Blue Notes

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.

Practice Report: NYR Lines

Looks like Dan Carcillo odd man out for tomorrow..

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Martin St. Louis

Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Jesper Fast

Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello

Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett.

On D, no Ryan McDonagh

John Moore-Dan Girardi, Anton Stralman-Marc Staal, Raphael Diaz-Kevin Klein.

Lundqvist, Talbot on the ice. ...

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Winger Jesper Fast recalled from Hartford

Fast, the Swede who has 17 goals for the Wolf Pack (including two last night) and is considered a good two-way player, has been summoned from the AHL.

Unclear at this point whether Fast is a spare or will see time in the next three games.

The 22-year-old played eight games at the beginning of the season with the big club---no points---when Carl Hagelin was sidelined. We'll know more...

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Eye on N.J. : NYR clinches if Devils lose to Calgary tonight

It may not be the way that the Blueshirts prefer to join the teams such as Pittsburgh and Boston and Tampa and Montreal, who have clinched playoff berths, but unless the cross-river rival Devils grab two points from the Flames tonight it Newark, the Rangers have a post-season spot.

With 84 points, the Devils need to win their last four games to reach 92 points. The Rangers have 91 and the...

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NYR can clinch playoff spot with win/point vs Sens tonight

"We control our destiny," said Marc Staal. "We don't want to backdoor it," said Brad Richards.

It's simple: The Rangers, with a win at MSG tonight, can clinch a post-season berth with 93 points. Then they would have three more games---two at home---to try to secure second place in the Metro Division and home-ice advantage in the first round.

Ottawa lost to the Canadians 7-3 last night...

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AVs rally to beat Rangers 3-2 in a shootout

Tyson Barrie, who tied the score at two with 52 seconds left in regulation when Colorado has an extra attacker, scored the lone shootout goal as the Rangers went home with five of eight points of their four-game road trip.

They have 91 points with four games to play and are four ahead of Flyers, who lost to Columbus and are in third place in the Metro Division, with 87, and with six to play.

Said...

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Ryan McDonagh feels better, hopes to return soon

Ryan McDonagh celebrates his second-period goal during a

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

DENVER -- Injured Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh wants to return before the postseason, although he still doesn’t have full range of movement in his left shoulder and arm.

"That’s my goal," said McDonagh, who was crunched into the glass and left Vancouver with his left arm in a sling after a high hit into the glass from Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows with 44 seconds left in regulation...

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AV's strong words on J.T. Miller's "commitment"

 

            DENVER---J.T. Miller, who was re-assigned to Hartford on Wednesday, didn’t exactly receive a ringing endorsement from coach Alain Vigneault. In fact, it was pretty harsh.

           “There needs to be more commitment on his part, both on and off the ice,” Vigneault...

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Rangers appear to have dodged bullet on McDonagh injury

 

            Injured defenseman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to fly from Vancouver to Denver Wednesday with the Rangers, who wrap up a four-city Western trip on Thursday against the Avalanche. But how much the team’s best defenseman plays in the final five games of the regular season is unclear.

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Team says initial Ryan McDonagh diagnosis is 'Not serious'

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Vancouver Canucks center

(Credit: AP / Jonathan Hayward)

VANCOUVER -- At about 11 p.m Pacific time,  Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh had his left arm in a sling. He was standing in a closed-to-media locker room and not made available.

A team spokesman later said the initial diagnosis was "not serious." Coach Alain Vigneault had told me earlier that McDonagh would travel with the team to Denver tomorrow. They face the Avalanche on Thursday...

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Chris McCarthy of U of Vermont in fold, will report to Hartford

 

             Forward Chris McCarthy, 22, who scored 18 goals and 42 points in 38 games for the University of Vermont this season, has agreed to terms on a contract.

           But the Rangers are at the maximum 50 players under contract, so he will report to Hartford as...

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