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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.

NYR-Devs preview: John Moore concussed; Dorsett has flu

 

          Greetings from Newark in the spring, where the Rangers defense is a little thinner with John Moore sidelined by concussion symptoms.

            Moore, who had played in 69 games and recently had been on the point of the second unit of the power play, was injured on a...

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Battling Rick Nash sparks 3-1 win in return to Columbus

           What a night in Columbus.

           In his first return to Nationwide Arena, where he had played for ten years, Rick Nash led the Rangers past the Blue Jackets 3-1 Friday, not with goals, but with determination and passion that included a scuffle with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky...

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Power plays, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis

Rick Nash controls the puck against the St.

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

COLUMBUS -- First off, the probable lineup at Nationwide Arena on Friday night:      

Benoit Pouliot skated in the Friday optional after arriving from New York following the birth of his daughter on Wednesday and is expected to play, coach Alain Vigneault said. So as of this moment, the scratches are Derek Dorsett, Ryan Haggerty, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk. ...

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Derick Brassard on St. Louis, scoring and the cannon

 

            Derick Brassard had two goals and an assist Tuesday; Martin St. Louis, his newest wing, has had no goals and just three points since he was traded to the Rangers on March 5.

            But Brassard expects things to turn around for the former Tampa All-Star.

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Rick Nash is balancing past and present

 

             So, we're wrapping up for the day here soon in Columbus, and may swing by Woodlands Tavern tonight to catch some of the sets by Joe Rollin Porter, a fine-pickin' guitarist of some reknown and Big Daddy Love, an Americana-styled band from North Carolina. I'm sure you can sample both on You Tube.             

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Benoit Pouliot misses practice, expected back Friday

Forward Benoit Pouliot, who left for New York after the game in Ottawa, remained there today, and Derek Dorsett skated in his place on a line with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin.

"Benny’s at home, they got a baby girl yesterday," coach Alain Vigneault said today. "Still haven’t figured out the logistics of him coming back yet. I expect him to be back, we’ll see tomorrow. If not, Dorsett would...

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AV praises "thoroughbred" Mac, cites Richie for PP advice

After a full practice at Nationwide Arena today, coach Alain Vigneault lavished praise on defenseman Ryan McDonagh, his growing offensive game, and Brad Richards' suggestion that Mac be put on the point:

 "We were just talking about him before practice about how Montreal (who sent Mcdonagh to New York in the Scott Gomez trade) must be just shaking their heads,"  Vigneault said. ...

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Nash endorses McDonagh for next NYR captain

In a Q and A with the Columbus Dispatch that was posted this morning, Rick Nash---who returns to Nationwide Arena Friday for the first time since he was traded---  reminisced about his decade with the Blue Jackets, his time in New York, and at the end, suggested this:

Q. The Rangers don’t have a captain (with the trade of Ryan Callahan, they have 3 As). Could you be line for another shot...

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Thoughts: 12-goal club; Crowning Smitty?, ROWing, the sked

         Musings from Columbus: 

         Of the dozen games left for the Rangers, seven are against teams currently not in the playoffs, who have nothing to lose and may love being spoilers:  New Jersey, Buffalo, Ottawa, Carolina, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver. So they could be dangerous.

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Rangers playoff chances up to 80 percent

Rangers' Martin St. Louis celebrates with teammates Chris

(Credit: AP / Fred Chartrand)

That's according to SportsClubStats.com, the site that updates the percentages daily. The 8-4 win boosted the Blueshirts chances by more than 9 percent.

I'm en route to Columbus (flight delays omnipresent, so I shouldn't speak too soon), but dI id have a chance to check some forecasts.

One thing in the Rangers favor: Of the dozen games remaining, seven are against teams currently out...

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