David Quinn continues to make a statement for this young New York Ranger team, scratching Pavel Buchnevich for the second time.
Ok. Buchnevich our tonight, says DQ. “He’s got to play better.”
— Colin Stephenson (@ColinASteph) October 30, 2018
This comes after the Rangers brutal 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on a night where they squandered a two-goal lead. Buchnevich saw 11:21 of ice-time in that affair where he recorded an assist and was a plus two.
On the season, Buchnevich has scored five points (three goals, two assists) in 10 games having played all around the Blueshirts’ lineup. Cody McLeod will take his place on the Rangers fourth line with Filip Chytil and Vinni Lettieri.
David Quinn has not been happy with what he has seen from the 23-year-old winger has performed of late. Quinn scratched him the Rangers 3-2 win over Colorado but, then inserted him right back into the lineup the following night in Washington. Clearly, the same impact Quinn had when he scratched Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk has not occurred with Buchnevich who is a former third-round draft pick for the Rangers.
In his last five games, just five shots on goal, four that came in back-to-back games. He has relied on skill and finesse and has not been a big physical presence. With Vladislav Namestnikov and Ryan Spooner starting to play well, Buchnevich is at a crossroad where he could start to lose significant playing time.
David Quinn also announced Tuesday that Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in goal for the Blueshirts against San Jose.
David Quinn announced this morning in San Jose that Pavel Buchnevich will be a healthy scratch tonight for the second time this season. Fourth line is:
Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal.#NYR vs SJ tonight LIVE coverage beginning 10 pm on @MSGNetworks.
— John Giannone (@jaygeemsg) October 30, 2018
Quinn has said on that he hopes to get Alexandar Georgiev a game on this West Coast trip. That only leaves Thursday’s game against the Ducks as an option for Georgiev.
Puck drop is scheduled for a little bit after 10:30 PM Tuesday night.