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- The Rangers are just 4-10-1 against Eastern Conference opponents currently in the playoff picture.
- Chris Kreider has scored six goals and one assist for the CT Whale since being demoted just over two weeks ago.
- The Rangers are 11-5-1 when both Rick Nash and Marc Staal are in the lineup.
- The Rangers have allowed their opponents to score first in 18 of 28 games this season. They are 7-10-1 in those matches. (Via @RothmanHockey)
- Derek Stepan’s tying goal in the second period last night snapped a 129:55 team scoring drought. (Via @AGrossRecord)
- New York has scored three goals in its last four games.
- Henrik Lundqvist (264) is two wins away from tying Eddie Giacomin for second place on the all-time Rangers wins list. Mike Richter holds the record at 301. (Via @RangrsFan)
- Rick Nash ranks seventh in the NHL with 102 shots on goal.
- Lundqvist ranks eighth in the NHL with a 2.24 GAA and eighth with a .921 SV%.
- Lundqvist does not have a shutout this season after recording 19 over the last two seasons.
- In the second half of back-to-back sets during his career, Lundqvist is 38-17-7 with a 1.92 GAA, .932 SV% and six shutouts. (Via @Mike_Rappaport)
- Ryan Callahan ranks eighth in the league with 95 hits.
- Dan Girardi is fourth in the NHL with 76 blocked shots.
- The Rangers have 30 points in 28 games this season, which puts them on pace for 51 points. We projected it would take 53 points to make the playoffs this year.
- New York’s current pace would put the team on track for 87 points in a full 82-game season. The Blueshirts racked up 109 points last year.
- The Blueshirts had 38 points after 24 games last year.
Status of the Atlantic Division rivals
Penguins: 44 points. Next 5: vsWash, @NYI, vsPhi, vsMon, vsWpg
Devils: 32 points. Next 5: vsNYR, @Car, vsFla, @Ott, @TB
Islanders: 29 points. Next 5: vsOtt, vsMon, vsPit, vsFla, @Wash
Flyers: 27 points. Next 5: @Pit, vsNYR, vsNYI, vsBos, vsWash
Recent ex-Ranger watch
Brandon Prust - 25gp, 4g, 5a, +13, 81PIM. Remains out with a separated shoulder.
John Mitchell – 27gp, 9g, 6a, +8
Brandon Dubinsky - 18gp, 1g, 8a, 39PIM.
Artem Anisimov - 21gp, 6g, 2a
Tim Erixon - 21gp, 0g, 4a
Ruslan Fedotenko – 29gp, 1g, 7a
Wade Redden – 18gp, 2g, 2a
Mike Rupp – 26gp, 1g, 2a, 43PIM
- New York is ranked 27th in goals per game, 4th in goals against, 25th on the power play and 8th on the penalty kill.
- The Rangers are seventh in the NHL with a faceoff win percentage of 51.6%.
- New York has only scored 18 second period goals this season, fewest in the league.
- 7 teams are averaging more shots per game than New York’s 30.2.
- No team has scored fewer goals on the road than the Rangers (19). The Rangers have also allowed just 19 goals on the road this season, fewest in the NHL.
- New York ranks fourth overall with 851 total hits.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Rangers have recalled rookie Chris Kreider from the AHL after a one month stay with the Whale. Kreider, who was sent to Connecticut on February 28, scored six goals and added an assist in eight games since the demotion. Kreider seemed more confident with the puck and was making better decisions without the puck, which was a big part of the reason for his demotion.
To make room...
Back in the offseason I spoke frequently about the Rangers need to acquire players who fit their team template. The three main ingredients needed to restock the Rangers were roster balance, skating, and effort. As the deadline approaches, the Rangers should stick to those three ingredients when evaluating their own team and what’s available on the marketplace.
As for Tortorella...
Derek Stepan, just one of many reasons for optimism this season
There’s a million and one sporting clichés but one that often appears to ring true is how a team has to learn to lose and experience struggles before they can get to the top. The Rangers have struggled mightily at various stages this season. Perhaps, their struggles even began when they were outlasted by the Devils...
Since the last write up it has been a complete contrast in performance and results for the New York Rangers. A road trip that was seen as a definitive point in the New York Rangers season. With games against divisional rivals and positional rivals up and coming the Rangers needed points. They didn’t get them. [...]
With the Rangers down 1-0 to the Hurricanes and looking more lethargic by the second, it seemed like the season was slipping away in front of our eyes.
So in the second period when Riley Nash popped open on the crease and had the final nail in the Blueshirts coffin on his stick, Rangers fans saw this lost season flash in front of their eyes. That was until Henrik Lundqvist decided...
The Rangers finally righted the ship in more ways than one. They ended their scoreless streak at a little over two hours, they ended their pointless streak at three games, and snapped their three game losing streak. The Rangers came out flat in the first –as per usual– but dominated the second, third and overtime periods. The game was eventually won in a shootout when J.T. Miller...
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The Rangers succeeded last year because they executed. They followed the system, they executed and they won. Many are looking at the coaching staff for the three game slide, but in reality it’s about execution from the players.
It’s been widely known that coach Tortorella uses a 2-1-2 forecheck, which is not a defensive system. It’s a bit of a misnomer...
Rangers rookie J.T. Miller fumbled his way to a goal in the third round of a shootout and New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
The 20-year-old Miller skated in slowly on Dan Ellis and briefly lost the puck before calmly gathering it and scoring from a tough angle near the goal line. Rick Nash scored in the opening...
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After a hot start, the Devils have crashed back to Earth, and sit two points ahead of the Rangers in the standings, although the Rangers have a game in hand. In the month of March, the Devils have struggled mightily, posting a record of 3-4-2. For comparisons sake, the Rangers have a record of 5-4-0 in that span. This is one of those four point swing...
Bergen Record - Rangers halt three-game skid with 2-1 shootout win over Hurricanes
Bergen Record - Andrew Gross: John Tortorella safe behind bench ” for now
New York Post - Rangers end skid, now must ‘back it up’
New York Post - Lundqvist stands tall in moment of urgency
Daily News - Rangers back on track with 2-1 shootout win over Canes
New York Times...
The #NYR have recalled forward @chriskreider from @ctwhale and assigned Micheal Haley to the Whale
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 20, 2013
...got to admit this is very surprising considering Torts' comments yesterday. But I'll take it. Obviously, the move is to put Kreider on the third line with Miller and Boyle, while dropping Pyatt down to the fourth line...
TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers will complete their back-to-back set when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record [...]
The New York Rangers took to the ice in Newark against their cross town rivals, the New Jersey Devils, whom they trail by two points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With only twenty games remaining, these were two vital points, for both clubs. One thing you can count on with these two [...]
The latest from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
• The New York Rangers have been on the lookout for a top-four, right-handed defenseman and a source told me Tuesday that the Blueshirts have interest in veteran Dan Boyle from the Sharks. There’s an obvious connection there, with Rangers head coach John Tortorella having Boyle in Tampa when both won the Stanley Cup in 2004. ...
The New York Rangers (13-12-2) host the Carolina Hurricanes (15-11-1) at Madison Square Garden starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
Rangers Game Notes
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