Even a career-best offensive season couldn’t spare Ryan Strome from being benched Sunday, but that temporary punishment already is behind him and Rangers coach David Quinn.
Strome sat for the entire third period of Sunday’s loss to the Flyers after taking two bad penalties in the first 40 minutes. Quinn said he will be back between wingers Artemi Panarin and Jesper Fast for Tuesday’s home game against St. Louis.
“One-hundred percent. We kissed and made up today,” Quinn said after Monday’s practice. “He’ll be back in the lineup. We talked before practice today like I would do with any player. Letting the guy wonder isn’t good for anybody. He’s back at it and we’re gonna need him, and he’s been a great player for us.”
Strome ranks third on the team with 58 points (18 goals, 40 assists) this season, but he was whistled for “two penalties that he can’t take” against the Flyers, according to Quinn, leading to two power-play goals.
“It is what it is. He’s the coach. If your boss calls you off work or says you’re not going, you’re not going. That’s just the way it is,” Strome said. “I think he’s got a good way of coaching and I think he’s done a really good job this year.
“He’s definitely challenged me a bunch, and this is no different. I think it’s what he felt was the best thing for the team. I think I’ve done more good than bad this year, but it’s his call. It’s about how we respond. I think the team did a really good job in the third period and, hopefully, we can just build on that [Monday].”
Quinn said Alex Georgiev will start in goal against the Blues, a game after Henrik Lundqvist — who turned 38 Monday — allowed five goals on 26 shots against the Flyers in his first start since Feb. 3.
Quinn said Igor Shesterkin (ribs) faced shots before practice for the second consecutive day and is “making a lot of progress.”