's a position that you can play longer at than the other two and as long as he keeps himself in the shape he is in, he will never lose his competitiveness, I think he has a lot of great hockey ahead of him." (NYR)

9:55AM: Lundqvist said that he plans to return to playing deep in his crease, saying "It's what I trust. It's my game. It's who I always was as a goalie." (NY Post)

He said that he has worked hard to get back to "basics" and his "foundation" and that there have been times in the past when he was too aggressive, tried to "do too much" and at times "kind of lost my game plan." (NY Post)

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

10/1/18 | Andersson was named the winner of the Lars-Erik Sjoberg award as the top rookie in Rangers training camp.

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton was asked about Andersson earlier on Monday and said:

  • On Andersson , "when you go seventh overall there are expectations that are higher than when you go 21st, we have kept, for now, Brett Howden. For us, you draft them and then wherever you take them you move on and try to develop them and see when it's time for them to come to the NHL, which isn't easy. Lias is a 19-year old player, he turns 20 soon. We looked at it like this, if we can't find him 10 minutes on our team then he is better in Hartford. We could have easily put him on our team and say that he is the 7th pick overall but in the long-term what is best for him is to play 20 minutes."
  • What does Andersson need to add, "He is a strong kid, wide body, plays a 200 ft agitating game with skill and just trying to develop that and not put him on a fourth line and hold him there and maybe stunt his growth. There is more upside if we just keep him playing, PP, PK, play 20 minutes in Hartford and we can take a look at him in a month or so and see where he is at."
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Jeff Gorton was on SiriusXMNHL Radio this morning and said :

  • On getting the season going, "we had our six games and we start with 55 guys and now we are down to our team and we are all pretty excited about the season getting started on Thursday."
  • On David Quinn, "he's a lifetime hockey guy and played the game a long time ago and he has been coaching for a long time and as time has gone on he has evolved as a real good communicator and teacher and I think he is the right person for us at the right time and so far, 2-3 weeks, everything has been good and positive and everyday we are getting better."
  • On Andersson and Chytil, "when you go seventh overall there are expectations that are higher than when you go 21st, we have kept, for now, Brett Howden. For us, you draft them and then wherever you take them you move on and try to develop them and see when it's time for them to come to the NHL, which isn't easy. Lias is a 19-year old player, he turns 20 soon. We looked at it like this, if we can't find him 10 minutes on our team then he is better in Hartford. We could have easily put him on our team and say that he is the 7th pick overall but in the long-term what is best for him is to play 20 minutes."
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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Brendan Smith will start this season with the Rangers, likely paired with Kevin Shattenkirk, after spending the last couple of months last season in Hartford.

Smith said that he is happy with his training camp and isn't dwelling on what happened last year. (NY Post)

Jeff Gorton said that he was looking for Smith, in training camp, to re-establish himself as an NHL defenseman and said that Smith "has had a good camp. He looks pretty good right now."

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