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Who’s the Better Matchup for the New York Rangers: Philadelphia or Columbus?
April 12th, 2014 at 12:02 PM
With the New York Rangers having clinched the second seed in the Metropolitan Division -- and thus home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs -- the only question that remains is: who will they be facing? The two options are the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets,...

Ryan McDonagh is “Day-to-Day;” Alain Vigneault Calls Out J.T. Miller
April 3rd, 2014 at 6:35 PM
Want the good news or the somewhat scandalous news first? We'll start with the good: New York Rangers' coach Alain Vigneault sounded optimistic about the injured left shoulder of defenseman Ryan McDonagh, deeming the stalwart "day-to-day," and adding "I don't think it's going to be very long."  McDonagh, who was injured Tuesday in...

Finally! Martin St. Louis Gets One as the New York Rangers Cut Down the Canucks 3-1
April 2nd, 2014 at 4:04 AM
When Martin St. Louis was acquired in the March 5th blockbuster that sent Ryan Callahan to Tampa, no one in their wildest dreams -- especially the winger himself -- could've possibly foretold it would that the Rangers' newest offensive weapon 15 games to find the back of the net for...

Martin St. Louis Back with Brad Richards; the Curious Case of J.T. Miller Continues
March 30th, 2014 at 4:43 PM
As the New York Rangers continue their swing west tonight in Edmonton, Alain Vigneault has tweaked the lineup -- and lines -- again. Martin St. Louis has been re-united with old running mate Brad Richards on a line with Carl Hagelin, the trio of Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, and Mats Zuccarello...

New York Rangers Prepare for Showdown with Philly Without Chris Kreider
March 26th, 2014 at 1:44 PM
The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers hook up tonight at the Garden for what is looking more and more like it could be a playoff preview. The Rangers have the Metropolitan Division's second seed with 84 points, and Philly sits just one point back in third, three ahead of...

With Win Number 302 in the Bag, Henrik Lundqvist’s Resume Lacks Just One Thing
March 20th, 2014 at 9:55 PM
Henrik Lundqvist has accomplished a great many things in his career: He's an Olympic Gold Medalist, a Vezina Trophy winner (and five-time finalist), has been an all-star thrice, was a finalist for the Hart and Lindsay in 2012, awards sparingly ever won by goaltenders, and as of Tuesday, he's the winningest goalie...

A Look at the Playoff Race, and the Hope That History Doesn’t Repeat Itself for the New York Rangers Against San Jose
March 16th, 2014 at 1:38 PM
The last time the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks met, it was a disaster of epic proportions for the visitors. Rick Nash was concussed, Tomas Hertl retired Martin Biron, and the Blueshirts limped out of San Jose on the wrong end of a 9-2 whooping. But, that was in October, and...

Alain Vigneault Mulling Line Changes as the New York Rangers Prepare to Face the Wild
March 13th, 2014 at 5:53 PM
When the New York Rangers (35-27-4, 74 points) visit the Minnesota Wild (34-22-9, 77 points) tonight, there will be two lineup changes for the Blueshirts: Cam Talbot will likely spell Henrik Lundqvist and get his first start in over two weeks, and Dan Carcillo will reclaim his spot on the...

New York Rangers Hit Snooze Button, Fall to Carolina 3-1
March 11th, 2014 at 11:33 PM
The good news? It's only one game. The bad news? Everything else. Flat from the start, the New York Rangers dropped a should-win against the Carolina Hurricanes, a team all but eliminated from the playoff hunt, 3-1. Kevin Klein provided the lone highlight of the game for the Blueshirts, notching his...

New York Rangers’ Player Grades, Part 5
February 25th, 2014 at 5:39 PM
***PHOTO1***With NHL games finally drawing near, let's finish up our look at the New York Rangers' defense Corp, with an examination of Marc Staal, John Moore, and Kevin Klein. Marc Staal When Marc Staal came into camp healthy at long last, played well in the preseason, and scored the Rangers' lone goal...

Anton Stralman, the New York Rangers Forgotten Man on D, Paying Dividends
January 25th, 2014 at 1:53 PM
***PHOTO1***If you polled 50 hockey fans, asking them to name the New York Rangers top-6 defenseman, you can take it to the bank that the name that would be omitted most frequently is that of Anton Stralman. The 27-year old Swede is neither big--just 5'11--nor offensively inclined--only 4 points this year--allowing...

Notes, Musings, and Quotes from the New York Rangers 2-1 Loss to St. Louis
January 24th, 2014 at 9:30 AM
***PHOTO1***In what really wasn't a bad effort, the Rangers fell to the Blues last night 2-1, despite outshooting the boys from St. Louie 35-25 and getting another goal from Rick Nash (make it 10 in 10 games). With the loss, the Blueshirts (27-23-3) have dropped back to back games for...

Game Preview: New York Rangers Vs. Struggling Washington Capitals
January 19th, 2014 at 3:21 PM
***PHOTO1***Since the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals last met on December 27th, the two Metropolitan Division foes have gone in very different directions.  The Blueshirts, who at the time of the 3-2 loss were just beginning to pull themselves out of one of the darkest stretches of a season that's...

One’s Enough: New York Rangers Get a Bounce Late, Beat Wings 1-0 as Henrik Lundqvist Shuts the Door
January 17th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
***PHOTO1***Who says there's no such thing as an entertaining 1-0 game? The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings did their best to put that misnomer to rest Thursday night at the Garden, firing a combined 86 shots on net. Mats Zuccarello scored the games lone goal with just under 6...

New York Rangers Finally Rewarding Glen Sather for His Open Ears
January 16th, 2014 at 4:49 PM
***PHOTO1***In Glen Sather's now 14 years as Czar for life of the New York Rangers, he certainly hasn't been immune to criticism from pundits and fans alike. 5 times in his tenure as GM the Blueshirts have failed to qualify for the playoffs, and only once have they advanced passed...

Game Preview: New York Rangers Vs. Philadelphia Flyers
January 12th, 2014 at 2:59 PM
***PHOTO1***Any matchup between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers promises to be, if nothing else, entertaining. With the two separated by just one point in the standings, tonight at the Garden doesn't figure to be any different, especially with both teams playing some of their best hockey of the year.  The...

New York Rangers Stick with Same Lineup as They Try to Keep Momentum Going Vs. Dallas
January 10th, 2014 at 3:46 PM
***PHOTO1***If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The New York Rangers and head coach Alain Vigneault will stick with the same lineup they deployed in Wednesday's triumphant victory in Chicago tonight against Dallas. Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal, and Dan Carcillo stays in the lineup, with JT Miller remaining a scratch as the Rangers...

New York Rangers Need Rick Nash to Find His All-Star Form
January 2nd, 2014 at 9:20 PM
***PHOTO1***The New York Rangers--they of the 4th worst in the league 2.27 goals per game--have one offensive ace in the hole--Rick Nash. Problems is, so far the ace has played more like a 9 of clubs--not bad, but nothing to get excited over. Nash has 7 goals and 9 assists in...

Some New York Rangers’ Musings at the Season’s Midpoint
January 1st, 2014 at 7:39 PM
***PHOTO1***Seasons end, years go by, and quite frankly, the New York Rangers aren't shedding any tears as they wave bye-bye to 2013.  At the official midpoint of their season, the Rangers find themselves at 20-19-2, good for 42 points, and on the outside of the playoff picture. Using the old rule of thumb...

The New York Rangers’ Don’t Bring “A” Game, Hold on to Beat Tampa 4-3
December 30th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
***PHOTO1***It's about time the New York Rangers won a game like this. On a night when they didn't play their best, when they were outshot by a sizeable margin, and when they were at less than full strength, the Rangers survived and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. For once, the Rangers...