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New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils Preview

Tonight features yet another matchup between these bitter rivals. New York looks to kickstart a sputtering power play and improve on an overall dismal road record when they visit the Devils in New Jersey tonight. New York is second in the metropolitan division but only four points ahead of the Devils, who are in ninth place in the Eastern conference. “It’s important that we remain...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Has Alain Vigneault finally changed his defensive zone strategy?

Since Alain Vigneault’s arrival for the 2013-2014 season, the Rangers have been playing man-coverage in the defensive zone. The system was a stark contract from the low zone collapse played by John Tortorella, and there was a significant learning curve associated with the new system. The patience paid off. The Rangers had a very mobile […] The post Has Alain Vigneault finally...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault’s patience is being rewarded

Alain Vigneault has made many, many puzzling decisions over the course of the first 49 games this season – from his insistence on giving top minutes to Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, to his refusal to give Keith Yandle the lion’s share of power play time, to repeatedly dressing Tanner Glass. He’s not perfect – […] The post Alain Vigneault’s patience is being rewarded appeared...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Rangers: Time to rest up

The New York Rangers entered the All-Star break with a 6-3 home win over the Buffalo Sabres, a game that was a lot uglier than it should’ve been. After leading 3-1 they gave up two quick goals to tie it, but then got one right back from JT Miller again, who has just been unbelievable for this team. Rick Nash was out once again, as his knee was still not 100%, all because he was...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sabres-Rangers Preview

Alain Vigneault wasn't happy with the New York Rangers' latest performance. The coach's mood has a good chance to change with a matchup against the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers attempt to bounce back from a listless effort by beating the Sabres for a record eighth straight time Monday night at Madison Square Garden. New York (26-17-5) had a chance at its first three-game winning...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

What is actually wrong with the Rangers penalty kill?

Yesterday morning, the Rangers signed winger Daniel Paille because, as Alain Vigneault put it, “he is a solid fourth line penalty killer and our penalty kill needs help.” It’s no surprise that the Rangers are struggling on the penalty kill, they 25th in the league with a 78.9% kill rate. This is a huge contrast […] The post What is actually wrong with the Rangers penalty...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers-Hurricanes Preview

Struggles on special teams have the New York Rangers in search of answers, and they're finding very few on the road. Daniel Paille's possible debut combined with a meeting with the Carolina Hurricanes could solve those problems. The Rangers attempt to invigorate their special teams as they look to continue their dominance of the Hurricanes on Friday night. New York (25-16-5)...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Play Woes Plague New York Rangers

The New York Rangers have struggled mightily since getting off to a 14-2-2 start. A lot of their struggles are compounded by poor power play work. Over the last nine games the Rangers are a measly, paltry, embarrassingly 1 for 26 on the power play (a pitiful 3.8%). They’ve also allowed power play goals in three straight games and six of their last eight so special teams in general...
Via The Sports Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers-Flyers Preview

Confidence is driving the Philadelphia Flyers' turnaround, and it's especially evident at home. New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault claims he can still see the confidence in his team despite a rough stretch. With their new-found attitude, the Flyers go for a seventh straight home win Saturday against the Rangers. Philadelphia (19-15-7) missed the playoffs last season and began...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Rangers: Points are points, wins are wins

The New York Rangers won a huge game on home ice against the Boston Bruins to pick up a much-needed two points in the standings. The Rangers have recently been in a win-one, lose-one streak, but have quietly taken 5/6 possible points against the Stars, Capitals, and now the Bruins, who are three of the best teams in the league. This might be a possible sign of good things to come...
Via isportsweb.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruins-Rangers Preview

It's been three weeks since the Boston Bruins won consecutive games and nearly a month longer for the New York Rangers. While neither is in position to do so Monday night at Madison Square Garden, both will be looking for the makings of such momentum that came consistently earlier in the season. Both teams fell just short of consecutive wins Saturday with Boston (21-14-5) losing...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Rangers Must Rebound Now if They Want Playoff Chance

The New York Rangers started off the season strong. They currently sit in sixth place in the East, but they are only two points in front of ninth seed Ottawa. The team, which is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games, must turn their game around now if they hope to make the 2016 Playoffs. Head coach Alain Vigneault was hired after the team fell apart thanks to their poor play under former...
Via The Sports Journal
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Adjustments Alain Vigneault must make to turn season around

It is often said in the sports business that the third season in a coach’s tenure is sometimes their most difficult. Players tend to tire from the same voice. A coach’s tendencies with x’s and o’s tend to become a little stagnant and predictable for the opposition. Players end up unhappy with their roles and can […] The post Adjustments Alain Vigneault must make to turn...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Should Kevin Hayes be a healthy scratch?

Alain Vigneault stunned fans the other day when he called out Kevin Hayes’ work ethic and performance of late while confirming that Hayes would be a healthy scratch for the Rangers’ ECF rematch against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. Given the kind of controversy this decision has provoked, it’s worth taking a closer look at […] The post Should Kevin Hayes be a healthy scratch...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning game preview

TV: NBC Sports Time: 8 p.m. Alain Vigneault is trying to shake the New York Rangers out of their funk, so he's shuffling the lines. And right now, there's no room for the struggling Kevin Hayes.With Hayes a healthy scratch for the first time this season, the Rangers attempt to snap their longest road losing streak in almost seven years Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning...
Via AP on Fox
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Hayes Healthy Scratch Needs To Be The Wakeup Call

The Rangers stayed in Nashville on Tuesday before setting off to Tampa after sustaining their latest drubbing of the season, a 5-3 loss to the Predators and practiced at Bridgestone Arena with one very noticeable change in the lineup… Kevin Hayes skating as an extra. Alain Vigneault said the usual things when a top player is sent to the press box, but offered this one striking...
Via NY Rangers Blog
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers-Lightning Preview

Alain Vigneault is trying to shake the New York Rangers out of their funk, so he's shuffling the lines. And right now, there's no room for the struggling Kevin Hayes. With Hayes a healthy scratch for the first time this season, the Rangers attempt to snap their longest road losing streak in almost seven years Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. New York (20-13-4)...
Via AP on Fox
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault: Kevin Hayes 'not good enough'

The New York Rangers have gone 3-6-1 over their last 10 games, and head coach Alain Vigneault was not afraid to single out a certain player for the team's struggles.That player: forward Kevin Hayes."I think we all have our tipping points, and I think Kevin has had an extra-long leash, especially considering [center Derek Stepan] was out for quite some time," Vigneault said in regard...
Via Yardbarker
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Practice notes: Kevin Hayes, Dylan McIlrath to be scratched

Per Andrew Gross, Alain Vigneault is scratching Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath against Tampa Bay tomorrow night. The lines/pairings: J.T. Miller-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast Chris Kreider-Oscar Lindberg-Emerson Etem Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Viktor Stalberg Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi Marc Staal-Dan Boyle Keith Yandle-Kevin Klein I don’t know...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Mailbag: How has Alain Vigneault done?

Two questions for the mailbag. These came in a while ago, but I honestly haven’t had the chance to address. Sorry for the delay. As always, if you have questions, submit via the mailbag tool on the right. RFiB asks: What are your opinions of the job AV has done through his 2+ years as […] The post Mailbag: How has Alain Vigneault done? appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Ducks take on Rangers Tuesday afternoon

Strong defensive play and stingy goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist were keys to the New York Rangers winning the Presidents' Trophy last season.That's reason enough for coach Alain Vigneault to believe there's a solution to their current slump.While Lundqvist is likely to get a chance to shake out of his own funk, the Rangers attempt to avoid their longest slide in two years Tuesday...
Via Fox Sports
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Ducks-Rangers Preview

Strong defensive play and stingy goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist were keys to the New York Rangers winning the Presidents' Trophy last season. That's reason enough for coach Alain Vigneault to believe there's a solution to their current slump. While Lundqvist is likely to get a chance to shake out of his own funk, the Rangers attempt to avoid their longest slide in two years...
Via AP on Fox
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Stoll’s Rangers exit should be a lesson for Alain Vigneault

The news that Jarret Stoll was waived on Monday afternoon should only come as a surprise because of Alain Vigneault’s perceived loyalty to his players however Stoll’s play (declining on a game by game basis) will have never won him any loyalty from his coach. As such the Rangers have started to make moves to […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers place veteran forward Stoll on waivers

The New York Rangers placed slumping veteran forward Jarret Stoll on waivers.Stoll has just one goal and two assists in 29 games, and had gone 18 games without a point. Stoll is a 13-season NHL veteran and won two Stanley Cup titles with the Los Angeles Kings before signing with the Rangers in free agency last summer.Coach Alain Vigneault announced the decision after practice.Stoll...
Via AP on Fox
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

New lines heading into tonight’s game

Alain Vigneault shook up the lines a bit during yesterday’s practice. This usually happens with injuries and following a loss. Chris Kreider-Oscar Lindberg-Rick Nash Kevin Hayes-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello J.T. Miller-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast Tanner Glass-Jarret Stoll-Viktor Stalberg The defense pairings remain the same. Emerson Etem will be a healthy scratch.  
Via Blue Seat Blogs
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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