6:34PM: Zuccarello said on MSG, ” I have been through this before, you think about it but you need to play hard. I am getting chances. Hopefully one will go in sooner rather than later. If we win I don’t care if I score but it’s those nights when you lose and don’t score that you think about it.”
10/27/14 | 9:35AM Through seven games, Mats Zuccarello has ZERO goals, 1 assist, a minus five rating, 12 shots on goal and an average of 17:36 per game.
Last seaosn, Zuccarello had:
- 1 goal and 2 assists in 11 October games.
- 2 goals and 10 assists in 15 November games
- 6 goals and 7 assists in 14 December games
Asked about his struggles this season, Zuccarello said on Saturday that he has to stay positive and that nothing will change if you only focus on the negative. (The Record)
He added that it’s hard not to think about it and that “it’s a little bit harder to sleep at night.” (The Record)
Adam Rotter: It has been a frustrating start to say the least for Zuccarello who just doesn’t seem to have the puck enough. Maybe he is a slow starter and like last year he will start creating goals and then scoring goals. The Rangers need Zuccarello to perform and it’s in his own best interest to get going with his contract expiring after the year.
At the Rangers morning skate today, Chris Kreider was taken off the Rangers PP units and Alain Vigneault said that part of the reason was because Kreider turned the puck over 4 times, on the PP, against Montreal. (Leonard)
- The NHL’s official stat sheet shows Kreider was 0 giveaways.
Kreider told Larry Brooks that he isn’t surprised that he was taken off the PP and said, “I sucked last game.” (Larry Brooks)
Against Montreal, Kreider played 2:08 on the PP.
On the season Kreider has 1 PP goal and is averaging 2:19 per game. He has two shots on goal and one that missed the net.
Last year, Kreider had 6 goals and 6 assists in 2:10 of PP time in the regular season and 3 goals and 2 assists in 3:29 in the playoffs.
NHL.com’s Brian Compton and Nick Licalzi of SNY discuss the Rangers’ loss to Montreal, and their struggling power play. Plus, Brian chats with MSG Rangers analyst Joe Micheletti (9:05) about Alain Vigneault’s effort to mix up the lines and the decision to play rookie Anthony Duclair.
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The Wolf Pack won 3-0 yesterday over Norfolk:
- • Mat Bodie: 1 assist, plus one, 1 shot
• Conor Allen: 1 assist, plus one
• Dylan McIlrath: plus one, 1 shot
• Ryan Bourque: 1 goal, plus one, 1 shot
• JT Miller: plus one, 1 shot, tripping penalty
• Marek Hrivik: plus one
• Chris Bourque: 4 shots
• Oscar Lindberg: 1 shot
• Jesper Fast: 1 assist, 3 shots
• Danny Kristo: 1 goal, 1 assist, plus one, 7 shots
• Ryan Haggerty: 1 assist, plus one, 2 shots, roughing/fight
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10/27/14 | 2:13PM: Stepan skated on his own today. (Steve Zipay)
10/25/14 | 12:27PM: Alain Vigneault says that Derek Stepan has begun skating lightly on his own. (NYR)
Stepan is eligible to return from LTIR on 11/3.
His injury was announced on 9/24 and he was told he would be out 4-6 weeks.
Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers morning skate today (NYR):
On the PP units, “we only have a certain amount of right handed shots and sometimes for them to be effective you need to overload on one side, a lot of our PP, in my estimation has more to do with execution instead of right handers vs left handers. We need to be sharper and quicker and we will see what happens tonight.”
Is Ryan Malone in, “I would say that right now, at this time yes, I still have a couple of areas that I am looking at as far as personnel but we will see tonight.”
Can Marty move back to center, “ummmm that is something that we may look at. We have a certain amount of options in the middle and he is a possibility. When we have used him there has had some decent looks so it’s something that we may look at.”
Steve Simmons writes that there is less pressure on Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after his team has won three straight games but prior to that the Oilers were considering a coaching change and were “sniffing around” the idea of Mark Messier filling that role. (Toronto Sun)
Messier is currently working with the Oilers as a consultant and in talking about his role, Messier said that he is “available” for anything that the organization needs. He added that he told former teammates Kevin Lowe (Oilers President) and Craig MacTavish (Oilers GM) that he is available to them 24/7 for whatever they need. (Oilers)
He said that he speaks with the players, coaches and helps out with certain decisions. (Oilers)
Messier has been linked to the Oilers as a potential head coach in the past.
Kevin Lowe offered Messier the head coaching position of the Oilers a few years ago but he turned it down.
Asked about the rumors, Bob McKenzie said on Edmonton radio today that he had no specific knowledge that the Oilers were considering a change but added that Messier has probably indicated to people that he would like to be a head coach. (Nichols on Hockey)
Messier wanted to become the Rangers coach before the position was given to Alain Vigneault.