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.
HOME ROAD Time (ET)Thu. Oct. 9, 2014 ...Read more »
The Rangers home opener will be against Toronto on Oct. 12. They will be the visitors for both the Blues and Blue Jackets home openers, on Oct . 9 and 11. The NHL is releasing the entire schedule Sunday afternoon....Read more »
WHY WE LIKE THE RANGERS
Henrik Lundqvist: In his ninth season, the perennial Vezina Trophy finalist has not had two poor playoff games in a row, and is among the leaders in wins, save percentage and goals against average.
Defense and speed: The mobile but rugged blueline should be able to clear the zone and join the attack as well, especially if the forwards pitch in with a persistent...Read more »
In today's briefing, on freshly-cut grass inside a white tent outside the Rangers practice complex in Westchester that made it almost seem like a summer concert or reception, head coach Alain Vigneault was asked how he remains so calm and collected, as players describe him.
And he told this story:
"I started coaching when I was 23 years old; I went back to school after my brilliant 42-game...Read more »
Derek Stepan (broken jaw) will not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final on Sunday, although he is not hospitalized and home recovering.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Stepan stopped by the morning skate to say help to teammates and that there is no timetable for his return.
So, as reported yesterday, Derick Brassard, now healthy, and J.T. Miller will dress....Read more »
The Rangers are 10-6 in the playoffs, including 6-3 on the road. They are 10-2 all-time when winning the first two games of a seven-game playoff series, and 4-1 when winning the first two games of a seven-game playoff series on the road.
Wonder if Peter Budaj, who has blanked the Rangers twice in two seasons, starts in Game 3.
Some quotes that didn't make it to...Read more »
Very short briefing from Alain Vigneault tonight; here's the quotes:
Looking back, Vigneault said: “If you asked me before the series started---with the firepower they have---if I preferred to play four out of seven or one game, winner-take-all, I would’ve probably taken the one game. And that’s what we have tonight.”
On the importance...Read more »
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...Read more »
Martin St. Louis, along with San Jose's Patrick Marleau and Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly were chosen as the three finalists for the trophy awarded to the player who displays a combination of (and I paraphrase here), "sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and a high standard of playing ability."
The three were the top votegetters in ballots by the PHWA. The winner will be announced June 24.
St....Read more »
Because you asked, WEPN (98.7 FM/ESPN Radio New York) and WLIR (107.1 FM) will air the first-round playoff games between the Rangers and Flyers live. Sirius XM will broadcast Games 1 and 2 and 5 and 7, if necessary....Read more »