On Wednesday, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers are having too many bad starts and need to simplify things when the puck is dropped.
He said that the need to make sure they get pucks deep and stop turning it over, adding they are "very aware" of how often they are giving up the puck. (NYR)
On Thursday, Vigneault said that the Rangers need to keep things simple in the first and last minutes of periods and need to "execute" in all areas of the ice.
He added that right now he likes about 90% of the game that the Rangers are playing and that the Rangers need to make the "right" plays to build momentum.
Kevin Shattenkirk said that the Rangers have been talking about having good starts for a while and that the formula for that includes making simple plays, getting pucks deep and doing the "little details that turn you into a great and winning team. (NYR)
Ryan McDonagh said that he hopes the Rangers bring a lot of emotion to the game tonight and execute right from the start. (NYR)
He said that the Rangers need to trust their structure, play as a group of five and try to bring a complete 60 minute effort. (NYR)
Adam Rotter: The Rangers shouldn't have to claim little victories within a game, but if they can go without allowing a goal in the first two minutes that would be positive. If they can go the first 10 minutes without an egregiously bad turnover, that would be positive. If they are able to score the first goal, especially if it's at 5 on 5, that would be a positive. None of those three things would guarantee a win, but it would certainly go a long way towards the Rangers not putting themselves in a self-inflicted hole early on. This should be an interesting game between two teams trying to find their way early on. The Rangers, with some obvious lapses and mistakes, have been trending in the right direction with their play and tonight would be a good time to unleash a 60 minute effort filled with smart puck decisions and lots of speed.