Found April 10, 2012 on
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
It's the most wonderful time of the hockey year and I am going to celebrate it by breaking down every series. I will also be tracking scoring chances, this one I'm about to talk about not being one of them. The Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers both have terrific bloggers who already track scoring chances for their respective teams and I am sure that they are looking forward to what should be a great series. I have a feeling that this series should be a lot closer than most people are predicting because Ottawa is a little better than a lot of people give them credit for and at the same time, the Rangers aren't as good as their #1 seed indicates.
We will break this series down after the jump.
The interesting thing about this series is that both teams have been relatively even at controlling possession at even strength.
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The New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators have never before met beyond regular season play, but that will change Thursday night at Madison Square Garden when the Blueshirts host the Sens in game one of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. A top seed versus bottom seed match-up is often one that isn’t very difficult to predict before it begins, and the Rangers are arguably...
The details are still a little bit hazy, but Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Rangers have agreed to terms with top prospect Chris Kreider. Kreider has been the topic of much debate, and until details are known, we won’t know if the ELC starts for this season or next. But, the one thing we do know is that Kreider will be with the Rangers organization next season at the latest...
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Chris Kreider. Kreider, 20, was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. On Saturday, he captured his second NCAA Championship in three seasons with Boston College, [...]
The New York Rangers will not begin their 2012 postseason campaign until Thursday when they host the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden for game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Typically, not until after a team is eliminated, or never eliminated for one lucky club, from the playoffs is when one would assess their season as a whole. For the 2011-12 New York Rangers...
New York Rangers stud right wing Marian Gaborik missed Monday's practice with the flu and captain Ryan Callahan was also absent due to personal reasons.
The pair is expected to be available for Thursday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators.
Gaborik collected 41 goals, 35 assists and 34 penalty minutes for the top...
There are times this season that I laughed til I cried, cried til I laughed, sighed, and wanted to facepalm myself repeatedly. But it’s all part of the beauty of being a Rangers’ fan. The Good: This year we saw the emergence of some young talent that the Rangers have. Guys like Mats Zuccarello, Stu [...]
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist appears on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.
That's noteworthy for a number of reasons as the last Rangers representative to adorn the cover of the magazine was Wayne Gretzky on April 26, 1999. Gretzky had just retired from the NHL.
Superstitious fans might also note Lundqvist's picture on the magazine - since...
Tom Awad at ESPN Insider takes a look at four players whose impact on their team's potential postseason success far outweighs their reputation, including Ryan McDonagh..."McDonagh had the seventh-highest Quality of Competition among all NHL players and the highest on the Rangers; Girardi was 12th in the league. McDonagh also started only 43 percent of his shifts in the offensive...
John Tortorella spoke on a variety of topics following Tuesday's practice including the team's power play, what playoff seedings mean, the importance of having a healthy Ryan Callahan, and much more...
To watch at MSG.com, click here.Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, Brian Boyle, and Marc Staal discuss a number of playoff topics...
To watch at MSG.com, click here.Remember...
Here's video of Henrik Lundqvist's Sports Illustrated cover shoot...
To watch at SI.com, click here.H/T to Kevin Baumer.Speaking of fun videos, here's one of the Rangers discussing their favorite pre-game song, Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It"...
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The following is a piece on the New York Rangers’ playoff hopes I contributed over at Liam Maguire’s Ultimate Hockey web site.
I was probably being too optimistic but nevertheless, I believe it is a good take on the Rangers this season:
To win the Stanley Cup, hockey teams must win a lot of games, pull together and play the right way, sacrifice their bodies and be willing...
Julie Robenhymer at HockeyBuzz says Chris Kreider will be ready if called upon in the playoffs..."He's not your average college player. He's 6'3 and 225 pounds with tree trunks for legs who is fast, agile, skilled, has great vision, knows how to use the body and, perhaps most importantly, wants to get better. He's very coachable and wants to contribute to whatever...
Here's your first view of Chris Kreider in a Rangers practice uniform (via Rangers Twitter)...The Rangers report that Kreider is practicing on the third line with Brian Boyle, Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko....welcome to New York, Chris!!!!!
...wonder if Dubi and Feds are a little worried having Kreider on their line.Here's a salary update on Kreider...Kreider gets...
As if squandering the chance on the last game of the season at their first Presidents’ Trophy since the 1993-94 season weren’t enough, the New York Rangers head in to the first round against a resurgent Ottawa Senators team who took three out of four games against New York in the regular season. This will [...]
“I think I look at it as it could be my last playoffs and I’m going to treat it as such, too. Who knows if I’m playing next year (or) if we’ll get back to the playoffs—you just want to make sure you enjoy it and make the most of it.”
-Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators. More on Alfredsson from Erin Nicks at NHL.com.