Some Promise Shown In Brutal Loss

Alexender Camilo
October 20, 2023  (9:15)

It's only been less than 12 hours, and the 4-1 loss last night to the Nashville Predators still sting.

However, I do believe in silver lining in losses, and I believe we had one last night.
Igor Shesterkin was getting no favors from the team, with putrid defensive lapses in allowing several breakaways and high danger chances for the Predators, I believed Shesterkin prevented the game from looking a lot uglier than it could have been.
Nevertheless, he was pulled when following Filip Forsberg's slap shot from the right faceoff circle during one of several, Nashville's power play to make it 4-0.
Right after, Jonathan Quick came to replace him, and I got to say, he did not look bad at all.
In his Rangers debut, Quick stopped all nine shots he faced in 26:07 of game action, including some bouncing pucks that could've added to the Predators lead.
He looked sharp, alert, his vision for where the puck was, was spot on. He looks infinitely better than the mediocre showing from preseason.
Head coach, Peter Laviolette, had this to say about the former Vezina trophy winner, Rangers' debut:
I thought he was good, he came in, he made some big saves, he had some tough looks just because of what we were doing in front of him. I just think him getting in the game and he had been out for a little bit, so to get him in the game as we move on the road, I thought that was an important thing.

It was a small sample size, but most likely we will see Quick get a game in the Rangers' upcoming road schedule to truly see what he still has left in the tank.

The Rangers' open a five game road stretch against the Seattle Kraken, Saturday, October 21, at Climate Pledge Arena, in Seattle.

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