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Steady Eddie
Posted 2018-10-21 6:53 AM (#711813)
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David Quinn has been pleased with some of the things he has seen from his Rangers lately, but one of the sights that made the coach the most happy was seeing his players unhappy.

Earning three out of four points in a back-to-back set this week no doubt was a productive couple of nights, but Quinn said he was encouraged that his team was less than thrilled to leave the fourth point on the table in Washington.

"I liked our reaction to our loss the other night, the overtime loss - guys weren't happy," Quinn said. "It wasn't like we were high-fiving each other because we got three out of four points. You're playing the defending Stanley Cup champions, a team that's got a ton of talent, back-to-back - all the reasons to maybe not have a good night, and we found a way to compete and get a point with chances to get two.

"You can definitely feel the confidence level starting to rise a little bit."

That seems particularly true on home ice, where the Ranges have won two out of three since Opening Night and where they will host the Calgary Flames on Sunday evening. After three losses to start the season in which the Rangers did a lot of things right but never put together a complete effort, the Rangers went 2-1-1 in the next four games and are starting to feel their game rounding out.

"We're making good strides right now, I think our game's coming together," said Brady Skjei. "Start of the year we were good in the O zone one game, then good in the D zone the other game. We're kind of meshing that together and I think we had two pretty good games this week."

"The last two games in particular there's been a calmer feel, it's not been the fire-alarm situation of giving up those crazy odd-man rushes. I think we have made strides in that area," Quinn said. "D zone I think we've done a pretty good job overall, protecting and being layered so if there is a breakdown we're in good position to recover. We haven't had a lot of flurries - teams get chances but it's really one and out, which is really what you want to do. Your goalie will make that first (save), you don't want to give up that second or third chance off that opportunity. We've done a good job in that department."

It's possible things may grow a little bit calmer when it comes to the lineup, at least up front. Quinn has used seven different lineups in the season's first seven games, but on Friday in practice the forwards lined up just as they had on Wednesday in Washington.

That includes Filip Chytil, who bounced between positions on Wednesday, back on the left wing in practice, skating with Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello. Quinn is trying it out to get Chytil more ice time and to spare the 19-year-old some of the defensive-zone burden that centers carry.

"I think he's pressing a little bit for a goal. I think once one goes in the weight of the world will be lifted off his shoulders," Quinn said. "He's not unlike any 19-year-old playing in this league, they want to have success and I think he might be pressing a little bit. But he's going to stay with those guys and he's going to continue to play, and as long as he continues to put forth an effort, we're going to let him play.

"We think very highly of him, we think he's going to be a big piece of our future, and we think he can be good right now - this isn't just about the future, this is about us winning hockey games right now, and we think he can help us."

The Flames will be looking for their first win at Madison Square Garden in a decade. New Jersey product Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk lead Calgary with 10 points apiece following their loss to the Predators on Friday night at the Saddledome. Those two certainly are familiar to a few Rangers: Hayes and Chris Kreider were teammates with Gaudreau on Boston College's national championship team in 2012, while Vesey and Gaudreau were linemates at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Russia, winning gold for the United States. Hayes and Tkachuk, meanwhile, are cousins.

"We've faced some pretty high-end players in the last three or four games we've played and he's no different," Quinn said of Gaudreau. "We've certainly got to be aware of where he is on the ice. But I think Mika's line has done a really good job of handling the other team's top players."

"Really strong agile skater, obviously high-end skill," Kreider said of Gaudreau, with whom he lined up on power plays during BC's championship season. "So it's another guy - McDavid, MacKinnon, Ovechkin, Kuznetsov the last three, four games for us. We've just got to not let them jumpstart their transition and their skill, and make them play defense as much as you can, try to wear them down that way."

Mika Zibanejad, whose line with Kreider and Jesper Fast has stayed together amid the lineup tweaks, started the scoring Wednesday in Washington and has two goals in three games, and Kreider scored the late tying goal, his team-best fourth of the year, that allowed the Rangers to secure a point.

With Alexandar Georgiev joining Hartford to see some game action this weekend - Georgiev made 25 saves in a Wolf Pack victory at Belleville on Friday night - Marek Mazanec will back up Henrik Lundqvist, who has a .930 save percentage in one of the best starts to a season in his career. Georgiev is expected back with the Rangers for Tuesday's game against Florida.

LINEUP FROM SATURDAY'S PRACTICE

20 Kreider - 93 Zibanejad - 17 Fast
72 Chytil - 13 Hayes - 36 Zuccarello
26 Vesey - 21 Howden - 90 Namestnikov
89 Buchnevich - 23 Spooner - 95 Lettieri
8 McLeod

76 Skjei - 44 Pionk
18 Staal - 42 Smith
77 DeAngelo - 22 Shattenkirk - 54 McQuaid
*Freddy Claesson left practice with upper-body injury - Quinn said "We'll see tomorrow how he's feeling. Nothing long-term.")

30 Lundqvist
32 Mazanec

NUMBERS GAME

Lundqvist's .930 save percentage comes on 187 saves, his highest number through six games in his career.

Chytil was 9 years old the last time the Flames won a game at Madison Square Garden (Dec. 7, 2008).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

The Rangers have scored first in each of their last three games, twice on goals by Zibanejad, who leads the team with 31 shots - tied for sixth-most in the NHL.

James Neal was Calgary's major summer signing; the former Star, Penguin, Predator and Golden Knight has scored 10 times in 25 career games against the Rangers but has just one point (a goal) in six games as a Flame.

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Posted 2018-10-21 4:31 PM (#711815 - in reply to #711813)
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Mikey Red
Posted 2018-10-21 4:34 PM (#711816 - in reply to #711815)
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Posted 2018-10-21 4:35 PM (#711817 - in reply to #711813)
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Rangers Lines

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

Brady Skjei–Neal Pionk
Marc Staal–Brendan Smith
Frederik Claesson-Kevin Shattenkirk
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Mikey Red
Posted 2018-10-21 4:36 PM (#711818 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 4:39 PM (#711819 - in reply to #711818)
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Mikey Red - 2018-10-21 6:36 PM

Coach new nickname can be the juggler
Then he should coach bawling.
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Posted 2018-10-21 4:46 PM (#711820 - in reply to #711819)
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Mikey Red - 2018-10-21 6:36 PM

Coach new nickname can be the juggler
Then he should coach bawling.

Lol He might be lol 3-3
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Mikey Red
Posted 2018-10-21 4:53 PM (#711821 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 4:59 PM (#711822 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 4:59 PM (#711823 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:15 PM (#711824 - in reply to #711813)
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McClod having a good start
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:16 PM (#711825 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:20 PM (#711826 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:20 PM (#711827 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:25 PM (#711828 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:25 PM (#711829 - in reply to #711813)
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Vesey with a steal and shot
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:26 PM (#711830 - in reply to #711829)
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Vesey with a steal and shot

Maybe he gets one tonight!
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:30 PM (#711831 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:36 PM (#711832 - in reply to #711828)
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Site is F'd up....again


Yup
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:37 PM (#711833 - in reply to #711832)
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Site is F'd up....again


Yup

Very frustrating
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:49 PM (#711834 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:51 PM (#711835 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 5:55 PM (#711836 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:07 PM (#711837 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:08 PM (#711838 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:09 PM (#711839 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:12 PM (#711840 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:14 PM (#711841 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:18 PM (#711842 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:19 PM (#711843 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:20 PM (#711844 - in reply to #711813)
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Namestnikov sucks
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:24 PM (#711845 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:24 PM (#711846 - in reply to #711813)
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Posted 2018-10-21 6:24 PM (#711847 - in reply to #711813)
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Mikey Red - 2018-10-21 8:24 PM

Skjei got clowned


anybody was going to get clowned by that move
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