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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.

Heard around: Vigneault, forward options, Moore

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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- One of coach Alain Vigneault’s changes is to hold the morning skate on game days at Madison Square Garden rather than at the training facility in Greenburgh. Vigneault and almost every player live in Manhattan, so the commute is easier. Not for Anton Stralman, however, who resides in Westchester with his family. Some days, it has taken him 90 minutes to drive to the Garden in rush hour. “I don’t...

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Del Zotto's dropoff

Michael Del Zotto of the Rangers shoots on

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Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for the second time Saturday, and the 23-year-old defenseman, who is a restricted free agent this summer, has yet to find his game offensively or defensively.

Year Gms G A P +/-

2009-10 80 9 28 37 -20

2010-11 47 2 9 11 -5

2011-12 77 10 31 41 +20

2012-13 46 3 18 21 +6

2013-14 16 1 3 4 -4...

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Chris Kreider finds his stride

Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is seen on

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After most practices, you’ll find Chris Kreider at his locker nibbling from a bag of chocolate bits, part of the sweet routine of a young man who has escaped from hockey limbo.

Under former coach John Tortorella, the Boston College star who had a dazzling, five-goal post-season debut in 2012, was critiqued last year for being irresponsible, yanked down and up to the AHL, demoted to the fourth...

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Post-game Extra: Rangers break curse of Bell Centre, 1-0

 

Banish those superstitions.

It's now okay to watch the Rangers at Bell Centre, which had been a house of horrors for four years.

Coach Alain Vigneault was six years old when Ed Giacomin last tossed a shutout against the Habs here, 46 years ago, and he seemed awfully proud of his troops last night after they played a superb road game, allowing just 22 shots and making a power-play...

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In Montreal: Nash sees return next week; AV "we're due; DZ out

          Greetings from Montreal:

         “I believe we’re probably due to have a good one”.

          That’s was coach Alain Vigneault’s forecast for tonight’s match against the Canadiens, who have not lost to the Blueshirts in eight games at Bell Centre...

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Recommendation: The Color of Hockey

 

I've been remiss in not suggesting this far sooner, but former Newsday colleague Bill Douglas---slightly aging amateur goalie, great dad and now a Congressional correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers in Washington---has put together a really fine site called "The Color of Hockey"..

Nothing else really like it out there. Please give it a look...

http://colorofhockey.com/

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Not a lot from upfront as Devs edge Rangers 3-2

The New Jersey Devils' celebrate a goal by

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Can you win when two defensemen are your only scorers?

Not a lot of games, unless your goaltender is perfect, and Henrik Lundqvist was a shade off. In fact, Alain Vigneault called the Devs second goal "a routine save" post-game, and Lundqvist had to agree.

"I’m not quite sure what happened there,” Vigneault said. “It’s an easy first man on the puck. Mind you, it’s a routine...

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Nash, Pyatt not practicing; Dom Moore, Chris Kreider on ice

Dom Moore (strained oblique) told me after last night's game that he was "getting closer" to returning, and in fact, the center is skating with the team, as an 8th D, at practice this morning, according to reports from the team. As I mentioned yesterday, I believe they are targeting Saturday against Montreal, and if not, then Sunday against the Kings.

Also skating is Chris Kreider,...

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Martin Biron debuts in MSG studio Tuesday

The New York-area hockey press---and those in Canada---often mused that the multi-lingual Biron was a natural for TV or radio when he retired and that time is now...

Biron starts a part-time studio gig with MSG Tuesday during the telecast of the Rangers-Devils game.

Biron once told me he would prefer the studio rather than be a reporter or correspondent, chasing stories and calling sources,...

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Post-Game Extra: Kreider, Lundqvist, the PP, Pouliot

 

 

          There was a lot of postgame chatter about a possible hearing for Chris Kreider for the crosschecking minor on Scottie Upshall at the bench with 1:15 left in regulation.

           Guessing there will be a review, but not sure about a full hearing. I believe Kreider...

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