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416 Rangers-Blue Jackets in review

Thoughts: 1) I forgot already the word Alain Vigneault used about the way the Rangers handled the third-period lead. I think he said “choppy” or something like that. Whatever it was, I agree. I thought the entire game last night was choppy. Far from perfect. And against a lesser opponent…

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27 Rangers 2, Blue Jackets 1 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 2, Blue Jackets 1. Click here for boxscore. –        The Rangers have won 18 of their last 24 contests (18-6-0), including 16 of their last 21 games (16-5-0) and 14 of their last 17 contests (14-3-0). The Rangers have also earned at…

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440 Rangers at Blue Jackets … It’s Go Time!

Game 42. Rangers at Blue Jackets. A lot of news for a game day. ICYMI: 1) Derek Stepan skated this morning and is skating in warmups tonight and he will be a game-time decision, according to Alain Vigneault. If Stepan plays, AV did not say which forward comes out.…

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76 Rangers at Blue Jackets tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS at COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH Rangers: 24-13-4 (52 pts) Blue Jackets: 18-20-3 (39 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers continue their three-game road trip and conclude a back-to-back set tonight against…

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154 Rangers closing in on a new six-year deal for Marc Staal

According to several reports, Rangers GM Glen Sather is close to finalizing a new six-year contract for defenseman and alternate captain Marc Staal. Staal, who turned 28 this week, will earn between $5.6 and $5.9 million per year and have a full no-trade clause the first three years, then a…

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180 Rangers-Bruins in review

Thoughts: 1) A+B doesn’t always =C.  The Bruins are far bigger, stronger and tougher than the Rangers. They pushed the Rangers around, in a punishing sense and in terms of battling around the net. I don’t necessarily think that is why the Rangers were completely outplayed again, for a second…

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390 Rangers at Bruins … It’s Go Time!

Game 41. Rangers at Bruins. The Rangers finish the first half of their season tonight in Boston. They, of course, come off that end-of-the-world loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, and carry that one-game losing streak into the start of a stretch of three road games in less than…

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185 Rangers at Bruins tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS at BOSTON BRUINS Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET TD Garden – Boston, MA Rangers: 24-12-4 (52 pts) Bruins: 23-15-6 (52 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers begin a three-game road trip against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six matchup…

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393 Rangers-Islanders in review

Click here to see my story on lohud.com. Thoughts: 1) Honestly. Honestly, did anybody not see this coming? Did anybody not at least think there was a good chance the Islanders would come into the Garden and outskate, outwork the Rangers? I mean, how many times did that happen when…

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298 Islanders at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET Madison Square Garden – New York, NY Islanders: 28-13-1 (57 pts) Rangers: 24-11-4 (52 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers play their 40th game of the 2014-15 season against the New…

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317 Rangers-Sharks in review

Thoughts: 1) To put it another way: In their last 14 games, the Rangers have won two fewer than the Giants, Jets and Knicks combined won all season. This streak has gotten ridiculous, not just in pure numbers, but also in where they’re winning, how they’re winning, and how everybody…

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6 Rangers 3, Sharks 1 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Rangers 3, Sharks 1. Click here for boxscore. –        The Rangers extended their winning streak to five games and they have won 13 out of their last 14 games (13-1-0 record over the span). The last time the Blueshirts posted at least 13…

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74 Rangers at Sharks tonight (10 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at SAN JOSE SHARKS Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, 10:00 p.m. ET SAP Center at San Jose – San Jose, CA Rangers: 23-11-4 (50 pts) Sharks: 22-15-5 (49 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers conclude their three-game road trip against the San Jose…

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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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