Gerard Gallant wants to see a lot more from Rangers’ third line

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Rangers’ 3rd enactment of Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil and Sammy Blais has seen highs and lows successful their archetypal fistful of games skating together.

After a ascendant showing successful the Blueshirts’ 3-1 triumph implicit the Predators connected Oct. 21, the trio declined successful accumulation successful their adjacent games against the Senators, Blue Jackets and Kraken. Particularly against Seattle, caput manager Gerard Gallant wasn’t excessively pleased with however the 3rd enactment performed and played it conscionable 1 displacement successful the last 9:44.

“Yeah I request to spot much from that line, I didn’t similar their past game,” Gallant said Tuesday up of the Rangers’ matchup with the Canucks. “They got to play a batch amended and they volition beryllium susceptible of a batch amended than that. They had a pugnacious crippled I thought the past one, but it’ll beryllium amended [Tuesday night].”

Lafreniere has been connected the receiving extremity of the astir constructive disapproval from Gallant, publicly. The first-year Rangers manager called retired Lafrenière aft an abysmal 5-1 nonaccomplishment to the Flames connected Oct. 25, saying helium needed much from him.

Asked if helium feels much comfy playing with Chytil and Blais implicit the archetypal portion of Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, Lafreniere said helium feels the aforesaid connected some lines.

RangersThe Rangers privation to spot much accumulation from Sammy Blais (l.), Alexis Lafreniere and the 3rd line.NHLI via Getty Images

“It’s conscionable a antithetic line,” said the 20-year-old winger, who had 3 goals and 1 assistance heading into Tuesday’s game. “I emotion playing with Blaiser, too. He speaks the aforesaid connection arsenic me, obviously, truthful it’s easier a small bit. I consciousness similar I tin find him beauteous easy connected the crystal and helium tin find me, too. We’re conscionable trying to get amended arsenic a enactment and hopefully play immoderate bully hockey for the team.”

Lafreniere, Chytil and Blais person logged 37:43 unneurotic this play and person been connected the crystal for 8 high-danger chances against, according to Natural Stat Trick.

“We talked astir not turning pucks over, that’s a large portion of it,” Gallant said of what helium needs to spot from that line. “Important times of the game, adjacent hockey games, you got to marque definite you’re doing the close happening and managing the puck. The effort is ever there, they each enactment and compete. But it’s conscionable astir managing the puck and not giving those turnovers.

“When you’re winning 2-1 with 5 minutes near successful the game, you’re putting the guys retired that you consciousness comfy with, that had a existent bully game. That’s what happens.”

Ryan Reaves participated successful the Rangers’ greeting skate Tuesday but was not expected to play against the Canucks. He was technically eligible to travel disconnected injured reserve Tuesday, retroactive to erstwhile helium got wounded connected Oct. 25 against Calgary.

Libor Hajek was a steadfast scratch for the 10th consecutive game.

“I’m trying to get our squad acceptable to triumph each night,” Gallant said of the anticipation of getting Hajek into a game. “Hajek made our squad retired of grooming camp, he’s 1 of 8 defensemen and it’s pugnacious connected the guy, but helium comes to enactment each day. He’s successful the NHL, he’s a bully player, helium works hard. But we similar our halfway radical that we enactment retired each night.”