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In the previous three games with Ryan Lindgren, the COVID-19 protocol and Patrick Nemet were sidelined for a non-COVID-19-related problem, the Rangers defense declined slightly for the first time this season.

While they managed to go 2-1 without Lindgren, the second half of their best defensive pairing with Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox, the Blueshirts were grateful to have taken back Lindgren in Monday’s game against Madison Square Garden Oilers. Center Kevin Rooney also cleared the COVID protocol on Monday and returned to the lineup.

However, in the absence of Rangers Lindgren and Nemet, they were able to briefly review what the depth of their backs looked like. Zach Jones made his season debut against Tampa Bay on Sunday, the same game as Libor Hajek’s seventh game in a row after being healthy in the first 26 games of the season.

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Jones skated with newcomer Nils Lundqvist to create a third D pair that combined just 35 games of NHL experience. Logging 13:32 and 14:21, respectively, the 21-year-olds held their own against the Lightning team, which scored the highest points.

Zach Jones

Despite Brayden Point rushing in the first half, Jones was much more stable. According to Natural Stat Trick, the UMass product and Lundkvist were on ice for a four-goal chance, two of which were high-risk.

“They moved the puck,” he said [well]”You’ll try to get the games you want against them,” head coach Gerard Gallan said on Sunday. [but] it’s not easy when they’re making line changes quickly. But they sometimes went against the top line and acted very well. They didn’t show insecurity, and that’s important. ”

Lundkvist missed four games before the holiday break due to a non-COVID illness, and Rangers ’defensive pairings were the same for eight games until Hajek came on. Along with Jarred Tinordi, in the COVID-19 protocol, Rangers called Jones from a group of taxi drivers who had recovered after the holidays.

Most of Rangers ’personal problems have been on the move this season, and more on Sunday when Artemi Panarin landed a protocol. As a result, Alexis Lafreniere hit Ryan Strom on the left wing of the second line and Panarin next to Barclay Goodrow. Tim Gettinger also made his season debut and supported the fourth row.

Libor Hajek has played in Rangers ’last seven games after being healthy in the first 26 games of the year.
Libor Hajek has played in Rangers ’last seven games after being healthy in the first 26 games of the year.

“If you take some of your best players out of the squad and some kids have the opportunity to play – especially on the blue line, Laffi comes in second and plays good hockey – that’s a good thing. . them, ”Gallant said. “It’s great for our leadership to see our kids grow, and when you see these kids play a bigger role and succeed, the coach feels much better.”

Luckily for Rangers, the first set of players under the COVID-19 protocol did not materialize until the taxi crews officially returned. This gave the six reserve players the opportunity to train with the team and get acquainted with the Rangers system.

“I’ve seen a lot of kids like that at camp, and it’s the first time I’ve met a lot of these kids,” Gallant said in Florida, the taxi group’s first trip of the season. “It’s nice to be around them. We all know it’s not a perfect scenario, but I think it’s good that those guys are around our team.

“When they have the opportunity to play a game, when that happens, it makes it much easier for them to adapt to our systems and everything. I’m glad to see those guys, they’re happy to be here, they’re excited. ”

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