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.

Rangers playoff chances up to 80 percent

Rangers' Martin St. Louis celebrates with teammates Chris

(Credit: AP / Fred Chartrand)

That's according to, 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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MSG's Dolan supported Sather decision to deal Callahan


              In two rare radio appearances, shortly after James L. Dolan handed the reins of the Knicks to Phil Jackson, the Garden’s executive chairman endorsed the strategy of Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather in trading Ryan Callahan, voiced support for coach Alain Vigneault and anticipated that the Blueshirts...

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Crunch time: A quick update on NYR playoff chances

Hello from Ottawa ladies and gents, hope you all enjoyed St. Patrick's day...

We're expecting the same lineup for the Blueshirts tonight as deployed in the 1-0 loss to the Sharks. So the scratches would be Dorsett, Falk, Diaz and Haggerty, and Talbot as the backup goaltender.


As of this morning, the Rangers have a 71.1 chance of making the playoffs, according to SportsClubStats,...

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Excerpts from Vigneault's Sunday pre-game briefing


Some excerpts from Alain Vigneault

On Sharks:   “They’ve got speed and size, and they play a real solid, fundamental game; they can beat you witht skill and if they need to beat you with size, they can do it. They’re an elite team in this league…they’ve done really good job of surrounding their veteran players with younger, highly-skilled players, on D or upfront.”


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After 2nd loss on trip: Scoring woes; 5 on 5, MSL, Miller, Richie

Martin St. Louis of the Rangers skates against

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

The Rangers went into the Olympic break 5-1. Since the closing ceremonies in Sochi, the Blueshirts are 3-4-1, with 18 goals in eight games, or 2.25 per.

Without scoring three goals a game, there’s not much margin for errors on D and in goal. In no way can Cam Talbot be blamed for the 2-1 loss on Thursday.

Yeah, if Ryan McDonagh doesn’t hit a post Thursday, maybe that’s a spark, but 14...

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Six Things to Know Before Rangers-Wild

It’s Cam Talbot, who has allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of 16 starts, against Darcy Kuemper (11-4-3) here in St. Paul. Henrik Lundqvist will play the next two games, Friday in Winnipeg and Sunday in MSG vs. the Sharks, per AV. It’s quite possible that Carl Hagelin will be moved to the left side of Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, with Chris Kreider moving to the Brad Richards-Martin St. Louis duo,...

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Cam Talbot to start vs. Wild, Av unsure of d-pairs


Cam Talbot, whose last start was a 32-save, 2-1 victory against the Blackhawks at MSG on Feb. 27, the first game after the Olympic break, will be in the nets tomorrow here in St. Paul against the Wild.

Coach Alain Vigneault told the team's website at practice that Talbot, 11-5-0, 1.75 GAa and a .938 save percentage, would get the nod over Lundqvist. (All four writers on the trip...

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NYR sign FA Ryan Haggerty from RPI, will join club next week

Haggerty, 21, a native of Stamford, Conn., led the ECAC in goals with 28 and will join the Rangers next week. Rosters expanded after trade deadline day, so no moves have to be made.

Here's the basics on the 6-foot, 200-pound righty, who reportedly signed a three-year entry level deal, but is not eligible for the playoffs this season---if the Rangers get there---because he was not on the reserve...

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Raleigh Quick hits: Dorsett in, Carc out; Lundqvist aims for 301

1. Fourth-liner Dan Carcillo, who has played 21 consecutive games, will ride the pine tonight against the Canes, and Derek Dorsett, who has played just twice in the last five games, gets the call. 

"I know I can play," said Dorsett. "I felt I was playing well, then I break my leg (blocking a shot on Jan. 3). Now I'm fighting for a job. All I can do is bury my head and keep working." Says...

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Post-Game Extra from Raleigh: NYR rally in 3rd for 4-2 win

Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis

(Credit: Getty Images / Grant Halverson)

The game story is in the paper and on of course, but here are some added quotes and stats and commentary as we edge closer to midnight.

Coach Alain Vigneault, who was hoarse, he said, from shouting at the refs in French, said this of St. Louis's 5 on 3 pass:

"It's something we hadn't practiced since Marty's been with us, but (assistant coach Scott Arniel) did a good job of...

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