Vitali Kravtsov may have played himself out of Rangers lineup

Vitali Kravtsov may have played himself out of Rangers lineup

Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant stated he all the time tells his gamers: “Make me play you. Make me preserve you within the lineup.”

It seems Vitali Kravtsov has fallen in need of that goal not too long ago.

Kravtsov appears primed to be a wholesome scratch Wednesday night time towards the Maple Leafs after he had performed in 17 straight video games, which is much and away essentially the most he has skated in in a row this season. A part of that is because of his injury-riddled begin to the season, whereas the opposite half has been teaching choices. The decision-up Tuesday of Will Cuylle may edge Kravtsov out of the lineup once more.

“He’s been superb,” Gallant stated after follow in Tarrytown on Tuesday. “However once more, he’s not a fourth-line participant. When Cuylle comes up, whether or not it’s Kravy popping out or [Julien] Gauthier popping out, Kravy did OK, he’s performed OK. However he’s not constructed for a fourth line. He’s constructed to play in a top-nine place. If we resolve that’s one thing that’s going to shake down tomorrow, then we’ll see. He’s been superb, I want he’d rating extra, I want he’d end extra checks and stuff like that.”

Vitali Kravtsov skates for the Rangers towards the Panthers on Jan, 23.NHL by way of Getty Pictures

Within the 6-2 win over the Panthers on Monday, Kravtsov skated on the fourth line for the sixth time this season. He has began within the backside six a complete of 13 occasions, whereas flanking one of many high two models 14 occasions. The season has been a combined bag for Kravtsov, who has one aim in his earlier 14 video games and simply six factors in 27 contests.

Kravtsov has had restricted ice time when he’s on the third and fourth traces. The Russian wing additionally has been unable to make an impression with the alternatives he has been afforded.

Regardless of enjoying in these 17 consecutive video games, Kravtsov stated he nonetheless feels the identical approach with regard to settling into the life-style of an on a regular basis NHLer.

“It’s for certain higher than the start of the season, however nonetheless, I would like some extra,” he informed The Put up.

It’s apparent that Kravtsov’s talent set is best suited to a top-six function, or at the very least a top-nine function. The play of different younger gamers, comparable to Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere, nevertheless, has made it tough for Gallant to make room for Kravtsov on the primary three traces. Additionally affecting his time has been the stability of fellows comparable to Barclay Goodrow and Jimmy Vesey.

Kravtsov stated he doesn’t see himself as a participant who shouldn’t be enjoying on one line or needs to be enjoying on one other. Wherever he skates, he stated, he simply needs to play the most effective hockey he can.

“Simply give attention to each shift, and simply don’t take into consideration the subsequent shift,” he stated. “I don’t have that a lot ice time, however it’s what it’s.”

The Rangers will face the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night time in Toronto earlier than they tackle the Golden Knights on Friday of their final matchup earlier than the All-Star break. They’re anticipated to return to follow on Feb. 5 in preparation for the Flames’ arrival on the Backyard the next night time.

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