Jacob Trouba doesn't feel like a game without fans is much different on the ice, but he noticed it on the bench.
Trouba got his first taste of playing in an empty arena in the Rangers' 2-1 exhibition loss to the Islanders on Wednesday. “I thought when you’re on the ice playing, it wasn’t a whole lot different,” Trouba said. “I think on the bench is when you notice it the most. You can hear everything that’s said. There’s just not that extra buzz.” He added that without being able to play off the energy of the crowd, it will be important for the Rangers to play off each other's energy. They'll be facing Carolina in the qualifying round. Jul 31 8:34 am (EST)
- Jacob Trouba will need to get energized from his teammates rather than the way he usually gets energy, which is through the crowd noise.
- Trouba picked up two assists in Friday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
- Trouba had two shots, four blocked shots and four hits, along with a minus-2 rating in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins. All Jacob Trouba News
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