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Mats Zuccarello Out 3-4 Weeks, Derek Dorsett Close to Returning
February 22nd, 2014 at 12:55 PM
***PHOTO1***The New York Rangers confirmed the original diagnosis of a non-displaced fracture in Mats Zuccarello's left hand yesterday, and set the timetable for the wingers return at 3-4 weeks. The 3-4 week recovery estimate is from the day the injury occurred, not today, meaning the timetable actually started Sunday the...

New York Rangers’ Player Grades, Part 4
February 21st, 2014 at 2:49 PM
***PHOTO1***Feeling down? In need of a distraction after Team USA's loss? Let's turn our attention back to the NHL, and take a look at how three of the New York Rangers' top-six defenseman--Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, and Anton Stralman--have performed so far. Ryan McDonagh Already one of the best defenders in the...

Mats Zuccarello Has a Fractured Hand, Timetable for Return Uncertain
February 19th, 2014 at 2:16 PM
***PHOTO1***Hope for the best, be prepared for worst. That was the motto amongst New York Rangers' fans when Mats Zuccarello appeared in Sochi yesterday morning with his left hand wrapped in a bandage. Turns out, it's the worst, or pretty close to it at least. An MRI taken in Russia revealed today the...

Mats Zuccarello Injured, Misses Norway’s Game Against Host Russians
February 18th, 2014 at 1:37 PM
***PHOTO1***As if Norway wasn't a big enough underdog in their do-or-die qualification round match this morning with the host Russians, they went into the game down their lone NHL player, Mats Zuccarello. Norway lost 4-0. But the bigger story now becomes the status of the New York Rangers' Zuccarello. The Hobbit...

New York Rangers’ Player Grades, Part 3
February 16th, 2014 at 8:10 PM
***PHOTO1***Two forward lines down, two to go. Let's take a look at the New York Rangers third trio of Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, and Carl Hagelin. Brad Richards Coming off a dismal 2012-13 campaign in which he was even worse than the numbers indicated, Brad Richards desperately needed a bounce back year....

New York Rangers Player Grades, Part 2
February 14th, 2014 at 4:38 PM
***PHOTO1***After a two-day hiatus for some Olympic material, it's back to report card time for the Blueshirts. Today, it'll be the New York Rangers' second line of Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, and Benoit Pouliot on trial. Mats Zuccarello What Ranger has been better than the little big man so far? No forward, that's...

The Better Late than Never Olympic Hockey Predictions
February 13th, 2014 at 8:47 PM
***PHOTO1***Just about every Olympic hockey tournament has an underdog team that ends up medaling unexpectedly. 2010 in Vancouver had two: USA and Finland, neither of which was considered an odds-on favorite headed into the games.  This year may well be an exception. With the 2014 games in Sochi underway, four powerhouses--USA,...

Olympic Hockey Preview: What to Expect from the New York Rangers’ Sochi 7
February 12th, 2014 at 3:40 PM
***PHOTO1***In case anyone forgot, The New York Rangers sent seven players to the Olympics this year: Americans Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, and Ryan Callahan, Swedes Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin, Canadian Rick Nash, and the Norwegian hobbit-wizard Mats Zuccarello. Some will play in unfamiliar roles, while others might not play at all. For the...

New York Rangers Player Grades, Part 1
February 11th, 2014 at 4:55 PM
***PHOTO1***With the 20-day Olympic break upon us, and very little in terms of NHL news as a result, it's the perfect time to take a look at how the Rangers have faired individually roughly three-quarters of the way through the season. This will be part one of we'll see how...

New York Rangers Enter Break on a High Note, Slip Past Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3
February 8th, 2014 at 12:46 PM
***PHOTO1***The Rangers followed up one of their most disappointing losses of the season with one of their most impressive wins, beating the Penguins on the road 4-3 in a shootout. Benoit Pouliot had two, Dan Girardi one plus a litany of blocks, and Brad Richards notched the shootout winner.  If they played...

Whether He Stays or Goes, If Ryan Callahan Heats up, the Rangers are the Beneficiaries
February 5th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1***In last nights 5-1 drubbing of the thoroughly overmatched Colorado Avalanche, Ryan Callahan scored two goals, giving him 11 in what's been an injury plagued, frustrating season for the Rangers' captain. Before last night, Callahan had tallied just two goals in his last 19 games. Unless you've been living under a rock for...

Mats Zuccarello, His NHL Career Risen from the Ashes, Continues to Prove That Size Doesn’t Matter
February 3rd, 2014 at 10:14 PM
***PHOTO1***It was the great philosopher Yoda who once said: "Size matters not." It's a saying the New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello appears determined to prove true each and very time he steps on the ice. Zuccarello may not have the powers of The Force like our fuzzy green make-believe friend, but what...

If the New York Rangers Do Deal Ryan Callahan or Dan Girardi, Don’t Expect a King’s Ransom in Return
January 31st, 2014 at 4:28 PM
***PHOTO1***With the revelation that the New York Rangers would be willing to deal Ryan Callahan and/or Dan Girardi if they don't sign before the March 5th trade deadline, the next, most obvious, question becomes: What could they get? Probably not as much as John Q. Fan would like. A look at recent...

New York Rangers and New York Islanders All Set to Take the “Battle of New York” Outdoors
January 29th, 2014 at 3:16 PM
***PHOTO1***The "New York" part of the title phrase is perhaps a bit liberal, but when the Rangers and Islanders get together, it is always a battle. When they take it outside tonight under the lights in Yankee Stadium, it doesn't figure to be any different. While part one of the Stadium...

Latest Ryan Callahan/Dan Girardi Rumors: Could Both Be Wearing Different Sweaters This Time Next Year?
January 28th, 2014 at 10:03 PM
***PHOTO1***Of the New York Rangers' 12 pending free agents, the two biggest--and longest tenured--names are Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. But tonight, courtesy of TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, comes the not so startling revelation that one or both Rangers' stalwarts could be on the move. Glen Sather has reportedly...

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...

Litmus Test: New York Rangers Host Blues, Kevin Klein Makes His Debut
January 23rd, 2014 at 3:14 PM
***PHOTO1***The St. Louis Blues, despite losing 3 of 4, have been one of the the leagues very best teams. At 33-11-5, the physically imposing Blues are 4th best in the league, and are tied for the lead with a 1.49 5 on 5 Goals For/Against Ratio. They're big, defensively sound,...

Sayonara DZ: Rangers Ship Michael Del Zotto to Preds for Defenseman Kevin Klein; is There More to Come?
January 22nd, 2014 at 3:28 PM
***PHOTO1***Bringing to fruition a move that's seemed inevitable for a long time now, the New York Rangers have shipped underachieving defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators for fellow D-man Kevin Klein. The 29-year old Klein--a right handed shot--has a goal and two assists this season for Nashville, to go...

Is There a Goalie in the House? Henrik Lundqvist Out with the Flu, Cam Talbot to Start Vs Islanders, Backup TBD
January 21st, 2014 at 2:59 PM
Anyone have a goalie in the family? Henrik Lundqvist, who has the flu, will not start for the New York Rangers tonight when they host the New York Islanders. Cam Talbot (10-3, 1.62 GAA, .940 SV%), who would lead the league in GAA and SV% if he had enough minutes to...

Rick Nash Strikes Twice, New York Rangers Continue to Inch up the Standings as They Cruise Past Washington 4-1
January 20th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
***PHOTO1***In a matchup of two teams headed in opposite directions, the team trending upwards came out on top. And it wasn't close. The New York Rangers trounced the free-falling Washington Capitals 4-1 at the Garden Sunday night, leading 3-0 after one, and cruising to victory. Rick Nash scored the first two...