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.
Marc Staal’s younger brother, Jared, 22, who was called up from the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday for his Hurricanes debut, on Thursdaynight will be part of the fourth brother trio to appear in an NHL game.
“It’s awesome,” said Marc, the Rangers defenseman who would have been part of the quartet if not for a right eye injury from a deflected shot on March 5. “I was excited yesterday...Read more »
RALEIGH -- Marc Staal, who hopes to return soon from an injury that damaged his right eye---the second major setback in two years to the former All-Star defenseman---has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The trophy, awarded annually since 1967-68 to the NHL player whobest exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the game. The nomination...Read more »
RALEIGH, N.C. -- For his co-operation with the media this season, defenseman Dan Girardi was the recipient of the John Halligan Good Guy Award by the members of the New York Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Girardi, 28, is in his seventh season with the Rangers. He leads the team and is among the top five in the NHL in blocked shots and top ten in time on ice. Girardi...Read more »
Four teams are separated by three points; only one is in.
ISLANDERS: With 54 points after the SO loss in Carolina, they’re in; last two games are vs. Flyers and Sabres, each of whom won last night, so 6th is not secured.
ROW tiebreaker: 20
SENATORS: With 52 points, Ottawa has fate in hands. They have three games left, more...Read more »
Off to the airport to fly to Raleigh in a hour or so, but a couple thoughts first:
Discouraging clunker in Sunrise last night, especially with so much on the line.
But that’s the consistent inconsistency we’ve written and talked about virtually all of the season, especially after losses on the road: Buffalo, Philly, the oh-for-Canada six-game streak. Your Blueshirts are 9-12-2 on the...Read more »
Greetings, and salutations, from a very breezy south Florida.
Rangers did not have a morning skate Tuesday; just a meeting.
Expect same lineup, and with Henrik Lundqvist in goal, as he told us Monday after practice. Friendly reminder: 7:30 start.
OK, let’s do the math. No. 9 Winnipeg has 51 points, with two games remaining, and faces Washington. The seventh-place Rangers...Read more »
If you're in the Rangers locker room, the odds are good that you will see Martin Biron patiently wrapping or unwrapping his skates with yards and yards of clear tape.
How much has he used in his 15-year NHL career? He took a writer's notebook the other day, did the math, and estimated: 30 miles, counting practices and games.
"I first saw [Toronto goalie] Felix Potvin with it when...Read more »
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Just back from the morning skate and brief QnA with coach John Tortorella.
What we know:
Henrik Lundqvist will start his 10th straight game tonight against the Sabres, who have won three straight and will open with...Read more »
Let's not get antsy here....Without solid results, this will likely change by the second period. But remember the Rangers have just three goals in the last seven-plus periods, hence, the blender...
Lundqvist...Read more »
1. Chris Kreider, recalled yesterday, as covered here and in the paper, will indeed play tonight at home against Florida. Brian Boyle is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, the team confirmed. Boyle injured his right leg on a check Tuesday in Philadelphia. It appears to be a knee problem, but team is not discussing.
2. Henrik Lundqvist will start his ninth...Read more »