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219 Rangers game-day odds & ends: The case for Mats Zuccarello

Before we get to Mats Zuccarello’s impending free agency, a couple of PSAs: Starting today, it’s Hockey Weekend in New York, and the Rangers are all over it, including several events being held here in the Westchester-Rockland-Putnam area and environs. See the announcement below for details. Tonight, at 10:30 on…

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52 Rangers 6, Islanders 5 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 6, Islanders 5. Click here for boxscore. –        The Rangers extended their winning streak to four games, and they won all four games during their four-game road trip. The Blueshirts have won 27 of their last 37 games (27-9-1), including 25 of…

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250 Rangers-Coyotes in review

Thoughts: 1) I just find this stat fascinating. The Rangers have had four trips of three games or more and they are 12-1 in those games. No, don’t ask me to explain it. 2) Admit it. You’re not as worried about the next three, four, five weeks, or whatever it…

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26 Rangers 5, Coyotes 1 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 5, Coyotes 1. Click here for boxscore. –        The Rangers extended their winning streak to three games, and they have posted a 3-0-0 record thus far on their four-game road trip. The Blueshirts have won 26 of their last 36 games (26-9-1),…

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215 Rangers at Coyotes tonight (8 p.m.) … pre-game notes

(Name that Coyote, above) Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at ARIZONA COYOTES Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET Gila River Arena – Glendale, AZ Rangers: 32-16-5 (69 pts) Coyotes: 20-29-7 (47 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers continue their four-game road trip against the Arizona Coyotes…

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289 Rangers-Avalanche in review

Thoughts: 1) Gonna get this out of the way quickly. These last three games the Rangers played … they got five points, but games like these usually lead to losing streaks. There are usually warning signs before a team goes into a tailspin, just as there are signs when a…

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293 Rangers-Maple Leafs in review

Thoughts: 1) The Maple Leaves are so bad I wanted to throw my shirt onto the ice. Yet, in three terribly undisciplined games this season, Toronto outscored the Rangers 15-12. Right, 27 goals in three games. If all teams could play that way the NHL could get rid of all…

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35 Rangers at Maple Leafs tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m. ET Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON Rangers: 30-16-5 (65 pts) Maple Leafs: 23-27-4 (50 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers begin a four-game road trip with an Original Six matchup against…

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149 Rangers’ no-show performance raises questions

My story from lohud.com: By Rick Carpiniello Over the last four seasons, current season included, the Rangers are 152-89-22. Over the last three, they have played nine playoff series. The relative success they’ve had has largely been based on this: The Rangers don’t take many nights off. Their effort is…

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239 Rangers-Stars in review

Thoughts: 1) Some days I try to explain the difference between what happened and what was deserved. Not today. The Rangers got exactly what they deserved — though they may have been pretty lucky to get a point — after an aromatic first 35 minutes of no-show. This team, and…

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432 Stars at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 51. Stars at Rangers. The Rangers finish their back-to-back weekend with an early evening game against the Stars, who were the only team to beat the Rangers from Dec. 8-Jan. 10, during that 13-1 streak. That was a 3-2 decision in Dallas Dec. 29. After tonight’s game the…

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46 Stars at Rangers tonight (5 p.m.) … pre-game notes

We should have news on Derek Stepan’s availability shortly after 3 p.m., when Alain Vigneault addresses the media. Pre-game notes from the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DALLAS STARS Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET Madison Square Garden – New York, NY Stars: 23-21-8 (54 pts) Rangers: 30-16-4 (64…

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99 Rangers-Predators in review

Apologies yet again for all the technical glitches. Thoughts: 1) Sometimes the Rangers win and I don’t think they’ve played well at all … fairly often, in fact. Very rarely this season, though, have they lost in games where I thought the performance was quite good. This was one of…

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88 Rangers at Predators today (3 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS at NASHVILLE PREDATORS Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, 3:00 p.m. ET Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN Rangers: 30-15-4 (64 pts) Predators: 33-12-6 (72 pts) TODAY’S GAME The Rangers play the first half of a back-to-back set against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone…

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434 Rangers-Bruins in review

Click here to see my story from lohud.com. Thoughts: 1) Size? Really? I’m so tired of the old “can’t compete with the big teams” stuff. Sorry. I am. It’s a myth. And I’m not saying the Rangers shouldn’t be looking to add bigger, grittier bottom-six forwards for a playoff run,…

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5 Rangers 3, Bruins 2 … post-game notes & quotes

Post-game notes & quotes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 3, Bruins 2. Click here for boxscore. –        The Rangers are the eighth NHL team to reach the 30-win plateau this season. The Blueshirts reached the 30-win plateau in 49 or fewer games for the seventh time in franchise…

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46 Bruins at Rangers tonight (8 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BOSTON BRUINS Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET Madison Square Garden – New York, NY Bruins: 27-16-7 (61 pts) Rangers: 29-15-4 (62 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers conclude their four-game homestand with an Original Six matchup against the Boston…

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124 Rangers-Panthers in review

Thoughts: 1) Alain Vigneault has said, at times, you don’t dissect a win. A lot of coaches have said that (including Mike Keenan in 1994, and I think Glen Sather in the 1980s). That’s a funny sentiment. But a good coach knows when his team is playing well and when…

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