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.

Game 7 change: Dan Carcillo in for J.T. Miller

J.T. Miller, 21, had two assists in two games, but Dan Carcillo was skating with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. Carcillo replaced Jesper Fast and played in Games 3 and 4 in Philadelphia, averaged about 9:25 on ice, with one goal (the fourth in Game 3).

No change on defense.

So the lines and d-pairs: Nash-Stepan-MSL; Hagelin-Richards-Carcillo; Pouliot-Stepan-Zuke; Boyle-DMoore-Dorsett....

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Some Game 7 stats



Check those Lundqvist numbers....


                  GP W L G A PTS GW

Brian Boyle 2 2 - 0 0 0 0 0

Derick Brassard 1 1 - 0 0 2 2 0

Daniel Carcillo 2 2 - 0 1 0 1 0

Derek Dorsett 1 1 - 0 0 1 1 0

Dan Girardi 4 3 - 1 1 0 1 1


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Some excerpts for Alain Vigneault's remarks before Game 7

Alain Vigneault looks on during the second period

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

With Game 7 tonight as MSG, the Rangers had meetings but did not go on the ice. Here's Alain Vigneault around noon today:

"Whatever’s happened in the past is behind us. It’s one game and it’s winner-take-all. I think it’s fair to say that whoever’s top players perform the best is probably the team that is going to win this game. We’ve got some good players. This is a great opportunity, Game...

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Rangers Game 6: Five things before a big night in Philadelphia

Rangers center J.T. Miller skates against the New

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

1. The Rangers are making it very clear they do not want to take the chance of a winner-take all Game 7 in New York on Wednesday at 7 p.m,  Coach Alain Vigneault would not reveal his lineup, but I'm thinking J.T. Miller will be in for Dan Carcillo again.

2. The Flyers are promising to be more aggressive and not change their game plan.

3. Flyers coach Craig Berube will bench D Hal...

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Ten players on ice for Monday's optional skate

Jesper Fast skates during Rangers training camp at

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

Talbot, Zuccarello, Hagelin, McDonagh, JMoore, Falk, Miller, Carcillo, Diaz. Fast.

Dan Girardi was on ice earlier for a couple spins and shots, and Chris Kreider was working on conditioning drills with assocaite coach Scott Arneil.

Assume team will have full skate Tuesday AM at WFC. Expecting AV to speak shortly...Stay tuned...

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Playoff debut for J.T. Miller

J.T. Miller (10) settles the puck during the

(Credit: AP / Kostas Lymperopoulos)

Judging from warmups, Miller is replacing Dan Carcillo who played the last two games in Philly.

The 21-year-old was with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin.

Miller played in 30 games this season, with three goals and three assists. Two of those games were against the Flyers in March, a win and a loss. The 6-foot-1 Miller, the Rangers first-round draft choice (15th overall) in 2011, was recalled...

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NYR-Flyers Game 5 Preview: Puck drops about 12:20

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Detroit

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Some thoughts:

It's Henrik Lundqvist (2-2, 1.76, .927) vs. Steve Mason (1-0, 0.89, .976)

Rangers defense expected to be the same; only change upfront could be J.T. Miller, there was some speculation on that yesterday during the optional. We'll see what happens in warmups.

D Hal Gill expected in for Flyers, Nicklas Grossman definitely out.

All our coverage is over on the Rangers...

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Game 4 preview: Flyers talking tough, Rangers bide time

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) and

(Credit: AP / Kathy Willens)

PHILADELPHIA -- Goaltender Steve Mason, who will start his first game in two weeks on Friday night, and his Flyers teammates, practiced Friday morning. Mason didn't address the media. But others did, and there certainly was a diverse selection of views from desperation to playing looser, to not being so careful, to putting more pucks on Henrik Lundqvist.

Wayne Simmonds: "We've got to win this...

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Alain Vigneault seeking faster pace in Game 4 for Rangers

Alain Vigneault reacts after the Rangers scored against

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The Blueshirts skated at MSG on Thursday but also watched videos of goaltender Steve Mason, who was formally named as the Flyers starter for Game 4.

"We went through the same preparation as we went through with Emery, scouting report, some video, we know what to expect from him and we know the areas to go after," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

Mason's former teammate Derick Brassard...

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After Game 3 win, Rangers ready for Steve Mason

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason faces the action

(Credit: AP / Tom Mihalek)

Steve Mason is several inches taller than Ray Emery and five years younger. And he catches with his right hand.

So there are some visible differences between the Flyers goaltender who started the first three games of the series and the one who will start the fourth on Friday.

It's the intangibles that will matter.

Emery faced 89 Ranger shots and stopped 79 for an .888 save percentage,...

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