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Peter Laviolette cannot go wrong with Rangers’ PK pairings

When the Rangers field the sixth-best penalty kill unit in the NHL, they do so with mixed five-on-five defensive pairings.

Instead of the tandems of Ryan Lindgren and Adam Fox and Quandre Miller and Jacob Trouba, the more athletic Lindgren and Trouba pair up, and the more finesse-oriented Fox and Miller pair up in the same pair.

But as head coach Peter Laviolette explained after the club's practice at the Bentley University Rink outside Boston before chartering to Toronto for Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, style is part of it. Only.

“It's kind of like a power play. I don't think you necessarily have to toe the line there,” he said. “It's not that the second or third guy out the door isn't very good. They are. But you don't confuse power play units because they're the first five guys that should be on the ice. Because I think it is.


Rangers defenseman Adam Fox, defenseman Jacob Trouba, 8, and defenseman Ryan Lindgren, left, watch the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators. AP

“The same thing applies to criminal homicide. Defensive combinations are also important. For me, the starting two D [the PK] They're really good at what they do, and they don't mean to disrespect others who are also very good at it.

“Lindy is a good defenseman. This is what he does,” Laviolette said. “This is his time to shine for us and he should be the first player.”

According to Natural Stat Trick, Lindgren and Trouba have played 77:39 of the Blueshirts' 165:59 shorthanded games.

Miller and Brayden Schneider had the second-most penalty ice time at 18 minutes, 20 seconds, with Schneider filling in for Fox, who missed 10 games last month.

The Rangers have a penalty success rate of 85.3 percent (14 of 95) and have converted 17 of 19 in their last six games.

“Since the beginning of the year we've been thinking about that route and how we're going to go about our business, but I think now the players fully understand what we need to do.” said the coach. “It was good, the effort was good, the group detail was good. It's good to block shots the way we do.”


Coyotes right winger Clayton Keller (age 9) was attacked by New York Rangers defensemen Ryan Lindgren (age 55) and Jacob Trouba (age 8) and goalie Egor during the third period. -Plays puck with Shesterkin (31 years old).
Coyotes right winger Clayton Keller (age 9) was attacked by New York Rangers defensemen Ryan Lindgren (age 55) and Jacob Trouba (age 8) and goalie Egor during the third period. -Plays puck with Shesterkin (31 years old). USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

Johnny Brodzinski, who played in his 10th game for Boston on Saturday, will have to be placed on waivers before being sent back to AHL Hartford, officials confirmed to the Post.

The 30-year-old winger, who was initially recalled on an emergency basis, has one goal and five assists for six points in 10 games.

He has been skating primarily on the right side, with Nick Bonino in the middle and Will Quill on the left.


Igor Shesterkin has put last week's bad luck behind him in a 7-3 loss to the Leafs at the Garden on 29 shots, giving up six points on Nov. 12 in Toronto. is expected to receive the mission.

The Rangers will follow up this game with back-to-back games against the Oilers and Caps at the Garden on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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