At ESPN Insider, Corey Pronman lists five Ranger prospects that the Rangers could trade for Rick Nash.

He lists Tim Erixon, Chris Kreider, Michael St. Croix, JT Miller and Dylan McIlrath.

  • On Erixon, who Pronman is a big fan of, he says that Erixon projects to be a shutdown defenseman who can play against the other team's top players.
  • On Kreider, Pronman writes that he is looked at as a top six goal scorer with first line potential.
  • On St. Croix, he quotes a scout as saying, "He's the player this year I thought he was going to be last year." St. Croix is a brilliant playmaking forward with great upside and could have the potential to be a top-two line scorer in the NHL.
  • On JT Miller, Pronman says that he is a versatile player with no noticeable weaknesses.
  • On McIlrath, he says that after struggling to start the season, McIlrath has "been a bone-crushing defenseman who scares the life out of opposing forwards every shift."
It is believed that the Rangers would prefer to send prospects to Columbus over roster players in order to acquire Nash.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov (47) during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov (47) during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media on MSG following the Rangers win over Toronto and said:

  • "I think it was a big game for me. Big game for the team to respond in a good way. Sometimes a win means a little bit more. You play 82 games and some wins you put right away in your bag but I think today you enjoy it a little extra after what I have been through the last week or so. It's not fun as a goalie to give up a lot of goals and try to stay confident, I told the guys that I want be there for the group and make a difference when they need me to. Sometimes it's a fast game and a lot of things happen in front of you that you don't expect but as a goalie you need to react in a good way and come up with the saves. Today it was better. They still get a few chances and I felt like tonight I was more on my toes and able to make those saves."
  • Was there a moment tonight, "I don't know if I had a moment like that, I really tried to just focus minute by minute, just build my game and not rush anything. Be patient and they are a tricky team and they have some skill and can make some plays, it was nice how we could shut them down a bit in the third. In the first two periods it was a little more back and forth with some 2 on 1s and breakaways but in the third we really shut it down. It was a good feeling and I think the guys, they gain confidence when they play like that as well. It opens up, we can get more offense when we shut it down like that and they have to start taking chances."
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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)

Brady Skjei scored the game's first goal and added an assist and Kevin Hayes had two assists as the Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2 Thursday in Toronto.

Michael Grabner had two goals in the third period for New York, which was coming off a 7-6 home loss to Dallas Tuesday. >> Read more


First period:

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Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

1/19/17 | 6:09PM: Alain Vigneault said that he had not talked with medical trainer Jim Ramsay today about Staal, but said that as soon as Staal is healthy he will play.(NYR)

He said, "a player like Marc, with what he means to our team, I will put him in the lineup as soon as he is healthy." (NYR)

1/18/17 | 1:49PM: Marc Staal skated today and is expected to skate again tomorrow, according to Alain Vigneault. (NYR)

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers 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 head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Alain Vigneault met with the media in Toronto prior to tonight's game and said (NYR):

  • On Henrik Lundqvist's compete level, "Hank is a real competitor. An individual who takes a lot of pride in his prep. It is not un-normal for a player to go through challenging moments in an 82 game schedule. We have a lot of confidence in him, everyone has said it, players have said it, coaches have said it, management has said it. We need to do a better job in front of him of tightening up in a couple of areas, we have talked to our group about that. We will go out tonight in a real great hockey town and have a real good game."
  • On playing simple, "I think it goes back to making sure that our system, when we don't have the puck, that we put it in place and that when we do have the puck we continue what we have been doing, breaking out of our zone fairly well, generating a lot of quality chances and finishing on a lot. Our play without the puck needs to be good tonight and I am very confident that it is going to be good and our play with the puck needs to continue to be good and I am confident that will be good also."
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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Alain Vigneault said that according to the numbers and statistics that the Rangers track "our game isn't that bad. As a matter of fact it's pretty good."

The Rangers have lost three games in a row since returning from their bye week.

Vigneault said that the Rangers need to tighten up in certain areas and need to be better at taking passes away but that offensively the Rangers are playing with a lot of "speed and tempo."

He said that the Rangers had players in position to defend against the Stars but that they didn't make the right plays.

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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) reacts with teammate Phillip Danault (24) after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) reacts with teammate Phillip Danault (24) after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Alain Vigneault said that structure and goaltending are connected and that good structure or a big save can provide confidence to the group.

He said that the Rangers need saves like every other team does and that there are other parts of the Rangers game that are "rolling in the right direction."

Henrik Lundqvist was asked about structure and how it impacts his game the other day and said, "for us to be in our structure you need confidence from the goalie to make that extra save. You gotta find a way no matter what, even if there are open chances in front. It's a fast game and mistakes happen and it's my job to be there and clean it up." (NYR)

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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) and Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) watch the puck during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) and Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) watch the puck during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that Matt Puempel has been cleared for contact but wouldn't travel with the team to Toronto for tonight's game.

Puempel was due to stay behind and continue skating and Vigneault said that he needed Puempel to get in a few practices and "see how he reacts to having people around him."

He said that after suffering his second concussion in a few weeks that the Rangers slowed things down in his recovery process, which he thinks has "helped out huge because I feel really good right now." (NY Post)

Puempel has been skating for a while and suffered this latest concussion on 12/31 against Colorado.

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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) and left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates with goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) after a shootout win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) and left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates with goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) after a shootout win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Henrik Lundqvist said on Thursday that the only way he can bounce back from these struggles is to work hard and stay positive. (NYR)

He said that things can change pretty fast and that all he needs is something to build off of to gain confidence and feel good about himself. (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday night that Lundqvist wants to work his way through his recent struggles.

Dan Girardi said on Tuesday that Lundqvist is the "number one guy" on the Rangers and a leader on the team and that his teammates need to be better in front of him. (Rangers Game Notes)

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers 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 head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Alain Vigneault spoke with the media on Wednesday and said (NYR):

  • On Puempel, "he has been skating on his own, gone through the protocol, cleared for contact. Now it's about getting him a couple of practices and see how he reacts to having people around him and hopefully everything goes well."
  • On Jesper Fast, "upper body, 7-10 days, I'd say that we probably won't see him until we come back from the All-Star break."
  • Will Puempel play tomorrow, "no, he will stay behind and skate on his own and work on his conditioning and hope that everything is good there."
  • On Marc Staal, "he skated this morning. He is staying behind and will skate tomorrow and we will see how he feels in the next couple of days."
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Jan 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) shoots the puck in the game against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) shoots the puck in the game against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

1/19/17: 7:01PM: Shattenkirk is reportedly willing to consider multiple options, in regards to a possible trade and extension, including Toronto, Rangers, Boston, San Jose, Colorado, Detroit or Anaheim. (TSN)

Elliotte Friedman noted on Thursday that "rightly or wrongly" there is a belief that Shattenkirk wants to sign with the Rangers. (FanRag)

1/18/17 | 3:26PM: Pierre LeBrun writes that St. Louis may have changed their stance regarding Shattenkirk and could look to trade him before the deadline. (ESPN)

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1:43PM: Kevin Hayes will play tomorrow in Toronto and Oscar Lindberg will also return in place of Jesper Fast. (NYR)

12:21PM: Kevin Hayes has been given a maintenance day and is not skating today at practice.

Without Hayes and with Oscar Lindberg out 7-10 days the Rangers are practicing with the following lines (Cyrgalis):

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast (19) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast (19) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

1:39PM: Fast is expected to be out until after the All-Star break. (NYR)

12:11PM: The Rangers have announced that Jesper Fast will be out 7-10 days with an upper body injury. (NYR)

Fast was a minus-2 and played 6:31 Tuesday night, with one shot on goal and two blocked shots.

Fast played 3:05 in the first period, 2:03 in the second period and 1:23 in the third period.

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11:52AM: Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for hitting Cody Eakin with his helmet during their fight last night. (NHL Dept of Player Safety)

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (93) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

In his return to the Rangers lineup Tuesday night, Mika Zibanejad scored two goals, was a plus-1 and had seven shots on goal.

Zibanejad played 18:07, had 10 shot attempts and was 9-for-12 on faceoffs. He played 5:37 in the first period, 5:27 in the second period and 7:03 in the third period with 57 seconds on the power play.

Zibanejad skated with Rick Nash (2 assists) and Pavel Buchnevich (1 goal, 2 assists).

After the game, Alain Vigneault said "other than the one where I thought they left the front of our net too quick, they had a strong game. Lots of possession time. They had some good rush opportunities. For first game back it was a step in the right direction."

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While talking after the game last night, Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers put Henrik Lundqvist in a "bad spot" and that he isn't to blame for allowing 7 goals. (MSG)

Dan Girardi said after the game last night that how the Rangers played in front of Lundqvist "wasn't fair" to the Rangers goalie and that they left players wide open in front of the net. (Rangers Game Notes)

Girardi said that in the third period the Rangers played "defense first" and were able to transition that to offense. (Rangers Game Notes)

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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gives instructions during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gives instructions during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Alain Vigneault spoke on MSG following the Rangers loss to Dallas and said:

  • On all the breakdowns in front, "there is no doubt that we need to do a better job in front of our net. Our offensive game is pretty good at this time. Defensively there are too many breakdowns. We have to be all business here, get back to work tomorrow and get ready for the next game."
  • On the plays in front, "I would say to you that on 3 of the first 4 goals we have someone or some people in front of the net, they just aren't taking the pass. Twice it was defensemen, once it was a forward. It's an easy read to make, it's an easy pass to take and we don't' take it and give the other team a Grade A opportunity. It's something we can work on and we will work on and try to get better for the next game."
  • On Henrik, "he will play the next game. He will try real hard and we will try to play better in front of him. This is a team and we are all in this with one another and we will do what we can to get out of this three game loss."
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Henrik Lundqvist fields questions after giving up seven goals to the Dallas Stars.

Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG after the Rangers loss to Dallas and said:

  • On his struggles and how to figure it out, "it's hard stuff. I feel like it's embarrassing, frustrating and disappointing at the same time. Spent the last 24 hours working hard and correcting my game and having a pretty good start and then the first period, a couple of misplays where they made us pay. Most goals are scored right in front so as a goalie you need to be more aware. Bottom line is that I need to find another level. It's not good enough. When you are looking for confidence and a good feeling you are hoping for a game where there is a lot of structure and shots are more from the outside. That is not the case right now, it's a lot of opportunities right in front and I need to find a way to get going. It's hard. You try to do all the right things but it's not paying off."
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Recorded Prior to the Dallas Game

Brian Compton, Nick Licalzi, and Adam Rotter are back for another podcast, as the guys discuss Henrik Lundqvist's struggling season, and ponder the question whether these on-ice issues are related to the King's age. Later, Scott Laughlin of SiriusXM calls in to the show for his two cents on Lundqvist, and to talk about the dominant Metropolitan division.

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Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn scores a goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

The New York Rangers' three-goal third-period rally fell short as they allowed three goals in the first period and four goals in the second en route to a 7-6 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 0:27 NYR Derek Stepan; Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello
  • 12:34 DAL Patrick Eaves (power play); Assists: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
  • 12:46 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assist: Radek Faksa
  • 17:54 DAL Jamie Benn; Assists: Cody Eakin, Eaves

Second period:

  • 4:32 DAL Antoine Roussel; Assist: Lauri Korpikoski
  • 9:56 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Rick Nash, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 12:06 NYR Buchnevich; Assists: Kevin Klein, Adam Clendening
  • 12:54 DAL Patrick Sharp; Assists: Devin Shore, Faksa
  • 15:53 DAL Adam Cracknell; Assists: Korpikoski, Dan Hamhuis
  • 17:40 DAL Eakin; Assists: Eaves, Benn

Third period:

  • 3:11 NYR Kreider; Assists: Stepan, Zuccarello
  • 5:31 NYR Stepan; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Zuccarello
  • 7:26 NYR Zibanejad; Assists: Nash, Buchnevich
Tags: Adam Clendening, Chris Kreider, Dallas Stars, Derek Stepan, Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh
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10:31PM: On thinking about bringing in Hellberg earlier, Alain Vigneault said on MSG, "yes and no. I know Hank wants to work his way through this, fight his way through this and I made the decision after the second. Maybe I could have taken him out earlier, I don't know, but Hank wants to work his way out of this and we are going to work with him and everyone will try and get better here."

9:12PM: Magnus Hellberg started the third period for the Rangers in relief of Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist allowed 7 goals on 27 shots in two periods of work.

Larry Brooks tweeted, "Over last his 7 periods, Lundqvist has allowed 16 goals on 76 shots in 138:18."

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(Gene J. Puskar)

With the Islanders firing of Jack Capuano today, Alain Vigneault became the longest tenured coach in the Metropolitan Division.

Capuano was named interim head coach of the Islanders on 11/15/10 and became the full-time coach on 4/12/11.

Vigneault was hired by the Rangers on June 21, 2013 and as coach of the Rangers has a record of 172-95-23 in the regular season and 25-24 in the playoffs.

The rest of the Metro coaches:

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers 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 head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers morning skate today and said (NYR)

  • On the roster, "there is always the question of the money. Whomever we would call up is playing in Hartford and if we need them it's not a big deal. Quick call and car service and they are here. Not that big of a deal."
  • On Mika's return, "That is a serious injury, Mika is a good skater and that was a broken leg. All I can say is that I have been watching him real close for the past 3 weeks. We had him do the on ice testing that we do prior to the season, we had him do it last week and his results as far as skating wise were better than they were in training camp. He has utilized the time here real well, you need to give him a lot of credit and are conditioning staff a lot of credit. At the end of the day all that work in the gym and skating on your own, he has had 1 practice on D, 1 at forward. I'm not quite sure. I know I mentioned yesterday that we will have to be patient with him, with Pavel, even with Nasher to some extent. Those were longer injuries than normal and you need to help the player and work with him. Right away we are putting him back on the PP, we will put Pavel there also. We will try and expose them and get them the quality minute and hopefully he can find the rhythm he had prior to his injury. He was on the upswing, he started off well, had a little dip and was then on the upswing at both ends of the rink. Puck battles, defensively, skating well, finding his linemates and I am hoping to see that real quick."
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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

1:22PM: On Tuesday, Vigneault said of Zibanejad (NYR):

  • He re-did the skating tests they do in training camp and had better results than in training camp.
  • He has used his time rehabbing really well and deserves credit along with the Rangers conditioning staff

12:45PM: Alain Vigneault said on Monday that Mika Zibanejad will return to the Rangers lineup tonight against Dallas but that there will need to be patience with his game.

He said that Zibanejad will need to get his hands, lets and conditioning levels back up and hopes that he will pick up where he left off when he was injured.

Vigneault said that Zibanejad started the season hot, then saw his game dip and then he raised it again prior to his injury.

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Henrik Lundqvist, who will start in net tonight, went on the ice at the morning skate this morning to get in some extra work. (Cyrgalis)

Mika Zibanejad is on the ice in advance of his return to the lineup tonight. (NYR)

Magnus Hellberg came onto the ice with Chris Kreider, Matt Puempel, Brandon Pirri and Oscar Lindberg. (Zipay)

Puempel is expected to join the Rangers in practice tomorrow.

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Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 17, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Alain Vigneault said that he has had to deviate from his ideal plan of games for Henrik Lundqvist to give him a few more games with the hope that he will find his consistency.

Vigneault added, "Hank has played some real great hockey for this year in some games and some other games he hasn't been as consistent. That is the issue right now and the body of work he has had through his career tells us that he will find the answer and become the goalie that we know."

Vigneault compared it to how Lundqvist played in 2013-14, Vigneault's first season as coach, when Lundqvist "dialed in" during some games and in others he was "looking for a bit more."

On January 17, 2014 Lundqvist was 16-17-3, had allowed 90 goals on 1,044 shots and had a save percentage of .914 in 2089:13.

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Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

1/17/17 | 3:21PM: Alain Vigneault said that Staal had a scheduled day off but will skate on his own tomorrow. (NYR)

Vigneault said that Staal is continuing with the concussion protocol. (NYR)

1/16/17 | 4:22PM: Vigneault said today, "both Staal and Puempel skated this morning at 11. He skated the last 3 days. This would have been his fourth day. He is coming along and going through the protocol and so far it's been good. Same thing with Puemps. Unless something changes between now and Wednesday, I think Puemps will be skating with the team on Wednesday." (NYR)

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers 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 head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following practice today and said (NYR):

  • On Raanta, "he is 7-10 days. He has had treatments and I would say that 7-10, possible he is available to the All-Star break but I would say that it's doubtful because of the position."
  • On Hank, "Simple answer would be yes....he has had the same number of games that he has had in the past, compared to my first year in the first 41 games he played 31 and this year he has played 30. It's the same number and more than I wanted to give him to tell you the truth, it's why my ideal plan through my goalie coach research about the number of games, we haven't been able to follow that to the letter because we have been trying to give him a couple of more games to get that consistency. Hank has played some real great hockey for this year in some games and some other games he hasn't been as consistent. That is the issue right now and the body of work he has had through his career tells us that he will find the answer and become the goalie that we know. This is a lot like my first year, where we are getting him to be real dialed in and playing real well and giving us the best chance to win and in another game he is looking for it a bit more. If history is anything then he will find his groove and be the great goaltender that he is."
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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

1/16/17 | 2:30PM: Zibanejad said that everyone was on the asme page about playing tomorrow and that it's been a "long time coming" towards his return. (NYR)

He said that it's hard to mimic a game in practice and that it will be good for him to get game action. (NYR)

1:38PM: Alain Vigneault announced today that Mika Zibanejad would return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow after being out since 11/20 with a broken leg.

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Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

1/16/17 | 4:24PM: Alain Vigneault said today, "he is 7-10 days. He has had treatments and I would say that 7-10, possible he is available to the All-Star break but I would say that it's doubtful because of the position." (NYR)

1:18PM: The Rangers have announced that Raanta will miss 7-10 days with a lower body injury.

1/14/17 | 8:17PM: Antti Raanta is out for the rest of the game after suffering a lower body injury in the first period.

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12:16PM: The Rangers PP units at practice are (Cyrgalis):

  • Clendening, Zibanejad, Buchnevich, Miller and Nash
  • McDonagh, Pirri, Stepan, Zuccarello, Kreider

12:05PM: Mika Zibanejad is centering Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich at Rangers practice today. (Cyrgalis)

Oscar Lindberg is the spare forward at practice. (Cyrgalis)

The Rangers other lines today are (NYR):

  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller
  • Jimmy Vesey, Brandon Pirri, Jesper Fast
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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) carries the puck during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) carries the puck during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

1/16/17 | The Rangers have sent Hrivik down to Hartford. (NYR)

Hrivik has cleared waivers. (McKenzie)

1/15/17 | The Rangers have placed Marek Hrivik on waivers. (Lavoie)

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(Adam Hunger)

Mats Zuccarello has 12 points in the past 11 games and has 17 points in his last 19 games.

All 12 of Zuccarello's points in the past 11 games are assists and 16 of his 17 points during this stretch are assists.

Zuccarello has not scored a goal on a goalie outside of the shootout in the past 27 games, dating back to 11/15 against Vancouver.

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(Bill Streicher)

10:29AM: The Rangers have announced the call up and had the following as part of their press release:

  • Hellberg, 25, has appeared in 25 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-4 record, along with a 2.91 GAA and a .905 SV%. Hellberg has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his last five appearances, including one goal in two of those contests (3-2-0 record, 1.80 GAA, .942 SV% over the span).
  • The 6-6, 209-pounder has appeared in 176 career AHL games over five seasons (2012-13 - 2016-17), posting an 82-65-13 record, along with a 2.45 GAA, a .915 SV%, and 13 SO. In his first season with the Wolf Pack in 2015-16, Hellberg posted a 30-20-3 record, along with a 2.40 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 3 SO in 53 appearances. He established AHL career-highs in appearances and wins last season, and he became the first Wolf Pack goaltender to register 30 wins in one season since 2004-05 (Jason LaBarbera).

10:09AM: Magnus Hellberg has been called up by the Rangers according to the AHL transaction wire.

He is 10-9-4 this season in Hartford with a GAA of 2.91 and save percentage of .905.

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) looks for the rebound during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) looks for the rebound during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 9 goals on 49 shots in just over 98 minutes of the past two games.

Lundqvist said after Saturday's loss that he is trying hard to be positive about his game and that pucks in the past two games have not bounced the right way.

He added that he isn't very good at coming into a game in relief and that it's something he has to work on and get better at.

Dave Maloney said that Lundqvist is disappointed in his game and has reasons to be so after his performance on Friday and Saturday.

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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a first period goal against the New York Islanders during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After it was originally announced that Pavel Buchnevich would not play on Saturday in a back to back , he played 17:39 and had an assist.

Buchnevich had 2 shots on goal and played 5:39 in the first period, 5:23 in the second period and 6:37 in the third period, with 3:08 coming on the PP.

When Buchnevich was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 9 shot attempts for, 18 against, 6 shots on goal for, 10 against and 1 goal for and 1 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

At 5 on 5, he played 13:18 with Kevin Hayes on Saturday and 13:06 with Rick Nash. (Natural Stat Trick)

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Nov 18, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw (65) reacts to a third period penalty call against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports  (James Guillory)
Nov 18, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw (65) reacts to a third period penalty call against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

In the first period last night Andrew Shaw was ejected and given a five minute major for a hit he put on Jesper Fast.

Shaw said on Sunday that he disagreed with being thrown out of the game but that he hasn't received a call from the league about the hit. (Stein)

He said that his hit was "maybe a half a second late" but that he made sure it was shoulder to shoulder. (Stein

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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) reacts after scoring a goal during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) reacts after scoring a goal during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

In two games since returning to the Rangers lineup, Rick Nash has one goal on five shots.

Nash is averaging 16:47 per game and played 15:39 against the Leafs and 17:54 against Montreal.

Against the Leafs:

  • Nash had 2 shots on goal, 2 shots that missed the net, 2 hits, 2 giveaways and 1 takeaway while playing 4:49 in the first, 5:48 in the second, 5:02 in the third, 4:14 on the PP and 2:03 on the PK.
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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) reacts with teammate Phillip Danault (24) after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron (41) reacts with teammate Phillip Danault (24) after scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

With the Rangers up 3-2 last night in the third period, the Montreal Canadians scored thrice in 62 seconds to take a 5-3 lead and eventually win 5-4.

Alain Vigneault said that the puck seemed to have "eyes" in that stretch and that the Rangers made some mistakes that ended up in their net.

Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers were playing well in the first part of the third period and that for just over one minute the Rangers lost their focus and structure. (MSG)

JT Miller called it a "one minute lapse" that they can't let happen. (MSG)

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Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers loss in Montreal and said (MSG):

  • What happened to Raanta, "Antti suffered a lower body injury in the first period and wasn't able to come back."
  • On the 62 seconds, "we made a bad pass on the icing and then the puck seemed to have eyes and find the back of the net. We came to play and unfortunately in that short span we made a couple of mistakes that ended up in the back of our net but we battled hard and came out and scored four goals on Price which we hadn't done in a while. Unfortunately the game got away from us and we tried to battle back at the end and weren't able to get it done."
  • On the Shaw hit, "it was a late hit and the refs called it and that's it."
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Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports  (Eric Bolte)
Jan 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on during the warmup period before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media on MSG after the Rangers loss and said:

  • On those 62 seconds, "you can't. It's just things going wrong extremely fast. It happened yesterday too after a goal we gave up a couple of chances right away. It's disappointing and personally coming in like this and not being able to come up with the saves. It's definitely not an easy game to play when it opens up like that in the second. The third was kind of quiet but the bounces were tough to defend."
  • On his confidence, "I'm just trying hard to be positive right now. The last two games have not been bouncing the right way. You feel tired when you sit here and you are looking for a good feeling but we take a day off tomorrow and then get ready for the next game."
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Montreal's Alexander Radulov plays the puck as Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) defends during the first period. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)
Montreal's Alexander Radulov plays the puck as Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) defends during the first period. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 12:24 NYR Brandon Pirri (Power Play) Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan

Second Period 

  • 3:08 MON Alex Galchenyuk Assists: Mark Barberio, Max Pacioretty
  • 6:20 NYR Rick Nash Assists: Kevin Hayes, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 7:58 MON Brian Flynn Assists: Phillip Danault, Jeff Petry
  • 11:07 NYR J.T. Miller (Short Handed) Assists: Kevin Hayes

Third Period

  • 10:53 MON Alexei Emelin Assists: Phillip Danault
  • 11:29 MON Max Pacioretty
  • 11:55 MON Brian Flynn
  • 14:53 NYR Derek Stepan Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden
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6PM: Alain Vigneault said before the game (NYR):

  • On Marc Staal, (To Rangers PR) "any updates on Marc? No. I haven't asked."
  • On rebounding after a loss, "I have a lot of faith in our group about responding from a game where we could have played better. There were parts of our game that I liked and other parts that could have been better. Tonight we are focused on Montreal. We have a plan and we will try and execute it. We know they are a real good team and will be focused and ready."
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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In his return after missing 27 games, Pavel Buchnevich had an assist, 1 shot on goal, 2 shots that missed the net and 1 takeaway in 10:43.

Buchnevich played 2:06 in the first, 3:51 in the second and 4:46 in the third including a primary assist on his final shift.

He played 6:39 at even strength and 4:04 on the PP.

Alain Vigneault said after the game on Buchnevich, "first game in a while back in the NHL. He had a couple of more shifts in the third and get a couple of looks." (MSG)

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist is 6-3 in his last 10 starts with a save percentage of .903 and 27 goals allowed.

He has allowed at least 4 goals in 4 of his last six starts with his other two starts being games where he has only allowed two goals against.

Larry Brooks writes that the idea of limiting starts for Henrik Lundqvist to keep him fresh throughout the year and playoffs is "sound" but not working. (NY Post)

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( Adam Hunger)

The Rangers were 0-6 last night in 10:55 of PP time while the Leafs were 2 for 4 on the PP in 4:56.

The Rangers only had 5 shots on goal in their PP time.

Henrik Lundqvist said that being minus two on special teams was "the difference tonight" and that the PK starts with him and that the guys on the PP "know what they have to do." (MSG)

Ryan McDonagh said that the Leafs seemed to outwork the Rangers when the Rangers were on the PP and and that they struggled to sustain pressure. (Rangers Game Notes)

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Jan 4, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers 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 head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers defeated the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers loss to Toronto on Friday and said (MSG):

  • On special teams, "it played a part in the outcome of this game. Our PP which had been a real strong weapon for us in the last little while had quite a few opportunities but didn't get any good looks other than off a faceoff where we hit the post. Their PK pressure was hard as far as us getting quality looks and there is no doubt that our PK gave them some real good opportunities and they made us pay for them."
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The NY Daily News and Newsday had their front and back covers honor Steven McDonald.


Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jan 3, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Henrik Lundqvist spoke on MSG after the Rangers loss to Toronto and said:

  • On early first period goals against, "I don't know, I don't have the answer. If we did have it it would be easy to correct but sometimes you get into a situation like this where it happens a few games and we put ourselves in a tough spot in the end. The big kill of this game was the third goal. We turned it around a bit, score our first goal and have the momentum and then a bad bounce and that was a tough one. The energy went down after that and it was hard for us to create the big chances."
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Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi speak to media following the Rangers' 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

First Period

  • 4:49 TOR William Nylander; Assists: Nazem Kadri, Matt Hunwick
  • 17:28 TOR James van Riemsdyk (Power Play); Assists: Mitchell Marner, Tyler Bozak

Second Period 

  • 9:05 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello
  • 14:27 TOR Connor Brown; Assists: Auston Matthews, Jake Gardiner

Third Period

  • 13:20 TOR Connor Carrick; Assists: Tyler Bozak, Mitchell Marner
  • 18:35 NYR J.T. Miller; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Adam Clendening
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