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410 Rangers at Devils … It’s Go Time!

Game 50. Rangers at Devils. It’s Groundhog Day, literally. The Rangers are hoping it isn’t Groundhog Day in terms of same-old, same-old, as in repeating what has happened over and over again this season. They play their first game in eight days, which should make this game difficult to…

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486 Rangers at Capitals … It’s Go Time!

Game 45. Rangers at Capitals. The Rangers finish their three-games/four-days rivalry trek in D.C. this evening. They are 1-1 so far, and 3-1-1 in their last five, including an overtime loss to the Capitals eight days ago at the Garden (remember, :05.7 left, and all that?). They haven’t won…

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715 Capitals at Rangers … It’s Go Time!

Game 41. Capitals at Rangers. Test time again for the Rangers, who hit the halfway mark of their season. We’ll see where they stand in terms of coming out of their funk, because they’ve been better the last five, but their three wins have all come against slumping teams.…

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36 Rangers at Canucks tonight (10 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at VANCOUVER CANUCKS Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, 10:00 p.m. ET Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC Rangers: 18-7-3 (39 pts) Canucks: 10-11-8 (28 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers play their 29th game of the 2015-16 season and begin a three-game road trip against…

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18 Rangers at Bruins today (1 p.m.) … pre-game notes

FYI, it looks like Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath will go back into the lineup, in place of Viktor Stalberg and Dan Boyle (who isn’t playing back-to-backs, at least for the immediate future). It sure can’t hurt to have McIlrath’s size in the lineup against the Bruins, and Zacwagon Rinaldo.…

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17 Rangers at Coyotes tonight (9 p.m. ET) … pre-game notes

We will know more about tonight’s lineup around 7 p.m. (ET) when Alain Vigneault addresses the media in Phoenix, Glendale, Arizona, or wherever the hell the Coyotes play now. Also, check out the back-to-back stats and the record vs. the West below. Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK…

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158 Rangers-Capitals in review

Click here to read my game story from lohud.com. Click here for the boxscore with links to the game summary, etc. Click here for Alain Vigneault’s post-game press conference video. Thoughts: 1) OK, I’m going to ignore the second period for a minute and focus, for a minute, on the…

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50 Rangers at Canadiens tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Some Hall of Famers in that photo from the 1979 Stanley Cup Final, above: Serge Savard, Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson, Phil Esposito (and also Don Murdoch, shooting, and I think it’s rookie Don Maloney on the left and probably another Montreal HOFer to the right of Espo). Pre-game notes courtesy…

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117 Game 5: Rangers-Lightning in review

Happy Memorial Day! Please spend some time today reflecting on those who served and sacrificed. Click here for a great Game 5 photo gallery by Frank Becerra Jr. Click here to read my column from lohud.com. Click here to read Josh Thomson’s game story from lohud.com. Click here for the…

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169 The Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh has grown into his ‘C’

By Josh Thomson NEW YORK — Months after a long and often brilliant playoffs, Ryan McDonagh seemed destined to join the NHL’s elite defensemen. He had proven himself last spring on the ice against the likes of Montreal’s P.K. Subban and L.A.’s Drew Doughty. A new season would serve to…

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375 Rangers-Senators in review

Click here for the boxscore with links to the game summary, etc. Thoughts: 1) This is what’s  impressed me about this team, which reminds me of the ’11-12 team. When it has a rare stinker, it bounces right back in a big way. This team is miles more talented than…

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

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers: NEW YORK RANGERS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET Madison Square Garden – New York, NY Panthers: 21-16-10 (52 pts) Rangers: 28-15-4 (60 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers continue their four-game homestand against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden…

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70 R.I.P. Carol Vadnais, a Ranger from 1975-1982

Sad news Sunday that Carol Vadnais, who played defense for five different teams — including the Rangers for seven seasons — and won a pair of Stanley Cups (Montreal, 1968 and Boston, 1972), passed away from cancer at age 68. Vadnais wasn’t universally loved as a Ranger, probably because he…

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155 Guest blogger: eddie eddie eddie

Many of us have our favorite memories of Ranger lore. The Cup run in ’94 obviously ranks as everyone’s favorite.   For me, that two-month stretch was heaven on earth, as I’m sure it was for most Ranger fans. This, however, is not a walk down that lane. Instead, I want…