Found April 15, 2014 on Standing O Sports:
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has established himself as the king of the crease on the grandest stage, the world’s most famous arena. Throughout his career for the blue shirts, Lundqvist has conquered every mountain there is for an NHL goaltender. Most career wins and shutouts for the franchise? check. Being the team’s icon? check. Vezina trophy winner? check. There is only one hurdle left for Lundqvist to overcome – a Stanley Cup Championship. If Lundqvist wants to make a case for the Hall of Fame and cement his legacy as the greatest net minder in Rangers history, he needs to win a championship. There is no question that Lundqvist is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL, but to solidify his legacy he needs at least one Stanley Cup. Just look at other great goaltenders in recent memory. Martin Brodeur has three rings, and even Jonathan Quick has one. Hall of Famers Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek have a championship on their resume. In some Rangers fans eyes, Lundqvist ca

Why the Rangers need to address the center position this summer

Not a single team currently ranked lower than the Rangers in face-off percentage this year will be in the playoffs. The last four Stanley Cup Champions (Chicago (twice), LA and Boston) rank 5th, 3rd and 8th respectively in face-off success. All three of the Rangers centers relied on for their offense – Derick Brassard, Derek […]

Fast or Carcillo: Lineup decision plays key role

When Chris Kreider went down with his hand injury, the Rangers were left with a problem in their top-six forwards. There were few options to fill in for Kreider, and none that could provide the scoring threat that Kreider provides on a nightly basis. Dan Carcillo has been a pleasant surprise, and Jesper Fast has […]

Rangers Recall JT Miller

The New York Rangers have recalled JT Miller today, just ahead of the first round playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Wolf Pack’s season is practically over and I would expect an influx of ‘black aces’ in the near future. Miller was scolded in the media by Alain Vigneault on April 2nd, following his demotion to Hartford. Jesper Fast has fit nicely in his brief...

McDonagh’s Returning ; Which Defenseman Sits?

The Rangers’ borderline Norris-caliber defenseman Ryan McDonagh is returning to the lineup just in time for the start of the NHL playoffs. That’s good. The Rangers have seven defensemen on the roster who have justified, by some measure, a spot in the Game One lineup on Thursday. That’s also good. Unfortunately, Alain Vigneault can only dress six defensemen, and thus he has...

First Round Playoff Preview: Rangers vs. Flyers

War is upon us. On the eve of War. The Rangers set to battle Philly. Pretty much every title for this post I could think of had the word ‘battle’ or ‘war’ in it. Nothing against Ottawa, DC, or other markets we have squared off with in recent first rounds, but Philadelphia brings a different […]

Radio: Lundqvist Talks Not Having to Prove Anything In Playoffs, AV & Flyers

Yesterday, Henrik Lundqvist was a guest on the Michael Kay Radio Show (ESPN Radio) to discuss the playoffs and the Flyers… Here’s Lundqvist’s most memorable line: “I don’t feel I have to prove I can play in the playoffs, absolutely not. My last seven years in Sweden, I...

Vigneault Explains Miller “Commitment” Comment

After yesterday’s practice, Alain Vigneault mentioned that one of the reasons the Rangers recalled JT Miller is that he has the potential and skill set to be able to fill-in if someone in the lineup goes down. In response to that comment, Vigneault was pressed on his past remarks questioning Miller’s commitment… “I would say those comments might have been interpreted by you...

5 Thoughts: Rangers versus Flyers 2014 NHL Playoff Edition

1) The date is set, the New York Rangers will play the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 2014 NHL playoffs. The Rangers have the ‘advantage’ of home-ice against the Flyers in the series matchup. The advantage of home-ice is hard to figure, considering the Rangers have at times struggled at Madison Square Garden this season (and in season’s past). The Flyers have...

Rangers sign Union College defenseman Mat Bodie

The Frozen Four was awesome The New York Rangers have signed Union College defenseman Mat Bodie to an entry level contract. The signing marks the Rangers third dip into the college free agent market this spring. as it following the signing of RPI’s Ryan Haggerty and Vermont’s Chris McCarthy. The Rangers missed out on UMass-Lowell defenseman Christian Folin, who signed with the...

The Rangers will be a dangerous team in the playoffs

The title and story sounds familiar. The Rangers will be a dangerous team in the playoffs. The usual reason is because Henrik Lundqvist can steal a series, something he’s done multiple times in the past. But the Washington Capitals are not in the playoffs this year, so there needs to be a different narrative. This […]

Brassard Leaves Rangers Practice Early, While Mason Does Same For Flyers

First Rangers postseason practice and we’re already getting some bad news as Derrick Brassard had to leave practice early with a back injury. After practice, Alain Vigneault said he expects him to be ready for Game 1 on Thursday night. In Brassard’s absence, the recently recalled JT Miller took his place on the second power play. …while this doesn’t sound alarming initially...

Video- John Tortorella Not Happy With Bob Hartley

John Tortorella is not very fond of Calgary's head coach Bob Hartley and is upset about the hit on Daniel Sedin...

New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers: Stanley Cup 2014 first-round preview

This one could go either way. I am a believer that defence wins in the postseason and the New York Rangers are the defensive class in their first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. That being said, sometimes sheer intangibles win…Read more →The post New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers: Stanley Cup 2014 first-round preview appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Analyzing the series: What the Flyers and Rangers will bring in the playoffs

IMAGE COURTESY OF AMY IRVIN The NHL was looking for bitter rivals to meet up in the postseason when they introduced their new playoff format last summer, and that's exactly what they received with this series between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers. The Flyers may be in trouble with their visits to Madison Square Garden and facing Henrik Lundqvist with their...

Rangers in 7

The first ever all metropolitan division playoff series will see the second place New York Rangers take on the third place Philadelphia Flyers. This is going to be an intense, heated, tough series. These two teams hate each other and there isn't much separating them. I expect it to go the distance and wouldn't be surprised to see several games decided in overtime. I believe...
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