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New York Rangers Vs. Montreal Canadians Preview: the Mirror Image of Myself Is…
May 16th, 2014 at 4:05 PM
        #484491599 / gettyimages.com The Conference Finals matchup between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadians features two teams that are remarkably similar. Both are small and speedy, have their greatest strength in net, are deep defensively, will struggle to score at times, and neither has made a trip to the Stanley...

No Shortage of New York Rangers Who Need to Step up as Game 7 Looms
April 30th, 2014 at 3:23 PM
For the second time in as many years, the New York Rangers find themselves in a do-or-die game 7 with less than 24 hours to prepare. This year, they'll have the comfort of home ice -- where two of their three wins this series have come -- to fall back on,...

The New York Rangers Should Be Itching for a Shot at Shaky Pittsburgh
April 29th, 2014 at 3:14 PM
These aren't your fathers Pittsburgh Penguins, no sir. Other than the two names at the top of the marquee, the Pittsburgh team that struggled so mightily to dispatch hardworking but under-talented Columbus in six games bares little resemblance to the championship squad of five years ago. Heck, these guys aren't...

At Long Last, Martin St. Louis is Showing the New York Rangers What He’s Capable Of
April 24th, 2014 at 11:36 PM
One of the biggest "what ifs" entering the playoffs was: how good can the Rangers be if Martin St. Louis plays like the two-time Art Ross winner he is? Three games -- and five points -- later, and we're getting closer to answering that question. St. Louis' struggles upon first arriving...

New York Rangers Squander Golden Opportunity, Now Likely Find Themselves in Yet Another Long Series
April 21st, 2014 at 3:32 PM
Unless the New York Rangers find a way to take two in Philly this week, odds are they're in for a long, hard fought series with the Philadelphia Flyers -- which really isn't a surprise. Ask any panel of NHL experts, and nearly all of them would've said this series...

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,...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Bested by Bishop: New York Rangers Can’t Solve Big Ben, Fall to the Lightning 2-1
January 15th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
***PHOTO1***Like the Beatles, a long summer day, and the 1994 hockey season, all good things must come to an end.  The New York Rangers' 3-game winning streak--which saw them play some of their best hockey of the year--was snapped Tuesday night when they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Victor Hedman and...

New York Rangers Go for 4 in a Row Tonight Vs Tampa
January 14th, 2014 at 2:40 PM
***PHOTO1***The New York Rangers will seek to extend their winning streak to a season-long 4 games when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town tonight. In the words of the immortal Lou Brown of Major League fame, winning streaks have happened before (click Lou's name if you're unfamiliar with the scene. If...

New York Rangers Blitz Flyers Early, Henrik Lundqvist Stellar Late in 4-1 Win
January 13th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
***PHOTO1***The New York Rangers came out of the gate like a runaway freight train, led 2-0 before the game was three minutes old, and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the division rival Philadelphia Flyers. Dan Carcillo, Rick Nash, Derick Brassard and Chris Kreider lit the lamp for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made...

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 Upend Defending Champs 3-2
January 9th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
***PHOTO1***A show of hands, who honestly expected that? Anyone? The New York Rangers played as well as anyone could've possibly expected--given the opponent--in dispatching the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on the road. Brad Richards, Mats Zuccarello, and Carl Hagelin all scored their 11th of the season--with Hagelin's rebound goal in the 3rd proving...

Game Preview: New York Rangers Vs. Chicago Blackhawks
January 8th, 2014 at 4:05 PM
***PHOTO1***Bring on the Blackhawks! Or is it: Bring on the Blackhawks....(cue the foreboding organ music in the background)? For some fans, it will be a feeling of dread, for others, excitement, as the New York Rangers take the ice against the defending Stanley Cup champs tonight in Chicago. The Blackhawks have slumped...