Sure, the Rangers can be with out Artemi Panarin (leave of absence), Kaapo Kakko (COVID-list), Jacob Trouba (damaged thumb) and Filip Chytil (upper-body damage) for Wednesday’s match in Philadelphia.
However let’s maintain the “Woe is them” memes.
As a result of the Blueshirts by no means thought of giving again the 2 factors they earned final Thursday in a shootout victory over the Flyers, which have been lacking Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton and Justin Braun, all of whom have been on the COVID-19 protocol record.
“It’s an odd time and an odd 12 months. I do know I’ve stated that a couple of occasions already, however there are plenty of different groups who’ve been coping with six, seven guys,” Chris Kreider stated following Tuesday’s follow. “The Flyers are lacking half, if no more than half of their prime six.
“So it is a difficult 12 months, however I believe the group that learns to roll with these punches and has that next-man-up mentality goes to be higher for it going ahead.”
Panarin’s presence elevates the Rangers, who’re 0-3 and have been outscored by an mixture 10-4 within the three contests he has missed over the previous two seasons. However it’s as much as the group to step up in his absence, troublesome an task as that may show.
“On the finish of the day, none of us can do the issues that Artie can do and there are some issues we will try this Artie can’t do,” Kreider stated. “There’s not plenty of these issues, however I’m not going to go on the market and attempt to be Artemi Panarin, I’m not going to be dancing on the half-wall.
“I’m a net-front man, so I’ve simply bought to do my job to one of the best of my capacity and that’s all anyone can do.”
The Rangers will open with Alexis Lafreniere on the left with Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich. Kreider will skate with Ryan Strome and Colin Blackwell. Kevin Rooney will line up between Phil Di Giuseppe and Jonny Brodzinksi. The unit of Brendan Lemieux, Brett Howden and Julien Gauthier will stay intact.
Till all of it modifications, that’s.
“Brace your self possibly for some line altering rapidly as a result of we’re attempting to determine one of the best matches we will have,” coach David Quinn stated. “In our conferences to determine the lineup, we most likely modified it 10 or 11 occasions so none of that is one hundred pc,… none of that is locked in stone.“Anytime you’re in a scenario like we’re, you’re attempting issues and seeing what can and may’t work.”
Chytil, who had been on the COVID-list for every week, got here off it on Monday and skated on his personal earlier than Tuesday’s follow. The middle, sidelined with an unidentified damage since Jan. 26, could also be not more than 10 days away from making his return. So that’s one thing.
“One of many issues that sports activities does is that it actually offers you an opportunity to point out how mentally powerful you might be, and that’s one thing we’re getting examined on,” Quinn stated. “Everyone is throughout this season. Groups have been hit by COVID, shedding 4, 5 and 6 gamers they usually transfer ahead.
“Sports activities is all about the way you deal with adversity. That actually dictates guys which can be profitable individually and groups which can be profitable. That’s one thing we have now to face and that’s one thing we have now to beat.”
The Panarin scenario, in the meantime, follows the Tony DeAngelo saga by about three weeks. COVID-19 has been concerning the least of it for the Blueshirts.
“I jokingly stated to Alexis [Lafreniere] that he’s seen extra, I suppose for a scarcity of a greater time period, drama and customarily simply wild and unorthodox issues occurring in these first two months of the season than I’ve skilled during the last decade or so,” Kreider stated. “However I suppose that’s simply the state of the world.”