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Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) looks on in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) looks on in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

Michael Grabner has 6 goals and 1 assist in the past 7 games after only scoring once in the Rangers first 10 games.

Grabner had 13 shots on goal in those first 10 games and has taken 24 shots in the past 7 games.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:00:24
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault discusses the team's 5-3 comeback victory in the third period thanks to three total power-play goals.

The Rangers scored four goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score 


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 0:37 CBJ Artemi Panarin; Assists: Zach Werenski, Seth Jones
  • 4:24 CBJ Josh Anderson; Assist: Ryan Murray
  • 12:41 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: J.T. Miller, Nick Holden

Third period:

  • 5:10 NYR Kevin Shattenkirk (power play); Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
  • 8:01 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner
  • 9:40 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Zibanejad
  • 11:27 NYR Buchnevich (power play); Assists: Zibanejad, Shattenkirk
  • 19:11 NYR Grabner (ENG)
Tags: Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad, Nick Holden, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash
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Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (55) and Florida Panthers center Jared McCann (90) battle for the puck in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Nov 4, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (55) and Florida Panthers center Jared McCann (90) battle for the puck in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

Kevin Shattenkirk scored his second goal of the night in overtime to give the Panthers a 5-4 win over the Panthers on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center. >> Box Score 


First Period

  • N/A

Second Period

Tags: Kevin Shattenkirk, Michael Grabner, Nick Holden, Rick Nash
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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers' win 00:00:42
Ryan McDonagh and Alain Vigneault talk about the Rangers' toughness as they came from behind to defeat the Golden Knights at the Garden.

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
Tags: Chris Kreider, Jimmy Vesey, Matz Zuccarello, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad
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New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored while Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 17:25 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Michael Grabner, J.T. Miller

Second period:

Tags: Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad, Montreal Canadiens, Pavel Buchnevich
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8/30/17 | 4:54PM: The Rangers have also noted that Zuccarello was on the ice today. (NYR)

8/29/17 | 1:05PM: About 10 Rangers were on the ice yesterday including Lundqvist, Grabner, Marc Staal, Kevin Shattenkrik, Vince Pedrie and Neal Pionk. (NYR)

8/28/17 | Henrik Lundqvist is on the ice today, with other teammates, at the Rangers training center preparing for the season.

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Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

8/21/17: In The Hockey News Pool Guide, they list Michael Grabner as someone who might not be able to replicate his numbers from last season.

Grabner scored 27 goals in the regular season, with 13 assists, and 4 goals and 2 assists in the playoffs.

They wrote "his 27 goals were buoyed by a career-high shooting percentage of 16.7%, and Grabner his his damage from the third line. He doesn't play enough to sustain that production. He also scored one goal in his final 23 games of 2016-17.

They added that Grabner, "carries more red flags than a U.N. convention. He scored 27 goals while playing just 14 minutes a game. He posted a career-high shooting percentage of 16.7%. His luck will regress significantly. He's a shoo-in bust pick."

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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Michael Grabner conducted an interview in his native Austria and said (KleineZeitung):

  • On his expectations for this season after scoring 27 last year, Grabner said that each year starts at "zero" and that there is a need to deliver all the time.
  • On if he is upset about being under contract after scoring 27 last year, Grabner said that he was happy to get the contract he did from the Rangers last summer and that he needed to prove himself after only scoring 9 goals in Toronto.
  • He tries to be a leader to young players
  • He is said to see friends Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan leave the team but he plays with the guys who are in the room.
  • He spends a lot of time in the summer working on jumps and speed exercises than he did earlier in his career in effort to stay fast as he gets older.
  • His main goal is team success and to win the Stanley Cup. He says that scoring fewer goals but winning the Stanley Cup would be "no problem."
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Michael Grabner posted a video today of him jumping out of a pool. It is similar to the famous video of Chris Kreider jumping out of a pool, which is also below.

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Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michael Grabner was doing one-legged box jumps today to work on his explosiveness.

Click below to see the video.

Follow Grabner on Instagram, here.

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Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

During the playoffs, Alain Vigneault said that one thing about Michael Grabner is that his game doesn't change when he is moved around the lineup.

Vigneault said that Grabner is someone who scares the opposition with his speed, forces turnovers and creates offensive opportunities.

Grabner scored 27 goals this season while mostly skating with Kevin Hayes and JT Miller.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers on win 00:01:16
Mats Zuccarello, Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault discuss the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Senators.

The Rangers scored the game's first four goals and Henrik Lundqvist had 26 saves as the Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, on Tuesday night in game three of three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden.  >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:31 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Dan Girardi
  • 13:24 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

  • 12:21 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey
  • 18:17 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: J.T. Miller, Tanner Glass
  • 18:49 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau; Assists: Bobby Ryan, Cody Ceci

Third period: 

  • N/A
Tags: Henrik Lundqvist, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner, Rick Nash
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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the New York Rangers ended the regular season with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:16 PIT Nick Bonino; Assists: Dominik Simon, Phil Kessel
  • 13:54 NYR Ryan McDonagh; Assist: Michael Grabner
  • 18:31 NYR Derek Stepan (power play); Assists: McDonagh, Mika Zibanejad

Second period:

  • 13:38 PIT Carter Rowney

Third period:

  • 7:23 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assist: Zibanejad
Tags: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan McDonagh
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The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers blew a two-goal lead after the first period and lost 4-3 to the Panthers in a shootout Friday at the Garden. The Rangers have lost six in a row at home. >> Read more


First period:

  • 2:34 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play) Assists: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan
  • 4:11 NYR J.T. Miller Assists: Brendan Smith, Mika Zibanejad 

Second period:

Tags: Chris Kreider, Florida Panthers, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner
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Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 13, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After missing five games with a hip injury, Michael Grabner has 1 goal, 2 assists and 4 shots on goal since returning on Sunday.

Prior to his injury Grabner had been scoreless in 8 games.

Against Detroit, Grabner played 15:52, and saw 5:09 in the first period, 4:36 in the second period and 6:07 in the third period with 2:07 coming on the PK.

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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:53 NYR Steven Kampfer; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider
  • 7:43 TB Brayden Point (power play); Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Jonathan Drouin

Second period:

  • 5:04 TB Gabriel Dumont; Assist: Jason Garrison
  • 10:22 NYR Michael Grabner

Third period:

  • 13:32 TB Point; Assists: Ondrej Palat, Kucherov
Tags: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner, Tampa Bay Lightning
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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh receives congratulations from defenseman Marc Staal after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh receives congratulations from defenseman Marc Staal after scoring in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan McDonagh scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 19:33 NYR Ryan McDonagh (short handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner

Second period:

  • 5:35 DET Frans Nielsen (power play); Assists: Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader
  • 16:50 NYR McDonagh; Assists: Marc Staal, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 17:27 NYR Hayes; Assists: J.T. Miller, Grabner

Third period:

  • 16:01 NYR Derek Stepan (power play); Assist: Chris Kreider
Tags: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Detroit Red Wings, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Marc Staal, Michael Grabner, Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan McDonagh
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Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with center J.T. Miller (10) left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) defenseman Brendan Smith (42) and defenseman Brady Skjei (76) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)
Mar 7, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with center J.T. Miller (10) left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) defenseman Brendan Smith (42) and defenseman Brady Skjei (76) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Mayer)

The Rangers will be without Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash and Michael Grabner as they take on the Hurricanes from PNC Arena Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

  1. The Rangers improved to 24-8-0 on the road this season with Tuesday's 5-2 win at the Panthers. New York is the first team in NHL history to win 24 of its first 32 road games.
  2. The Hurricanes fell for the 10th time in their last 12 games with a 3-1 loss at the Avalanche on Tuesday. Carolina has scored fewer than four goals in each of the last 12 games, the longest active streak in the NHL.
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Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

1:39PM: Vigneault said this morning, "Grabs tried this morning, is not ready to play so still day to day in his case. (NYR)

12:16PM: Michael Grabner will NOT play tonight for the Rangers against Carolina as he continues to recover from a hip injury. (Brooks)

Grabner skated today and took some line rushes with Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey but will not play.

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (3) and goalie Steve Mason (35) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (3) and goalie Steve Mason (35) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

3/7/16 | 6:10PM: Vigneault said that Grabner did not skate today and added, "He worked out at the hotel, he is getting better. Outside chance, maybe Thursday but we aren't going to skate tomorrow. He will have a morning skate so unless he is 100% Thursday we are probably going to wait." (NYR)

5:40PM: Grabner is getting better and there is an "outside chance" that he can play on Thursday against Carolina. (NYR)

3/6/17 | 1:30PM: Grabner skated today in Tampa and said that he didn't feel 100% the day after hurting his hip and that he didn't want to risk further injury if he wasn't 100%. (NYR)

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Michael Grabner (40) reacts after scoring a shorthanded goal on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) in the third period at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Michael Grabner (40) reacts after scoring a shorthanded goal on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) in the third period at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

5:07PM: Michael Grabner is being listed as day to day and will not play tonight against the Canadiens. (NYR)

Kevin Klein had an MRI that came back negative and he won't make the Rangers road trip this week.(NYR)

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

1:57PM: Michael Grabner left practice early today after taking a crosscheck from Adam Clendening and is questionable for tomorrow's game in Boston. (Cyrgalis, NYR)

The Rangers may need to call someone up for tomorrow's game if Grabner can't play. (Cyrgalis)

Grabner has not scored in 9 games and only has 1 assist and 14 shots in those games, while averaging 14:34.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Michael Grabner (40) reacts after scoring a shorthanded goal on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) in the third period at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Michael Grabner (40) reacts after scoring a shorthanded goal on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) in the third period at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Leafs coach Mike Babcock spoke about Michael Grabner today and was asked if he was surprised with how Grabner has produced for the Rangers.

Babcock said that he has known Grabner "forever," dating back to his time in Spokane in the WHL, and said that the Leafs coaches and Lou Lamoriello wanted him back "big time" but the organization chose to play their kids instead.

He continued that Grabner had 100 breakaways last season and went 0 for 100. He then said that the last time the Rangers played the Leafs Grabner was 2 for 4 on breakaways and joked that the Leafs "should keep his breakaway count under 4 tonight.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The JT Miller, Kevin Hayes and Michael Grabner line had six points (3 goals and 3 assists) in the Rangers win over Nashville.

Hayes said that the three complement each other and that he likes to pass the puck while Miller and Grabner like to score. (MSG)

Miller said that as soon as he crosses the blue line he tries to put himself into a shooting position because he knows there is a "good chance" of Hayes feeding him the puck. (Rangers Game Notes)

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:01:00
J.T Miller and Henrik Lundqvist speak to the media after the Rangers' 4-3 win over Nashville on Thursday night at MSG.

The Rangers rallied from a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals en route to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators Thursday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:23 NSH Cody McLeod; Assists: P.K. Subban, Austin Watson

Second period:

  • 3:50 NSH Calle Jarnkrok (power play); Assists: Mike Fisher, Subban
  • 8:12 NYR Michael Grabner; Kevin Hayes
  • 14:58 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Hayes

Third period:

  • 5:36 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
  • 16:00 NYR Miller; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Hayes
  • 17:59 NSH Roman Jose (power play); Assists: Ryan Johansen, Ryan Ellis
Tags: Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner, Ryan McDonagh
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Feb 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Feb 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The New York Rangers host the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Rangers won their first game against the Predators this season, a 2-1 victory in a shootout. New York is seeking a second win against Nashville, which would just be the second time the Rangers have won two games against the Predators in a single season (also 1998-99).

 

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(Adam Hunger)

Michael Grabner has 14 points in the last 13 games with 11 of those being goals.

Grabner has 3 goals in the last two games and 4 in his last 4 games.

Dave Maloney said after the Rangers game against the Sabres that Grabner is "dangerous" and "so much fun to watch in open ice."

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Rangers forward Derek Stepan (21) and Toronto forward Nazem Kadri (43) battle for the puck. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Rangers forward Derek Stepan (21) and Toronto forward Nazem Kadri (43) battle for the puck. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

TORONTO -- Michael Grabner scored two goals against his former team, helping the New York Rangers snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Pavel Buchnevich, Brady Skjei and J.T. Miller added goals for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves following a series of rough outings.

Tyler Bozak and Zach Hyman scored for Toronto, which had a three-game winning streak stopped. The Maple Leafs had earned 21 of a possible 26 points in their previous 13 games (10-2-1). Frederik Andersen gave up four goals on 40 shots.

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Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

The NHL has announced that Michael Grabner has been named the NHL's First Star of the week.

From the league, "Grabner led the League with 5-2-7, including two game-winning goals, in three contests to propel the Rangers (28-13-1, 57 points) to a pair of victories. He was held off the scoresheet in a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Jan. 3, but potted the winning tallies - as well as consecutive multi-point and +4 performances - in the following two games: 2-1-3 in a 5-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 4 and 3-1-4 in a 5-4 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 7. The latter included his fourth career hat trick and second of the season (also Oct. 30 vs. TBL) as well as his second career four-point outing (also Dec. 19, 2015 vs. LAK: 2-2-4 w/ TOR). The 29-year-old Villach, Austria, native shares sixth place in the NHL with 19 goals (19-8-27) in 41 appearances this season, his highest total since 2011-12 (20 G in 78 GP w/ NYI)."

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Jan 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Clendening (4) celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Jan 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Clendening (4) celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

The NHL has changed the scoring on Adam Clendening's second goal on Saturday night, that tied the game at 4 for the Rangers, and have credited to Michael Grabner.

With the goal now attributed to Grabner it retroactively gives him a Hat Trick and 19 goals on the season.

Clendening fired a shot from the boards that beat Columbus goalie Curtis McElhinney. While Clendening was shooting the puck Grabner skated by and the puck apparently went off of him.

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (3) and goalie Steve Mason (35) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (3) and goalie Steve Mason (35) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post today that the Rangers will need to find a way to protect current leading goal scorer Michael Grabner in the coming expansion draft.

Grabner has 18 goals this season and has one-year left after this at $1.65 million.

The Rangers will likely protect 7 forwards, 3 defensemen and Henrik Lundqvist with those forwards likely being Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello, JT Milller and Kevin Hayes.

Both Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich are exempt from the draft and do not need to be protected.

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Jan 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) lifts the puck over Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney (30) for the game winning goal during the third period at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Jan 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) lifts the puck over Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney (30) for the game winning goal during the third period at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

Michael Grabner had two goals, an assist and a plus four rating in 15:10 on Saturday.

Grabner had 4 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt that missed the net, a takeaway and the game winning goal with 16 seconds left in the third.

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers got an "outstanding performance" from Grabner and that he was able to use his speed offensively and defensively.

Grabner played 2:37 in the first, 4:41 in the second and 6:53 in the third.

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Jan 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Jan 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

From the Rangers Game Notes: "Michael Grabner registered three points (two goals, one assist), including the game-winning goal, and tied a single-game career-high with a plus-four rating for the second consecutive contest. He has registered six points (four goals, two assists) and has posted a plus-eight rating over the last two games. In addition, he has recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) over the last four contests. This season, 25 of Grabner's 26 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal. Grabner has tallied each of his last nine points and 17 of his last 18 points in games on the road. Grabner leads the Rangers in goals this season (18)."

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (3) and goalie Steve Mason (35) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (3) and goalie Steve Mason (35) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

In the first 20 games of the season, Michael Grabner had 12 goals on 46 shots on goal and had a shooting percentage of 26.1%.

In the next 20 games of the season, Grabner has 4 goals on 35 shots on goal and has a shooting percentage of 11.4%.

Prior to Wednesday's game against the Flyers, Grabner had 2 goals in 19 games and had a shooting percentage of 6.1%.

As of Friday, Grabner was tied for 13th in the league with 16 goals and he is tied with Chris Kreider for the team lead.

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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) shoots on goal as Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) and goalie Matt Murray (30) defend during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena.  (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) shoots on goal as Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) and goalie Matt Murray (30) defend during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))

First Period

  • 5:55 PIT Sidney Crosby (PP); Assists: Ian Cole, Justin Schultz
  • 16:59 NYR Matt Puempel; Assists: Marek Hrivik, Nick Holden

Second Period

  • 4:43 PIT Evgeni Malkin; Assists: Chris Kunitz, Phil Kessel
  • 8:58 PIT Phil Kessel; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Brian Dumoulin

Third Period

  • 1:52 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • 4:11 PIT Justin Schultz; Assist: Evgeni Malkin
  • 6:12 PIT Bryan Rust; Assist: Sidney Crosby
  • 12:22 PIT Patric Hornqvist (PP); Assist: Nick Bonino
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(Adam Hunger)

12:39PM: Alain Vigneault says that either Josh Jooris or Oscar Lindberg will be scratched tomorrow. (NYR)

12:17PM: Michael Grabner will not be with the Rangers tomorrow and is traveling home to Austria after his Grandmother passed away. (Brooks)

Marek Hrivik, who was called up, will reportedly skate with Brandon Pirri and Matt Puempel.

Grabner was at practice today but skated on a fourth defense pair with Adam Clendening. (Brooks)

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7:16PM: Miller, Grabner and Oscar Lindberg are all playing. Josh Jooris is not.

Joe Micheletti said on MSG that Jooris was not feeling well.

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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

J.T. Miller scored a shorthanded goal with 59 seconds remaining in the second period as the New York Rangers overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:02 PIT Jake Guentzel; Assists: Phil Kessel, Trevor Daley
  • 13:12 PIT Guentzel; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel

Second period:

  • 4:51 NYR Rick Nash
  • 14:23 NYR Michael Grabner; Assist: Ryan McDonagh
  • 19:11 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes

Third period:

  • 12:46 NYR Hayes; Assist: McDonagh
  • 18:37 NYR Derek Stepan (empty net); Assists: Nash, Grabner
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Michael Grabner leads the Rangers with 11 goal and is tied for second in the NHL behind Patrick Laine and Sidney Crosby who have 12.

From the Rangers game notes, via the Elias Sports Bureau, after the loss to Columbus:

  • The last Ranger prior to Grabner who registered 11 or more even strength goals through the team's first 18 games of one season was Rod Gilbert in 1971-72 (13 goals)."
  • "Over the last 20 seasons (since 1996-97), Grabner is one of six Rangers who have registered 11 or more goals in the team's first 18 games of one season:
    • Rick Nash - 2014-15
    • Marian Gaborik - 2009-10
    • Brendan Shanahan - 2006-07
    • Jaromir Jagr - 2005-06
    • Theo Fleury - 2000-01)"
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Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) reacts after a shorthanded goal by center Derek Stepan in the first period. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) reacts after a shorthanded goal by center Derek Stepan in the first period. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Derek Stepan and Michael Grabner both had a goal and an assist as the Rangers defeated the Bruins 5-2 on Saturday night in Boston. >> Read more


First Period:

Second period:

Third period:

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Nov 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers line of Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller has a combined 18 points (8 goals and 10 assists) in the past three games. (Rangers Game Notes)

Against the Oilers on Thursday each member of the line scored a goal and had at least two points. (Rangers Game Notes)

Grabner said that each player brings a different element to the line and that even if they aren't scoring they are trying to be responsible defensively. (Rangers Game Notes)

Hayes said on MSG after the game that the trio work well off of each other and that Grabner provides speed while Miller creates space and goes to the net. Hayes says that he always tells them to just get open and that he will find them.

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Michael Grabner was awarded the Broadway Hat following his hat trick in tonight's win over Tampa Bay.

It was Grabner's third career Hat Trick. (NHL PR)

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Michael Grabner skates with the puck. (AP)
Michael Grabner skates with the puck. (AP)

In his career, Michael Grabner has 104 goals on 889 shots on goal and has a career shooting percentage of 11.7%.

  • In his first full season (76 games) in the NHL, Grabner scored 34 goals, had 228 shots on goal, a 14.9% shooting percentage and 333 total shots attempted.
  • In his second season (78 games) in the NHL, Grabner scored 20 goals, had 174 shots on goal, a 11.5% shooting percentage and 275 shots attempted.
  • Grabner played 45 games in 2012-13 and had 16 goals, 108 shots on goal, 14.8% shooting percentage and 167 total shot attempts.
  • In 2013-14 (64 games) Grabner scored 12 goals, 137 shots on goal, 8.8% shooting percentage and 214 total shot attempts.
  • In 34 games in 2014-15, Grabner scored 8 goals, 63 shots on goal, 12.7% shooting percentage and 120 total shot attempts.
  • In 2015-16, after joining the Leafs, Grabner had 9 goals, 116 shots on goal, 7.8% shooting percentage and 186 total shot attempts.

Last season Grabner scored 5 of his 9 goals in an eight game span and went stretches of 22 games and 30 games between goals.

Grabner said that it's frustrating when the puck doesn't go in but you can't let it impact the other parts of your game. (Globe and Mail)

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Michael Grabner skates against the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP)
Michael Grabner skates against the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP)

While with the Leafs, Michael Grabner said that he takes a lot of "pride" in killing penalties and frustrating the other team.  (Toronto Sun)

He said that with his speed he can take away a lot of time and space from the opposition.  (Toronto Sun)

Grabner says that strengths of his game come from his skating ability and his speed. He said that he uses those attributes on the PK to break up plays and to get into position quickly. (NYR)

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Michael Grabner skates with the puck. (AP)
Michael Grabner skates with the puck. (AP)

While talking about the penalty kill, Michael Grabner said that he loves the idea of going on the ice and trying to "shut down and rattle the other team's top guys." (NYR)

Since joining the Islanders in 2010-11, Grabner has averaged the following on the PK per game:

  • 2010-11: 1:32
  • 2011-12: 1:41
  • 2012-13: 2:19
  • 2013-14: 2:03
  • 2014-15: 1:16
  • 2015-16: 3:06 (Toronto)

Grabner said that he didn't kill penalties much in the AHL but started killing penalties after joining the Islanders and added "I really love the penalty kill." (NYR)

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Michael Grabner skates against the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP)
Michael Grabner skates against the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP)

Michael Grabner says that he knows the Rangers coaches really well dating back to his time in the Canucks organization. (NYR)

Grabner said that he knows Scott Arniel "really well" going back to when Arniel coached Grabner for four-years in the AHL. (NYR)

He said that he spoke with Arniel about his role before signing and that conversation made his decision "a lot easier." (NYR)

Grabner noted that Alain Vigneault coached him in his first year in the NHL as well. (NYR)

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Mar 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Michael Grabner (40) during the pre game warm up against the Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Buffalo 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Mar 19, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Michael Grabner (40) during the pre game warm up against the Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Buffalo 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

When the Maple Leafs acquired Michael Grabner from the Islanders last year, Lou Lamoriello said "we acquired and experienced player who brings a tremendous amount of speed to the lineup." (Maple Leafs Hot Stove)

On what he was bringing to the Leafs, Lou said, "He brings exceptional speed, no question he is one of the top PKers in the league and he pushes other people and the defense back. We have seen enough of him to know that." (Maple Leafs Hot Stove)

Lou was asked if he saw Grabner a lot while Lou was in NJ and Grabner was with the Islanders and responded, "too much. His speed pushes defensemen back. What he has, you can't teach. (Maple Leafs Hot Stove)

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Everyone was expecting Garth Snow to make a trade during the NHL Draft. He did, but it did not involve the two most likely players to be dealt there.?

Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner remain members of the New York Islanders, for now. It was believed that at least one of them would have been dealt on Friday or Saturday. Instead, it was Griffin Reinhart who was sent to Edmonton in return for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this year's draft.

The market for Grabner and Okposo just was not there during the two day draft being held in Sunrise, Florida. More from Newsday:

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