The Rangers kick off their first highway journey of the season with a pair of video games in Pittsburgh, starting Friday evening, earlier than heading to Buffalo for one more two.
“Obviously, when you have a crowd in the building it changes the whole dynamic of the game, I think it will make a little bit of a difference,” head coach David Quinn stated Wednesday. “But hopefully one of the things we were pretty good at the second half of the year, we were a pretty good road team. If we can continue that trend that we kind of started last year.”
Before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the 2019-20 common season final March, the Rangers had posted a 10-1-1 document in their final 12 away video games. In the condensed 56-game schedule this season, the Rangers are set to play 28 instances on the highway.
While the NHL realigned the divisions to cut back journey, there are many protocols put in place to restrict gamers’ interactions with not solely the general public, but additionally one another. The Capitals have been fined $100,000 Wednesday after a gaggle of gamers gathered in a resort room with out sporting face coverings.
Shortly after that, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov have been positioned on the league’s listing of gamers who have been unavailable to play or follow in accordance with their coronavirus pointers. All will miss no less than Washington’s subsequent 4 video games.
Quinn stated the Rangers’ teaching employees had addressed the Capitals’ fantastic and reiterated how necessary it’s to comply with the protocols on the highway this season.
“We’ve obviously addressed what happened with Washington, we’ve talked about it as a team [Thursday],” he stated. “Certainly when we get to Pittsburgh, we’ll remind them of the specifics and go through all the protocol when we get to Pittsburgh as well.”
Artemi Panarin took to Instagram on Thursday to indicate his assist for Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny forward of deliberate protests in his native nation this weekend.
The star winger posted a photograph of Navalny, his spouse and their two youngsters, with a caption that translated to: “Freedom for Navalny.”
A widely known critic of Russian president Vladamir Putin, Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent in August and spent his recovery at a hospital in Germany. When Navalny returned to Russia on Sunday, he was instantly arrested and despatched to a Moscow detention facility, the place he’s set to await trial for allegedly violating the phrases of his probation from a 2014 embezzlement case.
Blackhawks defenseman and fellow Russian Nikita Zadorov reposted Panarin’s pro-Navalny message Thursday.
Igor Shesterkin will begin in internet for the Rangers on Friday in opposition to the Penguins.
Brendan Lemieux, Brett Howden and Julien Gauthier took some reps as a fourth line in follow Thursday. But Kevin Rooney later changed Gauthier and centered Lemieux and Howden, with Colin Blackwell rotating in.
“It’s a decision we haven’t made yet,” Quinn stated of the fourth line. “Julien obviously shows a lot of great characteristics, he’s big, he’s strong, he can skate. I just think he’s still learning the NHL game, systematically, understanding certain situations, he puts a lot of time and effort into it.”
The Rangers assigned Morgan Barron and Matthew Robertson from the taxi squad to group’s AHL affiliate in Hartford. The Wolf Pack’s coaching camp is already underway.