Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

With two goals on Thursday night, JT Miller set a career high for points in a season with 44 in just 54 games.

Miller's previous career high, 43, was set last season in 82 games.

Miller is averaging .81 points per game after averaging .40 points per game in 2014-15 (58 games) and .52 last season.

Alain Vigneault said earlier in the week that Miller is making a difference on the ice and that is what you want from your players.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti talked on Thursday about Miller being one of the Rangers top players, if not their top player, recently.

Miller is on a five game point streak and has had a multi-point game in each of the last 4 games.

He has points in 15 of the past 17 games, 22 points overall, and leads the Rangers in games with a point this season at 32.

Adam Rotter: Miller is normally the player thrown around in potential trade ideas for a defenseman but I think he has pretty much reached untouchable status. You can look back at where his game was and see the upward trend in his game and growth as a player. He started to realize his potential and become more consistent last season and he has gone up a few levels this season to be the Rangers best player and MVP and multiple times during the season. He's becoming a well rounded player who is responsible at both ends of the ice, is a solid PKer and playmaker. He's playing like a future All-Star, a potential Olympian and someone who the Rangers should look into signing to an extension come July 1.

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Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) makes a pass during the second period of the game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) makes a pass during the second period of the game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists and the shootout winner on Tuesday in the Rangers win over Colorado.

The assists were Shattenkirk's first points of the season and, after being scratched last Thursday, said that he was more aggressive and felt like he was playing his game again. (NYR Game Notes)

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers bounced back from their loss against the Oilers to edge the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists and scored the deciding goal in the shootout while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots on goal in the 3-2 Rangers victory.  >> Box score

First period:

  • 12:07 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

 

 The Rangers are off to their second straight 1-4 start after taking a 2-1 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal for the Rangers, who matched a season-low 24 shots on goal. The Rangers held their own against Connor McDavid's line, but gave up the game-winner to McDavid during a power play 6:23 into the third.

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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) scores the winning goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) in overtime at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers won 3-2 .Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) scores the winning goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) in overtime at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers won 3-2 .Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In the past three games the Rangers have had 24, 27 and 24 shots on goal while allowing 40, 43 and 27 against. (HR)

In their five games this season, the Rangers have only scored three or more goals twice and have scored just one goal in a game twice as well.

David Quinn said last week that the Rangers need to have "more tenacity in the offensive zone."

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Mar 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) is congratulated after scoring his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) is congratulated after scoring his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Through five games, Filip Chytil has two assists, a minus one rating, 6 shots on goal and an average of 12:17.

In the last three games, Chytil has played 10:03, 11:06 and 10:19.

Chytil said last week that he needs to play to his strengths and shoot the puck more. (NY Post)

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At Rangers practice on Monday, Matt Beleskey, who has been out with an injured shoulder since the preseason, is on the ice in a non-contact jersey. (Cyrgalis)

The lines being used at practice are (Cyrgalis):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
  • Jimmy Vesey, Brett Howden, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • Filip Chytil, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • Cody McLeod/Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Spooner, Vinni Lettieri
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Neal Pionk was a healthy scratch for the second straight game on Saturday but David Quinn said after the game that he is someone who is going to play "a lot of hockey." (NYR)

In the first three games of the season, Pionk is a minus three, has 2 shots on goal 6 shot attempts and an average of 19:15 per game.

In just 42 minutes of 5 on 5 play this season, when Pionk is on the ice the Rangers have 38% of the shot attempts. (Natural Stat Trick)

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10/15/18 | Keith McCambridge said of Andersson (NYR Prospect Report), "Lias has been coming to the rink with the mindset of continuing to get better every day and he has been playing well as of late. He has done a better job of consistently keeping his feet moving and supporting pucks and, as a result, he's been able to capitalize on his scoring chances. He has been putting in the work, spending time with me reviewing his shifts back, and he has also been doing extra off-ice workouts in the gym."

10/14/18 | Lias Andersson had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick on Saturday, his 20th birthday, in the Wolf Pack win over Providence.

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Oct 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira (16) and New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) come together at the boards during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira (16) and New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) come together at the boards during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers were unable to build off their recent 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks from earlier in the week, this time falling to a winless Oilers team at home, 2-1, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Connor McDavid netted the game-winner for the Oilers on a power-play at 6:23 in the third period.  >> Box score

First period:

  • 12:49 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Marc Staal, Brendan Smith
  • 14:17 EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Darnell Nurse, Connor McDavid

Second period:

  • No goals

Third period:

  • 6:23 EDM Connor McDavid (Power Play); Assists: Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It took four games for the New York Rangers' David Quinn to get his first win as an NHL coach, and when it finally happened, his team presented him with the puck to mark the achievement.

There may not be any celebratory pucks for getting the second win, but Quinn and the Rangers hope they do not have a long wait for the next victory.

The Rangers get a chance to follow up their first win of the season Saturday afternoon when they host the Edmonton Oilers. >> Read more

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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith scored the tying goal last night for the Rangers and, so far, in his return to the NHL this season is averaging 17:18 per game.

Smith is averaging 15:53 per game at even strength, 1:13 on the PK, 13 seconds on the PP and David Quinn said on Friday that the Rangers are not asking Smith to do anything he hasn't done already in his career. (NYR)

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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Through the first four games on his NHL career, Brett Howden has 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots on goal and 14:09 per game.

Howden is at 59.6% on faceoffs this season and has seen his ice time increase in all four games, from 10:36 to 12:31 to 15:53 to 17:34 on Thursday against the Sharks.

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12:33PM: At Rangers practice on Friday, Kevin Shattenkirk is paired with Brady Skjei, Neal Pionk is paired with Marc Staal and Tony DeAngelo and Adam McQuaid are skating as extras. (Cyrgalis)

The forward lines being used are (Cyrgalis):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
  • Pavel Buchnevich, Brett Howden, Mats Zuccarello
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Filip Chytil, Vinni Lettieri

Cody McLeod is skating as an extra. (Cyrgalis)

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The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
The New York Rangers new head coach David Quinn speaks during a news conference in New York, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

David Quinn picked up his first career NHL coaching victory last night when Brady Skjei scored the OT winning goal against the Sharks.

Quinn said after the game that the players presented him with the puck for his first game, something that he called "pretty special" before saying he wishes he could divide the puck into "about 45 pieces" to share with the team. (NYR Game Notes)

Henrik Lundqvist presented Quinn the puck after the game, in front of a group that included James Dolan, and said that while Quinn has won games before in college or during his time as an assistant in the NHL, the first NHL win as a head coach is "special" and "a big deal." (NY Post)

On Quinn, Lundqvist added, "I like everything about his style. I like the way he communicates and interacts with the team, I like the way the whole staff goes about its business to get us prepared. I'm really happy for him." (NY Post)

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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A shot by New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) (not pictured) gets by San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) to win the game in overtime at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers won 3-2 .Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A shot by New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) (not pictured) gets by San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) to win the game in overtime at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers won 3-2 .Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers picked up their first win of the season after Brady Skjei scored in overtime against the Sharks, 3-2. Brendan Smith tied the game late in the third period with his first tally of the year.  >> Box score

First period:

  • 4:31 SJS Marcus Sorensen (Shorthanded); Assists: Timo Meier, Brent Burns
  • 13:52 NYR Brett Howden

Second period:

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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn behind the bench during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn behind the bench during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

For the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers, eight meant different things in their previous games.

The Sharks totaled eight goals in their first regulation win of the young season while the Rangers allowed eight in falling to 0-3-0.

On Thursday, the teams will get together at Madison Square Garden where the Sharks will hope to keep the goals flowing while the Rangers will hope to avoid another ugly loss. >> Read more

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal over the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) (Joe Skipper/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his game-winning overtime goal over the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. The Rangers won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) (Joe Skipper/AP)

6:11PM: David Quinn said of Shattenkirk's reaction to not playing tonight, "he's taking it well. I know that everyone wants to make a big deal out of this and it's always a big deal when you don't play a game but I think that under these circumstances, where a guy is coming off major knee surgery, missed the second half of the whole year, finding his way mentally. He's fine physically, but he doesn't have a lot of confidence from a skating perspective. He isn't fine with it, no one is fine with not playing but if you were hearing our conversations, this is not an 'are you kidding me type of conversation. We've talked through this and he is going right back in on Saturday. This is part of where he needs to get back to." (NYR)

1:12PM: David Quinn confirmed on Thursday morning that Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk will not play tonight's game against San Jose.

He added though that Shattenkirk would return against the Oilers on Saturday.

Quinn said that he did not consider Shattenkirk's absence to be a "healthy scratch" but as another step in his return from major knee surgery.

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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn behind the bench during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn behind the bench during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

David Quinn spoke on Wednesday about accountability and roster management, saying "you don't bench guys for every mistake but, to me, the piece that is non-negotiable is effort." (NYR)

Quinn noted that when a decision to bench a guy, or take someone out of the lineup, is made then multiple things are taken into consideration, including how much of a "bank account" they have built up but that "If mistakes are made because of lack of all out effort, then I don't care what your bank account is." (NYR)

He said that situations like that lead to conversations of "clarity and explanation" with the player and that "holding guys accountable is his number one responsibility as a coach." (NYR)

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At Rangers practice on Wednesday, the defense pairs being used are :(Stephenson)

  • Brady Skjei and Adam McQuaid
  • Marc Staal and Tony DeAngelo
  • Freddy Claesson and Brendan Smith

Kevin Shattenkirk, who is likely to be scratched tomorrow, is skating with Neal Pionk.

David Quinn said yesterday that he wanted to get Freddy Claesson into the lineup.

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

8/20/18 |Following their time together at Boston University, David Quinn coached Kevin Shattenkirk for 10 games with Lake Erie during the 2010-11 season.

Shattenkirk did not produce a point in those games and was scratched after playing three games.

He sat out a 10/17/10 shootout loss to San Antonio before returning to play against Oklahoma City on 10/19/10.

Quinn said that Shattenkirk, at the time, wasn't doing what was needed or playing at the right pace. He said that he handed Shattenkirk a DVD of the previous game and told him to figure out why he wasn't playing against San Antonio. (NY Post)

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5:59PM: Shattenkirk said of his game this season (NYR):

  • "Not great. I think I need to get the urgency back in my game a little bit. It's a little too slow for me. With the puck, being harder to play against in the D zone, in my 1-on-1s and making decisions quicker and playing with urgency and getting things done because you have to get them done and that is what I have been lacking and it's what the coaches want to see more from me."
  • "You have to learn from it. I'm not a guy who would take it the wrong way and mope about it. It's the NHL, if you aren't playing well there are guys who are. Tony DeAngelo played a phenomenal game the other night. He earned a spot on the roster, I think all of the D have earned a spot on the roster and I'm probably the guy who needs to fight a little harder to get my spot back. That is on me for sure. It's a process bu this is probably a good little kick to get me going and get me out of this, I don't want to say slump, but playing the game that I know that I have."

David Quinn said on Tuesday of Shattenkirk (NYR),"He's coming off major knee surgery and I think he is fighting it mentally and is unsure of himself. He's a big part of what we got going on moving forward. We talked at length today and I thought he had a good practice and I think it's more mental than anything. We've talked about playing with more urgency, I think he is still a little hesitant because of what happened last year and he has to get his confidence back and he will get every chance. This is a process, it's not a punishment. Sometimes it takes a bit longer to get back to where you want to be than you would like. He's going to be that guy when he gets back to being Kevin Shattenkirk and a great mindset and being physically 100%. I have zero doubt about that and so does he."

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Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

David Quinn said that he went with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen against Carolina because he wanted to get Tony DeAngelo into the lineup but keep the same six defensemen. (NYR)

DeAngelo played 17:34 in his season debut, had two primary assists, 2 shots on goal, 2 hits, 3 giveaways, 1 takeaway, 1 blocked shot and penalties for roughing and interference.

He played 4:55 in the first period, 5:24 in the second period and 7:15 in the third period with 15:21 at even strength and 2:13 on the PK.

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Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Lucas Wallmark (71) scores a third period goal past New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Lucas Wallmark (71) scores a third period goal past New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

On Sunday the Rangers had leads of 2-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, and 5-4 before falling 8-5 to the Hurricanes.

David Quinn called it a "tough night" and said that the Rangers lacked the attention to detail that they had in the first two games. (NYR)

Quinn said that defensively it looked like the Rangers had "never gone over D-zone" coverage, didn't play situational hockey and felt a sense of deflation when Carolina tied it at 5. (NYR)

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Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey battle during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey battle during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed four unanswered goals in the third period as they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 8-5 on Sunday at PNC Arena. >> Box score

Third period:

  • 4:26 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Jesper Fast
  • 5:01 CAR Lucas Wallmark; Assists: Jordan Martinook, Andrei Svechnikov
  • 10:44 CAR Andrei Svechnikov; Assists: Justin Faulk, Calvin de Haan
  • 11:31 CAR Warren Foegele; Assist: Justin Williams
  • 19:29 CAR Teuvo Teravainen (ENG); Assist: Sebastian Aho
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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

3:30PM: Vlad Namestnikov and Tony DeAgenlo are in the lineup for today's game in Carolina. (NYR)

Cody McLeod and Vinni Lettieri are healthy scratches and Alex Georgiev is in net. (NYR)


RALEIGH, N.C. -- If there has been a good thing about the ebbs and flows through the first two games of the season for the Carolina Hurricanes, it's that they've been able to work through the down stretches.

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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends as New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) moves the puck during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (26) defends as New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) moves the puck during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

Early in the second period on Saturday night, Patrik Berglund hit Filip Chytil on a play that David Quinn said he had a "big problem" with. (NY Post)

No call was made on the play and Chytil missed 11 minutes of the game while sitting on the bench with Jim Ramsay and then going through concussion protocol. (NY Post)

Quinn noted that Chytil didn't have the puck and that, in Quinn's view, it was a hit to the head. (NY Post)

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Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) defends against Buffalo Sabres center Patrik Berglund (10) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 6, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) defends against Buffalo Sabres center Patrik Berglund (10) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

Conor Sheary scored two goals and the Sabres held on to beat the Rangers on Saturday night, 3-1. >> Box score

First period

  • 13:15 BUF Conor Sheary (Power Play); Assists: Rasmus Ristolainen, Casey Mittelstadt
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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres are rebuilding teams.

So, it is no surprise that both will be looking for their first win of the season when they meet Saturday in Buffalo after losing their respective season openers at home on Thursday.

The Rangers lost 3-2 to the Nashville Predators, while the Sabres were defeated 4-0 by the Boston Bruins, who were hurting from their 7-0 loss to the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in their season opener on Wednesday.

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Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers left wing Cody McLeod (8) and St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Cody McLeod will play for the Rangers tonight in place of Vlad Namestnikov. (Stephenson)

The rest of the lines are the same as they were on Thursday:

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • Ryan Spooner, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast

During the preseason, McLeod said that his job is to "stick up for teammates" and Quinn said, "he's a straight-line player and has an edge to his game. (NY Post & NYR Game Notes)

McLeod played under Quinn when he was an assistant with Colorado in 2012-13.

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Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 31, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Jimmy Vesey said that he believes he can be a 20-25 goal scorer in the NHL and that he could get there this season. (Newsday)

Vesey said that he wants to be a "factor every night" and that David Quinn told him that he is counting on him to "have a good year and be better than last year." (Newsday)

Quinn said on Friday 9/28 Vesey got better as camp went along, had his best game against the Flyers and added "with Jimmy it's more the mental piece of it and feeling that he can be a real good player at this level."

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

With the Rangers and Predators tied at 1 in the third period, Adam McQuaid was in front of the Rangers net when Nashville's Kevin Fiala's stick caught him up high.

McQuaid's glove flew off and he went to the ice but, even after the refs huddled, no call was made.

In describing the play, McQuaid said that he took a stick to the mouth but that the situation "is what it is." (Newsday)

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Jesper Fast and Pavel Buchnevich scored in the season opener but the Rangers failed to get a lead on the Nashville Predators in a 3-2 loss at Madison Square Garden. << Box score 

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Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

NEW YORK -- The Nashville Predators are widely considered one of the teams likeliest to contend for the Stanley Cup this season. The New York Rangers are ... not.

But the Rangers will get an early opportunity to prove the prognosticators wrong Thursday night when they host the Predators in the season opener for both teams at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers embarked upon a rebuilding project late last season, finishing 34-39-9 and in last place in the Metropolitan Division. New York shipped off several veterans at the trade deadline, including Rick Nash and captain Ryan McDonagh.

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 (Seth Wenig)
(Seth Wenig)

In early September, Dom Luszczyszyn projected the Rangers to finish this season around 82 points but possibly surprise in either direction. (The Athletic)

He notes though that while the Rangers may not be good enough to be in the playoff race this season, they may not be "bad enough" to battle with Vancouver, Ottawa and Detroit for the top overall pick. (The Athletic)

Overall he has the Rangers ranked fourth from the bottom, behind Detroit, Ottawa and Vancouver.

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Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 30 shots in the loss. (Sergei Belski)
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 30 shots in the loss. (Sergei Belski)

Henrik Lundqvist was on The Michael Kay show on Wednesday and said the following (ESPN):

  • On the season, "super excited to be back and playing tomorrow. We had a great camp. It's exciting, a lot of people around us are unsure of where we stand, for us as a group, it's a great challenge to see how far we can push this. Right now our main focus is to have a great start and really try to get into the playoffs. If you get in there, you never know. I think that is a good mindset to have."
  • On sticking with the rebuild, "I made a commitment to this organization way back and it's a dream of mine and goal of mine to finish my career here. I love the way the organization treats me, getting the opportunity to play in NY is a great challenge to have. A rebuild, a lot of people think of it as 3-4 years but I think, today, you see in hockey that it's all about getting the right pieces and you can do it pretty fast if you do a good job. This year we have added some great pieces, I think it's a year where we can build for the next couple of years but I hope we can be a team that surprises a lot of people. When that came up in February it was not a very long discussion, I want to be in NY, I want to play here, try to be here when we turn things around and try to go for it again. That would be the ultimate dream and goal for me."
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Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammate right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Greg Pateryn (6) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammate right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Greg Pateryn (6) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

The Rangers' 'A' list has grown extra long for the 2018-19 NHL season.

The Blueshirts announced Wednesday that Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello and Marc Staal will serve as alternate captains for the upcoming campaign.

The new leadership quintet figures to be a collective substitute for the primary captain role. The Rangers' 'C' remains ownerless since last season's trade of ex-captain Ryan McDonagh to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tags: Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Pavel Buchnevich is slated to start the season on the Rangers top line with his regular linemates Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad.

Buchnevich said that, like any player, he wants to take a step towards getting more minutes and playing an important role on the team. (NHL.com/RU)

Mika Zibanejad said that Buchnevich worked hard this summer, came to camp with a "good attitude" and has looked "a lot more upbeat." (The Athletic)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

10:16AM: At Rangers practice on Tuesday morning, the lines being used are (Cyrgalis):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello
  • Ryan Spooner, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Brett Howden, Vinni Lettieri

Cody McLeod is skating as an extra in line rushes.

On defense, the pairs being used are Brady Skjei and Adam McQuaid, Brendan Smith and Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal and Neal Pionk. (Cyrgalis)

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) takes the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

10/2/18 | 5:38PM: Quinn said on Tuesday of Lundqvist that he is in "world class shape who is incredibly competitive and a team guy, who wants to be here and be part of the next successful Stanley Cup run. I know people talk about his age, I've said this before, I think it's a position that you can play longer at than the other two and as long as he keeps himself in the shape he is in, he will never lose his competitiveness, I think he has a lot of great hockey ahead of him." (NYR)

9:55AM: Lundqvist said that he plans to return to playing deep in his crease, saying "It's what I trust. It's my game. It's who I always was as a goalie." (NY Post)

He said that he has worked hard to get back to "basics" and his "foundation" and that there have been times in the past when he was too aggressive, tried to "do too much" and at times "kind of lost my game plan." (NY Post)

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

10/1/18 | Andersson was named the winner of the Lars-Erik Sjoberg award as the top rookie in Rangers training camp.

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton was asked about Andersson earlier on Monday and said:

  • On Andersson , "when you go seventh overall there are expectations that are higher than when you go 21st, we have kept, for now, Brett Howden. For us, you draft them and then wherever you take them you move on and try to develop them and see when it's time for them to come to the NHL, which isn't easy. Lias is a 19-year old player, he turns 20 soon. We looked at it like this, if we can't find him 10 minutes on our team then he is better in Hartford. We could have easily put him on our team and say that he is the 7th pick overall but in the long-term what is best for him is to play 20 minutes."
  • What does Andersson need to add, "He is a strong kid, wide body, plays a 200 ft agitating game with skill and just trying to develop that and not put him on a fourth line and hold him there and maybe stunt his growth. There is more upside if we just keep him playing, PP, PK, play 20 minutes in Hartford and we can take a look at him in a month or so and see where he is at."
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Jeff Gorton was on SiriusXMNHL Radio this morning and said :

  • On getting the season going, "we had our six games and we start with 55 guys and now we are down to our team and we are all pretty excited about the season getting started on Thursday."
  • On David Quinn, "he's a lifetime hockey guy and played the game a long time ago and he has been coaching for a long time and as time has gone on he has evolved as a real good communicator and teacher and I think he is the right person for us at the right time and so far, 2-3 weeks, everything has been good and positive and everyday we are getting better."
  • On Andersson and Chytil, "when you go seventh overall there are expectations that are higher than when you go 21st, we have kept, for now, Brett Howden. For us, you draft them and then wherever you take them you move on and try to develop them and see when it's time for them to come to the NHL, which isn't easy. Lias is a 19-year old player, he turns 20 soon. We looked at it like this, if we can't find him 10 minutes on our team then he is better in Hartford. We could have easily put him on our team and say that he is the 7th pick overall but in the long-term what is best for him is to play 20 minutes."
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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Brendan Smith will start this season with the Rangers, likely paired with Kevin Shattenkirk, after spending the last couple of months last season in Hartford.

Smith said that he is happy with his training camp and isn't dwelling on what happened last year. (NY Post)

Jeff Gorton said that he was looking for Smith, in training camp, to re-establish himself as an NHL defenseman and said that Smith "has had a good camp. He looks pretty good right now."

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 (SNY)
(SNY)

David Quinn met with the media following practice on Friday and said (NYR):

On Brett Howden, "I thought he had a really good camp, plays a 200ft game, great mind, plays fast, energetic and he earned a spot on the team. Right from the get go I thought he was our best forward in Traverse City and thought he built on that in training camp. Ever since I've been watching him he's been good."

On Howden's role, "We feel he has earned that and will be given that opportunity and what he does with it is up to him. He is a guy that we feel can help us now and has earned that chance."

On Lias Andersson, "Lias had a good camp. This sport is so different from basketball and football where you draft a kid high and you draft them for now, this is different. Lias had a good camp and could have made this team for sure. Having him play 20 minutes a night in Hartford is the best for right now is the best thing for him."

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Rangers GM Jeff Gorton met with the media on Friday and said (NYR):

On sending Lias down, "when we looked at Lias and what is best for him is to play and not be on the fourth line. We went through a number of different scenarios about keeping him and playing him on the fourth line, moving him to wing. The more we talked about it, as a 19-year old he needs to play and play on the PP, developing and we felt that it was the best situation for him to be in Hartford."

On Howden, "As the camp evolved and the coaches started handing out more ice time and different situations he handled killing penalties and doing different things better and we could see him playing more ice than we would be able to give Lias right now. That is what it came down to. When we talk about Filip, Lias, Howden or Hajek, they are 19-20 year olds and trying to make the best league in the world. It's unrealistic that we could keep them all and have 6 or 7 19-20 year old players at the same time. We want to do what is best for them in the long run. Things change quickly but that is what we decided for today."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

12:46PM: At Rangers practice on Friday, the lines being used are (Colin Stephenson):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Cody McLeod
  • Ryan Spooner, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Brett Howden, Vinni Lettieri

On defense, the pairs are Brady Skjei and Adam McQuaid, Marc Staal and Neal Pionk, Brendan Smith and Kevin Shattenkirk, Freddy Claesson and Tony DeAngelo.

Mats Zuccarello is not practicing due to a maintenance day. (Colin Stephenson)

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

9/30/18 | Crawley has been sent to Hartford.

9/28/18| The Rangers have announced that the following players have made the team to start the season:

  • Forwards (13): Pavel Buchnevich, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast, Kevin Hayes, Brett Howden, Chris Kreider, Vinni Lettieri, Cody McLeod, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Defensemen (8): Fredrik Claesson, Tony DeAngelo, Adam McQuaid, Neal Pionk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith, Marc Staal
  • Goaltenders (2): Alexandar Georgiev, Henrik Lundqvist
  • Injured (3): Matt Beleskey, Brandon Crawley, Boo Nieves

Lias Andersson, Steven Fogarty, Libor Hajek, Ryan Lindgren, Michael Lindqvist, Ville Meskanen, and Rob O'Gara have been sent to Hartford while Chris Bigras, Peter Holland, Marek Mazanec, Cole Schneider, and Dustin Tokarski "have been placed on waivers and will be assigned to the Wolf Pack should they not be claimed."

 

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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

1st Period

  • No Goals Scored

2nd Period

  • 0:34 Vinni Lettieri (Power Play) Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk Rangers 1-0
  • 1:08 Brett Howden Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Jesper Fast Rangers 2-0
  • 19:43 Vladislav Namestnikov (Power Play) Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Kevin Hayes Rangers 3-0

3rd Period

  • 10:01 Ivan Provorov Assists: James van Riemsdyk, Mikhail Vorobyov Rangers 3-1
  • 12:00 James van Riemsdyk Assists: Mikhail Vorobyov, Radko Gudas Rangers 3-2
  • 18:25 Kevin Hayes (ENG) Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Brendan Smith Rangers 4-2
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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers have announced that Tim Gettinger, Gabriel Fontaine, John Gilmour and Ryan Gropp have been sent to Hartford.

Bobby Butler and Drew Melanson have been released from their ATOs and have joined the Wolf Pack at their training camp.

The players remaining in camp include:

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 (Danny Wild)
(Danny Wild)

10:39AM: The Rangers have announced their projected lineup for tonight's preseason finale in Philadelphia:

Goalie: Dustin Tokarski, Alex Georgiev

Defense: Kevin Shattenkirk, Brendan Smith, Libor Hajek, Rob O'Gara, Adam McQuaid, Ryan Lindgren

Forward: Cody McLeod, Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast, Jimmy Vesey, Cole Schneider, Michael Lindqvist, Steven Fogarty, Brett Howden, Lias Andersson, Ville Meskanen, Vlad Namestnikov, Vinni Lettieri

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