Blue Notes

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.

Philly Primer: What 2 Watch 4 tonight

1. Without top forwards Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin again, and with the added wrinkle of goaltender Cam Talbot making his NHL debut subbing for injured Henrik Lundqvist, coach Alain Vigneault is thinking that a defensive effort that hopefully will create some transition opportunities, is in order. "Close to the vest" is the term he used again, as he did prior to the Devils...

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Lundqvist better but sidelined; Talbot starts in Philadelphia

Henrik Lundqvist will be in Philadelphia with the team tonight and tomorrow, but not in a Rangers uniform. 

As reported this morning from practice, the team's No. 1 goaltender is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and is listed as day to day.  Rookie Cam Talbot will make his NHL debut in goal against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Jason Missaien will serve as backup,...

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Coach V on Kreider, Talbot, Philly, practice lines, more...

Some more tinkering with NYR lines:

Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller in top six.

The top one is the same:  Kreider-Derek Stepan-Brad Richards (on the right, yes, so if this sticks, he will have played all three forward spots in eight games)

Here's AV on Kreider's strengths: "Speed, size, goes to the net hard. He shoots the puck as well as I’ve seen a player shoot the puck....

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Coach V: My teams compete, play hard;NYR haven’t all the time


             In a strong affirmation of his philosophy, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault set aside all the talk about “system change” today and is challenging his players to compete consistently.

             “There’s still some understanding on their part to be...

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Lundqvist not practicing for 2nd day: "minor issue, day to day"

Should there be some concern about the team's No. 1 goalie?

It's a little bit of a mystery, but I don't think so.

Ludnqvist was on ice here at the MSG Training Center for a few minutes before the team went on for pactice, wearing a t-shirt, shorts, socks and skates, and appeared to be testing his skates.  not far from the bench, while the Zamboni cleaned the ice.

When asked...

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Chris Kreider, Brandon Mashinter recalled from AHL

Feeling the need for more offense, size and toughness, the Rangers have recalled Chris Kreider and Brandon Mashinter from Hartford.

On a day that started with the retirement announcement from goaltender Martin Biron, with the corresponding callup of Hartford's No. 1 goalie Cam Talbot to back up Henrik Lundqvist,  there were four other moves, but the Kreider and Mashinter transactions...

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Martin Biron, an old-school guy, retires at 36


Always enjoyed talked hockey and almost anything else with Marty, who had a very solid NHL career. Best wishes to him and his family. Sure we will see him down the road, probably in a broadcast or radio booth....

Here's the Rangers release:

NEW YORK, October 20, 2013 –New York Rangers goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement today, ending a 16-year National Hockey...

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From Newark: Del Zotto scratched, Zuke vows to shoot...


            NEWARK--- For the first time this season, defenseman Michael Del Zotto is a healthy scratch.

            “In our first five games, we had one where I was pleased with how our six d had played and that was the L.A. game, (a 3-1 win)” said head coach Alain Vigneault...

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Taylor Pyatt: I know I've got to produce

Taylor Pyatt celebrates his second-period goal during a

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Problem: Ryan Callahan, who has three goals and plays in all situations -- 5-on-5, 5-on-4 and the PK -- will miss three to four weeks with a broken thumb.

First AV solution: Try Taylor Pyatt on the first line and PP and use Darroll Powe on the PK. 

"You can't replace what he brings to the table, you hope other guys take advantage of the opportunity to play more minutes,"...

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To face Devils, Vigneault, front office, opting for experience

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault looks up at the

(Credit: AP)

In prepping for the first visit to Newark this season on Saturday, the Rangers front office and head coach Alain Vigneault are opting to fill the hole left by Ryan Callahan (broken thumb, hit by shot against Caps), with experience raather than youth.

The message, it appears, is that the 2-4 Rangers need to nail down a few winnable games, and let the youngsters simmer a bit in Hartford. Vigneault...

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