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Marc Staal returned last night, will Ryane Clowe follow on Wednesday? (Photo: Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
What, you thought this was going to be easy? The 2011-2012 Rangers came within two points of winning the President’s Trophy and still needed two seven-game series to get to the Eastern Conference Finals, so why would the 2013 version, which had to scratch and claw just to get into the postseason, have an easier time?
So far in this series, all that’s happened is that each team has held its home-ice advantage. New York must simply continue that pattern tomorrow night to even the series and there were plenty of reasons to believe that’s possible during last night’s thriller.
The power play, which had been the greatest source of frustration through two games, directly led to two goals and generated all kinds of pressure. Conversely, the Rangers finally figured out that they need to stay out of the box against the NHL’s best power play. It’s no coincidence that the team that had the special teams advantage has won every game of this series.
Marc Staal returned and was quietly effective in 17:17; you can only expect him to get more comfortable from here. Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett also looked much better in their second games back in the lineup. And it’s very likely that another key reinforcement is on the way, as Ryane Clowe will likely make his return on Wednesday, possibly in Darroll Powe’s place.
Most importantly, the Rangers finally put some goals on the board. There’s nothing worse for a team’s confidence and hopes of coming back than a feeling that it can’t score, just ask any number of Henrik Lundqvist’s opponents over the years. After goals by Boyle and Arron Asham, Braden Holtby suddenly looks very human. On top of that secondary offense the Rangers finally got come contributions from their big guns. Derek Stepan, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard all got on the board in a big way and may be ready to settle into the vastly different style of play in the postseason.
Of course, for all the problems that were rectified in Game Three, a disturbing new one arose. The Rangers, who were among the league’s best teams at even strength this season, were completely dominated five-on-five by Washington at Madison Square Garden. That wasn’t the case through the first two games of the series, but it’s a trend that certainly can’t continue.
So, what does all that mean? Not much. It’s a new series now, and all that matters is outplaying the Capitals for 60 minutes on Wednesday. If the Rangers do, they’ll have all the momentum heading back to Washington for a pivotal Game Five. If they don’t, the Capitals are right back in control and the Rangers are one game away from golfing.
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Per Katie Strang, the Rangers have activated Marc Staal off injured reserve. This is not a guarantee that he will play tonight, but it is very likely he will be back. Staal will likely replace Steve Eminger in the lineup.
from Howie Kussoy of the New York Post,
Staal played 17:17, alongside Anton Stralman, and said he felt good physically and with his conditioning, while acknowledging his timing needs improvement, particularly in making his return to the faster pace of the playoffs.
Staal said his return was delayed by issues that arose with his eye last week, which have since cleared, but...
Per Dan Rosen, Ryane Clowe is participating in practice today in a full contact jersey. This is the first time Clowe is in a contact jersey since his injury, and his second practice. With the Rangers in desperate need of offense, Clowe’s return to the lineup would be a big one.
Per Rosen, Marc Staal was also at practice today in a full contact jersey.
Marc Staal's return to the New York Rangers' lineup following a serious eye injury lasted only one game as he is sitting out Game 4 of the first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Staal played on Monday for the first time since March 5 when he was struck in the right eye by a deflected puck. Vision problems forced him to miss 29 games before...
The New York Rangers have activated defenseman Marc Staal from the injured reserve list and should be ready to suit up Monday night. Staal was nailed by a puck close to his eye in early March and has been suffering from blurry vision ever since.
The post New York Rangers Activate Marc Staal From Injured Reserve appeared first on FFLockerRoom | NFL - MLB News | Fantasy Sports Advice...
It certainly would be a boost for the Rangers if Staal does play tonight.
I don't "know" anything for certain, but if Marc Staal plays for NYR tonight I "think" I will be not surprised.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 6, 2013
Three nights after Sidney Crosby made his return to the Penguins’ lineup, Marc Staal did the same for the Rangers.
Staal, who hadn’t played in over two months since taking a puck to the face back on March 5, didn’t have quite the personally successful return that Crosby did (he was a minus-one with no points in 17:17 of ice time while the Pittsburgh captain scored twice in...
I have hit a stretch busy and busy between weekday stuff and then a couple of booked weekends. But along the way, I have been doing a rambling version of writing that includes player and team assessments leading into how I would try to remold the team for next year. So I don't do the thing where I put up 2-3 of these on a reasonable schedule and then get sidetracked for 2 weeks...
practice was very quick...Ryane Clowe did skate in a regular practice jersey...Carl Hagelin was given a maintenance day
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) May 5, 2013
Here's Clowe on his status for tomorrow's game (via Daily News)...
"When I do get back in the lineup, I think I can make an impact."
...he's in tomorrow, no doubt. And I'm confident...
After this morning's optional practice in which Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) participated, he told Steve Zipay at Newsday that there is a good chance he plays in Game 4 tonight.
There were no spare forwards on the ice, meaning Clowe is all but assured to be back in the line-up.
Zipay adds that Darroll Powe (concussion) did not skate, while Rick Nash, who was given a maintenance...
Lots going on at the Rangers optional practice. Some good, some not so much.
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that Ryane Clowe still isn't sure if he'll play tonight, however, Pat Leonard at the Daily News expects Clowe to take Arron Asham's spot in the line-up after the former Shark left practice early while Asham remained on the ice with the other likely scratches...
Per Dan Rosen, Ryane Clowe left the optional skate early this morning, while Arron Asham stayed on the ice a bit longer. This generally suggests that Asham will be a scratch, and Clowe will make his return to the lineup. Rosen also noted that Marc Staal is physically ready (reading between the lines of his tweet), but it’s more of a mental thing with Staal. He has to be able...
Prior to Game 2, most of the discussion centered around who might be ready to play in order to add some depth and physical play to the roster. Well, we got half our wish as Derek Dorsett made his Rangers' debut and Brian Boyle returned from a knee injury, while Ryane Clowe and Marc Staal were deemed not ready. The lineup with the returning players to start the game was: Hagelin...
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As this series comes to New York with the Rangers trailing 2-0, the only thing that matters right now is a victory. The Rangers might be getting Ryane Clowe back in the lineup tonight as Arron Asham appears to be scratched, and there’s a slight chance Marc Staal might come back as well, likely for Steve Eminger. Both are critical pieces in helping the...
The Rangers won Game Three, which was a must-win. Funny thing is that Game Four is also a must-win. The Rangers can ill-afford to head to Washington down 3-1, so tonight is another game where the Rangers need to get their W. The good news is that Ryane Clowe is back, in place of the injured Darroll Powe. This means that for the first time, the Rangers have all of their...