Exclusive Q&A: Steve Valiquette breaks down why the Rangers have the edge against the Hurricanes

Former Rangers goaltender and current MSG Analyst, Steve Valiquette took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with me today. He went into detail on the importance of tomorrow’s Rangers versus Islanders Exhibition match before we shifted to the playoffs.

The Blueshirts opening qualifying matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes will be the first between the two franchises. Valiquette’s insights are something all Rangers fans will want to hear for what is bound to be an exciting 5 game series.

Valiquette on Rangers and Islanders exhibition game

I asked Steve, what he felt David Quinn would be looking for out of this exhibition match up against the Islanders. His response was centered on feeling the pressure of an opposing player bearing down on you and making good decisions with the puck. The physical aspect was key as well, which he emphasized from his playing days and a story involving Brendan Shanahan.

Valiquette reveals why Igor Shesterkin is the Rangers #1

Igor Shesterkin is ready for phase 3 (Getty Images)

The former net minder with the great Spider-Man mask, said that Igor Shesterkin is the Rangers starter. Of course, he didn’t dismiss Henrik Lundqvist. Valiquette made it clear, that if Lundqvist were to get in at some point, it would be an angry Hank. For those that don’t know, angry Hank is usually hard to beat.

Valiquette breaks down Carolina’s game and what the Rangers must do to counter

Steve Valiquette has a film coach’s eye and meticulously analyzes what makes the Hurricanes so hard to play against. He also explains what the Rangers need to do in order to counter the Canes puck possession game.

Valiquette reveals why the Rangers are the favorites

MSG is blessed to have some of the best in the business covering the Rangers. However, Steve Valiquette is changing the way we look at the game with his unique brand of analytics.

As only Valiquette can, he reveals the Rangers true edge and why they are a favorite to win the series. It’s simply amazing insight that we are glad to bring you.

Valiquette: From player to broadcaster

I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Steve for a few years now. He is truly passionate about the game of hockey and is excited as to what this new broadcasting experience will bring him.

For the first time, all of the Rangers broadcast team will be in studio and working together. Steve is excited to watch Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti call the game and get that instant feedback with John Giannone in the room.

Funny story, as we talked about his journey to broadcasting, Valiquette recalled his two most hated subjects in school were; public speaking and math. Now here he is on TV discussing numbers. Why? Because he loves it.

MSG is luck to have him, and so are the fans at home watching the game.

MSG’s Playoff Coverage

Below is info from MSG on their upcoming playoff coverage. Check your local listings.

Final Note: Thank you to Steve Valiquette and to MSG Networks for allowing me the opportunity for this special Q&A.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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