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The Rangers Tribune:
Michael Del Zotto
New York Rangers
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 favorites to come out of this series as winners, but there’s more to New York against Ottawa than just standings. The postseason brings along with it a clean slate, so it wouldn’t be fair to base this series on what’s already occurred.
While you can argue that’s beneficial for the Senators, it is also a plus for the Rangers as well. Ottawa took three of four from New York during the regular season, and two of those three were by a three-goal margin. The Rangers unquestionably struggled with the Senators this year, but again, it’s a whole new playing field come time for the playoffs.
That said, there ...
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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...
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...
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 [...]
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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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...
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...
John Tortorella stared into a packed interview room on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
With several cameras in his face and a swarm of reporters another row back, the fiery coach of the New York Rangers impatiently awaited the first question.
Awkward silence followed until he broke it.
''Five, four, three,'' he counted down.
It was met with laughter, but...
“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.
Without further ado, here are our 2012 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Playoffs predictions and Stanley Cup picks. To keep the predictions more reader friendly, we each picked the first round and Stanley Cup Final.
Each series follows below, enjoy:
2012 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINALS
#1 New York Rangers vs. #8 Ottawa Senators
Todd Cordell: Ottawa won the season series and will...