Practice notes: Hayes to RW, Miller to third line

Alain Vigneault tried out some new lines at practice today, and it is likely these are the lines for tonight’s game against Nashville. Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Kevin Hayes J.T. Miller-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast Dominic Moore-Jarett Stoll-Viktor Stalberg Emerson Etem is the healthy forward scratch. The defense remained the same.
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Thoughts: 11/17

1. Trying to make sense of the Rangers hot start which has understandably generated conversations in the analytics community as to whether what the Rangers are doing is “sustainable.” What Corsi/Fenwick doesn’t measure is goaltending, which in my opinion, causes the Rangers to become the control group currently in the grand experiment of advanced statistics. My argument for...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mixed feelings among NHL coaches in regard to net size

The discussion over the size of nets in the NHL has grown into quite the topic of conversation—as if debating whether three-on-three OT is terrible or the coaches’ challenges are effective isn’t enough to keep everyone occupied in between watching hockey games.The lack of scoring in conjunction with the size of the nets and goalie equipment reportedly became a talking point...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Rangers missing a trick with Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath?

There are many different ways to develop prospects but are the Rangers – and coach Alain Vigneault – mishandling Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath? Sometimes a team needs to let a player grab a regular spot even before he’s earned his role. Maybe the Rangers need to lengthen the leash for Etem and McIlrath while the season is […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

The benefits of a Dan Boyle/Dylan McIlrath rotation

Over the weekend, Alain Vigneault spoke with Dan Boyle, and said that he would be getting more time off as a healthy scratch throughout the season. The reasoning is that the Rangers have a fairly condensed schedule, with 17 back-to-backs and about ten (I think) three-in-fours. While Boyle is better defensively than he receives credit, […]
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

What should the Rangers do with Emerson Etem?

The New York Rangers enter a short road trip tonight starting with a 9:00 EST game in Colorado against the struggling Avalanche. Rick Nash managed to tweak his back during practice and is considered day-to-day, which means that Emerson Etem gets another chance to play. Interestingly enough, Etem might actually get a chance to play in the top six for Alain Vigneault in order to see...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Practice notes: Miller back on the second line

Per Andrew Gross, Alain Vigneault moved J.T. Miller up to the second line with Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan. Jesper Fast was back to the fourth line, rotating with Dominic Moore, Jarret Stoll, and Emerson Etem. The other two lines remained the same. The defense pairings remained the same.
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers' Alain Vigneault calls out Yoenis Cespedes for leaving World Series game

Alain Vigneault was not impressed by Yoenis Cespedes's performance in Game 5 of the World Series. Scott Levy Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty ImagesThere is likely no player who wants to leave a World Series game due to injury -- especially a decisive Game 5 -- but it looks like NHL coach Alain Vigneault does not believe one player on the New York Mets left it all on the field in the final...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Injury update: Viktor Stalberg skating, medically cleared to play

Viktor Stalberg was skating with the team during this morning’s practice, and was medically cleared to play. There was some changes to the lines in practice, and it appears Alain Vigneault will be holding Stalberg out for at least the weekend: Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast J.T. Miller-Kevin Hayes-Oscar Lindberg Jarret Stoll-Dominic […]
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

A quick Sunday rant

I’ll preface this short post by letting you know that this will be a rant. The Rangers game last night wasn’t pretty, and after reading Alain Vigneault’s comments about the current roster situation yesterday, one has to wonder if there will be changes tonight. But I think that this tweet I posted last night is […]
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October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Practice notes: Hayes back at center

Alain Vigneault shuffled the lines at yesterday’s practice, moving Kevin Hayes back to center on the third line: Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Jesper Fast Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller Jarret Stoll-Dominic Moore-Viktor Stalberg The defense pairings remained the same. This is the expected lineup for tonight’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
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October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Glass Clears Waivers, Assigned To Wolf Pack

Tom Kuhnhackl (PIT) and Bobby Sanguinetti (BUF) on waivers. Tanner Glass (NYR) clears waivers. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 21, 2015 #NYR head coach Alain Vigneault said Tanner Glass has been sent to Hartford, mentions cap implications. — Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey) October 21, 2015 Though it would have been incredible to get out from under Glass’ terrible...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Sharks-Rangers Preview

With the New York Rangers mired in a three-game losing streak, coach Alain Vigneault claims goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is his best player now. The San Jose Sharks have yet to lose with Martin Jones as their starting goalie. Jones is expected to return to the crease for the visiting Sharks on Monday night in his first career appearance against the struggling Rangers. New York (3...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

New lines for today’s game against the Devils

Alain Vigneault shook up the lines and defense pairings for today’s game against the Devils: Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Jesper Fast Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller Viktor Stalberg-Dominic Moore-Jarret Stoll Ryan McDonagh-Kevin Klein Keith Yandle-Dan Girardi Marc Staal-Dan Boyle PP1: Keith Yandle, Dan Boyle, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan...
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October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Boyle/Fast in tomorrow, maybe Etem as well

Dan Boyle took rushes with Marc Staal today at practice, and Alain Vigneault confirmed that he will return to the lineup tomorrow night. Boyle was a healthy scratch last night, as Dylan McIlrath took his spot in the lineup. Best guess is that McIlrath will sit, despite a strong game. Jesper Fast will also be […]
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers Youth Expected to Shine

View image | By Michael Monti Going into this season, Alain Vigneault is where he was last year, fielding a team with a lot of youth.  The New York Rangers second line of Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, and Kevin Hayes are all 25 or younger. Last year was Kreider’s second full  season, where he totaled 46 points in 80 games (21 goals, 25 assist...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

There’s no need to panic about October rosters

Over the weekend, Rangers Twitter was ablaze with fury as Alain Vigneault dressed Tanner Glass over Jesper Fast. “Why take out a kid who has proved he belongs for a veteran who shouldn’t be in the lineup?” everyone said. “We all knew Glass wouldn’t stay in the press box much longer,” said others. This was […]
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

“The AV Squad” returns tomorrow

“The AV Squad” will return tomorrow night at 6pm, just before the pregame for the Blue Jackets/Rangers game. Below is the full press release. MSG NETWORK RETURNS WITH “THE AV SQUAD” FEATURING RANGERS HEAD COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 AT 6PM New York, NY (October 8, 2015) – MSG Network announced today its […]
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October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Why a slow start is possible for the Rangers

The Rangers are likely looking at a slow start this season and anything better than treading water will be a bonus for Alain Vigneault. Fans should not expect miracles to kick off the season for multiple reasons. While Dave has already discussed the Rangers looking at all their line-up options to begin the season, the […]
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers to open season with 14 forwards

Jeff Gorton was interviewed today following practice, and noted that the Rangers have more forward evaluation to perform, and will open the season with 14 forwards. That will include Tanner Glass. What this also means is that the lines we saw today in practice are not the set lines going forward. Alain Vigneault likes to […]
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Understanding Alain Vigneault’s lineup choices this week

When the lineup for last night’s victory against the Flyers was released, there were a few questions regarding the choices Alain Vigneault made. The major questions were regarding the choice to sit both Tanner Glass and Kevin Klein, despite all signs pointing to the duo competing for roster spots. Glass is competing with Jarret Stoll […]
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Lines for tonight’s preseason game against Flyers

Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are scratching Oscar Lindberg, Tanner Glass, Jayson Megna, Raphael Diaz, and Kevin Klein tonight. The lines for tonight look like Alain Vigneault is doing some of his patented tinkering: Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash J.T. Miller-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Jesper Fast-Kevin Hayes-Viktor Stalberg Jarret Stoll-Dominic Moore-Emerson Etem Keith...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Will the Rangers really cut Tanner Glass?!

I’ll believe it when I see it. Rumblings and grumblings from New York Rangers training camp suggest that Tanner Glass’ spot with the 2015-2016 Rangers is in jeopardy. Though the reason is logical –  to anyone with a pulse not named Alain Vigneault – it’s hard to imagine the Rangers and Vigneault making a linear continue reading...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

SQ NHL Preview Series: New York Rangers

New York Rangers (Last season: 53-22-7, 1st in Metropolitan; Lost in Eastern Conference Finals)Coach: Alain Vigneault (520-341-35-74; 14th season, 3rd with Rangers)Key Departures: Carl Hagelin, Cam Talbot, Martin St. Louis Key Additions: Emerson Etem, Jarret StollKey Player: Derek Stepan. Every elite team needs an elite center. Can Derek Stepan fill this role for the Rangers...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Where does Kevin Klein stand now?

Much was made yesterday of Alain Vigneault’s decision to dress defenseman Kevin Klein back-to-back nights this week given the developing competition for the final spots on the blueline in training camp. On the one hand, Klein only dressed Monday because Dan Boyle was a last minute scratch, so perhaps some are reading into it too much. However, there were many […]
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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