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.
Some excerpts from Alain Vigneault
On Sharks: “They’ve got speed and size, and they play a real solid, fundamental game; they can beat you witht skill and if they need to beat you with size, they can do it. They’re an elite team in this league…they’ve done really good job of surrounding their veteran players with younger, highly-skilled players, on D or upfront.”
On...Read more »
The Rangers went into the Olympic break 5-1. Since the closing ceremonies in Sochi, the Blueshirts are 3-4-1, with 18 goals in eight games, or 2.25 per.
Without scoring three goals a game, there’s not much margin for errors on D and in goal. In no way can Cam Talbot be blamed for the 2-1 loss on Thursday.
Yeah, if Ryan McDonagh doesn’t hit a post Thursday, maybe that’s a spark, but 14...Read more »
It’s Cam Talbot, who has allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of 16 starts, against Darcy Kuemper (11-4-3) here in St. Paul. Henrik Lundqvist will play the next two games, Friday in Winnipeg and Sunday in MSG vs. the Sharks, per AV. It’s quite possible that Carl Hagelin will be moved to the left side of Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, with Chris Kreider moving to the Brad Richards-Martin St. Louis duo,...Read more »
Cam Talbot, whose last start was a 32-save, 2-1 victory against the Blackhawks at MSG on Feb. 27, the first game after the Olympic break, will be in the nets tomorrow here in St. Paul against the Wild.
Coach Alain Vigneault told the team's website at practice that Talbot, 11-5-0, 1.75 GAa and a .938 save percentage, would get the nod over Lundqvist. (All four writers on the trip...Read more »
Haggerty, 21, a native of Stamford, Conn., led the ECAC in goals with 28 and will join the Rangers next week. Rosters expanded after trade deadline day, so no moves have to be made.
Here's the basics on the 6-foot, 200-pound righty, who reportedly signed a three-year entry level deal, but is not eligible for the playoffs this season---if the Rangers get there---because he was not on the reserve...Read more »
1. Fourth-liner Dan Carcillo, who has played 21 consecutive games, will ride the pine tonight against the Canes, and Derek Dorsett, who has played just twice in the last five games, gets the call.
"I know I can play," said Dorsett. "I felt I was playing well, then I break my leg (blocking a shot on Jan. 3). Now I'm fighting for a job. All I can do is bury my head and keep working." Says...Read more »
The game story is in the paper and on newsday.com of course, but here are some added quotes and stats and commentary as we edge closer to midnight.
Coach Alain Vigneault, who was hoarse, he said, from shouting at the refs in French, said this of St. Louis's 5 on 3 pass:
"It's something we hadn't practiced since Marty's been with us, but (assistant coach Scott Arniel) did a good job of...Read more »
Here in Raleigh, the Rangers should send out three very solid lines and some intruiging power play units tonight for the first time since the Winter Olympics ended.
Mats Zuccarello, who broke his left hand blocking a shot while playing for Team Norway, will dress, and presumably...Read more »
Sather's pre-game remarks on the negotiations, Callahan, St. Louis:
Called Callahan: "Hard-working. tenacious... he was terrific…I think the guy that’s coming in helps us advance a little farther than we expected to this year. A dynamic player…"
On the negotiations: "At some point when you’re negotiating, you have to say “no” or you say yes; in this case, we got too far...Read more »
Poll: Of 1-11 in the standings the East, who improved the most?
Pittsburgh---Adds Marcel Goc, Lee Stempniak
Boston---Adds A. Meszaros
Montreal---Adds T. Vanek
Tampa---Adds R Callahan
Rangers---Add M St. Louis, R Diaz
Detroit--Adds David Legwand
Washington---Adds J. Halak
Devils---Add...Read more »