Stats: Kevin Hayes and his issues with faceoffs

Kevin HayesThrough five games at center, Kevin Hayes has won 15 faceoffs and lost 46 of them.

By game, Hayes has:

  • 10/12: 2 wins, 10 losses
  • 10/15: 5 wins, 5 losses
  • 10/16: 3 wins, 12 losses
  • 10/19: 5 wins, 9 losses
  • 10/21: 0 wins, 10 losses

Hayes said on Wednesday that it’s embarrassing to not win a faceoff and no one wants to play with a guy who can’t win one. He said that he needs to work on his technique and told Rick Nash and Chris Kreider that it won’t happen again. Hayes added that after he last the first five he started to psych himself out. (The Record)

Alain Vigneault switched Hayes off the top line with Nash and Kreider in the third period for faceoffs and replaced him with Chris Mueller.

Vigneault said of Hayes on Wednesday, “in Hayes case, a young player that is improving on a daily basis. He is soaking in everyday that he is here. He is working hard in the areas that we have talked to him about as far as on-ice play. He is working hard on his conditioning and he is coming along. Last night, faceoff wise it was a little average but he did some other good things. He was in on the tying goal and he is a young player with some real good upside.”

Vigneault added that when a team has good faceoff night it’s because they have won the battles on 50/50 pucks and gotten to the puck first.

Dave Maloney said of Hayes on MSG, “what he has done sine day one is protect the puck. He is so poised with the puck and they are better with his big body in the middle.”

Read: The Rangers face no pressure with Anthony Duclair

Anthony DuclairBecause of when his contract was signed, Anthony Duclair will burn off the first year of his entry-level deal whether or not he spends it with the Rangers. (NY Post)

Normally teams have 9 games before they need to send a player back to junior before burning off the first year of his deal but the Rangers are not in that position with Duclair since his the year has already been burned. (NY Post)

Because of the Rangers don’t face either time or contract related pressure to make a decision on Duclair but if he isn’t playing that likely isn’t going to help him develop. (NY Post)

The Rangers can not bring Duclair back if they send him back to Quebec.

Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday that since he has experience coaching in juniors, the AHL and the NHL, he thinks that being with the Rangers is the best thing for him right now.

Duclair last played on 10/16 against Carolina.

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Adam Rotter: I think that Duclair will be with the Rangers until at least the start of November and he can get a lot of quality time in with the coaches with the spread out schedule over the next week or so. At some point though he needs to come back into the lineup, maybe on Saturday in Montreal, so the Rangers can see what he has picked up while watching and to see if they think he can stick around.

Read: The Rangers are starting to build their new identity

RANGERS0Following the Rangers win over the Devils, John Giannone spoke about the game and said that it was the kind of game that the Rangers could forge their identity for the season on.  (MSG)

Alain Vigneault has said since the start of training camp that this is a new group from last year and they need to find their own identity.

After the game on Tuesday, Henrik Lundqvist was asked about building an identity and said ,”I think it’s something that you build on all the time, especially with a new group, victories in games like this help you understand how hard you have to work and how you can comeback in games. It’s a process and you need to earn it every night but it’s good to get one of those victories early.”

Marty St. Louis said that a win like the Rangers had over the Devils is a confidence and character builder for the team as well as feel good moment for everyone. (NYR)

Marty added, “It’s about finding ways and when you do it like that it builds confidence but you can’t forget how you find your ways and that is first and foremost work ethic.”  (NYR)

Read: Rangers Prospect Report 10/13 to 10/19 (Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Haggerty, Pavel Buchnevich, Adam Tambellini)

RangersThe Rangers have sent through the following report on their farm system:

EMERGING FROM THE PACK
After winning its season opener on Oct. 12 at Syracuse, the Wolf Pack returned to Hartford for two home contests this past weekend. Hartford won its home opener on Saturday, defeating the Portland Pirates, 2-1. Ryan Haggerty opened the scoring with a power play goal in the third period, as he redirected a pass from Oscar Lindberg into the net for his first professional goal. J.T Miller registered the game-winning goal in his AHL season debut. On Sunday, the Wolf Pack and Hershey Bears were deadlocked in a scoreless battle through regulation and 6:58 of overtime, until Casey Wellman’s power play goal gave the Bears a 1-0 win.

  • CLICK HERE to see highlights from Saturday’s game.

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Recap: Rick Nash on ESPN Radio (On Anthony Duclair and Kevin Hayes, his start, playoffs)

Rick NashRick Nash was on ESPN Radio on Wednesday at 4:30PM:

  •  On having a newborn, “It has been tough to sleep and we have been at home so it’s been tough. I’m lucky and my wife has been taking care of a lot of it the night before games.”
  • On his start, “It’s been a lot of puck luck, a lot of pucks have been going in that haven’t in the past. It’s just finding some chemistry with Marty early on and now Kreider and Kevin Hayes, we all complement each others games.”

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Stats: Dan Girardi’s return after his leg laceration

Dan GirardiAfter missing most of the third period on Sunday due to a leg laceration, Dan Girardi played 28:02, had one shot, one shot that missed the net, 4 hits and 3 blocked shots.

Girardi played 8:41 in the first, 9:13 in the second, 9 minutes in the third and 1:08 in OT.

When Girardi was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 11 shot attempts for, 21 against (34.38%) and 6 shots on goal for and 13 against (31.58%). (Natural Stat Trick)

Girardi started 12 of his shifts in the defensive zone, 16 in the neutral zone and 8 in the offensive zone. (War on Ice)

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after practice (On Carl Hagelin’s role, the break in games)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice (LoHud via SoundCloud):

  • On Kevin Hayes and Chris Mueller, “In Hayes case, a young player that is improving on a daily basis. He is soaking in everyday that he is here. He is working hard in the areas that we have talked to him about as far as on-ice play. He is working hard on his conditioning and he is coming along. Last night, faceoff wise it was a little average but he did some other good things. He was in on the tying goal and he is a young player with some real good upside. In Muelle’rs case, he is a veteran guy who has been in different organizations and has been good in the faceoff circle, smart player and not overly quick but knows what to do with the puck and he is a right shot which helps our group because we don’t have a lot of those.”

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