Though this opening round matchup with the Montréal Canadiens is a low-scoring series—one in which no player on either club has more than two goals thus far—Jesper Fast is quickly becoming one of the Rangers most important players in it, suggesting that come the Expansion Draft, GM Jeff Gorton will have to pull some magic out of his hat to retain the Swedish grinder.
With just one day left before the Rangers begin their opening round series against the Canadiens, much of the pre-series talk has rightfully gravitated around the goaltending matchup of Henrik Lundqvist versus Carey Price. I say “rightfully” because both men are arguably their respective teams’ linchpins, through which any long-term success must be measured against. This isn’t up for debate. Like the majority of teams who play deep into May and June, superior goaltending is often a foundation for their continued success. I even wrote about them myself in my series primer, denoting the matchup as one of the three keys of the series.
It’s hard to imagine, but it’s been three whole years since the Rangers and Canadiens last met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That time elapsed is just long enough that you probably need a moment to think about what those respective rosters looked like, but not so long ago that “Carey Price” doesn’t immediately conjure […]
With a commanding 14-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who currently hold the second and final Wild Card (WC) position in the East, one thing is for certain—for the seventh straight season, the Rangers will make the playoffs. According to SportsClubStats.com, not only are the Blueshirts guaranteed a 100% chance of qualifying for the […]
Entering their second game of a back-to-back looking to rebound off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers, the Rangers took on a skidding Minnesota Wild team tonight, losers of three straight. Steven Kampfer and Tanner Glass, both of whom were recently recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack, were announced as late scratches as Adam Clendening […]
As the team announced this past Saturday, Henrik Lundqvist is expected to miss two-to-three weeks while he recovers from a muscle strain in his hip. OFFICIAL: #NYR Henrik Lundqvist will be out 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 11, 2017 Though he finished the game, it’s believed the […]
It’s hard to imagine, but despite being fourth in the league in G/GP at 3.18, and fourth in 5-on-5 goals (139) this season, the Rangers seem to be having a bit of trouble finding the back of the net of late. In their last ten games, they are averaging just 2.2 G/GP. That is roughly […]
“I think we got outworked tonight. They had better execution than we did. They stuck to their gameplan, we kind of got off track on ours and the score showed that.” That’s what Rick Nash told MSG’s John Gianonne in the post-game interview following tonight’s 5-2 loss, the Rangers fourth game in six nights, to the […]
As we encroach on the final days before the NHL’s March 1st trade deadline, the Rangers have expectedly been linked to multiple defensemen. In the last week, that includes Detroit Red Wings pending UFA Brendan Smith, who the Rangers are apparently “zeroing in on”. Smith was a former teammate of Ryan McDonagh at Wisconsin and […]
8-1-1 in their last ten games, the Rangers invaded Newark Saturday night to take on the New Jersey Devils who were just 4-4-2 in their last ten. Having won both prior contests against their cross-river rivals, the Rangers looked to take a commanding lead in the season series, though it wouldn’t come easy. From the drop […]