David Quinn says “mea culpa” on Kakko’s playing time, plus Georgiev will start today as goalie rotation begins

The New York Rangers will not be starting Igor Shesterkin as expected but going with Alexandar Georgiev. An interesting move and one worth discussing pros and cons.

Rangers to begin goalie rotation

I’ve said from even before training camp that the Rangers have one of the best goalie tandems in the NHL. Just because the two young net minders haven’t stolen a game doesn’t mean they are any less as good just 7 games into this season.

Quinn announced today that he will begin rotating his goalies regardless of performance. There’s a plus side to it and one many probably aren’t even thinking of.

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Shesterkin rotation (Photo by Justin K. Aller/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL schedule has teams playing each other twice before moving on to the next opponent. While it would be great if you could ride a hot goalie, that becomes a little harder as teams are not just pre-scouting but in game scouting from match one to match two.

A team having to prepare for both goalies does make it a tad bit harder. The drawback of course is it’s harder to get your #1 goalie in groove to go on a run.


David Quinn on Kakko’s ice time

A lot of fuss was made out of Kakko’s reduced ice time in their last game, a win against the Sabres. Coach Quinn told reporters that it wasn’t intentional and that it was more a byproduct of how the game went.

Today, Kakko found himself on the second PP unit along with Lafreniere, Strome, Kreider, and Trouba. It should be an interesting look, if we get to see it. The Rangers top PP unit really doesn’t leave the ice as they consume almost 90 seconds of ever man advantage.


Minor Transactions

Matthew Robertson sent to WHL for camp. Braden Schneider remains with Pack.


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