Game Day Quotes

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault on adjustments after the loss to Colorado:

Give Colorado a lot of credit. Their D, as soon as we were touching them on the forecheck and they made a play, they were coming up the ice. It makes it tough to defend, but it’s one of the areas that we addressed a little bit. Against a real quick team like Toronto, with real quick forwards and quick Ds jumping up, we’re going to have to be very aware.

Vigneault on defending against Auston Matthews:

You talk about him, or yesterday it’s Duchene and MacKinnon. Those are all skilled, young players in this new era of kids that have got great skill, great speed, aren’t afraid to challenge you one on one. I think it’s more a team concept that comes into play — taking care of the puck, making sure you’re on the D side of your check, making sure you’re slowing down the opposition by taking your hands away on checks or skating in front of them, making their route a little bit longer. Any time you’re up against those elite players, we talked about them before the game and we’re very aware of them on the ice.

Mike Babcock on the challenge against the Rangers:

They’re real quick. I thought they were real quick yesterday off the rush. Their power play was real dangerous the other night. The games we played last year, I thought they real quick. Actually, we didn’t handle them very good. It’s a good opportunity for our team.

On the enthusiasm and energy for the team among the fan base ahead of tonight’s home opener:

Obviously, it’s much different than when I arrived three years ago as far as the energy, but I think the passion for the team has always been the same. I was just riding around the park and the guy driving the security cart [said], “Yeah, we believe! We believe!” I was just glad he didn’t run me over when he told me that.

On rotating in different options next to Connor Carrick:

We just think Carrick is a right-hand shot, he’s been good with for us. He gets the puck to the net. He initiates the breakout well. He’s been good. Those other guys are in a tryout process and we’re trying to figure it out. I don’t know who is ahead; I just know I don’t want any of them being #7 and sitting out. We’ve got to figure that process out over ten games, and we’ll figure that out.

Dominic Moore on facing his former team:

I think it starts with Henrik Lundqvist. He’s been a hallmark of their team every year. To have that backstop like that is huge. They’ve always been a team that prides itself on transition and speed, and they play that game well. It’s brought them success.

Matchup Stats

Statistics courtesy of

Overall StatsNYRTor
Record %.622.579
Home Winning %.550.598
Away Winning %.667.550
Shootout Winning %0.4290.111
Goal Differential Per Game0.450.2
Shot Differential Per Game-0.33-0.68
Hits Per Game20.923.6
PIM Per Game7.29.7
Opponent PIM Per Game8.310
Goals Per Game3.093.05
Even Strength Goals Per Game2.42.27
Power Play Goals Per Game0.570.71
Shots Per Game29.731.9
Shots Per Goal9.610.5
Team Shooting %10.49.6
Power Play %20.223.8
Goals Against Per Game2.632.85
ES Goals Against Per Game2.022.23
PP Goals Against Per Game0.550.54
Shots Against Per Game30.0632.6
Shots Against Per Goal11.4111.42
Opp. Team Shooting %8.88.8
Penalty Kill %79.882.5
Save %.912.913
Goals Against Average2.612.81
Opponent Save %.896.905
Opponent Goals Against Average3.053
Opponent Shutouts32

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines

Hyman – Matthews – Nylander
JvR – Bozak – Marner
Marleau – Kadri – Komarov
Martin – Moore – Brown
Scratched: Leivo, Fehr

Gardiner – Zaitsev
Rielly – Hainsey
Rosen – Carrick
Scratched: Borgman

Andersen (S)

New York Rangers Projected Lines

Kreider – Zibanejad – Buchnevich
Nash – Chytil – Zuccarello
Grabner – Hayes – Miller
Vesey – Desharnais – Carey

McDonagh – Shattenkirk
Skjei – Smith
Staal – DeAngelo

Lundqvist (S)