On Sunday against the Sharks, Alain Vigneault put Kevin Hayes between Chris Kreider and Rick Nash and Nash and Hayes both scored goals.
Dave Maloney said that it was impressive how well Hayes fit in with Kreider and Nash.
Asked about the line, Joe Micheletti said that they have size, can skate, pass the puck and score. He said that the line showed a bit of everything
Rick Nash said that the trio spent a lot of time talking because they hadn’t played much together. He praised Hayes’ work at both ends of the ice. (Daily News)
Pierre McGuire said on TSN 1050 on Monday morning “yesterday was a great example of chemistry with players, Nash, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes were phenomenal as a line. They had it all going on, those are three huge men by the way, that can be a very dangerous line if Kevin Hayes can hold up his end of the bargain.”
Hayes is 6-5, 225, Kreider is 6-3, 226 and Nash is 6-4, 220.
On Sunday night, Marty St. Louis assumed his regular position as a winger for the first time this season.
St. Louis scored his first goal of the season, had 3 shots on goal, 1 shot that was blocked and one that missed the net. He had two hits and played 18:04 on a line with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard.
After the game, St. Louis spoke with Dave Maloney and said “It’s nice to get the first one and sometimes you need to put on your working boots and get a muddy one. They all count and I have had better looks and not scored. They get you going sometimes.”
On moving back to the wing, Marty said that he is able to push the pace a bit more, a big part of his game, and it allows him to get behind the defense and create space for his linemates.
Adam Rotter: Even with his time out of position at center, I think Marty has had a real strong start to the season. He has five points in six games and looks comfortable in all areas of the ice. He is always buzzing around and on the verge of creating offense. He is a big part of this team and will probably be able to make a bigger impact if/when the PP finally gets going.
Quebec Remparts head coach Phillippe Boucher says that he has been given no indication by the Rangers, one way or the other, what will happen with Anthony Duclair this season. He added that he doesn’t want to speculate what will happen. (Journal de Quebec)
The Rangers have a “congestion” problem at forward and Duclair was skating yesterday, again, as the 13th forward. (Journal de Quebec)
Duclair has done nothing to disappoint in his short time with the Rangers. (Journal de Quebec)
Rick Nash admitted on Monday that while he didn’t spend the summer “dwelling” on his struggles in the playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, memories and flashbacks of those games would enter his mind from time to time. (NY Post)
Nash said that he was bothered by his struggles but he had to move on from them. He added that he, as well as the team, have stressed that last year is behind them. (NY Post)
Asked about his performance in the playoffs, Nash said that he felt he was on top of his game in all areas except scoring. He added that he is relied on to score and that one goal could have changed the complexion of the series. (NY Post)
On his scoring streak this season, Nash said that he isn’t doing anything different than he did in the playoffs except that the puck is going in the net. (NY Post)
For more on Nash in the playoffs, click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
On Sunday, Kevin Hayes scored his first NHL goal, had 4 shots on goal, 5 hits, 1 giveaway, 3 takeaways and was 5 and 9 on faceoffs.
Hayes skated with Chris Kreider and Rick Nash and Alain Vigneault said that he felt Hayes looked more comfortable against the Sharks than in previous games.
Vigneault added, “I liked the same thing everybody did, big body with the puck, shows a lot of poise and with his size, he can protect that puck. In our own end he was in the right position, he didn’t panic when he had the puck down low, hung on to it, made the high percentage plays and is taking steps everyday and needs to continue.”
Vigneault added on Monday that Hayes is very responsible defensively and that his size and long reach help him.
Joe Micheletti said that Hayes is growing up before our eyes. Joe added that Hayes has good anticipation defensively and is starting to shoot the puck more. (MSG)
Dave Maloney praised Hayes for his puck protection and patience bu added that there will be times he will need to be more urgent with the puck.(MSG)
This season at 5 on 5, when Hayes is on the ice the Rangers control 53.4% of the shot attempts. (Puckalytics)
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In his debut for the Rangers, Chris Mueller played 9:47, had one shot attempt blocked and one hit.
Mueller was 8 for 9 on faceoffs, winning all 5 he took in the neutral zone.
Mueller played 3:16 in the first, 3:16 in the second and 3:15 in the third.
Alain Vigneault said after the game that Mueller was “dependable” when he was on the ice.
Mueller played mostly with Ryan Malone and Tanner Glass and Matt Hunwick (3:55), John Moore (3:25) and Ryan McDonagh (3:22) on defense. (Natural Stat Trick)
When Mueller was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 13 shot attempts for and 8 against, giving him a Corsi of 61.9%. Mueller was also on the ice for 3 shots on goal for and 5 against.
Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers morning skate today (NYR)
- On Dan Girardi, “I would say that he is day to day right now. The cut was bleeding this morning so we will see how it is tomorrow and go from there.”
- On what he liked from Sunday, “like I mentioned after the game, faceoffs were very positive. Starting with the puck changes the dynamics of a hockey game. That was their third game in four nights. They were real good in the first, structure wise, and then in the second I just thought we kept coming and doing the right things as far as wearing them down and we were able to do that.”
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