Here's some of the coach's remarks after practice. Tough to disagree.
"We need to play hard, and especially tonight, discipline comes into play. Starting with at referees, at players, at whoever it may be, shut your mouth and play. The situation we're in right now we need to be within ourselves and just concentrate on the best you can be as a player and bring that within a team concept. Take your medicine here. We're getting the crap kicked out of us as far as wins and losses, shut your mouth and play."
"You should't worry about anything else going on around you. You shouldn't worry about what you guys (the media) are saying about us, I'm not saying that in a negative way, just using that as a point. Block everything else out, and keep a concentration about being ready for your next shift. I think we've played some good minutes, but we're still losing. I don't mean everybody's running their mouths all the time, but just keep your focus on the next shift."
"There has to be great plays when we get involved in close games. Hank gives us a chance the other night, stops four breakaways, we need a big offensive play. Chris Drury needs to score on that breakaway. It's not good enough that it's a great pass by Rozy. it looks great, we don't score.. Same thing with Erik Christensen, makes a great play, then overpasses and doesn't score the goal. ...On our power plays, we have got to bring pucks to the net. Just simplify."
Although he didn't skate in the optional, Marc Staal, who was suffering from a stomach bug against Nashville and took a Predators shot that numbed his left hand, feels better today on both fronts. There are six D here, which means it's extremely doubtful one will be traded. If the Rangers acquire a defenseman, he wouldn't join the team until tomorrow.
It'll be Brent Johnson 97-5, 2.72 GAA) vs Henrik Lundqvist tonight. Johnson hasn't started since Jan. 24, eight games ago. Matt Zaba backs up Lundqvist.
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