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The Rangers are struggling so badly to score consistently that coach Alain Vigneault is entertaining the idea of playing a more conservative game.
“(Monday night’s 5-0 loss to the Lightning) was our 24th game, and in 15 of those games we’ve scored two goals or less,” Vigneault said after practice Tuesday afternoon. “That’s a pretty good chunk if you want a segment that tells you what you have. There’s a chunk there that tells us we’re not scoring a lot. Maybe we’ve got to play even tighter to the vest than we are and go into games with that mentality of (trying to win) 2-1.”
The thought sounds frighteningly familiar, but it’s also clear Vigneault would follow through on that idea only as a last resort. Tuesday, he ran an hour-long “offensive-skill” focused practice, reflected optimistically on his team’s frequent chances and puck possession in defeat, and changed little to nothing about his lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.
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After a run that saw the Rangers score just nine goals in seven games, Alain Vigneault has shaken up his lines (per Pat Leonard). The only line that remains intact is the Kreider-Stepan-Zuccarello line:
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
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Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett
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Here is a not-so-modest, but sensible, proposal: A real trade between the Isles and Rangers.
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The Michael Del Zotto saga has been enduring media attention for over a week, as rumours continue to dominate Twitter and message boards. The Ranger puck mover was healthy scratched again tonight, fuelling speculation that he is being shopped, and…Read more →The post New York Rangers: Michael Del Zotto trade talk heating up appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
The Rangers got away with another one last night after getting dominated in their own end for most of the game, yet they were able to come out with a big win on the road. The Panthers came hard, just as we expected they would, and put 51 shot attempts towards Hank’s direction, while the Rangers countered with 32.
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Like so many times before, with so many eyes watching him, he found a way to deliver.
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Hey, remember those rumours that Ottawa was kicking the tires on New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto?
No match between Sens and NYR on Del Zotto. Told Ott made Gryba, Greening and Condra available. Fit wasn't right for NYR.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 26, 2013
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