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271 Rangers-Lightning in review

Rangers 3, Lightning 2. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Click here for Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video. Thoughts: 1) First, a heads-up. I’m going to be on Brian Compton’s SNY Rangers blog podcast later today. You can hear it at snyrangersblog.com.…

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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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245 Rangers-Blue Jackets in review

Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) They’re in. That’s the best thing you can say about the Rangers right now. We have no idea who they’re going to play, or when. More importantly, we have no…

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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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383 Rangers-Sabres in review

Sabres 4, Rangers 3. Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Click here for Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video. Thoughts: 1) Maybe they really should tank. I mean, there’s no chance they’re doing this…

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325 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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86 Sabres at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes

The Rangers can clinch a playoff berth Saturday: with a regulation or OT win; or with a shootout win and Detroit (at Toronto) loss of any kind; or with an OT or shootout loss and a Detroit regulation loss. Expecting the same lineup again tonight, which means Oscar Lindberg and…

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228 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Hurricanes 4, Rangers 3. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) Not sure which is worse … the first period played entirely without a pulse, without perspiration. Or another blown-lead third period. Or more just blown defensive-zone play. Of another far-less-than 60-minute…

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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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17 Rangers at Hurricanes tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at CAROLINA HURRICANES Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC Rangers: 43-24-9 (95 pts) Hurricanes: 33-28-16 (82 pts)  TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers play their 77th game of the 2015-16 season tonight, Mar. 31, against the Carolina Hurricanes…

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61 Eric Staal returns home, but longs for return to the playoffs

Planning on going to Rangers practice today (they’ve been off ice for two days), then probably going to do a Live Chat Thursday at noon-ish leading into the Carolina game that night. Also, ICYMI, the Rangers signed Steven Fogarty yesterday. The announcement is below.  And finally, for those who’ve asked,…

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92 Rangers prospect report March 21-27

ICYMI: The Rangers signed Cristoval “Boo” Nieves to a pro contract Monday (see announcement below). They were reportedly close to signing Steven Fogarty as well. From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: MAR. 21 – MAR. 27 Marek Hrivik, LW, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) – Hrivik registered a point…

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171 Rangers-Penguins in review

Penguins 3, Rangers 2 (OT) Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Click here for Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video. Thoughts: 1) This was one of those games –  and you see them all…

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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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118 Rangers-Canadiens in review

Rangers 5, Canadiens 2. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) I was wrong. I thought this was going to be one of those banana-peel games we’ve seen this season from this team, one where it played down to the opponent’s level,…

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