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526 Game 3: Penguins at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 3. Penguins at Rangers. Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh is on the ice for warmups, so he’s playing in all likelihood. If McDonagh (right hand) — who  saw a specialist Tuesday afternoon looking to get the go-ahead — plays, then Dylan McIlrath and Raphael Diaz would be scratched and…

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387 Red Wings at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 82. Red Wings at Rangers. Going on ESPN radio’s pre-game show, 98.7 FM, around 12:10 p.m. Give it a listen if you can. The Rangers play their regular-season finale, with a lot at stake, and still more at stake for the Red Wings, who look to clinch their…

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211 Islanders at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 81. Islanders at Rangers. The Rangers play their next-to-last game of the regular season, with still a lot at stake. Of course you’ve read/heard all the tanking theories, and while I don’t believe for a moment that the Rangers would lose intentionally, I certainly buy into (obviously, if…

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317 Lightning at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 80. Lightning at Rangers. Here’s my story on the Ryan McDonagh injury and lineup changes: NEW YORK – The Rangers began life without captain Ryan McDonagh Tuesday, and aren’t letting on whether that life will continue into the playoffs. The team announced that McDonagh will miss the…

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326 Rangers at Blue Jackets … It’s Go Time!

Game 79. Rangers at Blue Jackets. The Rangers reach the Final Four … four games remaining in the regular season. Tonight is their final road game until Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs in Pittsburgh, Florida, Tampa Bay or Washington. The playoff clinching scenario has changed just a…

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327 Sabres at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 78. Sabres at Rangers. Going on ESPN radio’s pregame show, 98.7 FM, around 6:40 p.m. Give us a listen if you can. The ridiculously inconsistent Rangers look to once again try to clinch a playoff spot. They lost ground Saturday to Pittsburgh, which opened a three-point lead in…

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425 Rangers at Hurricanes … It’s Go Time!

Game 77. Rangers at Hurricanes. The big story of course is the return of former Carolina captain and Stanley Cup champion Eric Staal, who was dealt to the Rangers Feb. 28 and is coming off his best game for his new team. Per the Canes: “Drafted by Carolina in…

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409 Penguins at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 76. Penguins at Rangers. It’s a potential first-round playoff preview at MSG. The second-place Rangers lead the Penguins by four points — Pittsburgh has a game in hand; the Rangers have the tiebreaker 40-38 (regulation/OT wins). The Rangers have eliminated the Penguins in each of the past two…

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438 Rangers at Canadiens … It’s Go Time!

Game 75. Rangers at Canadiens. Anybody else who wouldn’t be surprised if the Rangers play down to the Habs’ level and lay an egg tonight? Remember when the whiny, diving Canadiens were 9-0 and 19-4-3? They beat the Rangers twice during that hot start — by a combined 8-1…

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495 Bruins at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 74. Bruins at Rangers. The Rangers were mathematically eliminated from winning the division or conference regular-season titles when Washington clinched both on Tuesday. But the Rangers’ magic number was reduced when Mr. Snider’s Flyers hacked up a hairball vs. Torts’ Blue Jackets (the Flys had a two-goal lead…

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349 Panthers at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 73. Panthers at Rangers. As Alain Vigneault might say, as he has a few times in his tenure, it’s a Big Boy Pants game for the Rangers against the paper Panthers. They come home with their tails between their legs having blown a 3-1 third-period lead in that…

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520 Rangers at Sharks … It’s Go Time!

Game 72. Rangers at Sharks. The Rangers finish their three games/three and a half days California vacation at the Arena That Changes Names Every Five Minutes, a.k.a. the Shark Tank. It’s a make-or-break game for the Rangers who tossed away a 3-1 third-period lead, got a point, then lost…

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543 Rangers at Kings … It’s Go Time!

Game 71. Rangers at Kings. Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Back to the scene of the crime, only this time Alain Vigneault comes equipped with a coach’s challenge for Dwight King. The Rangers play the second of their three games in three and a half days in Hollywood tonight, coming…

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433 Rangers at Ducks … It’s Go Time!

Game 70. Rangers at Ducks. The Rangers begin their three games/three and a half days odyssey through California tonight against the Mighty Ducks. They are in Los Angeles tomorrow and San Jose Saturday afternoon. After this trip, the Rangers will have 10 games remaining, seven of them at home –…

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299 Penguins at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 69. Penguins at Rangers. The Rangers, now back in their two-step with alternating losses and wins for six games, look to avoid their first two-game losing streak since Dec. 22 against the Penguins at MSG this afternoon (an NBC game). They are 2-2-1 in their last five, following Saturday’s…

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340 Rangers at Red Wings … It’s Go Time!

Game 68. Rangers at Red Wings. The Rangers visit two-time Stanley Cup champ and ex-Ranger Brad Richards today at the Arena that Never Changes Names, looking for their 40th win. They begin a back-to-back matinee set, with Pittsburgh coming to the Garden for an NBC game at (or around) 12:30…

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