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Rangers-Jets Preview

The New York Rangers know they're headed for the playoffs, but the Winnipeg Jets' bid to return to the postseason will likely go down to the wire. The Jets look to bounce back from their first home loss in five games Tuesday night when the Rangers try to win for the first time since clinching a playoff spot. New York (47-21-7) leads the Metropolitan Division by six points and is...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rangers-Bruins Preview

Henrik Lundqvist understandably is eager to get back in net after a nearly two-month recovery, but New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault will have the final decision when Lundqvist receives his next start. The Boston Bruins don't care who the opposing goaltender is Saturday at TD Garden, so long as they can find a way to end a six-game losing streak that is threatening their playoff...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Rangers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot

On Thursday, March 26, the New York Rangers were the first team in the NHL to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The win came agains the red-hot Ottawa Senators and their sensational rookie goaltender, Andrew Hammond. The Rangers currently sit atop the league with 101 points and have 9 games remaining. This means they have 3 games in hand on the second place Anaheim Ducks...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup or Bust for New York Rangers

With the NHL season coming to an end, the New York Rangers sit on top of the Eastern Conference with 99 points. They are close to a sure lock to win the Metropolitan Division, six points ahead of the rival Islanders with two games in hand. The Rangers have followed up their Stanley Cup Finals loss with a season to remember. Unfortunately, there is extreme pressure for the Rangers...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Assessing JT Miller’s latest Rangers opportunity

The next two weeks may tell us a lot more about JT Miller’s future. With Marty St Louis out injured for up to eight games the opportunity for JT Miller to really show his worth to Alain Vigneault has never been greater. Whether Miller gets moved up to the second line or Kevin Hayes goes Read more → The post Assessing JT Miller’s latest Rangers opportunity appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Tanner Glass in for James Sheppard tomorrow

Alain Vigneault is shuffling the lines a bit for tomorrow’s showdown with the Islanders, and will be dressing Tanner Glass on the fourth line over James Sheppard. Sheppard had been used with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast as the 4LW, providing some much needed defensive stability to a fourth line that really needed a defensively Read more → The post Lineup notes: Tanner Glass...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: No Trade Coming For Zuccarello

On Monday during TSN’s Insider Trading segment, Darren Dreger offered this update regarding where the Rangers stand regarding upcoming UFA Mats Zuccarello. “There’s a tough ongoing negotiation with Newport Sports… They love Mats Zuccarello. Alain Vigneault, the head coach of the New York Rangers, obviously wants to keep him. We might describe him as an ‘own rental,’ but...
Via NY Rangers Blog
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers pull away from Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rick Nash scored his NHL-best 35th goal early in a four-goal third period, and the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Saturday night to give coach Alain Vigneault his 500th career win. Cam Talbot made 34 saves, including on Tobias Rieder's third-period penalty shot, in the Rangers' third straight win. Vigneault became the 21st coach in league history...
Via AP on Fox
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers score four in third to pound Coyotes in Vigneault's 500th win

  Rick Nash scored his NHL-best 35th goal early in a four-goal third period, and the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Saturday night to give coach Alain Vigneault his 500th career win. Cam Talbot made 34 saves, including on Tobias Rieder's third-period penalty shot, in the Rangers' third straight win. Vigneault became the 21st coach in league history to reach the...
Via AP on Fox
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

AV alters powerplay units amid struggles

In a move to hopefully get the most out of his powerplay, Alain Vigneault made some changes to the two units, swapping Dan Boyle and Ryan McDonagh at the point, and Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis as a forward. Both Boyle and MSL have been struggling mightily, and it was time to change things Read more → The post AV alters powerplay units amid struggles appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Zuccarello Getting Hot At The Right Time

At some point, we all knew that Mats Zuccarello was going to figure it out. Coming off a 59 point campaign that led the Rangers a year ago and the contract issues that seem to follow him, Zuccarello’s shortcomings (no pun intended) with his production thus far were a little bit surprising given just about everyone had targeted Zuccarello as the guy who would show the most dramatic...
Via NY Rangers Blog
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

With the Rangers top heavy, Alain Vigneault needs to adapt

Regardless of their current record, the Rangers have a lot of passengers at present – quite a few players need to improve beyond just the four we discussed yesterday. If we were being critical, how much of the solid yet unspectacular record the Rangers currently have is the product of Rick Nash’s season (so far) Read more → The post With the Rangers top heavy, Alain Vigneault...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers-Islanders Rivalry Renewed

The Rangers and Islanders will square off at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night in front of a packed house for what Alain Vigneault is calling a “New York Classic.”  The organizations are not unfamiliar with one another as they see each other 4-5 times a year in the regular season, however, this game means more to both continue reading...
Via Save By Richter
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Open Thread 12/11- Is JT Miller Being Showcased?

It has been quite the bumpy ride  for the Rangers first round pick in 2011. Constantly shuttled between New York and Hartford as a mere injury call-up and when he was playing for the Rangers JT Miller was little more than a 4th liner stop gap getting 10 minutes a night. Not exactly what you would call “being put in a position to succeed.” Miller lasted just 3 games to start...
Via NY Rangers Blog
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Does Anyone Else Miss John Tortorella?

The man. The myth. The eternally angry legend. Alain Vigneault has been New York Rangers coach for a season plus and has done a tremendous job. He’s changed the way the team plays, maintained an even-keeled persona which can be seen on the ice and, in his first season, led New York to its first Cup Final appearance since 1994. A remarkable start to what we all hope can be a championship...
Via NY Rangers Blog
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The relationship between Vigneault and Glass makes no sense whatsoever

Why does Alain Vigneault think Tanner Glass is a good hockey player? At this point, that question is a riddle with no answer. It may even be likely that it’s the wrong question all together. Maybe Vigneault doesn’t like Glass at all and he’s being forced upon him by a belligerent front office? Sure, Vigneault and Glass continue reading...
Via Save By Richter
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

AV: Stepan Unlikely to Play Tonight; Zuccarello game time decision

Alain Vigneault addressed reporters after Tuesday’s optional practice in which Stepan took another step toward his much needed return to the Ranger lineup. Stepan was eligible to come off the LTIR list on Monday, which caused the Rangers to make a cap move and place Ryan Malone on waivers Sunday in case of the slim chance Stepan was ready to play Monday against St. Louis...
Via NY Rangers Blog
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Off-day musings: New lines, call ups, injuries

Today is an off-day for the Rangers, so the day is slow. Yesterday saw a little bit of action, as John Moore was suspended for give games, and Alain Vigneault shook up the defensive pairings as a result. In some good news Derek Stepan is on track to be activated off LTIR next week. Looking […] The post Off-day musings: New lines, call ups, injuries appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Kostka to Replace Moore; Stepan’s Return; New Lines

With the expected lengthy suspension for John Moore, Rangers fans have been speculating that a defensive call-up might be in the team’s future. However, Alain Vigneault put that thought process to rest stating today that there will be no call-ups right now. Which means Michael Kostka will get a chance to redeem himself starting Saturday night. But Vigneault did add that he might...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Injury Update: Stepan to be off LTIR next week

Per Steve Zipay, coach Alain Vigneault noted that injured center Derek Stepan, who fractured his fibula in training camp, has seen no setbacks and will be all good to come off LTIR next week. Stepan is first eligible to come off LTIR on 11/3, and it appears he will be good to go at some […] The post Injury Update: Stepan to be off LTIR next week appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

What To Do With The Duke of New York

When asked whether or not Anthony Duclair (1 G, 2 SOG) was going to stick with the Rangers or get sent back to juniors, Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault quipped, “Talent has no age.” True enough, but the question isn’t whether or not Duke is talented, it’s whether or not he’s ready for big ice. Few dispute Duke’s promise as a potential top-six forward in the NHL. Over...
Via Razzball Hockey
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers 5, Wild 4

The New York Rangers (5-4-0) defeated the Minnesota Wild (4-3-0) by the score of 5-4, tonight. For a box score, click here. …so how do I describe this game? …ho-hum, just another example of the Rangers thriving under adversity with Vigneault behind the bench. After witnessing his team’s embarrassing display of defensive zone exits and lack of discipline the first two periods...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

New lines from practice: Duclair back in

Per the team Twitter, coach Alain Vigneault has some new lines at practice, with Anthony Duclair sliding back in on the third line. Ryan Malone is the extra skater: Chris Kreider-Kevin Hayes-Rick Nash Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Martin St. Louis Anthony Duclair-Dominic Moore-Carl Hagelin Tanner Glass-Chris Mueller-Lee Stempniak There were no changes to the defensive pairings...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Alain Vigneault: Master Motivator

After the Rangers mutiny against Führer Tortorella back in the Spring of 2013, conventional wisdom was that the Rangers would replace him with a players coach. And that thought process was confirmed with the hiring of Alain Vigneault, who had the reputation of using a hands-off approach which allowed his players to police themselves While that coaching strategy was initially perceived as...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Since the Rangers Are Resting So Am I

Inspired by this quote from Alain Vigneault yesterday regarding the Rangers three day break in between games… “It’s good for us, in a sense. Rest and recovery-wise, it’s excellent. And next week, obviously, we’ll have a lot of practice time…which you don’t get a chance for often in the regular season.” …I decided to take a little break today after pretty much going...
Via NY Rangers Blog
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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