Read: Dylan McIlrath needs to stay on the ice if he wants to help the Rangers

McIlrath9:40AM: On Monday against St. Louis, Dylan McIlrath spent the majority of his 8:02 of ice time with Conor Allen while also seeing sporadic shifts with Matt Hunwick, Marc Staal and one shift on the PK with Michael Kostka.

McIlrath played 2:06 in the first, 3:18 in the second and 2:38 in the third. He had 2 hits, 1 giveaway and 3 blocked shots.

In all three of his NHL games so far, dating back to last year, McIlrath has played under 10 minutes.

On 6 of McIlrath’s 16 shifts, a penalty was called including his fight, roughing penalty and tripping penalty.

  • He started 3 shifts in the offensive zone, 8 in the neutral zone and 4 in the defensive zone. (War on Ice)

Speaking on MSG after the game, McIlrath said:

  • “I am just trying to get more comfortable in reading the pays. At this level they are quicker and the players are all so skilled so it’s just getting my comfort level just right”
  • On the fight, “he is getting his hits and I thought it was a good time to stand up for my teammates and that is the way it goes.”
  • McIlrath added, “I tried to come in less nervous and I think I was. I tried to let the play come to me and not make any plays that I wouldn’t in the AHL and think that I did an all right job.” (Sports Talk NY)

Before the game, on MSG, Brian Leetch said that McIlrath needs to keep his game simple but stay involved psychically.

Leetch said after the game on MSG that McIlrath needs to be physical but more importantly hard on the other teams and develop the reputation of being a hard guy to play against. He said that McIlrath needs to stay out of the box and for him to become more comfortable he needs to stay on the ice.

Dave Maloney said on MSG, “because of the lack of NHL defensemen I think it’s important that he give the team minutes and you can’t when you are in the box.”

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Stats: The Rangers defense on Monday against St. Louis

Dan GirardiDan Girardi (minus two) led all Rangers tonight with 32:58, his second straight game over 30 minutes.

Marc Staal (plus two) played 26:33, Matt Hunwick (minus one) played 24:51, Michael Kostka (plus one) played 18:10, Conor Allen played 13:03 and Dylan McIlrath played 8:02.

  • Michael Kostka: 5:08 in the first, 6:07 in the second, 6:17 in the third, 38 seconds in OT, 14 seconds PP, 1:44 PK
  • Dan Girardi: 9:56 in the first, 9:44 in the second, 9:42 in the third, 3:36 in OT, 5:14 on the PP, 3:37 PK
  • Marc Staal: 6:13 in the first, 9:29 in the second, 8:53 in the third, 1:58 in OT, 29 seconds PP, 3:37 PK
  • Conor Allen: 6:17 in the first, 3:42 in the second, 2:18 in the third, 46 in OT, 9 seconds PP
  • Dylan McIlrath: 2:06 in the first, 3:18 in the second, 2:38 in the third, 16 seconds PK
  • Matt Hunwick:5:42 in the first, 7:46 in the second, 9:35 in the third, 1:48 in OT, 2:08 PP, 1:28 SH.

The Corsi for each defensemen tonight was: Kostka (45%), Girardi (49%), Staal (57%), Conor Allen (58%), Dylan McIlrath (65%), Matt Hunwick (52%)

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Read: Dylan McIlrath is more comfortable in the NHL this time around

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6:35PM: McIlrath told John Giannone that he wants to focus on executing more.

4:29PM: Dylan McIilrath will play for the Rangers tonight after being called up yesterday.

It will be McIlrath’s third career NHL game after averaging 7:01 in two games last year with a fight, two hits and a high sticking penalty.

Asked about how he feels heading into tonight, McIlrath said that he is trying to be businesslike after being a little “star struck” and playing nervous last year.

McIlrath said that he feels he is becoming a more comfortable player as he matures and when he gets nervous and he just needs to focus in on his play.

Jeff Beukeboom told McIlrath that he was called up for a reason (NYR) and McIlrath said that he is trying to be more of a stable and reliable player who keeps his emotions in check. (Newsday)

Alain Vigneault said of McIlrath today, “he has been very dependable defensively, playing a physical brand of hockey. They have used him a lot killing penalties and are very pleased with his progression so far this year.

McIlrath has no points, 21 PIM, 8 shots and a minus one rating in eight games for the Wolf Pack.

 

Read: Dylan McIlrath’s preseason so far

Dylan McIlrathOn Friday, Dylan McIlrath played 17:44 against Chicago with 17 PIM, 1 shot on goal and three hits.

On Monday, McIlrath played 21:43, was a plus two, 1 shot and 4 hits.

Asked by Al Trautwig if he needs to fight to be part of the team, McIlrath said “Not necessarily, just making sure that I am getting my nose in there and making my presence felt. The fighting is a bonus for me, just being a big physical guy that sticks up for teammates is what the team is looking for

Asked to grade himself, McIlrath said “I don’t know, A, I guess. Going into camp I looked at the depth chart and was on the outside looking in so I want to go about my business and make the team.”

Joe Micheletti said that compared to last year, there haven’t been “glaring” mistakes from McIlrath so far.

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