Closing it out: Rangers-Isles season finale at MSG

 

Yeah, we know it's only a day before February, but tonight is the last Rangers-Isles matchup of the regular season. The Blueshirts have lost the last two here at MSG, by 5-3 each, in late December and 11 days ago.  They did, of course, win 2-1 outdoors on Wednesday.

Same lineups expected; Henrik Lundqvist is starting his fourth straight game and Evgeni Nabokov his second...

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Stadium Series II: Isles-Rangers outdoors

Heading to the Bronx soon enough, but a quick report:

Same lineup for Rangers. Still unsure of goaltender for Isles, but colleague Arthur Staple believes it will be Nabokov, and so do I.

Rangers can reach 60 points with a point, and 61 with two.  Since we'll be at Yankee Stadium, make it 61 with an asterisk.

Couple thoughts:

Remember that even if the Isles fall behind,...

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Norwegian newspaper: Zuke, NYR talking extension

It's the time of year when North American writers start keeping closer tabs on foreign newspapers and web sites to pick up info about European free agents. Sometimes the news isn't surprising.

When the Rangers traded RFA Michael Del Zotto for Kevin Klein, President and General Manager Glen Sather said that Blueshirts brass had preliminary talks with the team's free agents and said he "wanted...

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NYR, Devils at Stadium start delayed...

Announcement just made that because of ice conditions and concerns about player safety (sun glare), the start of the game, originally scheduled for 12:35, is pushed back. Puck drop TBD.

Note: 2102 Winter Classic in Philly started two hours late.......

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Stats, more for baseball, er, Rangers hockey, in the Bronx

Courtesy of the Rangers....

Rangers: 27-23-3 (57 pts)Devils: 22-19-11 (55 pts)

 

The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 27-23-3 (57 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, in their seventh home...

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Vigneault on Blues challenge, Kreider

 

AV on the Blues, a north-south, physical team who lost 7-1 to the Devils last game:

"One of the five best teams in the league... best offensive  team in league, fourth best in goals against.  We have to play our best game…Everybody in the league is in playoff mode, everybody’s trying to get in."

AV on Kreider: "He could have helped out on the (Islanders)...

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D Kevin Klein, starts tonight; surprised by trade

             Kevin Klein, who is making his Rangers debut tonight---had heard about being traded from Nashville from the team, but his destination ---New York---wasn’t immediately known until he received a text from Shea Weber.

            “Honestly, I had no clue,” the 29-year-old...

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Lundqvist feeling better, expects to start vs. Blues

He tested pinstriped pads and his Stadium Series mask with the Yankee legends on ice in Westchester on Wednesday, which means Henrik Lundqvist was feeling better after missing Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders.

His aim in not even backing up Cam Talbot was to try to assure that he would shake his sudden illness and be ready for Thursday's match against the Blues at MSG. And he was clearly...

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Sather, AV on acquiring Kevin Klein in Del Zotto trade to Preds

 

 

             Coach Alain Vigneault called Klein, 29,  a stay-at-home defenseman with “a little bit of bite, solid defensively and can make a good first pass. He’s not an offensive-type D, he’s a good, two-way solid D.”

             Klein, who...

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Wrapping Up: Isles outskate Rangers 5-3

 

BY STEVE ZIPAY

 

               If the final two games in the Rangers-Islanders regular-series series---Jan. 29 at Yankee Stadium and two days later back at Madison Square Garden---are anything like Tuesday’s match, fans should be wildly entertained.

               During...

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