Alexis Lafreniere goes to proper wing to stay in Rangers’ high six

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Alexis Lafreniere will get one other probability to make it [on the] proper whereas getting his second straight look on the road with Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin.

“I have to adjust my game a little bit playing right wing, it’s a little bit different but I’ll try to adjust as quick as I can and try to be ready for every game,” stated Lafreniere, who’s trying to make the shift to his off-wing. “It’s really fun [playing on that line], obviously Bread is one of the best players in the league so just to be able to be on the ice with him is good.”

Lafreniere arrange Strome for an excellent alternative on the proper porch off a nifty cross-ice feed simply 35 seconds into Monday’s match in Los Angeles, however Strome was stoned by netminder Cal Petersen. The unit didn’t generate a lot after that. Panarin was manner off in his first sport following a four-game absence whereas beneath COVID protocol and Strome had his second consecutive ineffective one following a dud in Anaheim on Saturday.

Indeed, as recorded by NaturalStatTrick, the road had a 33 p.c Corsi score in 12:51 of five-on-five play within the 3-1 defeat to the Kings, on for 2 targets towards (none for) and a damaging 5 (1/6) in high-danger possibilities. Odds are that sort of efficiency is not going to be repeated Thursday towards the Sharks.

Artemi Panarin, Alexis Lafreniere and Ryan Strome.Artemi Panarin, Alexis Lafreniere and Ryan Strome.NHLI by way of Getty Images

When coaching camp opened, the plan was for Lafreniere to flip to the fitting and skate with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. But Lafreniere was not fairly snug on his off-wing. The experiment ended as shortly because it started. But with Panarin and Kreider on the highest rungs of the left-wing depth chart, enjoying proper wing represents Lafreniere’s most obvious path to a top-six position.

“I played left wing my whole life so obviously I was more comfortable there, but I’m ready to adjust and change to right wing and try to play the best hockey I can,” Lafreniere stated. “It’s obviously a little bit different coming back into your own end, and it might take a couple of games, but I’m comfortable with it.”

“We have a couple of guys playing on their off-sides so I’ll learn from them. It’s nothing crazy.”

Igor Shesterkin, who entered COVID protocol on Jan. 6, has not been cleared by Wednesday and thus didn’t observe. That makes it probably Alex Georgiev will get a fifth straight begin for the primary time in his NHL profession and eleventh within the membership’s final 16 video games. Keith Kinkaid stays on the roster with Tyler Wall added to the taxi squad. … Adam Fox didn’t skate Wednesday whereas getting “maintenance,” per the Rangers, however he’s anticipated to play Thursday. … Ryan Reaves, Julien Gauthier and Barclay Goodrow remained beneath COVID protocol. … The Rangers added Justin Richards to the taxi squad.

The Blueshirts have gone three straight video games and not using a power-play aim (0-for-9) for simply the second time this season and the primary time since a three-game stretch Nov. 14-18 (0-for-6).

The Rangers, 1-2 on this journey that started with a defeat in Vegas, will conclude the tour with a match on Saturday in Philadelphia. They will then be off till subsequent Wednesday’s Garden matchup towards the Maple Leafs.

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