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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.

Dom Moore "humbled" by Masterton nomination


            EDMONTON----The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy honors “a high degree of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey," and Rangers center Dominic Moore, who was nominated for that award Sunday, feels deeply about one of those words: Perseverance.


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Easy choice: Dominic Moore for Masterton Trophy

       The numbers don't always tell the story.

       The 596 NHL games, 73 goals, 130 assists, the 14 minutes a game don't give you the complete picture of Dominic Moore, 33, who has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy by the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.


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St. Louis: In "uncharted territory"


In today's Insider, I wrote about Martin St. Louis' struggles and approach, and here's some more of his thoughts from a heartfelt interview with the travelling writers yesterday in Calgary:

 “I haven’t gone through this in a long time so it’s a little bit of unchartered territory, meaning I haven’t experienced that type of adversity in a long time. The good thing is the team’s...

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St. Louis back with Richards; Talbot starts in Edmonton

Martin St. Louis of the Rangers skates against

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

Jumping on a flight to Edmonton after practice at Max Bell Arena in Calgary, so if you didn't see this on Twitter, three key updates:

Coach Alain Vigneault decided to switch Martin St. Louis back to the right side, and reunite him with center Brad Richards and left wing Carl Hagelin. "He's more comfortable on the right side," Vigneault said. St. Louis did not generate enough on the left side...

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The Wrap: Rangers fall 4-3 in Calgary to start road trip

Hands up if you saw this coming.

If you read my blogs and early story Friday, the warning signs were there. Calgary was playing well, winning six of their last 10 at home, and the Rangers, who have had their stumbles in winnable games this season, had to play their A-game, as they had during the five-game winning streak.

Didn’t happen, from the goal out.  

After Friday’s morning...

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NJ's Kenny Agostino, ex-NYR fan, dressing for Calgary tonight


             Don’t really write much in this space about other team’s prospects, but we veered off today to speak with Kenny Agostino, a familiar name in metro area hockey and at Yale, who is one of the Calgary Flames new wave of youngsters, along with Sean Monahan and Joe Colborne.  


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NYR can't afford letdown against Calgary on 1st leg of trip

             Spring? Ha. Light snow swirling around here in Calgary on the first leg of this nine-day Western road trip. 

             The Rangers will practice at 11:30 at the Saddledome (1:30 ET) for the 7 p.m. start against the Flames (9 p.m. ET), and the message...

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Chris Kreider (hand) to miss at least 5 games


              Well, it’s official.

              Left wing Chris Kreider will miss at least five games with a hand injury, possibly a broken bone, and team doctors are still deciding whether he will undergo surgery.


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Chris Kreider will miss Flyers game, possibly more

             At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, here's what we know for certain: Kreider will miss the critical matchup between the Rangers and Flyers tomorrow at the Garden.

              According to a tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie that was later deleted, Kreider suffered a...

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Flu season: St. Louis, Stepan could be out, J.T. Miller recalled

Rangers forwards Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan did not skate this morning at Madison Square Garden and are game-time decisions tonight  when the Blueshirts host the Coyotes in the first home game after three road wins.

J.T. Miller was in the process of being called up from Hartford on an emergency basis.

A third forward witht he flu, Derek Dorsett, who sat out the last game...

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