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345 Rangers-Flyers matchups: position by position

Here are my first-round position-by-position matchups: FORWARDS: Let’s face it. Up front, the Flyers are going to be able to thump the Rangers, who don’t possess the physical element the Flyers, or most teams, have. The Rangers rely on speed and pressure. And, if the Rangers’ top guys don’t play…

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458 Rangers-Sabres in review

Thoughts: 1) Well, that turned out well for ya boys. Rangers win late, Philly loses in regulation. The Rangers clinch the No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan — which, by the way, turned out to have been the better of the two divisions in the East, IMO — and will…

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478 Rangers-Senators in review

Thoughts: 1) The playoff picture. Not much changed Saturday, other than the Rangers’ failure to clinch a berth. That is virtually inevitable, given that the Rangers need one point out of their last three, or for the Devils to not run the table. New Jersey is home for Calgary Monday,…

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452 Senators at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 79. Senators at Rangers. Ya boys can clinch a playoff spot by getting a point in any of their last four games, or via both the Devils and the Maple Leaves failing to win out. More importantly, they are two wins away from clinching a spot in the…

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438 Rangers-Canucks in review

Thoughts: 1) Going to state the obvious here, but the Ryan McDonagh injury at the end of the game knocks all the luster off what was a pretty solid win on a big (in terms of the playoff race) night. Not going to speculate, but it’s probably not the stinger…

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752 Rangers at Canucks … It’s Go Time!

Game 77. Rangers at Canucks. Alain Vigneault returns to Vancouver for his first regular-season game there as Canucks’ ex-head coach. The preseason game last fall, though, kind of takes some of the luster off the return, as do the previous meetings between the Rangers and John (Hot Seat) Tortorella.…

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307 Rangers-Oilers in review

Thoughts: 1) Kinda difficult to make heads or tails out of this game, what with Edmonton being such a Northern Tire Fire, with the Rangers getting some really fortunate bounces, and it really wasn’t a very physical game at all, etc. But the Rangers played well. They defended. They created…

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238 Rangers-Flames in review

Thoughts: 1) When you score three in this league, you have to win. When you allow four, you deserve to lose. 2) I thought the Rangers were the better team throughout. But a few brain-freezes got them in trouble. Couple of bad turnovers. Couple of bad coverages. And too many…

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74 Flames 4, Rangers 3 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Flames 4, Rangers 3. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers were defeated by the Calgary Flames, 4-3, tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome, to end their season-high winning streak at five games. –        The Blueshirts have posted a record of 41-30-4 overall (86…

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505 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) The enormity of the win over Mr. Snider’s Flyers notwithstanding, let’s first get into this Norris Trophy conversation. Finally, it seems, Ryan McDonagh is getting some traction, well deserved. His coach, Alain Vigneault, came out and said he should get some consideration. People around the league — well,…

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228 Rangers-Coyotes in review

Thoughts: 1) Sometimes you get what you deserve, sometimes you don’t. The way the Rangers started, the way they played the first half of the game — and it was a dreadful game for both sides until it got really interesting late — they probably didn’t deserve the pair of…

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313 Rangers-Devils in review

Before we start on last night’s game, I wrote a column about a relationship Ryan McDonagh has forged with a local kid and former high school hockey player, Gino Mangiafridda of Pelham, who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. Click here to see it. Thoughts: 1) I honestly would not…

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211 Rangers-Blue Jackets in review

Thoughts: 1) This was an onions game. A big boy pants game. And a lot of Rangers showed up, played with onions, put their big boy pants on. A lot of them battled more than they had all season. Rick Nash was obviously the leader, right from the start, targeted,…

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527 Rangers-Sharks in review

Thoughts: 1) Going to get this right out of the way first. Video replay this season has just been an epic fail. EPIC. And these people who think shootouts and the new realignment are good ideas want to add more replay???? Seriously, if this is what video review comes up…

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140 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Thoughts: 1) Holy shishkebob. I’ve been watching NHL games for a long time, and I’ve watched a lot of bad games by bad teams and good teams and I’ve learned this: A classic indication of a team taking a team lightly, of showing an opponent zero respect, is playing Harlem…

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483 Rangers-Red Wings in review

Thoughts: 1) The formula with this team is pretty simple, as it is with any team. We’ve seen good and bad from the Rangers through 65 games now. When they’ve been good, their top skill players have played well, their goaltenders have been sharp and they’ve defended. That has to…

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177 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) With the trade deadline now just three-plus days away, this is more important than the result of that awful game at the Arena That Changes Names Every Five Minutes. With Dan Girardi signed and sealed, Ryan Callahan and his agent insist that signing has nothing to do with…

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794 Rangers at Flyers … It’s Go Time!

Game 61. Rangers at Flyers. Light up the Empire State Building in orange and black! It’s the Rangers vs. Mr. Snider’s team at the Arena That Changes Names Every Five Minutes. First things first. With Dan Girardi now signed long-term, Alain Vigneault said this morning that he is confident…

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344 Guest blogger: afrey94 … Rangers report card

Rangers Report Card By afrey94 With the Olympics behind us and only about 25 percent of the season left before the start of the NHL playoffs, this seems as good a time as any to look back on the season so far.  Instead of simply gauging grades based on statistics…

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89 Rangers-Islanders in review

Thoughts: 1) The whole Ryan Callahan situation threw a cloud over the game, IMO. And will continue to hover over whatever the Rangers do from now until the March 5 trade deadline, or perhaps the Olympic-break roster freeze Feb. 7. If they think they won’t be able to re-sign Callahan,…

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