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.
Derek Stepan, who practiced for ther first time since signing his two-year, $61.5 million contract on Thursday, said he needs some more conditioning and time to adjust to the head coach Alain Vigneault's system, which requires different reads on offense than under John Tortorella.
And he was met with a twist: Brad Richards on left wing, a Vigneault experiment, and Ryan Callahan...Read more »
Some speed-typing excerpts ('scuse the typos) from Scott Arniel's discussion with the press today:
On scouting and overseeing the power play: "It's something I had done before with Lindy Ruff in Buffalo, same job description. Hadn't been in the NHL as a head coach yet and you got to see and done a lot of homework and got to see some of the best in the league and how they work...and what...Read more »
Some excerpts from head coach Alain Vigneault's media session:
“I would say yes,” Vigneault said when asked about a possible Biron-Hedberg competition. “In an Olympic year I need a backup goaltender that can play games for us, whether that number is 15 to maybe 20...in an Olympic year with the number of four games in six nights that we have to play and the number of three games in four nights,...Read more »
Rick Nash, who has one assist in the first three games of this playoff series, said he had no ill effects after slamming into the boards on a missed check on Mike Green at the end of the second period in Game 3.
“No, I felt pretty good in the third,” said Nash, who was given a maintenance day for rest and treatment on Tuesday and skated Wednesday morning in an optional practice at MSG.
“I...Read more »
Game 4 peek-ahead stats first:
The PP? 1-for-13. The PK is 8-10. Blueshirts are 39-32 all time in G4.
More in my preview along with Henrik Lundqvist's thoughts on Game 4 in tomorrah's paper. My partner on the bumpy stagecoach ride this series, Anthony Rieber, has a piece on the growth of John Moore coming up as well.
Here's a taste of what Lundqvist said after practice, then...Read more »
Another mysterously bland first period, this time in Philly with a lot on the line. Cannot happen. Ranger practice at noon Wednesday with B2B coming up. Some post-game thoughts that never got posted last night.....
-- If the exam on Brian Boyle (knee, it appears) determines that he’s out for a while, the Rangers need an extra forward. Is it Kris Newbury? Possibly. The coach apparently...Read more »
1. Stars over stars. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom got it done. Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik didn’t. Not in the game or in the shootout. Well, Gaborik wasn’t in the shootout, and neither was Chris Kreider. The rookie got some big-line time in the third, because the coach said he wanted someone to hunt down pucks. Another line shuffle coming today at practice, which by...Read more »