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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.

Speculation: Stepan will make U.S. roster

I was telling this to travelling pals Pat Leonard and Andrew Gross at the practice rink on Monday, but I believe Derek Stepan will be on the 25-man U.S. olympic roster for Sochi announced tomorrow...

Despite the contract dispute that kept him out of camp and a slow start (like almost all the Rangers, 2-6 remember?), Stepan, who had 44 points in 48 games last year,  is an experienced center,...

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Conor Allen debuts in Tampa; Staal, Stralman could play Tues.

 

            The Rangers could have all top six defensemen back to face the Panthers on New Year’s Eve.

            Both Anton Stralman and Marc Staal, who are not playing against the Lightning, said that returns on Tuesday were possible. Staal, out since Dec. 7 with a...

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Rangers lose 3-2, Stralman injured, Conor Allen called up

             Another NHL debut?

             Could happen.

             Allen, 23, a 6-2 Chicago native, is 5-8-13 and a minus 8 in 29 games for Hartford. He played three years at UMass-Amherst, was undrafted,...

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More on thoughts from Henrik Lundqvist

 

Cool, calm and collected Cam Talbot stayed clear of the media at Verizon Center after the AM skate today, when he was the first goalie off the ice, signalling another start. Henrik Lundqvist remained on the ice to practice, but did meet the press afterward. 

And the man who will be the highest-paid 'keeper in the game starting next season, was pretty revealing when discussing...

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Talbot starts 3rd straight in D.C.; Staal closer, Callahan skates

 

                 WASHINGTON---At this point in time, in the 39th game of the season, the truth is that Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has more faith in Cam Talbot than a rested Henrik Lundqvist.

                 Vigneault...

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Right call? Talbot in net in 1st NHL back-to-back; Lundqvist sits

I'll answer my own question: Yes.

Hard to see any risk here, as Alain Vigneault is going with the hot hand against the Leafs on the last game of this disappointing 2-4-2 homestand.

The team won 4-1 on Sunday as Talbot (7-2, 1.67 GAA) stopped 24 of 25 shots against the Wild. Lundqvist, who neck remains a little stiff from Wednesday's collision with Chris Kunitz conceded today after a...

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

Cam Talbot prepares to play against the Winnipeg

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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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J.T. Miller recalled; McIlrath, Asham returned to Hartford

Rangers center J.T. Miller skates against the New

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

J.T. Miller, who was sent down on Dec. 9, was recalled by the Rangers on Thursday before the holiday freeze deadline. He has seven goals and two assists in eight AHL games.

Dylan McIlrath played one game, his NHL debut against Columbus, and had  8:55 on ice, with one fight. The Rangers will now have six defensemen, including Justin Falk, for the Islanders game Friday. Does this mean Marc...

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Rangers-Pens tonight at MSG: Things to Know

 

1. Evgeni Malkin is out for the East-leading Pens (24-10-1), who also are missing their top 4 D and will have seven AHL players in the lineup due to injuries or suspensions. But they still have been competing, winning four straight, thanks to Sidney Crosby and other vets, and will be motivated. "we got spanked here the last time," said coach Dan Bylsma, referring to the 5-1...

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Nash, NYR host Dubinsky, Anisimov; McIlrath debuts; lineups

 

             Tonight’s a matchup that we will see more often with CBJ now in the East, with a twist: former Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov return to the Garden for the first time since the trade, and Rick Nash will play against the team with which he skated for nine years for the first time.

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