Read: John Moore knows the opportunity is in front of him/his numbers from last night

John MooreIn his return to the lineup yesterday, John Moore played 10:45, had four shots on goal and two giveaways.

He played 6:05 in the first period, 2:39 in the second period, 1:57 in the third period and 4 seconds in OT.

8:29 of his 10:45 came at even strength and 2:16 came on the PP.

He was on the ice for 7 shot attempts for and 6 against at even strength and mostly played against Marcel Goc, Zach Sill and Jayson Megna. (Natural Stat Trick)

Moore said yesterday that the opportunity with the Rangers is staring him in the face and it’s on him to “grab it” and take advantage of it. (Ranger Rants)

Moore said that he knows he has a lot more to give than he has shown. He adds that he needs to use his skating and be aggressive and physical.(Ranger Rants)

 

Note: Anthony Duclair and John Moore scratched

2:37PM: On the decision to sit Moore over Matt Hunwick, Alain Vigneault said this morning that Moore hasn’t been bad, but that Hunwick has been a little bit better. Vigneault said that Moore will play for the Rangers, “just not tonight.” (Ranger Rants)

11:35AM: Alain Vigneault announced in Detroit that Anthony Duclair and John Moore will be healthy scratches tonight. (Cyrgalis)

Dan Boyle returns to replace Moore.

Stats: John Moore’s return to the lineup yesterday

John MooreJohn Moore returned to the Rangers lineup yesterday after being a healthy scratch on Friday.

Boyle came into the Rangers lineup because of Dan Boyle’s flu-like symptoms.

Moore played 16:02, had one shot that missed the net, 2 hits and 2 giveaways.

By period, Moore played 4:15, 6:25 and 5:22 and at 5 on 5 he was on the ice for 9 shot attempts for and 13 against and 2 shots on goal for and 8 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

He played 11:12 with Ryan McDonagh and mostly played against Michael Del Zotto, Luke Schenn, Scott Laughton, Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds. (Natural Stat Trick)

Asked about Moore’s game, Alain Vigneault said “Johnny played well. I found out this morning that Dan wouldn’t be in the lineup I texted him to say be ready to come to play this afternoon. He certainly was and was physical when he needed to be and that is what we need.”

 

Read: Why John Moore was scratched yesterday

John MooreWith Ryan McDonagh’s return to the Rangers lineup on Friday, John Moore was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

He was a healthy scratch twice last season and twice against Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that Moore hasn’t been “bad” but he thinks Matt Hunwick has been “more dependable with the puck.” (NY Post)

Moore is averaging 16:18 per game, has an even rating, 3 assists, 12 PIM, 23 shots on goal, 29 hits, 14 blocked shots and 6 giveaways.

When Moore is on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers have 52.2% of the shot attempts. (Puckalytics)

Stats/Read: John Moore’s return to the Rangers lineup on Tuesday

John MooreIn his return to the Rangers lineup after a five game suspension, John Moore played a season high 21:49.

Moore played 18:09 at even strength, 3:08 on the PP, 32 seconds on the PK and by period played:

  • First: 7:22
  • Second: 6:06
  • Third: 8:21

Moore was a plus one, had two shots on goal, 1 shot that was blocked, 1 hit, 1 giveaway and 2 blocked shots.

At even strength, when Moore was on the ice the Rangers had 16 shot attempts for and 19 against, 10 shots on goal for and 8 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

He started 46.15% of his 5 on 5 shifts in the offensive zone. (Natural Stat Trick)

He played the most against Blake Comeau, Pascal Dupuis and Evgeni Malkin. (Natural Stat Trick)

On how Moore played, Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday, “I thought he played well, I didn’t’ sense any hesitation at all in his game whether it be with his play without the puck, 1 on 1s and when he had the puck he was real confident and for the most made the high percentage plays that we need him to make.”

Sam Rosen said halfway through the game that he felt Moore had made an impact

Moore played his best game of the season last night against the Penguins. (NY Post)

 

Recap: John Moore on MSG before the game

John MooreJohn Moore chatted with John Giannone on MSG prior to the Rangers/Pens game:

  • Will your game change, “I need to be physical, I made a mistake and crossed the line and am excited to be back and can’t wait to get going.”
  • What did you notice watching, “I think you have more time than you think, finding the middle of the ice and get your feet going.
  • On his uncle and grandpa serving in the marines, “As selfless as it gets to serve your country and I have a lot of respect for all the service men and women around the world.”

Read: The kind of company that John Moore now finds himself in

John MooreJohn Moore said after his suspension was announced that he never goes on the ice trying to hurt another player but admits that he crossed a line with his hit on Erik Haula. Moore said that he has to continue to be physical but stay on the right side of the line.

Alain Vigneault said that Moore has to continue being a physical player and that Moore’s hit on Haula was “an inch away from being a great hit.”

With his second suspension in 14 games, John Moore finds himself in the company of some of the NHL’s most “notorious miscreants” including Chris Simon and Chris Pronger. (Larry Brooks, NY Post)

He is someone who now qualifies as a “serial headhunter” and could have been suspended for longer than the five games the NHL’s department of player safety gave him.  (Larry Brooks, NY Post)

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