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The Rangers will be making their final cuts today as they need to be at 23 players and under the salary cap by tomorrow at 5PM.

Players who need waivers to be sent down will be placed on waivers at 12PM.

Stu Bickel and Justin Falk will both need to be placed on waivers in? order to be sent down. Conor Allen does not need waivers.

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Alain Vigneault noted after the Rangers loss to the Kings that there are two forward spots up for grabs and that the decision will be made on Saturday and announced on Sunday.

Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the top candidates for those two spots are Arron Asham, Darroll Powe, Marek Hrivik, JT Miller and Chris Kreider.

Brooks says that Miller's "tenacious" play seems to have earned him a spot and that at this point it would be "stunning" if Miller doesn't make the team.

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Following the Rangers loss to the Kings last night, Henrik Lundqvist chatted with Dave Maloney:

On going home, "It's been fun but it's time to start the real season. I think for everyone but for me personally it's time to take a deep breath and think about a few things and get ready for the seaosn. It's been a good trip, we didn't get the results that we wanted, but we got to work on a few things. It's been some tough games to play with broken plays and deflections, but you just need to go through some things. I started to feel more comfortable in the second half of this game and yea, it's time to go home."

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via MSG, Alain Vigneault's post game comments after the Rangers loss to LA

  • On JT Miller, "he played real strong in back to back games. He skated well, when he had the chance to carry the puck and make some plays he made some plays. When he had a chance to play the man he played the man. I think that whole line, in terms of youth and potential played well. We are playing against a team that had 95% of their roster, won the Stanley Cup a few years ago and we didn't have a lot of PKers tonight and I think it showed early. I think we grinded it out and played hard, the goalie made some saves in the third and it's 4 games in 5 nights and now we have some decisions to make.
  • On more structure in front of Hank, "its coming along. We are throwing a lot of young guys in the lineup that are getting a first or second taste of NHL hockey. When you are playing against a team that won the Stanley Cup a few years ago, it could be intimidating but our guys played hard and tried their best."
  • On working with a smaller group, "yes....yes I am."
  • Was this Chris Kreider's best game, "I thought he did alright. You could see some puck protection moments. A few times he showed his size and speed. He didn't play last night so he was a little fresher and we saw some moments."
  • Did anyone change your mind tonight, "I can tell you that we have, in my opinion and we just talked quickly with management, we have three decisions we have to make. We talked about it, we will take the night to get back home and we will figure it out tomorrow."
  • Is there one on defense, "yes. I would say that there is one on defense and two up front."
  • DId Henrik ask to play in the third, "I talked to him at the end of the second period to see how he was feeling and he wanted to battle. He did and he played well.
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First Period:
  • Anze Kopitar
  • Jeff Carter
  • JT Miller from Anton Stralman and Oscar Lindberg
  • Mike Richards
Second Period:
  • Trever Lewis
Third Period:

Stats:

  • Not Available as of 1AM, possibly because the game did not take place at an NHL rink.
Adam Rotter
  • Well that ends a pretty lackluster preseason for the Rangers that probably raised as many questions as it answered. The team was sloppy, tired at times and while they created offense, they didn't score. The defense wasn't at it's best and there still is a lot of work that needs to be done.
  • I thought Rick Nash skated the best he had in the preseason but he still looks like he needs to shake off more rust. He was turning the puck over a lot but also seemed to connect with Benoit Pouliot a few times.
  • For the longest time I didn't considered Darroll Powe as someone who had a chance at being with the Rangers this season but he was probably the most consistent player in the preseason and seems like he has secured a bottom six/PK role similar to Dominic Moore.
  • Chris Kreider had some nice moments as did Jesper Fast and the the line of JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg and Marek Hrivik. Miller had the goal and another strong game. Based on salary cap space it would seem that only one of Kreider or Miller will start the season with the Rangers and I think Miller may have the upper hand.
Rangers game notes:

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8:42PM: From the Rangers twitter account, Alain Vigneault said:

  • Darroll Powe has played really well
  • 3 or 4 players are fighting for two spots and some roster decisions will be based upon the salary cap ramifications
  • Final cuts will be made on Sunday, according to Steve Zipay
  • Brad Richards, Brian Boyle or Derick Brassard could be moved to wing based on the depth at forward
8PM: The Rangers close out the preseason tonight in Las Vegas against the LA Kings at 10:30PM

  • Benoit Pouliot, Brad Richards, Rick Nash
  • Chris Kreider, Brian Boyle, Jesper Fast
  • JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik
  • Brandon Mashinter, Darroll Powe, Arron Asham
Michael Del Zotto, Stu Bickel, John Moore, Anton Stralman, Justin Falk and Conor Allen.

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Ray Ferraro was a guest on TSN's Leafs Lunch today and spoke about the Rangers after broadcasting their loss to Vancouver last night.

Ferraro said, "they looked like a team that had been on the road for ten days, or 12 days. They looked disorganized at times, Lundqvist was terrible which is always a surprise to me because I think he is just a terrific goaltender. There were some goals, Henrik Sedin's second goal, Burrows was in front of the net with about 20 feet, literally 20 feet around him it looked like a pee-wee game, your like, where is everybody!"

"Dan Girardi, who is a really good player was on the ice for all five goals against last night. The Rangers looked about as bad as they possibly could look. They got some good news with Derek Stepan signing. They are about 2 and a half weeks away, they think, of getting Ryan Callahan back and 3 and a half weeks until Carl Hagelin can come back. That is 3 really good forwards."

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According to Pat Leonard, the Rangers lineup for the preseason finale against the Kings is:

  • Benoit Pouliot, Brad Richards, Rick Nash
  • Chris Kreider, Brian Boyle, Jesper Fast
  • JT Miller, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik
  • Brandon Mashinter, Darroll Powe, Arron Asham
Michael Del Zotto, Stu Bickel, John Moore, Anton Stralman, Justin Falk and Conor Allen.

Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal.

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Henrik Lundqvist was pulled from the Rangers 5-0 loss to the Canucks last night after the second period.

He surrendered 5 goals on 17 shots in 40 minutes and told the Rangers website that the puck seemed to bounce the other way the entire night.

Lundqvist said that there were four deflections and one goal where he had two guys on top of him. "It was a tough game to play. I could do better reads on the deflections maybe, it's good that it's preseason. It's the only positive thing for me, it doesn't count and you can start over and keep working on the details of the game."

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First Period:
  • Henrik Sedin (PPG)
  • Frank Corrado
Second Period:
  • Henrik Sedin
  • Ryan Kesler (PPG)
  • Hunter Shinkaruk
Third Period:

Stats:

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Goalie: Starter: Henrik Lundqvist Backup: Marty Biron

Defense:

  • Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi
  • Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto
  • John Moore and Anton Stralman
Forwards:
  • Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, Rick Nash
  • Taylor Pyatt, Brad Richards, Mats Zuccarello
  • JT Miller, Brian Boyle, Derek Dorsett
  • Darroll Powe, Dominic Moore, Jesper Fast
Roberto Luongo will play the whole game for the Canucks.
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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that tonight's matchup between Alain Vigneault's Rangers and John Tortorella's Canucks will attract a tremendous amount of attention.

Bob McKenzie said on TSN Drive yesterday that the coaches will draw a bunch of attention to a game that not much can be drawn from because many of the players will not end up making the teams.

He added, "in the grand scheme it isn't for real but it will feel that way for Tortorella and Vigneault."

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The Rangers have announced their latest round of cuts:

PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO HARTFORD (AHL) ON 9/25/13:

Goal (1): Cam Talbot

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First Period:
  • Marc Staal from Mats Zuccarello
  • Taylor Hall
  • David Perron
Second Period:
  • David Perron (PPG)
  • JT Miller from Arron Asham and Chris Kreider
  • Ben Eager (SH)
Third Period:
  • Jordan Eberle
  • Dan Girardi (PP) from Ryan McDonagh and Benoit Pouliot
Stats:

Adam's Thoughts:

  • JT Miller was probably the best Ranger tonight and has probably vaulted himself from afterthought who will start in Hartford to probably the top candidate to take one of Carl Hagelin or Ryan Callahan's spot.
  • The rest of the young players have, as Joe noted in the case of Oscar Lindberg, leveled off. They have their moments but the more they play during the preseason the more it seems that they need some time in Hartford. Marek Hrivik is probably best positioned, of the group with Danny Kristo, Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg, to make the team out of camp.
  • I hope that on Thursday against Vancouver the Rangers dress what will likely be their opening night lineup. That full group needs a game together and the guys on the bubble should play on Friday in Vegas.
  • Marc Staal had another strong game and another goal. Besides the visor he looks like the All-Star player he was before his injury.

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The Rangers face off against the Oilers tonight in Edmonton in their fourth of six preseason games.

Lineup:

  • Marty Biron and Cam Talbot
  • Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Conor Allen, Dan Girardi, Tommy Hughes, Aaron Johnson
  • Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard, Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Benoit Pouliot, Mats Zuccarello, JT Miller, Arron Asham, Dominic Moore, Micheal Haley, Derek Dorsett
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According to Steve Zipay of Newsday, this is the Rangers lineup tonight against the Edmonton Oilers

Goalie: Martin Biron and Cam Talbot

Defense: Aaron Johnson and Tommy Hughes, Marc Staal and Conor Allen, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi.

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First Period:
  • Curtis Glencross
Second Period:
  • Dennis Wideman
  • Marc Staal (PP) from Jesper Fast and Marek Hrivik.
Third Period:
  • Matt Stajan
  • Lance Bourma (Empty Net)
Stats:

Adam's Thoughts:

  • It's the first game in a week for this group and that rust showed early on as did the Rangers struggle to find a real rhythm.
  • Marek Hrivik was strong throughout the night and could have an inside track on a roster spot. His play has been good, but his cap hit of $685,000 is very appealing.
  • Marc Staal and John Moore were once again very good and Moore is showing he isn't afraid to mix it up if he has to.
  • Danny Kristo had four shots on goal and four more attempts. I think he could be a guy that spends a little bit of time in Hartford to round out some things and get called up relatively quickly. Jesper Fast was also making some things happen on the ice.

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The Rangers take on the Flames in the first of four games in five nights to close out the preseason.

Lineup:

Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot

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Alain Vigneault told SNY's Nick Licalzi today what the goalie schedule will be for the rest of the Rangers preseason.

  • Calgary: Henrik Lundqvist full game
  • Edmonton: Marty Biron full game
  • Vancouver: Henrik Lundqvist full game
  • LA (in Las Vegas) TBA
Vigneault said that this was the schedule that he, Benoit Allaire and management decided was best and once he told that to Johan Hedberg, AV gave Hedberg a choice on what he would like to do and Hedberg said he would prefer to stay back and leave his PTO>
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Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win in Philadelphia:

  • On going to the net to score, "it was one of the things that we have been talking to our guys about. It's a tough league to score. The quality of the goaltending is real solid and to score goals you gotta go into the tough areas and pay the price. We accomplished what we wanted to tonight. Philly came at us real hard, we moved the puck in a fashion that allowed us to break their forecheck. It was a hard fought game."
  • On Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot, "They both played to their strength. They moved the puck, they used their speed. They had some really good chances on the PP but it didn't pan out there. There seems to be a little bit of chemistry there and hopefully it improves."
  • On the pace, "I think both games were a little different. Tonight we did what we had to do to generate some offense. There wasn't a lot of room but we did what we had to do."
  • On young players, "I think we had four or five guys play their first NHL game tonight and I didn't feel that anybody was in awe. They all went out there and had good support from their teammates and it was a good game for a first for a lot of those guys."
  • On winning in the preseason, "you play to win. I love to win. Right now I am focused on evaluating players and the way we want to play and the way you need to play to have success."
  • On Marty Biron, "some of those shots were grade A scoring chances. Give him full marks, he came in there and made the saves he had to do. In the late third period with a few seconds left Cam did what he had to do and made a big save that gave us a chance to win."
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10:24PM: Rangers game notes are below

9:36PM: First Period:

Second Period:

  • Derick Brassard from Mats Zuccarello and Anton Stralman
  • Max Talbot
  • Darroll Powe from Andrew Yogan and Conor Allen
Third Period:
  • Sean Couturier
  • Benoit Pouliot from Derick Brassard and Dylan McIlrath
Stats:

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The Rangers continue the preseason at 7PM against the Flyers in Philadelphia.

The Rangers roster for tonight is:

Goalie: Martin Biron and Cam Talbot

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According to Steve Zipay, the Rangers top two lines for their game against Philadelphia tonight will be:

  • Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
  • Taylor Pyatt, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast
The other forwards tonight are Andrew Yogan, Derek Dorsett, Dominic Moore, Michael Kantor, Darroll Powe, Micheal Haley.

Martin Biron and Cam Talbot are the goalies.

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Following the Rangers 2-1 loss to the Devils, Alain Vigneault said:

On last night, "first exhibition game. There were things that I liked and things that you could tell our players were trying to apply some of the things we have been working on, some of the things we have been shown on video. There is obviously room for improvement. It was our first game, it's the first time the veterans and young players have been able to take the rust out even though they have been working very hard on and off the ice, it's still an exhibition game and a first step that will get better."

On putting the puck toward the net, "I liked our shooting mentality. One of the things we will have to address is getting in front of the other team's goaltender. We had a lot of good looks but in Schneider's saves, they were all without traffic in front. That is one area that I know we have to address. It's a step by step and tonight was the first step.

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Pat Leonard notes that the Rangers lineup tomorrow is:

Forward: Mats Zuccarello, Derek Dorsett, Jesper Fast, Michael Kantor, Derick Brassard, Dominic Moore, Oscar Lindberg, Darroll Powe, Benoit Pouliot, Micheal Haley, Taylor Pyatt, Andrew Yogan

Defense:? Dylan McIlrath, Dan Girardi, Conor Allen, Anton Stralman, Ryan McDonagh, Danny Syvret

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10:18PM: The Rangers game notes are below

9:30PM: First Period:

  • Mattias Tedenby
Second Period:

Third Period:

  • Eric Gelinas
  • Dominic Moore Assists: Danny Kristo, Marek Hrivik
Box Score

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The Rangers open up the preseason against the Devils in Newark tonight.

The Rangers roster for the game is:

  • Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot.
  • Defense:? Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, John Moore, Stu Bickel, Justin Falk, Aaron Johnson
  • Forward:? Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Marek Hrivik, Brian Boyle, Danny Kristo, Brandon Mashinter, Dominic Moore, Shawn O'Donnell, Ryan Bourque, Darroll Powe, Arron Asham
Leave your thoughts on the game in the comments section.
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1:57PM: The Rangers have announced their lineup for tomorrow:

Forwards: Aaron Asham, Brian Boyle, Ryan Bourque, Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Danny Kristo, Brandon Mashinter, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Shawn O'Donnell, Darroll Powe, Brad Richards

Defense: Marc Staal, John Moore, Justin Falk, Aaron Johnson, Michael Del Zotto and either Stu Bickel or Dylan McIlrath

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Earlier today, Steve Zipay mentioned that the Rangers may play an exhibition game in Las Vegas.

Back in May, the Kings confirmed that they will play the Rangers on 9/27 in Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena.

The Kings will play two exhibition games in Vegas in late September.

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The Flyers have announced their preseason schedule and they will play the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center on September 17th.

The Flyers preseason schedule starts on September 15th and closes on September 27th.

Traverse City starts on September 5th and ends on September 9th.

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