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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.

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Steve Zipay

Steve Zipay is an award-winning journalist who has covered events from Super Bowls to World Series and issues from sports marketing to stadium financing.

Based in New York for 25 years, Steve also has been a news editor, a business editor and sports media columnist for Newsday.

In 1997, Steve was a member of the Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting on the crash of Flight 800.

NYR, Flyers update: Rangers staying hungry, Mason might play Sun.

Flyers' Steve Mason reaches for a shot by

(Credit: AP / Matt Slocum)

Both the Rangers and Flyers will be skating at the Garden on Saturday, but it’s just separate practices: The Blueshirts at 11, the Orangeshirts at 12:30.

I’m expecting the same lineup for the Rangers, with J.T. Miller, Dan Carcillo, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk scratched. Why not? 35-15 in shots. 

The word from Chelsea Piers, where Flyers goalie Steve Mason (upper-body) took shots...

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Mason will rejoin Flyers on Friday, Game 2 status uncertain

Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason catches a shot during

(Credit: AP / Matt Slocum)

It's possible that tonight could be Ray Emery's only start this week at MSG.

G Steve Mason, who remained in Philadelphia with an upper-body injury sustained when his head and neck hit the ice in the season finale, is "doing better"  and will join the team in New York on Friday, Flyers coach Craig Berube said.

But Berube said Mason would not practice tomorrow, and did not know if...

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Rangers lineup: Ryan McDonagh in, Raphael Diaz out

Ryan McDonagh sets before a faceoff against the

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Although rookie Jesper Fast did not join his teammates in the morning skate here at Madison Square Garden, it appears that he will dress for his first NHL playoff game.

Asked if Dan Carcillo would be in for Fast, coach Alain Vigneault said “No” and explained that it was a “maintenance morning” for the Swedish right wing. J.T. Miller, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk remained on the ice late with...

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