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Adam Fox sees continuity being big help to Rangers defense

Four of the Rangers’ top six defensemen are returning this season. Norris Trophy-winner Adam Fox believes the continuity will be more than beneficial.

“Obviously, chemistry is a big thing,” Fox said Friday after Day 2 of training camp. “I was lucky enough to have that with Ryan [Lindgren] right away. [K’Andre Miller] got better and as the year progressed, he’s got a lot of scale. [Jacob Trouba] is a guy that’s been in the league a while and the way he plays kind of lifts the whole D up a little bit.

“I think once you get that familiarity and guys are a lot more comfortable with each other, it helps the whole group.”

Fox and Lindgren formed one of the most effective shutdown pairs in the NHL last season, when they logged 662:46 of ice time together and drew matchups against some of the top lines in the league. Fox and Lindgren have developed their chemistry since they were teenagers with the U.S. National Development Program, and have been skating together at the NHL level since Lindgren was recalled early in the 2019-20 season.

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While Fox and Lindgren have had a head start on their chemistry, Trouba and Miller are entering their second season as partners. The 6-foot-3 Trouba missed eight games last season due to a broken thumb and was sidelined for the final 10 games with a lower-body injury, but when he and the 6-foot-4 Miller played together, there was hardly any space on the ice they couldn’t cover.

Offseason addition Patrik Nemeth is expected to anchor the third pair alongside rookie Nils Lundkvist, with whom Fox has been impressed so far.

“He looks good,” Fox said of the 21-year-old Swede. “I haven’t been able to see too much of him, but he’s definitely a smart player with a lot of skill. Like myself, a smaller guy, so I’m sure people will question things about him, like any small player. But he seems like a great kid and someone who wants to work hard.”

Last season, Fox contributed in all situations. He played on the power play and penalty kill, while also averaging more than 24 minutes a night. Gerard Gallant made it clear he would be wary of overworking his No. 1 defenseman.

“We’re not going to kill the guy by playing him 30 minutes a night, that’s not going to happen,” the new head coach said. “But we’re going to use him when we need him. Obviously, he’s a great offensive player. Obviously, we want him to kill penalties, too, in certain situations.”


The Rangers will be 100 percent vaccinated by the first regular-season game against the Capitals on Oct. 13, Gallant said Friday.


Matthew Robertson (lower body), Austin Rueschhoff (lower body) and Evan Vierling (upper body) were sidelined for a second straight day. Goalie Keith Kinkaid returned to the ice after missing Day 1 of training camp with an upper-body injury.

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