Peter Laviolette lauds Jacob Trouba’s under-the-radar Rangers impact

While the Rangers' standout players like Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin continue to score and ignite the team's offense, Peter Laviolette said Monday that he will not be attending the team's games in 2024. He said there were many other aspects that led to his success.

One of them will have to be back at the forefront Tuesday when they host the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, as Carolina has won three in a row.

Laviolette cited Jacob Trouba's defensive work as something that stood out in the recent win against Tampa Bay.

“Sometimes things don't necessarily make the news,” Laviolette said at the team's practice facility. “[Igor Sheserkin] He was really great in net, and Panarin scored three goals, but what Trouba did in that game — his physicality, his blocked shots, and the way he played the game — might not be talked about as much. And I think we all need to continue to do that and keep moving forward. ”

Jacob Trouba skated with Nikita Kucherov during the Rangers' win over the Lightning on Saturday. NHLI (via Getty Images)

Peter Laviolette said Jacob Trouba stood out for his physicality and blocked shots against the Lightning.
Peter Laviolette said Jacob Trouba stood out for his physicality and blocked shots against the Lightning. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

Especially against Carolina, which ranked fourth in the NHL on Tuesday with 33.5 shots per game.

This comes from a season in which the Canes finished third.

“It's tough to play against them,” Laviolette said. “They really shoot the puck a lot. We have to keep blocking shots and take care of the puck in front of the net.”

Torba will play an important role in this and is expected to face severe challenges.

“They're a good team and have been at the top of the division the last few years,” Trouba said. “We want to stay where we are and continue to prove that we are our team.”

Vincent Trocheck spent more than three seasons in Carolina before joining the Rangers, and he credited head coach Rod Brind'Amour for the Hurricanes being consistently tough opponents.

“He does a really good job no matter what the personnel is,” Trocheck said. “They play the same style of hockey. You know what you're going to get from that team every year, no matter who's there. They have the same core and they're a tough team.”

Laviolette said Capo Kakko, who has been out since Nov. 27 with a lower-body injury, is “making progress.” [and] You're moving in the right direction. ”

Kakko is eligible for activation, but is still skating alone and the Rangers have not provided a timeline for his return.



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