Found February 25, 2013 on
from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal,
A willowy 28-year-old center for the Islanders, Nielsen was waiting to take his team's second shootout attempt during a game against the Rangers earlier this month. While Nielsen lingered at center ice, he said later, he set his mind to outsmarting goaltender Martin Biron—the two engaging in an unseen cat-and-mouse game that doesn't exist in regulation play but has defined Nielsen's career.
Over 355 games with the Islanders, Nielsen has 56 goals—his value is derived mainly from his conscientious defensive play. After scoring a career-high 17 goals last season, he's managed just two in 19 games this year. But whenever the Islanders find themselves in a game that's tied after overtime—so far this season, the Rangers game is the only one that has been—Nielsen morphs into their most important and dangerous player. He has scored on 24 of his 39 shootout tries. That success rate of 61.5% is nearly twice the league ...
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Today in his weekly Slap Shots column, Larry Brooks of the New York Post examines Brad Richards' slow start to the season and weighs the pros and cons of using a amnesty buyout on the Blueshirts alternate captain.
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The Bell Centre has been the Rangers "House of Horrors" the last few years, but last night it was taken to a whole new level.
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The first was to Ryan McDonagh, who according to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record...
Fantasy hockey owners can soon look forward to reactivating superstar Rick Nash into their starting - lineup. As reported by ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang, the sighting of winger Rick Nash Tuesday morning is good news for fans of the New York Rangers. "... Nash was back on the ice (wearing contact jersey) with the team for the morning skate as the Rangers prepare to...
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However, it is doubtful he will be ready to play tonight vs. Winnipeg (via Bergen Record)...
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I couldn't be more excited to announce that The New York Rangers Blog has partnered up with Rangers apparel company We Bleed Blue.
You may have already noticed the new ad on the blog, but the relationship doesn't end there.
I will be featuring various pieces of We Bleed Blue merchandise on the blog as well as coordinating numerous contests and viewing parties with...
Dan Riedlhuber , Edmonton Journal
As the powerplay continues to struggle, many are looking for ways that the Rangers can address this need and the need for a sixth defenseman. Ryan Whitney’s name has been thrown around for the past few weeks. Whitney is no different from any other acquisition, and there are pros and cons of trading for Whitney.
Whitney is in the last year...
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- Taylor Pyatt scored 3 goals in his first 4 games and none since. He is point-less in 9 straight. This was not unexpected.
- The Rangers have scored 7 power play goals as a team. James Neal has 8.
- Brian Boyle ranks 7th in the NHL with 61 hits.
- Henrik Lundqvist has a 2.28 GAA and a .918 SV%. He had a...
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Daily News - Gutsy Callahan not enough to lift shorthanded Rangers past Jets
New York Times - Depleted...
Lars Eller had a great response to John Tortorella's claim that Tuesday's game against the Canadiens was a boring one between two bad teams, with the Rangers being worse. Eller told a couple of reporters after Saturday's game, and quite candidly: "We love to piss that guy off."
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