The Rangers kicked off their first road trip of the season with a pair of games in Pittsburgh, before Friday night, before heading to Buffalo for another two.
Head coach David Quinn said Wednesday, “Obviously, when the building is crowded it changes the entire dynamic of the game. I think it will make a little difference.” “But hopefully in the second half of the year we were very good, we were a good road team. If we can continue the trend that we started last year. “
The coronovirus epidemic was suspended before the 2019–20 regular season last March, with the Rangers recording a 10–1–1 record in their final 12 away games. In a thick 56-game schedule this season, the Rangers are set to play on the road 28 times.
While the NHL realized partitions to reduce travel, there are plenty of protocols to limit players’ interactions not only with the public, but with each other. Capitol was fined $ 100,000 after a group of players gathered in a hotel room without face coverings.
Shortly thereafter, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov were placed on the league’s list of players who were not available to play or practice according to their Coronavirus guidelines. All will at least miss Washington’s next four matches.
Quinn said the Rangers’ coaching staff addressed the Capitals properly and reiterated how important it is to follow protocol this season.
“We clearly addressed what happened to Washington, we’ve talked about it as a team [Thursday], “She said.” Certainly when we arrive in Pittsburgh, we will remind them of the nuances and go through all the protocols when we arrive in Pittsburgh as well. “
Artemi Panarin took to Instagram on Thursday to show her support for Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny ahead of planned protests in his native country this weekend.
The star winger posted a picture of Navalny, his wife and their two children with the caption, translated: “Freedom for the Navy.”
A noted critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Navalny was poisoned in August with a nerve agent and spent his recovery in a hospital in Germany. When Navalny returned to Russia on Sunday, he was immediately arrested and sent to a Moscow detention facility, where he is set to await trial on charges of violating the terms of his probation from the 2014 embezzlement case.
Blackhawk defenseman and fellow Russian Nikita Zadorov rewrote Panarin’s Navalny message on Thursday.
Igor Shesterkin Will start in net for the Rangers on Friday against the Penguins.
Brendan Lemieux, Brett Howard and Julian Gothier took some reps as the fourth line in practice on Thursday. But Kevin Rooney later eliminated Gauthier and concentrated Lemieux and Howard, with Colin Blackwell being routed.
“It’s a decision we haven’t made yet,” Quinn said of the fourth line. “Julian clearly shows a lot of characteristics, he’s big, he’s strong, he can skate. I think he is still learning the NHL game, organically, understanding some situations, he puts a lot of time and effort into it. “
The Rangers assigned Morgan Baron and Matthew Robertson from the taxi squad to the team’s AHL affiliate in Hartford. Wolf Pack’s training camp is already underway.