BOSTON — Vitali Kravtsov, who exited the Rangers’ loss Friday night time to the Devils within the first interval, is taken into account day-to-day with a lower-body damage. Head coach Gerard Gallant made that announcement Saturday morning forward of the Rangers’ 4-3 extra time win over the Bruins at TD Garden.
The 21-year-old winger didn’t accompany the Rangers to Boston and can stay in New York whereas the crew practices for 2 days in Rhode Island. Gallant stated the extent of concern, which was comparatively low Friday night time, hasn’t fluctuated since Kravtsov was evaluated.
“He’s not making the trip with us,” Gallant stated. “I don’t think it’s anything major, but day-to-day and we’ll see when we get back from our bonding trip.”
With Kravtsov sidelined in the interim, Julien Gauthier, Greg McKegg and Dryden Hunt will possible obtain extra ice time. All three competed within the back-to-back preseason video games Friday and Saturday.
Nils Lundkvist has logged over 20 minutes in every of his first three preseason video games, combining for 3 assists and 6 pictures.
Saturday, the rookie defenseman led the Rangers with two assists — together with one on an influence play, by which his shot from the highest of the zone was tipped in by Sammy Blais to chop the Bruins result in 3-2 within the second interval.
“He’s adjusting,” Gallant stated of Lundqvist on Saturday morning. “He’s getting higher, he’s a talented, proficient child. Judging from [Friday night], the entire crew performed in approach an excessive amount of in our personal zone. We turned pucks over. But he was OK and he wasn’t too dangerous. He performed wonderful in a recreation like that. He’s going to maintain getting higher and get alternative on the market and hopefully [he] grabs them. Hopefully he’s prepared, however for those who’re not prepared, then that’s wonderful too.
“He’s a young player, he’s got to get better, and he’s got to be around pros. He’s around a lot of new teammates. There’s a lot going on for a young kid like that. Obviously, a lot of pressure. He wants to make the National Hockey league and it’s not easy to do that.”
Asked if Lundkvist was the frontrunner for the correct spot of the third defensive pair, Gallant stated it wasn’t honest to say so.
“There’s a bunch of guys right there,” the coach stated, presumably referring to Zac Jones and Jarred Tinordi. “A bunch of guys are right there for that spot.”
Alexandar Georgiev allowed three targets on 25 pictures Saturday in his second begin of the preseason. The Bulgarian goaltender performed two of the three durations, a change from the half-game assignments Gallant had given by means of the earlier three preseason contests.
“[We wanted] an extended look,” Gallant stated. “It’s getting later in the preseason, so we wanted to give him two full periods.”
The Rangers participated of their first shootout simulation of preseason on the conclusion of 3-on-3 extra time.