Mackenzie Skapski starting tonight against Buffalo

Skapski6:44PM: Dave Maloney said on MSG, “He has given himself the best chance to be the best goalie he can be as a 20 year old. There will be some nerves, this is a long stretch from the East coast league to the American league to the NHL . Very inquisitive, asked the coaches about how to get to the NHL. He is physically a lot like Talbot, long, lean and competes. ”

6:32PM: Alain Vigneault said before the game, “We’ve played a lot of hockey lately and we’re playing back to back and after talking to Benoit and the Assistant GMs who know him well from Hartford…we just felt it was the right thing to do.” (MSG)

5:02PM: Mackenzie Skapski will make his NHL debut tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. (Giannone)

82% of readers wanted to see Skapski start tonight.

Skapski, 20, was 12-7-3 with a 2.38 GAA and .914 save percentage in Hartford.

For more on Skapski, click HERE.

Joe Micheletti said on MSG last night that Skapski has settled in after being nervous the first few days.




6 comments
TheDuke189
TheDuke189

The Rangers have looked sloppy lately in the third...or is that just me? I think the kid played ok and the Rangers made it easier plus they were playing the Sabres. Risk Nash scores again and the Rangers get two HUGE points. We are in second behind the Isles but 3 points ahead of the Caps by two and the Pens by three. I know we have to lose once in a while but I did not like last nights loss. they will need to play a better brand of hockey when the Blue Jackets come to town. Regardless a win = 2 points I will take that. Lets Go Rangers!

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.

aaronrules
aaronrules

Goalie initiation night! Good luck kid, Go Rangers!

Anatoliy Shor
Anatoliy Shor

At least the Rangers will play a strong defensive game -- hopefully...