Rangers coach David Quinn used the dreaded word “P” – pressing. Defender Ryan Lindgren has suggested that a lack of confidence has permeated the show. Blueliner teammate Adam Fox has admitted the Rangers have had a difficult time facing adversity, as a goal like the Sabers ’separate equalizer on Tuesday night will lead to an avalanche of poor play.
It’s only been six games, but the Rangers are well aware that changes need to happen immediately. They can’t afford to continue the path they set out on in this terrible 1-4-1 start.
“It’s key, especially in a short season. You can’t go through a break like that. You have to make sure your confidence stays high, ”Lindgren told Zoom following the practice.“ If you have a hard game, the next night you have to make sure you’re able to rebound, not too low. We have to make sure we do that and we are ready for it [Thursday] night.”
Fox noted that the Rangers have not played terrible hockey. Of his four losses, three were for a single goal. They have uncovered the conductors in their last three games, twice in the final period. Then the chief was lost against the Sabers, Qunn felt a “woe to me” reaction among his players.
“I think a lot of our guys are pressing,” he said. “It was a frustrating evening [Tuesday night], of course. I think what has happened has been the frustration from the previous three games that have been boiled down to us, and after allowing that shorthand goal, we have stopped doing some of the things we need to do to recover from this. ”
Quinn didn’t think the effort was a problem, except for a few short instances. The reverse side, of course, is that two of the losses came to the Devils and Sabers, teams that were not even part of the postseason of the 24 teams last summer.
“We’re going to get a better game from a bunch of people. We have to make games more timely. We’re going to be mentally tough when things don’t go well,” Quinn said. “A lot of teams have to play three games and come up with a point. Ours happens right now. We have to rectify it ASAP.”
Quinn said Igor Shesterkin will return to the net Thursday night in Buffalo. Alexandar Georgiev had the start in the 3-2 loss on Tuesday. Neither goalkeeper played particularly well, although Georgiev was better, scoring a 2.66 goal against the average compared to Shesterkin’s 2.98.
“I think it’s been good, and if you talk to both of them, I know they both want to be better for sure,” Quinn said. “I know it’s been an issue we’ve been talking about in the last few days, but it’s not just our goal. We have a bunch of people who need to get better.”
It remains to be seen if Quinn will stick with the six changes he made in Tuesday’s game that included the Chris Kreider-Pavel Buchnevich-Mika Zibanejad lineup.
“We’re always talking about what we’re going to do for a lineup,” he said.