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Rangers Recall JT Miller

The New York Rangers have recalled JT Miller today, just ahead of the first round playoff matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Wolf Pack’s season is practically over and I would expect an influx of ‘black aces’ in the near future. Miller was scolded in the media by Alain Vigneault on April 2nd, following his demotion to Hartford. Jesper Fast has fit nicely in his brief...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

McDonagh 100%, But Won’t Play Tonight; Girardi & St. Louis Also Out; Talbot Starts

#NYR Lineup Update: McDonagh, Girardi, and St. Louis are all healthy but will not play tonight..Talbot starts in goal — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 12, 2014 McDonagh says his shoulder is 100% and he has full range of motion. “I feel ready to play, I am ready to go, but you have to respect the coach’s decision..I’ll be ready when the playoffs start,” McDonagh added...
Via NY Rangers Blog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Random thoughts as the playoffs approach

Photo: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports As the playoffs approach, the Rangers have been one of the hotter teams of late, winning eight of ten games to solidify their spot in the playoffs. With five games remaining, their magic number to clinch a spot is three, while the magic number to clinch a non-wild card spot is down to seven. It seems almost a guarantee that the Rangers will...
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16 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

Kreider has surgery; Falk not with team on trip; Straka retires

Per Sean Hartnett, injured winger Chris Kreider had surgery on his hand and will be out indefinitely. Kreider was not on the road trip with the team, and will be out for at least the remainder of the regular season. Kreider’s 37 points (6th on the team) and 17 goals (3rd) leave a big hole in the lineup that will need to be filled by the snake-bitten Martin St. Louis, among others...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
21 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...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
24 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...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 69: Redemption against San Jose

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images The last time the Rangers faced San Jose, they lost 9-2 in an absolute embarrassment of a game. This time around, it will be different (hopefully). The Sharks are no longer the white-hot team that steamrolled the opposition in October. After their absurd start, they have fallen off a bit. They are still playing great hockey, but they aren’t blowing...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 68: Right the ship in Winnipeg

Photo: Star Ledger The Rangers are struggling just a bit in March, dropping two in a row and five of seven this month. Winnipeg is one of the many teams the Rangers face this month that will not be in the playoffs. In the span of those seven games, we saw them drop from second in the Metro to barely holding on to third place –two games in hand and one point up– and likely headed...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 64: Jockeying for playoff position against Detroit

Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images The Rangers appeared to right the ship on Friday night with a big third period en route to a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes. Today it’s a much tougher opponent in Detroit, who is currently in a playoff battle of their own. The Rangers are in direct competition with the Wings, as they will need to finish ahead of them in points in order to claim a wild...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 09, 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...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 63: Right the ship against Carolina

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Well, the Rangers came out of the Olympic break in a bit of a lull, dropping three in a row and collecting just three points out of eight in their past four games. Tonight they are in Carolina facing a team that is not going to be making the playoffs. This is the perfect game for the Rangers to right the ship and start collecting some much needed...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers acquire defenseman Raphael Diaz from Vancouver

The Rangers upgraded on Justin Falk as their 7D as the deadline expired, nabbing Raphael Diaz from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2015 5th round pick. Diaz has a line of 1-11-12 in split time with Montreal and Vancouver this season, and would be a solid fill in on the bottom pair in case of injury. This is a depth move for the Rangers. It should be noted that Diaz has better...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 61: Rebound against Boston

Time to get back on track. The Boston Bruins come to town tonight as the most balanced team in the Eastern Conference, and the favorites (yes, over the Pens) to play for the Stanley Cup in June. The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the league, but are coming off a pretty sloppy loss against Philly yesterday afternoon. The way the Blueshirts have been playing lately, we can...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 61: Big divisional match up against Philly

Photo: LoHud The Rangers are in Philly this afternoon to take on the Flyers in one of their bigger divisional match ups of the season. The Rangers have an opportunity to take a four-point-swing-game, extending their lead on the third place Flyers to five points. Currently, the Rangers have a three point lead and the tiebreaker (ROW). A win today gives the Rangers a very comfortable...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 60: Home stretch begins against Chicago

Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports The Rangers open their post-Olympics schedule against one of the favorites in the Western Conference. The rest of the week doesn’t get much better, as New York has Philly, Boston, and Toronto following the Hawks, all playoff teams. The Rangers will face this schedule without their leading scorer in Mats Zuccarello, and with trade rumors...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

SOCHI SCENE: Blown out in bronze

A tournament that started with such promise for the Americans came to a crashing halt in the bronze medal game against Finland on Saturday. Team USA looked like one of the strongest teams in Sochi when it took down the home Russians in the preliminary round and rolled into the semifinal against Canada. The Americans lost to Canada on Friday, then got thrashed by the Finns, 5-0,...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 58: Avoid the trap game against the Oilers, make it five in a row

Nostalgia time! (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images) The Rangers enter tonight’s game on a four game win streak. Edmonton is a bottom feeder again. Pittsburgh is tomorrow. Naturally, this is a trap game. The Rangers are at risk of looking ahead to their big divisional matchup. Problem is the Oilers are very skilled and can take advantage of that. Their goaltending got a...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 57: Solving the Avalanche

Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America The Colorado Avalanche come to town tonight as one of those exceptions to the #fancystats rules. They are riding unbelievable goaltending (1st in the league) and shooting (5th) with poor puck possession (21st) into an all-but-guaranteed playoff spot in April. Many have expected them to falter as the law of averages catches up, but it hasn’t...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 55: Yankee Stadium finale against the Isles

Rich Graessle/Icon SMI The New York leg of the Stadium Series comes to a close tonight as the Islanders host (sort of) the Rangers at Yankee Stadium tonight. Becky wrote a brilliant post about her experience at the game on Sunday, and you should definitely check it out. From a standings point of view, the Rangers really need two points in this game, whether in regulation or in the...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 54: Stadium Series against the Devils

Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger The Rangers and Devils will be the first two teams to ever play a hockey game at Yankee Stadium. That’s pretty cool. As for the game itself, this has pretty big implications in the standings. The Devils are two points back of the Rangers (who are in second place). So it goes without saying that this game is very important for both clubs. Both should...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 53: Rebounding against one of the West’s best

Marty Biron sighting (Photo: blues.nhl.com) The Rangers were pretty sloppy on Tuesday, blowing a pair of two-goal leads –that they probably didn’t deserve to have– en route to a 5-3 loss to the Isles. St. Louis is fresh off a 7-1 embarrassment in New Jersey. Suffice it to say, both teams are looking to right their respective ships. The Rangers need the points more than the...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 52: Polar vortexing the Isles

Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the league right now. They are 11-3-1 in their last 15, including 6-1-1 in their last eight. The Isles are also playing strong hockey, posting a 7-2-1 mark in their last ten, making them relevant in the Metropolitan Division once again. Tonight will be the first of three meetings between the clubs...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 45: Facing the best in Chicago

Cally Face (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) The Rangers are in Chicago for the first time in close to two years to take on the NHL’s best (in my opinion they are better than the Ducks, who are two points ahead). The Hawks are stupid good, and the Rangers are going to need to be at their best to win this game. Luckily they’ve played very well the past couple of weeks...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lineup notes: Falk, Carcillo scratched

Per Andrew Gross, Justin Falk and the newly acquired Dan Carcillo will be the healthy scratches tonight when the Rangers take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Michael Del Zotto and J.T. Miller will be in the lineup. Henrik Lundqvist will start (as expected). Starting Del Zotto over Falk is a no-brainer at this point, although few will agree. Miller over Carcillo is also a no-brainer...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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