Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
J.T. Miller, who was sent down on Dec. 9, was recalled by the Rangers on Thursday before the holiday freeze deadline. He has seven goals and two assists in eight AHL games.
Dylan McIlrath played one game, his NHL debut against Columbus, and had 8:55 on ice, with one fight. The Rangers will now have six defensemen, including Justin Falk, for the Islanders game Friday. Does this mean Marc...Read more »
1. Evgeni Malkin is out for the East-leading Pens (24-10-1), who also are missing their top 4 D and will have seven AHL players in the lineup due to injuries or suspensions. But they still have been competing, winning four straight, thanks to Sidney Crosby and other vets, and will be motivated. "we got spanked here the last time," said coach Dan Bylsma, referring to the 5-1...Read more »
Tonight’s a matchup that we will see more often with CBJ now in the East, with a twist: former Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov return to the Garden for the first time since the trade, and Rick Nash will play against the team with which he skated for nine years for the first time.
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No. 17 raised some eyebrows last month when the Rangers visited Ohio, with his "shiny new toy" comments and questions about his former organization. Yesterday, as I re-tweeted from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Dubi clearly wants to make an impact at MSG. But his other remarks aren't quite as volatile and repeat some of his thoughts from earlier this year.
Anyway, from...Read more »
First, thanks to Michael Lewis for pinch-hitting today and filing some notes from his interviews that I'll share here... Ryan McDonagh believes the "hockey gods are testing us."
"The last few games we've gotten a little bit too aggressive and given up too many odd-man rushes. It's getting back to focusing -- we were doing a little controlled scrimmmage today...Read more »
Throughout this season, the old bromide about indecision has come to mind: You know, the adage about being one foot on the platform and the other on the train. (Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways...)
Consider the Rangers on the platform under John Tortorella: Defense-first, patient, safety over death.
Enter Vigneault, who urged the Rangers to get on the O-Train,...Read more »
It has come down to this: All the Rangers can do is sift through the losses and find scraps of positives here and there. Not the best way to go about business in the midst of a three-game skid at home following a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators Tuesday, and facing the absence of Marc Staal (concussion, out indefinitely) and captain Ryan Callahan...Read more »
Snowflakes still blowing around outside MSG, but at a much less potent pace. Wonder whether the weather will limit the crowd. Might be a good night for a walkup/online buy.
Nashville has lost five in a row, one in a shootout,...Read more »
Transcript of AV presser this am at MSG:
On Marc Staal:
“Marc has been diagnosed with a concussion. The doctors don’t feel it’s a serious as the one he might’ve had in the past, so he’s...Read more »
Before tonight's game, Alain Vigneault said Staal, who was hit in the jaw by Reid Boucher Saturday and did not return to the Devils game, is being examined for neck issues, and doctors will monitor him for a few days to determine if he has a concussion related to the hit.
Staal did not feel quite right, Vigneault said after last night's game.
So he is scratched tonight against...Read more »