Found April 07, 2014 on NY Rangers Blog:
Armed with a brand new toy (aka Jesper Fast), Alain Vigneault tinkered with the forward lines at practice this morning… Nash-Stepan-St. Louis Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello Hagelin-Richards-Fast Boyle-Moore-Dorsett AV said he has yet to decided if this will be his lineup tomorrow night against the Hurricanes. …there’s no trio going better on the Rangers than the Brassard line, which is why this might seem a bit unorthodox, but maybe AV should break them up to jump start the remainder of the line-up. …how about putting a playmaker like Zuccarello with Nash and Stepan and then get St. Louis paired with Brassard’s deft passing and Pouliot’s ability to go to the net? I know the third line would still have a major hole in the middle of it, but last time I checked the Rangers can’t buyout Richards in the middle of the season, so we’re kind of stuck. Meanwhile, Vigneault reports that Ryan McDonagh (shoulder), who was not on the ice today, is “coming along.” In other injury news, Chris Kreider...

Injury notes: Kreider, McDonagh skating

Per Andrew Gross, both Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider were skating today at the Rangers optional skate. Neither did intensive work, with McDonagh doing some light skating and Kreider gripping his stick with one hand, but it’s a good sign to see them skating. Alain Vigneault did not give a timetable for either’s return, but […]

Chris Kreider’s injury causing depth issues

When Chris Kreider went down with his hand injury last month, the Rangers needed to scramble to find options to fill his spot in the top-nine (AV uses his top-nine for scoring, and his fourth line for defense). After all, the Rangers were losing one of their fastest skaters, one of their more potent offensive […]

Martin St. Louis is killing the New York Rangers

Martin St. Louis finally scored a goal for the New York Rangers. It sealed a 3-1 victory at Vancouver and offered a glimmer of hope for the playoffs ahead.“It’s always nice to score goals, especially in a winning way,” St. Louis told reporters. “I guess the first one is the toughest one to get.”Apparently so, because St. Louis produced just one goal and three assists...

Debunking the “Vigneault doesn’t play the kids” myth

When Alain Vigneault had some choice comments for J.T. Miller following his demotion back to the AHL, after being given a golden opportunity to take a critical role for the Rangers, many fans called for AV’s head. The arguments thrown out had nothing to do with his successes as the coach this year, but that […]

Rangers clinch playoff spot with Devils loss last night

Some people will call this “backing into” the playoffs, but with the Devils loss last night, the Rangers have officially clinched a playoff spot. I say some people call it backing in because the Rangers still have three games left, so it’s not like they needed the loss. It just helped them clinch sooner. The […]

It’s Only Weird if it Works

On the community website Reddit, there is a sub-community called r/Rangers. r/Rangers is a tight knit community that actively participates in game threads, post-game threads, and a Lucky Guess game throughout the season. At about the midway point in the season, a redditor by the username of shy_guy_ry lost one of his prized possessions. A New York Rangers toaster. While it doesn’t...

Rangers recall Jesper Fast

The Rangers have recalled Jesper Fast from the Wolfpack. I guess Alain Vigneault figured out that playing Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore, and Dan Carcillo in the top six wasn’t the best idea? I would hope that Fast is given top six minutes at the start and not expected to play out of role on the fourth line. Fast is pretty fast and has played very well for the ‘Pack this season...

What Happens If John Tortorella Stays In Vancouver?

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province, Whether or not there is anything to the Trevor-Linden-for-president rumors out there, it certainly sounds like something that would please the Canucks’ fan base regardless of whether it’s an astute move or not — something that won’t be known until it’s well down the road. A businessman just looking at the Canucks...

Rangers can’t clinch, fall to Ottawa

The Rangers blew a golden opportunity to clinch a playoff spot last night, falling to the Ottawa Senators by a score of 3-2. Robin Lehner was the difference maker for the Sens, stopping 41 shots, including seven shot attempts in the final three minutes to keep the Rangers from getting that nice “X” next to […]

Rangers Talk Neil Hit

After last night’s game, Marc Staal was so infuriated with Chris Neil’s late hit he refused to speak with the press as he was too livid to talk. Staal, who is fine physically, was assessed a double minor for roughing after he jumped Neil in response to the predatory hit that was somehow unpenalized. The extra minor on Staal destroyed any possibility of the Rangers tying the game...

Game 80: Secure a non-wild card spot

In case you missed it, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot last night when the Devils lost to the Flames. That doesn’t mean the remaining three games are meaningless, as the Rangers would probably like to avoid the wild card and a date with the Penguins or Bruins in the first round. With the magic […]

Captain Henrik liked Tortorella's system until injuries sunk it

Even when professional athletes attempt to block out the distractions, the distractions still seem to find them. So there was Vancouver Canuck captain Henrik Sedin on Thursday night, standing in the pouring rain at son Valter's soccer practice, getting an earful about GM Mike Gillis's controversial 'line-in-the-sand' radio interview earlier that day. “I'm...

Devils Blanked by Flames, Rangers into the Postseason

The Look of Defeat. Sweet, Sweet, Defeat. With the Devils losing 1-0 to the Calgary Flames tonight, the Rangers clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Karri Ramo blanked the Devils with a 31 save shutout, and defenseman Mark Giordano scored the lone goal for the Flames. Although I’d rather have seen us into the playoffs with a win in one of our...

Richards' 2 power-play goals lift Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) Brad Richards scored two power-play goals, and the playoff-bound New York Rangers improved their chances for home-ice advantage in the first round with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Senators 3, Rangers 2

The New York Rangers (43-31-5) lost to the Ottawa Senators (33-31-14) by the score of 3-2, last night. For a box score go to Yahoo! Sports. …the first game home after a long road trip is always tough, so I wasn’t surprised to see the Rangers not have their “A” game, especially defensively. Someone needs to look up the record for worst shooting percentage in a season by an...
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