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75 Three of Rangers’ motivated World Cuppers return to practice

GREENBURGH — Three of the Rangers’ five World Cup of Hockey players returned to practice Wednesday, raring to get in some preseason games, and motivated to begin a new season after last spring’s huge disappointment. Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and alternate captain Derek Stepan (from Team USA, which went 0-3) and…

308 Doomed Rangers hope to play another day

You don’t write a post-mortem while the body is still breathing, no matter how barely. You don’t throw dirt on the coffin until after the certificate of death has been signed. So, yes, the Rangers are still alive, to whatever degree. They will go to Pittsburgh for Game 5 Saturday…

145 Game 3: McDonagh could play tonight; pre-game notes

Ryan McDonagh skated with the extras this morning, and will have his injured right hand examined by a doctor this afternoon. If he gets the OK, he could play tonight. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that if McDonagh does not play, he still hasn’t decided whether to use Dylan McIlrath…

82 Rangers need more than Lundqvist in Game 2

The Rangers’ best and most important player is expected to be available for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Penguins Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. But a lot more than that has to happen for the Rangers to make a series of it, after dropping the opener in…

149 Expect news on Rangers’ Lundqvist today

The Rangers practice in Pittsburgh today at 12:30, so we’ll get a better idea about Henrik Lundqvist’s availability for Game 2 against the Penguins at that point. If Lundqvist is on the ice for practice, you’d have to figure he will play Game 2 Saturday afternoon. If he’s not practicing,…

267 Rangers-Penguins matchups, first-round predictions

Here are my first-round series matchups, and below my series-by-series predictions. As always, I’d love to see your picks today. Maybe, if we can get a volunteer from our regulars to do the accounting, I can award a prize or two or three to the best selectors. No promises. Rangers-Penguins…

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