Rangers don’t plan to rest players any longer

Gerard Gallant coaches Rangers to win, and that’s not going to change now that his team is officially in the playoffs.

It looks like Gallant will consider managing workloads or giving certain players an evening off on a case-by-case basis and only if the situation warrants it. The focus has now shifted from securing a playoff berth, which the club did on Saturday with a victory over the Senators, to finishing the regular season as strong as possible and preparing for its first legitimate trip to the tournament. of the Stanley Cup since 2017. .

To do that, Rangers want to compete with their full roster every game.

“If we think there’s a problem with someone having too much ice time or needing the day off, then we’ll look into it,” Gallant said after practice at the MSG training center in Tarrytown on Monday. “We’re going to do what’s right for our team and we’ll see where that leads. But it’s a one day thing at a time. There is no plan for the next nine games.

Gallant noted that if someone gets a little bruised or bumped, they’ll likely be kept out of training as a precaution no matter what. Having a perfectly healthy group for the playoffs is the most important thing, but so is staying at the top of their game.

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Several players have expressed a preference to play regularly to ensure they stay sharp. Defender Jacob Trouba said Rangers don’t want to be complacent and coast until the end, and the way to do that is to keep winning games.

Jacob Trouba
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“Definitely no rest, I think that’s when you’re in trouble,” he said. “I think it’s just doing the same things that got us here, playing the same way, just playing to be ready to play when the playoffs come around. That’s the main goal, is to be on top of your game to start the playoffs.

“Guys may have different ways of doing it, personally, but as a team we want to keep playing the same way and keep building our game.”

Filip Chytil, who suffered an upper-body injury against the Penguins last week, skated as an extra with the team on Monday. Gallant said he would find out later in the day if Chytil was cleared to play, but the Czech striker took lines with the other packages of Julien Gauthier, Greg McKegg and Jonny Brodzinski.

Patrik Nemeth did not participate in training for personal reasons. Rangers said Nemeth’s absence was unrelated to the COVID-19-related fatigue he suffered earlier in the season.

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