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.
3/13/2017 44-24-2 NYR VS TBL (Home) Game | Event | Play-by-Play | FO Sum. | FO Comp. | TOI – NYR | TOI – TBL | Shot Report | Shift Chart When the Rangers (90 points) last faced the Lightning (73 points) four games ago, the two teams played an ugly but tough contest that the Blueshirts […]
For the Rangers, who have used balanced scoring depth for success through the first half of the year, the line of Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Mats Zuccarello has emerged as a legitimate first line. But, sneakily, considering the smaller names and smaller contracts, New York’s “third line”,—if you dare call them that—of J.T. Miller, […]
2/9/2017 35-18-1 NYR 4, NSH 3 (Home) Game | Event | Play-by-Play | FO Sum. | FO Comp. | TOI – NYR | TOI – NSH | Shot Report | Shift Chart From the drop of the puck, this game was going to be a battle. Michael Grabner and Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis chased down a puck in […]
In this edition of Quick Hits, we’ll be looking at how Henrik Lundqvist reclaimed the crown he probably never actually lost in the first place, and why that’s so important for the Rangers’ playoff hopes. And of course, some other stuff, too. As always, down below you’ll find a table with all the Rangers’ stats […]
When Rangers GM Jeff Gorton signed Michael Grabner on July 1st, 2016, I’m not sure even he thought the return on investment would be this good. As the Rangers have officially eclipsed the halfway point in the season, Grabner, 29, has 19 goals in 41 games. His goal scoring totals put him in a five-way tie for […]
Wednesday night’s 5-2 victory over the Metropolitan Division rival Philadelphia Flyers represented a bit more than a hockey game. The game itself was another two points, but by the final whistle, it also officially marked the halfway point for the New York Rangers for this 2016-17 NHL season. That mark will be an important one […]
Bill Foley’s $500 million NHL expansion project has taken its first steps toward legitimacy. The Vegas—no Las—Golden Knights debuted their franchise logo and identity during an NHL Network-broadcasted event on November 22nd. It didn’t exactly go off without a hitch given the embarrassing technical difficulty they suffered in failing to properly play their countdown video […]