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70 Rangers Report’s Festivus book contest winners announced

The Rangers play the Jumbo Soft Shelled Shrimps tonight in San Jose, which reminds me of Neil Smith. As the GM of the Rangers he was so often accused of assembling Edmonton East, collecting old Oilers. To which Smith bristled, “Who should I get, bleepin’ San Jose Sharks?” Anyway, sorry…

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370 Rangers-Kings in review

Thoughts: 1) This is just such a different team now, with its intimidating speed and ability to score goals. Three, four, or more on any given night against any opponent. Down 2-0, most Rangers teams over the last, oh, 21 years or so, were done. Game over. Honest Darryl Sutter…

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83 Rangers at Kings tonight (10:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at LOS ANGELES KINGS Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 10:30 p.m. ET STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA Rangers: 22-11-4 (48 pts) Kings: 19-12-9 (47 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers continue their three-game road trip and conclude a back-to-back set against the…

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262 Rangers-Ducks in review

Thoughts: 1) Well, that was a fun game to watch. Strong, physical game with some great pace at times. Anaheim is about four miles better than Buffalo. But the Rangers won this game, were the better team most of the night. Nothing flukey about it. They’re for real. Not yet…

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94 Rangers at Ducks tonight (10:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at ANAHEIM DUCKS Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, 10:30 p.m. ET Honda Center – Anaheim, CA Rangers: 21-11-4 (46 pts) Ducks: 26-9-6 (58 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers begin a three-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center (10:30 p.m.…

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225 Rangers-Sabres in review

Click here to see my game story on lohud.com. Thoughts: 1) This isn’t my original thought. It was borrowed. The Harlem Globetrotters played at MSG Saturday afternoon. I’m guessing they still play the Washington Generals. I’m guessing the Globetrotters left their playbook in the Rangers lockerroom, and the Generals left…

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

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BUFFALO SABRES Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET Madison Square Garden – New York, NY Sabres: 14-21-3 (31 pts)* Rangers: 20-11-4 (44 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers play their 36th game of the 2014-15 season tomorrow against the Buffalo…

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257 Rangers-Panthers in review

Happy New Year to all of you! And thanks for making this place the nuttiest, funniest, mostly intelligent and passionate, best hockey site on the internet. Thoughts: 1) I thought the Rangers played much better defensively last night than they did in Dallas. Much better. Yet here’s the thing with…

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29 Rangers 5, Panthers 2 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 5, Panthers 2. Click here for boxscore. –        The Rangers won more games than any other NHL team (58 – regular season and playoffs combined) during the 2014 calendar year. –        New York has won 13 of their last 17 contests (13-4-0), including…

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225 Rangers at Panthers tonight (6 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Happy New Year’s Eve!!! If you’re going out tonight, don’t even dream about drinking and driving. Just. Don’t. Even. Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at FLORIDA PANTHERS Wednesday, Dec. 31, 6:00 p.m. ET BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL Rangers: 19-11-4 (42 pts) Panthers: 16-9-9 (41 pts)…

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329 Rangers-Stars in review

Thoughts: 1) Apologies for the problems with the new-look blog. We’re having some obvious growing pains. But most of the night, I think most will agree, it loaded quickly. And it looks good. I know, I know. There are some issues, some bigger than others. We’re aware. And working on…

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400 Rangers at Stars tonight (8:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at DALLAS STARS Monday, Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m. ET American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX Rangers: 19-10-4 (42 pts) Stars: 15-14-5 (35 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers play their 34th game of the 2014-15 season against the Dallas Stars at American…

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483 Rangers-Flames in review

Thoughts: 1) I still don’t think the Rangers are near where they will eventually be. But points are points are points, and they need them, and eight points in four games really moves you up in the standings. I think they were better against Pittsburgh, even though they blew the…

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62 Rangers 5, Flames 2 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 5, Flames 2. Click here for boxscore. Team notes: –        The Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high four games, and extended their road winning streak to three games. New York has outscored its opponents, 16-6, during the four-game winning streak and…

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222 Rangers-Oilers in review

Thoughts: 1) Again, I want to thank the commissioner, the board of governors, Mr. Snider, Mr. Jacobs, and anybody else who forces every team to play two games against all non-conference opponents. So much passion in these games. So physical. So exciting. And those time-zone changes, wowee. Those only add…

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151 Rangers-Canucks in review

Thoughts: 1) A former Vancouver and Rangers coach, Roger Neilson, always said, it’s not who you play as much as when you play them. It was a gift getting a team returning from a seven-game trip. That said, full marks to the Rangers — who’ve been off since October –…

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179 Rangers hit the road still searching for answers

Here’s my story from lohud.com: By Rick Carpiniello Saturday would be a good time for the Rangers to start getting it together. Why? Well, because there’s no time like the present? Or because sooner is better than later? Truth is, as the Rangers play four in a row on the…

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270 Penguins at Rangers tonight … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Monday, Dec. 8, 7:00 p.m. ET Madison Square Garden – New York, NY Penguins: 18-6-2 (38 pts) Rangers: 11-10-4 (26 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers play their 26th game of the 2014-15 season against the Pittsburgh Penguins in…

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339 Rangers-Red Wings in review

Thoughts: 1) There’s no way to sugar-coat it. That was a horrible loss on so many levels. A 2-0 lead, in control, some awful defensive coverage, then the absolute gift 5-on-3s and a double-minor mixed in, including one long shift where one of the three Red Wings on ice had…

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