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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.

Live from Newark: Some things to watch in preseason, Game 1

Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto puts Pittsburgh Penguins

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Hello from New Jersey....

Beyond the obvious: first line, power play, which we covered here this morning...

Watch for:

1. Players to try wraparounds with the new shallower nets. The rounder skirt on either side is gone.

2. Aim for the slightly larger five-hole when goalies are down or pushing post-to-post. Pads are close to two inches shorter at the top.

3. Linesmen...

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A Night at The Rock: Alain Vigneault’s Ranger debut

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault looks up at the

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Ready, ladies and gents?

The Blueshirts open their six-game, all-road pre-season campaign tonight and head coach Alain Vigneault, who was on ice at the MSG Training Center this morning with the players who will dress tonight, didn’t feel any particular emotion in his new gig this morning.   “Right now my thoughts are really on evaluating our players, trying to find roles for guys where...

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Rangers roster trimmed to 46

Jesper Fast sits at the end of the

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There will be more cuts/reassignments (from active roster below) after Tuesday's game in Philadelphia...

PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO HARTFORD (AHL) ON 9/15/13:

Goal (3):         Jeff Malcolm, Jason Missiaen, Scott Stajcer

Defense (2):     Charlie Dodero, Samuel Noreau

Forward (3):     J.T. Barnett, Kyle...

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Rangers roster vs. Devils in Newark on Monday

Rangers center Brad Richards tries to score on

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Goal: Lundqvist, Talbot

F: Lets start with centers: Richards, Boyle, Moore, Powe. Wings: Kreider, Bourque, Hrivik, Nash, Kristo, Mashinter, Asham, O'Donnell

D: Staal, Moore, Falk, Johnson, Del Zotto and Bickel (if healthy). If Bickel can't go: McIlrath.

Jersey writers saying Brodeur not dressing for Devs; Cory Schneider will play at least half of game......

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Scrimmage lines and updates here...

John Moore (17) and Chris Kreider (20) wait

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Team A

Pouliot-Brassard-Zuke; Pyatt-Lindberg-Fast; Haley-Moore-Dorsett; Mashinter-St. Croix-Nicholls; Mc-Donagh-Girardi; Moore-Stralman; Allen-Hughes; B. Nash; Biron, Hedberg

Team B

Kreider-Richards-Nash; Hrivik-Boyle-Kristo; Bourque-powe-Asham; Yogan-Kantor-O'Donnell; Staal-DelZotto; Johnson-Syvret; Falk-McIlrath, Lundqvist, Talbot

Updates here and @stevezipay...

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Day 5: Rangers will scrimmage without Derek Stepan

Rangers center Derek Stepan brings the puck up

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As reported yesterday, the 23-year-old has not been in camp, as the Rangers and his agent Matt Oates, continue to wrestle with a new contract.

The first scrimmage of camp is 11 a.m. today, and with two preseason games against the Devils Monday and Philadelphia Tuesday, the impasse is raising some concern. The Rangers leave Wednesday for four days of camp in Western Canada and then four games...

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Associate coach Scott Arniel talks Brassard, former Jackets

Rangers left wing Rick Nash skates during team

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Some speed-typing excerpts ('scuse the typos) from Scott Arniel's discussion with the press today:

On scouting and overseeing the power play: "It's something I had done before with Lindy Ruff in Buffalo, same job description. Hadn't been in the NHL as a head coach yet and you got to see and done a lot of homework and got to see some of the best in the league and how they work...and what...

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Alain Vigneault on camp so far, players, plans

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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Some excerpts from head coach Alain Vigneault's media session:

“I would say yes,” Vigneault said when asked about a possible Biron-Hedberg competition. “In an Olympic year I need a backup goaltender that can play games for us, whether that number is 15 to maybe 20...in an Olympic year with the number of four games in six nights that we have to play and the number of three games in four nights,...

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Brassard moves on from issues with former coach Arniel

Derick Brassard of the Rangers skates in the

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Derick Brassard, the former Blue Jackets center who wasn't always on the same page with former head coach Scott Arniel, said that he's turned the page and has no concerns about their relationship.

"It's in the past," he said. "I talked to Arnie when he got hired (here as an associate to head coach Alain Vigneault), I called him (and said) 'No hard feelings.' I think Arnie could...

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Martin Biron back in camp '100 percent focused'

Martin Biron (43) makes a save during a

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Rangers backup goaltender Martin Biron, who suddenly left for home in Buffalo to deal with a personal situation, returned Friday and said he was "ready to do whatever I have to do, ready to compete."

Although he did not go into detail, Biron, 34, said he was not planning on having to return. "It was something I had to take care of," Biron said. "I talked to the coach,...

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