Browsing: Derick Brassard

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267 Rangers-Penguins matchups, first-round predictions

Here are my first-round series matchups, and below my series-by-series predictions. As always, I’d love to see your picks today. Maybe, if we can get a volunteer from our regulars to do the accounting, I can award a prize or two or three to the best selectors. No promises. Rangers-Penguins…

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39 Red Wings at Rangers today (12:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

ICYMI: Mats Zuccarello, Viktor Stalberg and Dan Girardi (undisclosed injuries) will not play in today’s regular-season finale against Detroit, but Alain Vigneault expects all three to be available for Game 1 of the playoffs. Ryan McDonagh (hand) remains out and likely will miss the beginning of the playoffs.  Marek Hrivik…

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172 Rangers-Islanders in review

Islanders 4, Rangers 1. Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) In a results-oriented business, I continue to be surprised at how the Rangers brush off the results and insist they played well.…

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273 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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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!

[polldaddy poll=9373008 align=”left”] 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…

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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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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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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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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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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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316 Rangers-Bruins in review

Rangers 5, Bruins 2. 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) All cured? No. Much better? Absolutely. The Rangers still have to tighten it…

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

ICYMI: The Rangers were officially eliminated in the race for the Metro and Eastern titles last night when Washington clinched both. As if … Dylan McIlrath was cleared for contact yesterday, but he is not expected to play tonight. Rick Nash didn’t skate Tuesday (maintenance day) but is expected to…

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292 Rangers-Panthers in review

Rangers 4, Panthers 2. 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) See? I’ve been telling you how much the East stinks. It’s a pile…

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349 Panthers at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

[polldaddy poll=9355858 align=”left”] Game 73. Panthers at Rangers. As Alain Vigneault might say, as he has a few times in his tenure, it’s a Big Boy Pants game for the Rangers against the paper Panthers. They come home with their tails between their legs having blown a 3-1 third-period…

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191 Panthers at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS Monday, Mar. 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET Madison Square Garden – New York, NY Rangers: 40-24-8 (88 pts) Panthers: 40-23-9 (89 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers play their 73rd game of the 2015-16 season tonight, Mar. 21, against the…

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239 Rangers-Sharks in review

Sharks 4, Rangers 1. Click here for the boxscore with links to the official game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) This would have been a terrible performance at any time of the season. But at this point, with now 10 games remaining, for this team, with all its experience and all…

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50 Rangers at Sharks today (4 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at SAN JOSE SHARKS Saturday, Mar. 19, 2016, 4:00 p.m. ET SAP Center at San Jose – San Jose, CA Rangers: 40-23-8 (88 pts) Sharks: 39-25-6 (84 pts) TODAY’S GAME The Rangers play their 72nd game of the 2015-16 season and conclude…

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