With a Limp PP, the PK is the Blueshirts' Blue Pill

Since Halloween, the Rangers have been, hands down, one of the premier teams in the league. After presumably saving Alain Vigneault’s job with a win over Las Vegas to close October, the Blueshirts have donned a new costume – contender.

In the 22 games since the Vegas tilt, the Rangers have the third-highest point total in the league (33) and trail Nashville and Washington by just one point. For a team with this much talent, a sustained run of success shouldn’t be a surprise, but, for a team with an identity tied to explosive goal scoring, the fact that the defense is driving the winning should be.

Scoring at a 3.5 goals per game clip over that 22-game span means the offense is clicking, but over the same, the Rangers are surrendering just 2.41 goals against per game, pulling them into 10th, at 2.77, overall. While much of that can be attributed to strong goaltending as Henrik Lundqvist has been strong with a heavy workload and Ondrej Pavelec has put in a few stellar performances, it’s the penalty kill that has set the Rangers apart.

Quick Hits: Grabner is the Best, Melnyk is the Worst

Welcome to a new feature (well, an old feature made new again) here at ClearedForContact: Quick Hits. Each Sunday, we’ll cover some of the recent happenings, statistics, and anecdotes from the previous week’s games, as well as touch on important goings-on around the NHL as a whole to cap off the week and to get your Monday mornings started.

Beast Mode

I see your falling-to-your-knees-but-still-scoring-anyway, Alex Radulov, and I raise you.

Regards,
Chris “Beast Mode” Kreider

Quick Hits: Rangers Have a First-Rate Fourth Line

Welcome to a new feature (well, an old feature made new again) here at ClearedForContact: Quick Hits. Each Sunday, we’ll cover some of the recent happenings, statistics, and anecdotes from the previous week’s games, as well as touch on important goings-on around the NHL as a whole to cap off the week and to get your Monday mornings started.

Quickie Hits

With three goals in his last three games and six in his last eight, who on the Rangers is hotter than Jesper Fast right now? We shouldn’t expect this pace to continue for long, but there’s no reason to expect his game-to-game work ethic to subside any time soon.

Marek Mazanec on Waivers; to Sign with Rangers

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the New York Rangers have placed G Marek Mazanec on waivers with the intent to sign him.

Quick Hits: Things Are Looking Up for Rangers

Welcome to a new feature (well, an old feature made new again) here at ClearedForContact: Quick Hits. Each Sunday, we’ll cover some of the recent happenings, statistics, and anecdotes from the previous week’s games, as well as touch on important goings-on around the NHL as a whole to cap off the week and to get your Monday mornings started.

Trending Up

7-3-0 in their last ten games, the Rangers have dramatically improved from their nearly season-crashing poor start. They have 35 goals for and a plus-11 goal differential in that span. There’s still work to do, but through 26 games this season, if we’ve learned nothing else we know that there’s no game scenario they can’t compete in.

Michael Grabner – What's the Cost of a Unicorn?

Kristaps Porzingis, the 7’ 3” Latvian who has quickly ascended into the face of the New York Knicks isn’t the city’s only Unicorn. He’s not even the only one who calls Madison Square Garden home. In the truest sense of the Unicorn moniker, Grabner’s production against his contract and expectations makes him truly unique in the league. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, for general manager Jeff Gorton, that’s going to make evaluating the 30-year-old’s next contract awfully difficult.

Salvaging the Season May Cost the Rangers

After a horrendous start to the season, the New York Rangers found themselves at an early crossroads. Many, including myself, called for the team to read the writing on the wall and begin concentrating not on the current season, but the future. That start was followed by a bipolar-esque turnaround, which saw the team rattle off a six-game winning streak. That streak was followed by two road losses and then another four straight wins before a loss in their most recent game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

That loss to the Florida Panthers mirrored the team’s season thus far. Behind by three goals in the first period, the Blueshirts managed to march all the way back to a four-four tie. Though the comeback would fall short late in the game as first a Brendan Smith and then a Nick Holden turnover would gift the Panthers the go-ahead-goal.

New York Rangers Schedule Wallpaper – December 2017

December is here – time to update your wallpaper accordingly!

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Rangers Unveil 2018 Winter Classic Jersey

After the Buffalo Sabres revealed their 2018 Winter Classic jerseys earlier this week, the Rangers have finally unveiled theirs in a cute, albeit mildly kitschy commercial pushed to Twitter:

Chance the Rapper is Very Cold Covering Rangers Hockey in SNL Skit

Many sports suffer from inferiority complexes, especially when directly compared to cultural monoliths like NBA basketball and NFL football, but none suffers theirs quite to the degree that hockey does. Colloquially referred to as “please like my sport”, hockey is especially conflicted – hypocritically heralded by many of its fans for its unique combination of speed and skill while it’s less marketable traditions are ferociously protected to prevent the kind of change that could arguably allow it to grow.

But even the most ardent hockey fans have to appreciate the work put in by the cast of Saturday Night Live and Chance the Rapper, the show’s guest host, last night: