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.
WASHINGTON---At this point in time, in the 39th game of the season, the truth is that Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has more faith in Cam Talbot than a rested Henrik Lundqvist.
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I'll answer my own question: Yes.
Hard to see any risk here, as Alain Vigneault is going with the hot hand against the Leafs on the last game of this disappointing 2-4-2 homestand.
The team won 4-1 on Sunday as Talbot (7-2, 1.67 GAA) stopped 24 of 25 shots against the Wild. Lundqvist, who neck remains a little stiff from Wednesday's collision with Chris Kunitz conceded today after a...Read more »
I'm travelling today and Newsday's Will Sammon is filling in tonight at MSG. I'll be back for the Leafs game tomorrow, then on to DC and Florida as 2013 winds down. Anyway, for Henrik Lundqvist, it’s time for a break. Talbot will start Sunday instead of Lundqvist in the eighth game of what has been a catastrophic franchise-record nine-game homestand. Lundqvist has started eight consecutive games,...Read more »
J.T. Miller, who was sent down on Dec. 9, was recalled by the Rangers on Thursday before the holiday freeze deadline. He has seven goals and two assists in eight AHL games.
Dylan McIlrath played one game, his NHL debut against Columbus, and had 8:55 on ice, with one fight. The Rangers will now have six defensemen, including Justin Falk, for the Islanders game Friday. Does this mean Marc...Read more »
1. Evgeni Malkin is out for the East-leading Pens (24-10-1), who also are missing their top 4 D and will have seven AHL players in the lineup due to injuries or suspensions. But they still have been competing, winning four straight, thanks to Sidney Crosby and other vets, and will be motivated. "we got spanked here the last time," said coach Dan Bylsma, referring to the 5-1...Read more »
Tonight’s a matchup that we will see more often with CBJ now in the East, with a twist: former Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov return to the Garden for the first time since the trade, and Rick Nash will play against the team with which he skated for nine years for the first time.
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No. 17 raised some eyebrows last month when the Rangers visited Ohio, with his "shiny new toy" comments and questions about his former organization. Yesterday, as I re-tweeted from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Dubi clearly wants to make an impact at MSG. But his other remarks aren't quite as volatile and repeat some of his thoughts from earlier this year.
Anyway, from...Read more »
First, thanks to Michael Lewis for pinch-hitting today and filing some notes from his interviews that I'll share here... Ryan McDonagh believes the "hockey gods are testing us."
"The last few games we've gotten a little bit too aggressive and given up too many odd-man rushes. It's getting back to focusing -- we were doing a little controlled scrimmmage today...Read more »
Throughout this season, the old bromide about indecision has come to mind: You know, the adage about being one foot on the platform and the other on the train. (Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways...)
Consider the Rangers on the platform under John Tortorella: Defense-first, patient, safety over death.
Enter Vigneault, who urged the Rangers to get on the O-Train,...Read more »
It has come down to this: All the Rangers can do is sift through the losses and find scraps of positives here and there. Not the best way to go about business in the midst of a three-game skid at home following a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators Tuesday, and facing the absence of Marc Staal (concussion, out indefinitely) and captain Ryan Callahan...Read more »