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Apr 25, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the goal against Dallas Stars center Mats Zuccarello (36) during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 25, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the goal against Dallas Stars center Mats Zuccarello (36) during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

A Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a must-watch for hockey fans. But Tuesday night's Game 7 between Dallas and St. Louis in the Western Conference semifinals will have significant implications for the Rangers and one of their ex-players. 

A Stars win would not only send former fan favorite Mats Zuccarello to the next round, but it'd convert the second round pick the Rangers traded him for earlier this year into a first-rounder. 

Zuccarello suffered a broken arm during his first game with the Stars, but returned for the team's playoff run. In the first round, he was a pivotal part of Dallas' upset over Nashville, scoring three goals. 

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Mar 5, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) and defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) go up against New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports  (Jerome Miron)
Mar 5, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) and defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) go up against New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Rangers faced off against the Dallas Stars, who were still without former Blueshirts winger Mats Zuccarello as he continues to recover from his broken arm, but Dallas still got the best of the Rangers, topping them in a 1-0 shutout victory. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 1:16 DAL John Klingberg. Assists: Miro Heiskanen
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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (13) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

This was going to be a story about how the New York Rangers were in a rebuild. It was going to be a story about how winning was not going to solve the team's long-term goals.

Well, a funny thing happened along the way: the guys on the ice continue to play well despite some glaring shortcomings. Perhaps the Rangers are following the path of the New York Yankees, who rebuilt quickly over one trade deadline.

The Rangers continued their strong start Monday evening with a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in front of the MSG faithful. As we are now past the quarter point of the season, the Blueshirts hold a playoff spot with a 13-10-2 record. There are still over 50 games left in the season, but teams in a playoff spot by Thanksgiving have over a 60 percent chance of making the playoffs.

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Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice.  (AP)
Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice. (AP)

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello and Vlad Namestnikov will not join the club on its two-game Canadian road trip, the team announced Wednesday.

Zuccarello has missed eight of the past 10 games since suffering a groin injury on Nov. 6, while Namestnikov has been placed in concussion protocol, the team said.

Namestnikov took a high, hard hit from Thomas Chabot late in Monday's 4-2 win over the Senators. He struggled to return to his feet after the collision, and did not participate in Wednesday's practice. 

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Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 12, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Rangers coach David Quinn may not want to make too many lineup changes when his streaking squad hits the ice Friday afternoon in Philadelphia.

But with Cody McLeod out at least a month after suffering a broken hand Wednesday night, Mats Zuccarello says he's ready to help out after recovering from a groin injury.

Zuccarello has missed six of the last seven games with the injury, admitting that he returned prematurely for the Rangers' Nov. 15 loss to the Islanders.

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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist put on a masterclass in goal with 40 saves as the Rangers beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. 

Each team were held scoreless through two periods but it was the Rangers who blinked first, but Chris Kreider equalized before Mats Zuccarello won it in overtime. << Box score

First period

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The Rangers scored four unanswered goals in the final period to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-4 on Tuesday  >> Box Score


First Period

  • 2:45 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: David Desharnais, Ryan McDonagh
  • 5:22 LV Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Alex Tuch, Deryk Engelland
  • 19:21 LV Reilly Smith; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, Colin Miller

Second Period

  • 1:29 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes
  • 7:06 LV Reilly Smith; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson
  • 18:59 LV David Perron (Penalty Shot)

Third Period

  • 5:31 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • 9:26 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Mika Zibanejad
  • 14:11 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 18:46 NYR Michael Grabner (ENG); Assists: Jesper Fast
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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider scores a goal from his knees in the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider scores a goal from his knees in the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan each scored their 20th goals and had an assist, and the New York Rangers hung on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Monday night to earn a sixth-consecutive playoff berth.

Dan Boyle and Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game skid and moved three points behind second-place Pittsburgh and remained two ahead of the fourth-place Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.

The Rangers clinched playing down a defenseman most of the way. Captain Ryan McDonagh was injured blocking a shot early in the first period and left the game.

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New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello skates after the puck during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello skates after the puck during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers face the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Rangers have won each of their last nine games versus the Sabres, their longest win streak versus Buffalo all-time and their longest active win streak versus any single opponent. New York has outscored Buffalo, 36-13, over the nine-game streak.
  • The Sabres beat the Maple Leafs, 4-1, on Thursday. The win was Buffalo's seventh in March, the Sabres' most in a month since totaling 10 in March of 2012.
  • The Rangers lost at Carolina, 4-3, on Thursday, New York's ninth loss this season when leading in the third period (tied for third most in the NHL, entering the weekend) and its third such loss since March 12 (tied with Carolina for the most in the NHL entering the weekend).
  • Johan Larsson recorded his first career multi-goal game with two goals on Thursday, his second consecutive game with at least two points (totaling two goals and two assists over the two games). Prior to his current streak, Larsson had never recorded consecutive multi-point games.
  • Cal O'Reilly had two goals on Thursday, his first career multi-goal game. O'Reilly recorded all three of his goals on the season in March, his second-most goals in any calendar month over his career (had four in November of 2010).
  • Mats Zuccarello scored a goal on Thursday, his third in his last five games played (also added two assists over that span). Zuccarello has totaled 58 points this season, one shy of his single-season career high (set in 2013-14).
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Mats Zuccarello was one of four Rangers to score a goal as New York beat the Florida Panthers, 4-2, on Monday.

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New York Rangers center Derick Brassard celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with right wing Mats Zuccarello during the first period at First Niagara Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Derick Brassard celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with right wing Mats Zuccarello during the first period at First Niagara Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers face the Detroit Red Wings on the road Saturday at 2 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Rangers have lost each of their last two road games versus the Red Wings, and are 1-6-0-2 on the road versus Detroit since the start of the 2000 calendar year (their worst road record versus any opponent over that span). Over that span, New York has been outscored, 33-20, on the road versus Detroit.
  • The Rangers won, 4-2, at Buffalo on Tuesday. New York took a 3-2 lead into the third period and is now 24-1-0 when leading after the second period, one of five teams with one or fewer losses when leading after the second period (entering the weekend; also Pittsburgh, Washington, New Jersey and Tampa Bay).
  • The Red Wings beat the Jets at home, 3-2, on Thursday to snap their three-game losing streak. Detroit trailed by two goals before scoring three unanswered goals en route to the win. The Red Wings now have five comeback wins when trailing by at least two goals this season, tied with Dallas for the most such wins in the NHL (entering the weekend).
  • Mats Zuccarello had one goal and two assists on Tuesday, his sixth game this season with at least three points. The last Rangers player with more three-point games in a single season was Marian Gaborik in 2009-10 (nine games).
  • Derick Brassard had one goal and one assist on Tuesday, giving him 50 points on the season (his second consecutive season with at least 50 points). Brassard has recorded at least one point in each of his last three games, totaling two goals and two assists over that span.
  • Rookie Dylan Larkin scored his 20th goal of the season on Thursday, giving him 20 goals and 20 assists. Prior to Larkin, the last Red Wings rookie with at least 20 goals and 20 assists was Henrik Zetterberg in 2002-03.
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6:49PM: The Rangers who have been named to the initial World Cup rosters include:

  • USA: Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh
  • Team North America: JT Miller
  • Team Europe: Mats Zuccarello
  • Sweden: Henrik Lundqvist

Former Rangers coach John Tortorella will coach Team USA.

6:47PM: Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh have been named to Team USA.

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