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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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590 Rangers at Islanders … It’s Go Time!

Game 55. Rangers at Islanders. The Rangers make their next-to-last visit to dank, loud, Nassau Coliseum … barring the inevitable playoff series. They are 0-3 vs. the Isles, as you know, each time just collapsing under the Islanders’ pressure. Of course, the Islanders have been doing that with great…

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423 Rangers at Coyotes … It’s Go Time!

Game 54. Rangers at Coyotes. Happy Valentine’s Day! The Rangers play the third of a four-game trip (actually three-game trip, followed by a road game in Uniondale Monday) at the Arena That Changes Names Every Five Minutes. (not to mention team that changes names fairly often, too). Guessing the…

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524 Rangers at Avalanche … It’s Go Time!

Game 53. Rangers at Avalanche. The Rangers play the second of a four-game road trip. They are in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday then Uniondale, N.Y. Monday. For those who rely on the schedule issued before the season, reminder: The snowed-out game in Buffalo will be made up next Friday, following…

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432 Rangers at Maple Leafs … It’s Go Time!

Game 52. Rangers at Maple Leafs. This is the Rangers’ first look at the Leaves under new coach Peter Horachek. The Leaves swept a pair from the Rangers early in the season by a wild combined score of 11-7. Both were vastly different teams back then. The Rangers begin…

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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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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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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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75 Rangers-Hurricanes in review

Click here to read my story on lohud.com Thoughts: 1) Gotta tell you, that Henrik Lundqvist injury looked pretty serious — and I’m sure everybody on the Rangers bench and a lot of you guys were having more trouble breathing that Lundqvist was. Alain Vigneault told the story of when…

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249 Hurricanes at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 47. Hurricanes at Rangers. The Rangers need to figure things out, and Carolina — though playing much, much better lately — ought to be the elixer, especially having played Friday night (a shootout loss to the Blues in Raleigh). The Hurricanes are 7-2-2 in their last 11. The…

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207 Rangers-Canadiens in review

First and foremost, apologies for the blog crash during the game and all the troubles we’ve been having since the changeover. Believe me, I am more frustrated than you guys are. But, also please believe me, people are working on it, and people care about it, and we’re just having…

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185 Canadiens at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 46. Canadiens at Rangers. The Rangers begin a four-game homestand against their Eastern Conference final rivals, the Canadiens, for the final time this regular season. The teams have split two meetings, the Habs winning 3-1 at home, the Rangers winning 5-0 at MSG. The Rangers are 3-3 in…

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389 Rangers at Islanders … It’s Go Time!

Game 45. Rangers at Islanders. Neither rain, nor snow  … it’s the second one! The Rangers, who took 3 1/2 hours to make the trek to Uniondale Monday, resume play following the All-star break tonight against the first-place Islanders, who have won both meetings so far, both at MSG. This…

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458 Senators at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 44. Senators at Rangers. The Rangers play their final game before the all-star break against the lowly Senators who — GET THIS! — are 13-1-1 in their last 15 at MSG. Stat courtesy of my buddy Andrew Gross. After tonight the Rangers will be off the ice until…

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588 Rangers at Penguins … It’s Go Time!

Game 43. Rangers at Penguins. Before we get going, wondering if any of our regulars wants to volunteer to do a mid-season report card to run during the all-star break. If so, please email me at rcarpini@lohud.com. First to respond gets the nod. Thanks. Guessing this game starts, what,…

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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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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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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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26 Islanders 3, Rangers 0 … post-game notes

Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR: Islanders 3, Rangers 0. Click here for boxscore. –        The Rangers were 1-for-1 (2:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. New York is 39-for-45 (86.7%) on the penalty kill over the last 16 games and is 49-for-57 (86.0%) over the last 19…

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