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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.

NYR can't afford letdown against Calgary on 1st leg of trip

             Spring? Ha. Light snow swirling around here in Calgary on the first leg of this nine-day Western road trip. 

             The Rangers will practice at 11:30 at the Saddledome (1:30 ET) for the 7 p.m. start against the Flames (9 p.m. ET), and the message...

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Chris Kreider (hand) to miss at least 5 games


              Well, it’s official.

              Left wing Chris Kreider will miss at least five games with a hand injury, possibly a broken bone, and team doctors are still deciding whether he will undergo surgery.


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Chris Kreider will miss Flyers game, possibly more

             At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, here's what we know for certain: Kreider will miss the critical matchup between the Rangers and Flyers tomorrow at the Garden.

              According to a tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie that was later deleted, Kreider suffered a...

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Flu season: St. Louis, Stepan could be out, J.T. Miller recalled

Rangers forwards Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan did not skate this morning at Madison Square Garden and are game-time decisions tonight  when the Blueshirts host the Coyotes in the first home game after three road wins.

J.T. Miller was in the process of being called up from Hartford on an emergency basis.

A third forward witht he flu, Derek Dorsett, who sat out the last game...

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NYR ice Devils 2-0; Lundqvist sets team shutout mark


It could have been the end of an era. Henrik Lundqvist vs. Martin Brodeur, Rangers and Devils.

 The Rangers are aiming for the playoffs, and it appears the Devils will miss the cut.

You'll read the game story and notes and my Sunday Insider on the thinning of the Rangers defense, their record in the past six years in the final 10 games, and a prospect report at

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NYR-Devs preview: John Moore concussed; Dorsett has flu


          Greetings from Newark in the spring, where the Rangers defense is a little thinner with John Moore sidelined by concussion symptoms.

            Moore, who had played in 69 games and recently had been on the point of the second unit of the power play, was injured on a...

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Battling Rick Nash sparks 3-1 win in return to Columbus

           What a night in Columbus.

           In his first return to Nationwide Arena, where he had played for ten years, Rick Nash led the Rangers past the Blue Jackets 3-1 Friday, not with goals, but with determination and passion that included a scuffle with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky...

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Power plays, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis

Rick Nash controls the puck against the St.

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

COLUMBUS -- First off, the probable lineup at Nationwide Arena on Friday night:      

Benoit Pouliot skated in the Friday optional after arriving from New York following the birth of his daughter on Wednesday and is expected to play, coach Alain Vigneault said. So as of this moment, the scratches are Derek Dorsett, Ryan Haggerty, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk. ...

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Derick Brassard on St. Louis, scoring and the cannon


            Derick Brassard had two goals and an assist Tuesday; Martin St. Louis, his newest wing, has had no goals and just three points since he was traded to the Rangers on March 5.

            But Brassard expects things to turn around for the former Tampa All-Star.


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Rick Nash is balancing past and present


             So, we're wrapping up for the day here soon in Columbus, and may swing by Woodlands Tavern tonight to catch some of the sets by Joe Rollin Porter, a fine-pickin' guitarist of some reknown and Big Daddy Love, an Americana-styled band from North Carolina. I'm sure you can sample both on You Tube.             


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