- On time off and the key thing they worked on, “it was an unexpected break. We were looking at 15 in 29. We practiced the one day we were supposed to travel, maybe a bit more of an extended practice and then we gave them off Friday which was nice for some of the guys who have been going pretty good. It’s all detail stuff for a team that is on a roll and one of the top in the East. We gotta make sure we are good.”
- What do you want to bring from the Philly game, “the one word we have been looking for is consistency. Just, we played hard in all areas, good without the puck, even against Philly our forecheck was strong. Against a mobile team like Montreal, it has to be an area that is good. We need to be consistent for 60 minutes, not just a period here and there.”
- On Montreal, “nothing changes for us. We know what worked in the playoffs and we made them work and put a lot of pressure on their defense. They are a transition speed and have speed if you let them open up the game. We need to have them play from the red line back.”
Lee Stempniak is a healthy scratch for the Rangers tonight after missing Wednesday’s game with a right back. (NYR)
Jesper Fast and Anthony Duclair are both in the lineup.
11/23/14 | 10:31AM: Stepan says that physically he feels 100% but he still isn’t at 100% mentally. (North Jersey)
He said that his strength is also starting to return. (North Jersey)
11/21/14 | 5:10PM: Derek Stepan has one goal and five assists in 7 games since returning from a broken leg.
He has points in five of the seven games and is at 45% on faceoffs.
Stepan said that he is feeling better each game but he is still going through a process of trying to catch up to his teammates who had a 10 game head start. He said that as he continues to play he will feel more comfortable mentally and physically. (NYR)
He said that while this is a different circumstance from missing training camp last year, he has learned that simplifying his game and relying on his teammates helps.
Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Stepan played really well against Claude Giroux’s line on Wednesday and that he sees Stepan as a player who still has a lot of room to grow as a player. He said that he expects Stepan is on the upswing of his career.
Stepan is an RFA after the season and some think that he will get $6 million per year in his next contract.
11/22/14 | 6:36PM: Prior to Wednesday’s win over the Flyers, Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers had a couple of good meetings where talked about how they needed to play and what they needed to do to have success on the ice. (NYR)
Lundqvist said that the Rangers need to take the message of those meetings into every game and find a way to be consistent each night. (NYR)
Carl Hagelin said that it comes down to wanting to be professionals and wanting to be better everyday. He said that in some instances lately the Rangers may not have been doing that but hopefully Wednesday’s meeting reinforced “how hard we have to work to be successful.” (NYR)
The Wolf Pack won 2-1 on Saturday night in overtime:
- Mat Bodie: 1 goal, plus one, 3 shots, holding the stick, cross checking and interference penalties
- Conor Allen: 1 assist, 1 shot, interference penalty, fight
- Dylan McIlrath: fight
- Ryan Bourque: 2 shots
- JT Miller: 1 assist, plus one, 1 shot, unsportsmanlike conduct penalty
- Marek Hrivik: 1 shot
- Oscar Lindberg: 2 shots
- Michael Kostka: 2 shots
- Danny Kristo: 1 assist, 1 shot
- Ryan Haggerty: 3 assists
Tomas Kaberle has agreed to play for Kladno in the Czech Republic this season after not coming to terms with the Rangers after a tryout. (Zdenka Janda, via Sean Leahy)
Kaberle skated with the Rangers and played two games in Hartford but the two sides couldn’t come to deal.
The Rangers reportedly were interested in having Kaberle stay in Hartford.