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.

The precarious state of the Rangers in crunch time

Rangers left wing Rick Nash looks on against

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Well, safe to say that in a season of hyperbole, Wednesday’s game is the biggest of the Rangers’ journey this year, which started with a long exhibition season away from home in Western Canada, and could end in Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Lady Gaga, the WNBA and the arena football guys have easier schedules, if you get my drift. Should the Rangers have dispatched the Flyers earlier to avoid...

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Chris Kreider finds his stride

Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is seen on

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

After most practices, you’ll find Chris Kreider at his locker nibbling from a bag of chocolate bits, part of the sweet routine of a young man who has escaped from hockey limbo.

Under former coach John Tortorella, the Boston College star who had a dazzling, five-goal post-season debut in 2012, was critiqued last year for being irresponsible, yanked down and up to the AHL, demoted to the fourth...

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