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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.

J.T. Miller recalled from Hartford

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

(Credit: AP / Kostas Lymperopoulos)

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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Odds and Ends: NYR 9-1 to win East, 20-1 to win Stanley Cup

Martin St. Louis of the Rangers skates against

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV). Series lines and player stats for each team on Tuesday.

Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup          

Boston Bruins                           7/2

St....

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Rangers-Flyers playoff schedule

J.T. Miller of the Rangers collides with Tye

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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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Day off for St. Louis, McDonagh, Girardi; Falk, Carcillo in

The Rangers' Daniel Carcillo celebrates his first period

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Alain Vigneault said all three are 100 percent, not a health issue.

McDonagh, who has missed four games with an injured shoulder, said he was ready to play, but it was decided that another full day of rest and then several practice days was the way to go. He said he has the full range of motion in his  shoulder, his shot is fine and that his conditioning is on par with before he was injured...

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Post-Gamer: NYR clinch home ice with 2-1 win

Benoit Pouliot celebrates with Anton Stralman #6 after

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

After 81 games, the Rangers know where they will start the post-season----at home.   

Rick Nash’s goal with just 1:42 left in regulation that salvaged a 2-1 win against the Sabres was the first of two steps Thursday toward home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs next week.

The Blueshirts secured home ice minutes later when the Flyers lost in  Tampa...

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MVP, Players' Player well-deserved honors for Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh sets before a faceoff against the

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The future is now for Ryan McDonagh.

We’ve seen the Rangers defenseman blossom this year into an all-around player who will no doubt be wearing a letter on his sweater next season and for a long time.

But it’s not only the writers and broadcasters who follow the team and who voted McDonagh as the Team MVP.

The U.S. Olympic brass felt the same way, picking him for the squad and...

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NYR can move closer to home-ice ad with defeat of Sabres

          Apologies for some erractic postings. Been fighting a couple things that caught up with me during the Western Canada trip.

          Finally got to the dentist today, for example, and have a root canal scheduled tomorrow morning. Oh joy.

        ...

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With spot clinched, battle for home-ice begins; McD update

 

              The talk at this morning's post-clinching practice was all about looking ahead for playoff seeding, not behind, starting with tonight's matchup with Carolina. The Blueshirts host Buffalo on Thursday and then visit Montreal on Saturday.

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NYR playoff tickets on sale Thursday, Friday

Here's the info from the Garden

Tickets for the first and second rounds of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go on sale on Friday, April 11 at 12 p.m.

Select pre-sales will begin on April 10th at 10 a.m. beginning with season subscribers, Chase card members at 12 p.m. and NYR Twitter and Facebook fans at 2 p.m. Limited tickets will be available on Ticketmaster via NYRangers.com, Ticketmaster...

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Rangers clinch playoff berth with Devils' 1-0 loss

Rangers' Brad Richards celebrates his shootout goal past

(Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar)

Perhaps it wasn’t the way they had planned, but in the first year under head coach Alain Vigneault and his staff, the Rangers have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

The Blueshirts, with 91 points, were idle Monday night but secured a postseason berth when the Devils lost to Calgary 1-0 in Newark. It is the eighth time in the last nine seasons that the...

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