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J.T. Miller recalled from Hartford

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

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When the Rangers return to practice Tuesday, they will have a familiar face on the ice: J.T. Miller, 21, who has been up and down all season. Miller, send down on April 2, was recalled on Monday after he had two goals and two assists in two weekend games. He is tied for the lead in points with the Wolf Pack, with 15 goals and 43 points.

Should the lines remain the same on Tuesday, Miller could...

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Rangers-Flyers playoff schedule

J.T. Miller of the Rangers collides with Tye

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Rangers-Flyers Stanley Cup playoff schedule

 

GAME 1    Thurs., April 17 / Madison Square Garden      7 p.m. MSG, CNBC

GAME 2    Sun., April 20 / Madison Square Garden     Noon       NBC

GAME 3     Tues., April 22 / Wells Fargo Center           ...

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My take: Fair-market extension for Dan Girardi

Dan Girardi skates with the puck during a

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The six-year, $33-million contract that Dan Girardi and his camp agreed to earlier today is a win for both sides.

The Rangers needed to lock up their fearless, reliable (four games missed in eight seasons), shot-blocking, right-handed first-pair defenseman, who would have been the target of a dozen clubs had he gotten to unrestricted free agency in June. It's simple supply and demand. There's...

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Thursday topics: Minicamp, Zuccarello, Callahan

Norway forward Mats Zuccarello takes the puck up

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We'll be reporting from minicamp starting tomorrow at 11. Other teams started drills and conditioning today. The expectation is that the Rangers will be wokring out every day for the next week at the MSG Training Center.

With Lundqvist still in Sochi, expect to see a second goalie in addition to Cam Talbot. Also believe rehabbing Derek Dorsett (broken leg, Jan. 3) will be skating. And presumably...

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Cam Talbot in net tonight vs. Wild; Marc Staal sidelined but skating

Cam Talbot prepares to play against the Winnipeg

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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,...

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Heard around: Vigneault, forward options, Moore

Alain Vigneault speaks to the media after being

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- One of coach Alain Vigneault’s changes is to hold the morning skate on game days at Madison Square Garden rather than at the training facility in Greenburgh. Vigneault and almost every player live in Manhattan, so the commute is easier. Not for Anton Stralman, however, who resides in Westchester with his family. Some days, it has taken him 90 minutes to drive to the Garden in rush hour. “I don’t...

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Del Zotto's dropoff

Michael Del Zotto of the Rangers shoots on

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Michael Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for the second time Saturday, and the 23-year-old defenseman, who is a restricted free agent this summer, has yet to find his game offensively or defensively.

Year Gms G A P +/-

2009-10 80 9 28 37 -20

2010-11 47 2 9 11 -5

2011-12 77 10 31 41 +20

2012-13 46 3 18 21 +6

2013-14 16 1 3 4 -4...

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Chris Kreider finds his stride

Rangers left wing Chris Kreider is seen on

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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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Marc Staal's game is returning

Marc Staal of the Rangers plays the puck

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What Marc Staal saw through his tinted visor didn’t really concern him. Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin was skating with the puck on the right side of his own zone, perhaps 80 feet away. Staal was on the left side of the Rangers zone.

Nikitin began to shoot, hesitated, took another stride, and whipped a wrister in Staal’s direction, apparently trying to get the puck deep.

Instead,...

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