VANCOUVER, British Columbia – David Quinn wanted to point out a statistic that may not have been clear, even if it was taking place.
“For six weeks we had the best penalty in the league. I don't think anyone will notice. "30 when they killed 87.1 percent of their sentences and not accidentally went 10-6-2.
The caveat, of course, is that Quinn's group also had some unique games when the penalty shootout was historically bad – like the 3v8 night in Tampa on November 14 or the 3v6 night in Edmonton on Tuesday. They followed in Calgary on Thursday with a 4v4 victory. However, both games in Alberta were a loss. This ended the Saturday night game against the Canucks in Canada.
"Unfortunately, that's how we were," said Quinn. "I would argue that we were more than okay on routes. We were good. Apart from that, we all know that it has to be better."
This season, the Rangers' penalty was 78.0 percent, which was good for 23rd place in the league. It's a difficult place for a team that leads the league with 189 penalties.
"We cannot give up three goals that cost us games," said Quinn. “We have to minimize the nights when we may not have them all and not have to do without three. cut it to one. If we can do that, we'll give ourselves a much better chance of winning games. "
When Quinn put 18-year-old Kaapo Kakko on the bench after his penalty in the third half, it was Greg McKegg who started his shift. Quinn said he liked McKegg's line in the game, which consisted of Brendan Smith and Steven Fogarty.
McKegg has played 27 Rangers 1 goal, 3 assists this season, with an average ice age of 9:52 per game.
Defender Libor Hajek continues with the team as he recovers from his right knee injury on December 5. Quinn had said the 21-year-old Hajek would likely have to play a few games for AHL Hartford before he was ready to play for the Rangers.
"He's driven a little harder now," said Quinn, "so we have to see how he reacts."
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