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The Rangers opened the season 3-4-0. Sure, it’s not the start everyone had envisioned, especially with both Ryan Callahan and Chris Kreider out with injuries, but it’s only marginally worse than last year’s 3-2-2 start through seven games. That start included four games against non-playoff teams. This year the Rangers played the Penguins twice, the Flyers twice, and the Bruins twice. That’s six games against playoff teams.
If you told me that the Rangers would be 3-4-0 after this seven game stretch, I’d take it. I may not like it, but it’s a lot better than what could have been. In the month of February, the Rangers will play 12 games, nine against teams that missed the playoffs last season. Sure, the Lightning (two games) are 5-1-0 to start the season, but for comparison’s sake, the Islanders are 4-2-1. That’s not a slight against the Lightning, but hot starts fade.
Using last year as a barometer, the Rangers still went 0-1-1 in their next two games before really opening things up. After that, they won seven in a row, before going 3-2-0 to close out the month. To put the numbers together, the Rangers started last year at 3-3-3. They finished November with a record of 13-5-2. A lot can happen over the course of a month, and last year’s top-seed in the Eastern Conference also had a sub-par start to the season.
The Rangers had arguably the hardest start to the season. They survived it, managing to get three wins in the process. It wasn’t pretty, and it likely won’t be pretty until the club really hits its stride after two or three more games. Once they get Cally and Kreider back (assuming it’s the playoff Kreider), then their depth problem won’t be exploited as badly as it has been.
Based on the reaction from last night’s game, there’s a lot of ship-jumping at the moment. Such is a by-product of being a New York sports fan. We live and die by the teams we love. But in all the hype, let’s remember that 41 games still remain in this season. The Rangers are only three points behind the Devils for the Atlantic lead, five points behind Ottawa for the conference lead, and two points behind Pittsburgh for a playoff spot.
Remember, it could be worse. We could be Philadelphia, Washington, or Florida. All three made the playoffs last year. All three are in the cellar of the Eastern Conference.
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The Rangers could be looking at some time without one of their best players.
Captain Ryan Callahan suffered what appeared to be a pretty painful left arm injury Tuesday night in the third period of New York’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Callahan took exception to a little extracurricular activity from Philly’s Max Talbot around the Rangers net, and the two ended up...
After hearing the news that Ryan Callahan will only miss 10 - 14 days with a shoulder subluxation, Rangers Nation exploded into obvious rejoice. However, there was one person who sent out a word of caution...
Quick warning ... though it's probably uncommon, another NYR captain, Barry Beck, had his career wrecked by recurring shoulder subluxations
— Rangers Report...
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be sidelined for 10 to 14 days after hurting his shoulder in New York's victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
Callahan scored the winning goal against the Flyers but was injured early in the third period during a scuffle with Philadelphia forward Max Talbot.
After undergoing an MRI on Wednesday, Callahan was diagnosed with a subluxation...
Per Bob McKenzie, captain Ryan Callahan is out 10-14 days with a shoulder subluxation, which means that Cally’s shoulder popped out of its socket real fast, then settled back in. This could have been a lot worse, but the Rangers will definitely miss Cally while he is out for those two weeks.
While he’s out, expect Carl Hagelin and Taylor Pyatt to get a lot of time with Derek Stepan.
An MRI performed on Wednesday revealed that New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan suffered a shoulder subluxation and is expected to be sidelined for 10-14 days, NHL.com reported. Callahan was injured while fighting with Maxime Talbot during Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The players fell to the ice during the fight, and when Callahan arose he held...
Ryan Callahan will undergo MRI on his shoulder this afternoon...
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 30, 2013
The injury was to his left shoulder and the results should be available by tomorrow.
...the next 24-hours is going to feel like 24 days waiting for the results of that MRI. Everyone say a little prayer before they go to bed tonight.
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These videos were filmed before Ryan Callahan injury news was released...
...love seeing Torts staying so positive and confident about his team despite losing Callahan.
...while I'm just as guilty as the next guy for criticizing Torts on a multitude of issues, I can say that this guy cares about the success of the Rangers organization and his players. It's why...
Since we don't get to see them too often, I figured I'd post last night's power play goal scored by Ryan Callahan...
The Rangers are now 3-for-24 on the power play this season.
...oh my God a power play goal, quick someone get Mike Sullivan a contract extension.
...actually, to be fair, the power play has looked much more effective the last two games...
Bergen Record - Rangers' Ryan Callahan to miss 10-14 days
Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Mixed bag for forward
New York Post - Rangers’ Callahan to miss 10-14 days
New York Post - Injured Kreider starts skating again
Daily News - Callahan to miss two weeks with shoulder injury
New York Times - Shoulder Injury Sidelines the Rangers’ Captain
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Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Matt Gilroy will make his 2013 season debut on the final defensive pair with Anton Stralman tonight vs. the Penguins. This move means that Stu Bickel will be moved up to play on the fourth line and Steve Eminger will again be a healthy scratch.
...welp, had to figure Gilroy would get a shot eventually and with the high scoring Pens...
The New York Rangers appear to be back on track after a poor start to the season. The opposite has been true for the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose sudden dropoff after a solid opening has them searching for answers.
The Rangers, though, will try to begin making do without captain Ryan Callahan as they look to stop a pair of losing streaks against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Just a few days ago I was feeling real good about the Rangers newly acquired depth F’s, Benn Ferriero and Jason Arnott. Then, just as soon as it happened, the Arnott deal fell apart after the veteran failed his physical and a few days after that captain Ryan Callahan appeared to have suffered a serious [...]
The Rangers complete their three-game homestand tonight against the Penguins with mixed emotion. On the one hand, they are going for their third win a row, fourth in five games and attempting to get revenge for the beat down Pittsburgh gave them on January 19 at MSG. On the other, this will be the first of what is expected to be six contests without their captain Ryan Callahan, who...
Much of the fan base was in the tizzy about how the New York Rangers opened the lockout-shortened season and rightfully so. They looked out-of-sync, a step slow and, at times, completely lost. Not the winning brand of hockey we've grown accustom to here. And not the type of hockey that will get you a spot in the playoffs for a chance to win a Stanley Cup that everyone has predicted...