McDonagh’s Returning ; Which Defenseman Sits?

The Rangers’ borderline Norris-caliber defenseman Ryan McDonagh is returning to the lineup just in time for the start of the NHL playoffs. That’s good. The Rangers have seven defensemen on the roster who have justified, by some measure, a spot in the Game One lineup on Thursday. That’s also good. Unfortunately, Alain Vigneault can only dress six defensemen, and thus he has...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Boyle Hopes to Re-sign With Rangers

Last night was another example of how important Brian Boyle is to the success of the Rangers. A game after Alain Vigneault foolishly took him off the fourth line in an attempt to find a match with Martin St. Louis, Boyle was back on Dominic Moore’s wing back checking, forechecking and maintaining puck possession in the Hurricanes end. Boyle will be an unrestricted free agent this...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Vigneault shuffles Rangers’ defensemen

It will continue to be replacement by committee for the Rangers as they try to fill the irreplaceable void left by the injury to Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers best skater and stalwart defenseman missed his second straight game in Saturday night’s 3-2 loss to the Senators at the Garden, with coach Alain Vigneault calling him “day-to-day” with his left-shoulder injury sustained...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

McDonagh Day-to-Day; Moore Paired With Girardi; Miller Needs to Commit

The good news continues to roll in regarding Ryan McDonagh’s injured shoulder as Alain Vigneault classified the defenseman as day-to-day and that he doesn’t think he’ll be out that long. …can you say “Hockey Gods smiling down on the Rangers and their fans.” And we deserve it with all the waived off goals and terrible officiating we’ve had to deal with this season. With...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 77: Alain returns to Vancouver

Source: Getty Images It’s almost fitting this game takes place on April Fools’ Day. What is sure to be a media circus today with a lot of foolish questions and baiting for jabs, hopefully the Rangers can see past the narrative and just go about their business to get the two points. Under Tortorella, the Canucks play an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck and aim to keep the opposition...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 76: Rebound in Edmonton

Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports The Rangers gave away a golden opportunity on Friday night in Calgary, and lost two important points in the race to avoid the wild card. Tonight, they face another bad team that can’t play defense in Edmonton, and would truly benefit from two points, no matter how they come. Edmonton has more weapons than Calgary, the product of years of top...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 75: Keep rolling in Calgary, make it six in a row

Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America The Rangers are on their longest winning streak of the year, rattling off five wins in a row. Tonight they look to make it six in a row in Calgary against a Flames team that will have a bunch of balls in the draft lottery this year. I would say this has all the makings of a trap game, but the next game is against Edmonton. These are two...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Musings: Are the Rangers peaking at the right time?

The. Best. Goalie. In. The. World. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) The Rangers are riding a strong run of form, have a goalie close to his peak and beat the Flyers with relative ease Wednesday night. With so many positives let’s muse. They wouldn’t be the Philadelphia Flyers if they wouldn’t look to start something at the end of a game in which they’re losing, would they? Completely...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 74: First round preview against Philly

Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports At this point in the season, it is all but guaranteed that the Rangers and Flyers will meet in the first round of the playoffs. Both teams have a > 95% chance of making the playoffs, with the Rangers at 98%. They have a 69% chance of meeting in the first round. Both teams are red-hot right now, with the Rangers winning four in a row and the...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 73: Keep rolling against Minnesota

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images The Rangers may be shorthanded tonight, with both Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis battling flu symptoms. J.T. Miller has been recalled on an emergency basis in case both are unavailable. Regardless, the Rangers are heading into tonight with a firm grasp on the #3 seed in the Metropolitan Division. Minnesota is no pushover, and is playing...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Players policing the ice

Muscle for the 2013-14 Rangers During Friday night’s melee against the Blue Rangers Jackets, we certainly saw something we weren’t used to seeing since the departure of our captain at the very latest; we saw heart and a team playing with passion. We also saw an instance of a hard, borderline hit which rocked one of our players so hard he hasn’t played since with a questionable...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 72: Build on the big win

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II Last night, the Rangers went out and beat a Columbus Blue Jackets team that was ahead of them in the standings with games in hand. Now, the Rangers hold a two point lead on the Jackets (yes, they still have a game in hand) and have the tiebreakers (ROW, head to head record) as well. As long as this club continues winning and getting points, the Blue Jackets...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Lundqvist Almost Fought Last Night; Diaz In for J. Moore

While all our eyes were fixated on Rick Nash shoving Sergei Bobrovsky during last night’s wild game in Columbus, what we didn’t notice was Henrik Lundqvist skating to his own blueline in preparation of his teammates needing some additional toughness (via Daily News)… “It looked like (Bobrovsky) punched our guy (Nash). I wasn’t sure what happened, and he was getting involved...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Raphael Diaz in for the injured John Moore tonight

Raphael Diaz, acquired from the Vancouver Canucks at the trade deadline, will make his Rangers debut tonight in New Jersey. Diaz will take John Moore’s spot in the lineup, as Moore did not return after taking a big hit in the first period of last night’s victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It is expected that Diaz will be on a pairing with Kevin Klein.
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

The King Stands Alone as the Rangers Beat Ottawa 8-4

Well, it wasn’t pretty, but it was a night of both ending droughts and history for the New York Rangers. Derick Brassard, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot, and John Moore all snapped their respective scoring droughts to give the Blueshirts aContinue readingThe post The King Stands Alone as the Rangers Beat Ottawa 8-4 appeared first on NYR Center Ice.
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting the Rangers’ 2014-2015 payroll, part two

Lots of questions this offseason for Slats. Part One One of the major concerns for next year is the payroll. The Rangers have a lot of money tied into a few players, and about half of the roster will be hitting some form of free agency. Dan Girardi’s contract is done, so that hits the payroll. Martin St. Louis is on the payroll instead of Ryan Callahan, which actually saves a few...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers 8, Senators 4 ☆

The New York Rangers (37-29-4) defeated the Ottawa Senators (28-27-13) by the score of 8-4, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports. …i didn’t think this team could put up eight goals in week, so to see them put up a touchdown and a two-point conversion in one game was startling. We Rangers fans aren’t used to witnessing a game that wide open, it was quite entertaining...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

At what point is there too much turnover?

This is from November, 2010. Quick, find the current Ranger. Hint: Trick question. When  Suit wrote about the Rangers and their inability to find consistency, it struck a chord with me. I realized that despite management’s best efforts, this is a Rangers club that has had significant turnover year in and year out for quite some time. We know about the constant turnover from the...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Uninspiring Rangers fall to Wild, now in need of wins

AP Photo/Jim Mone Any comfort the Rangers had in their second place standing in the Metro has completely disappeared. The Rangers couldn’t light the lamp against a third string goalie in Darcy Kuemper (who has been solid as a 23-year-old in the AHL, for what it’s worth), and dropped their second in a row and fifth (fourth in regulation) of seven this month. Before we blame the...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lundqvist’s 300th win solidifies second place

The Rangers came home early Sunday afternoon looking to build on their win in Carolina on Friday. With an original six team in the building, the Rangers forgot about the struggle of daylight savings and worked towards a streak. Rangers who have been relatively silent woke up to produce, and we saw yet another goal based off of the hard work of the fourth line. Having been at the...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Where does Raphael Diaz fit in?

Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images When the Rangers sent a 2015 5th round pick to Vancouver for Raphael Diaz, many wondered where he would fit in. The Rangers seem set in the top-four with Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein, and Marc Staal. They also have a fairly effective third pair in John Moore and Anton Stralman, although that pairing has been rather inconsistent of late. With Justin...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets Fans expecting another “March Surprise?”

The Columbus Blue Jackets, like so many teams in the Eastern Conference as well as the Metropolitan Division, are bunched together in the quest for the last few Stanley Cup playoff spots.  In most of their 13-year history, playoff pushes were considered rarified air, as the season was either long lost or they were positioned to become sellers at the March trade deadline. However...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Glen Miller: Blue Jackets Deadline Plans

When Jarmo Kekalainen rolled the dice at last year's trade deadline and acquired winger Marian Gaborik from the Rangers for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore, a big selling point was the added season of contractual control the team would have on the sniper. Not only would Gaborik boost the club's chances of making the playoffs a season ago, he would be around...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Quick post game wrap: Pure domination

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II I’m traveling for work, so I wasn’t able to watch the game in its entirety last night. I caught the highlights and was able to view the in-game stats though. All I saw was pure Rangers domination. Suit said this on Twitter, but the Rangers and the Avs play very similar styles (e.g., man-on-man D, solid transitional game, etc). The difference last night...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Six straight goal lead Rangers to win in first ever game at Yankee Stadium

Image: Getty It is fitting that the first hockey game ever to be played at Yankee Stadium ended with a dominating New York Rangers win. The Rangers got off to a slow start, with defensive miscues, sloppy play, and mediocre goaltending putting the Rangers into a 3-1 hole early. But after that, the Blueshirts rattled off six straight goals, including four in the second period that...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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