NEW YORK (WFAN) — Rangers coach Alain Vigneault says the NHL is extra aggressive this season than it’s been at any level in his teaching profession.
“That is my twelfth consecutive yr, and I’ve by no means seen it this shut,” Vigneault advised WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday. “I’ve by no means seen the stability of the league from prime to backside. You need to be on prime of your recreation each recreation.”
The Rangers began three-7-2, however have gained 10 of their final thirteen since. Vigneault stated one purpose they’ve lastly discovered their grove is that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has returned to type after a sluggish begin.
“Hank’s discovered his approach, and often when he does, the remainder of our group falls into place, from our defensive positioning, to construction, to our offense simply feeds off that,” he stated. “We’ve been so much higher these days, and we’re going to should proceed to enhance and get higher.”
Prized free agent signing Kevin Shattenkirk additionally has lastly settled in, Vigneault added.
“It took Kevin clearly a bit little bit of time. … However I can say now that he’s actually used to the setting, the tradition that we have now right here,” Vigneault stated. “He’s enjoying extraordinarily properly, each offensively and defensively. It’s regular when a participant has been a very long time with a corporation to take a bit of little bit of time to get used to the brand new environment. And I do assume on prime of that, Kevin was placing a variety of strain (on himself). He was coming again residence. He needed to play right here in entrance of family and friends. He needed to play for the Rangers. He put rather a lot on himself, a number of strain for him to play properly and for the group to win. And as soon as he received used to it, he’s been all the things we anticipated.
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“He’s an excellent puck-shifting defenseman, wonderful energy-play quarterback. And he’s enjoying actual nicely and obtained us heading in the right direction right here.”
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