GEICO SportsNite: Rangers' win 00:00:41
On GEICO SportsNite, Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist discuss the Rangers' 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.

Rick Nash snapped a 12-game goalless drought and added a second tally to help the Rangers end a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:06 PHI Jordan Weal; Assists: Radko Gudas, Wayne Simmonds
  • 6:30 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich
  • 16:50 NYR J.T. Miller (PP); Assists: Ryan McDonagh, David Desharnais
  • 19:50 NYR Paul Carey (SH); Assists: Peter Holland

Second period:

  • 10:49 NYR Michael Grabner
  • 17:48 NYR Nash; Assists: Marc Staal

Third period:

  • NONE

3 Stars:

  • 3: JT Miller
  • 2: Henrik Lundqvist
  • 1: Rick Nash

Adam Rotter:

  • This was certainly a welcome sight for very, very, very sore eyes from the two games this weekend. The Rangers were fast, won battles, executed well and actually scored some goals.
  • It did not seem as if things would go the Rangers way early on when the Flyers scored off a deflection going way wide, but Rick Nash came up huge with that breakaway goal to get the Rangers going.
  • This was Nash's best game in a while, not just because of the goals, but he was all over the ice and stepped up at a time when the Rangers really needed it. Nash had been playing well but not scoring for a while but his game had dipped a little before the break and in the first two games after, but he was great tonight and certainly came up big.
  • The biggest sequence of the game was in the first when Henrik Lundqvist made an excellent save on Claude Giroux short handed and then Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller connected for a PP goal. That put the Rangers up 2-1, Paul Carey scored shorthanded and a period that didn't start out the best way, ended in just about the best way possible.
  • Overall this was an encouraging performance by the Rangers. They worked hard, scored on their opportunities and, maybe most importantly, kept up the pace and kept things going after taking the 3-1 lead. This was as good of a 60 minute effort as the Rangers have had in a while and maybe all season.
  • Again, this was an encouraging game by the Rangers but they need to bring the same effort and level of play on Thursday against Buffalo. The Rangers need wins and points any way they can get them but they will put themselves in a better position and be happier about their game if they can string performances like this together.

What's next:

The Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Rick Nash

New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers won their sixth straight home game as they beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 2:17 DAL Tyler Seguin (power play); Assists: Esa Lindell, Jason Spezza
  • 9:38 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Marc Staal, Brett Howden
Tags: Dallas Stars, Jimmy Vesey
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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The New York Rangers are on a roll at home ice while the Dallas Stars are surging on the road.

One of those hot streaks will take a momentary hiatus Monday night when the Stars visit the Rangers.

The Rangers are on a five-game home winning streak since a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Oct. 21 and are 7-3-0 at Madison Square Garden. During their home winning streak, the Rangers are outscoring opponents by a 19-9 margin and it is the NHL's longest win streak of the season.

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Nov 17, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Strome (16) skates against the Florida Panthers in his first game with the Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 17, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Strome (16) skates against the Florida Panthers in his first game with the Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers scored three straight goals en route to a 4-2 win over the Panthers on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

NEW YORK -- In recent weeks, the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers were playing reasonably well. Then they encountered nightmares in defending Thursday and gave up seven goals on rinks separated by more than 500 miles.

While the Rangers were struggling to prevent the rival New York Islanders from scoring in Brooklyn, the Panthers were experiencing the same problems against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Both teams will be hoping to rebound from difficult games Saturday night when the Rangers host the Panthers.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers should not be counted out of the running to trade for Maple Leafs' William Nylander just yet. 

While the Blueshirts are not frontrunners, they reportedly do have interest in the 22-year-old restricted free agent and would have no issues parting ways with Brady Skjei, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post. 

Skjei, 24, is the only Ranger under contract through the 2021-22 season but he is off to a slow start this year and is following up on a disappointing 2017-18 campaign. 

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Oct 18, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Strome (18) skates against the Boston Bruins at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Oct 18, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Strome (18) skates against the Boston Bruins at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

The Rangers struck a deal with the Oilers on Friday, acquiring C Ryan Strome in exchange for C Ryan Spooner. 

Strome has spent parts of six seasons between the Islanders and Oilers over his NHL career. A former fifth overall pick by the Islanders back in 2013, he has totaled 162 points (59 goals, 103 assists) over 358 games. 

The 25-year-old made the transition to Edmonton last season, where he saw 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) over a full 82-game season. This year, he has only tallied one goal and one assist in 18 games. 

Spooner has played on and off with the Rangers over the past two seasons, seeing five goals and 13 assists over 36 games. He came over to the Blueshirts in a trade with Boston earlier this year. 

Tags: Ryan Spooner, Ryan Strome
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Anthony Beauvillier scored his first career hat trick as the Islanders topped the Rangers in a 7-5 barn burner at Barclays Center. >> Box score

First period:

  • 5:00 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad
  • 5:35 NYR Fredrik Claesson; Assists: Brett Howden
  • 9:35 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Thomas Hickey, Valtteri Filppula
  • 10:38 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle

Second period:

  • 2:24 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov
  • 3:21 NYR Kevin Hayes (shorthanded); Assists: None
  • 5:13 NYI Anthony Beauvillier (power play; hat trick); Assists: Johnny Boychuk, Mathew Barzal
  • 14:04 NYI Anders Lee (power play); Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey

Third period:

  • 9:56 NYI Leo Komarov; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Anthony Beauvillier
  • 13:13 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Neal Pionk, Alexander Georgiev
  • 17:31 NYR Filip Chytil; Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Kevin Shattenkirk
  • 19:39 NYI Cal Clutterbuck (empty net); Assists: Brock Nelson
Tags: Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier, Chris Kreider, Filip Chytil
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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Three months ago almost every NHL preview did not have the Rangers and Islanders as two teams that would be fighting for the lead in the Metropolitan Division, but as we approach their first matchup Thursday night, it appears that neither team read, watched or listened those predictions -- the Isles and Rangers are tied for second place with 20 points, trailing only the Columbus Blue Jackets by two points for the division lead. 

Both teams have taken very different paths to get to this point. 

Let's start with the Islanders, who appear to have moved on from losing former captain John Tavares. The stability that Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have brought to the organization cannot be quantified. While this team is not the most talented, it does not get outworked, plays a much better defensive structure and is keeping the puck out of its own net. Thomas Greiss and Robin Lehner have provided stability between the pipes and the duo of Josh Bailey and Anders Lee have proven that they are not a product of their former captain...

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Chris Kreider, Jimmy Vesey, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Mika Zibanejad, Neal Pionk, Thomas Greiss
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Rangers ready for Islanders 00:00:38
New York Rangers players are feeding off their confidence and swagger leading up to their rivalry game against the New York Islanders.

On Thursday night, another chapter of the "Battle of New York" will take place between the Rangers and Islanders at Barclays Center. And if the rivalry between these two teams wasn't enough, they are both tied with 20 points in the Metropolitan Division so far this season. 

Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, center Mika Zibanejad, and head coach David Quinn sounded off on the rivalry, and how it has given the team an extra jolt of passion leading up to the puck drop...

Tags: Kevin Shattenkirk, Mika Zibanejad
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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates with the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella (6) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates with the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella (6) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The New York Rangers showed their toughness in earning another shootout win Saturday night. A stunning shootout loss earlier Saturday means the Vancouver Canucks will have another opportunity to display their resiliency on six-game Eastern Conference road trip.

The Rangers will look to continue their recent surge, and the Canucks will hope to once again bounce back from a shootout defeat, when New York hosts Vancouver Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Vancouver Canucks
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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

The red-hot Rangers were delivered a pretty big blow on Monday. 

Forward Pavel Buchnevich was ruled out four to six weeks with a broken thumb, the team announced. 

The 23-year-old sustained the injury on Saturday during a 5-4 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. 

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Nov 10, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers celebrate a shoot out victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Mowry)
Nov 10, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers celebrate a shoot out victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Mowry)

Jimmy Vesey delivered the game-tying and game-winning goals to lead the Rangers to a 5-4 shootout win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday. >> Box score


First Period

  • 5:54 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • 19:26 CO Cam Atkinson (Power Play); Assists: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Seth Jones Second Period
Tags: Jimmy Vesey
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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)

The New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets come into Saturday's game for the second night of a back-to-back at Nationwide Arena from different directions.

The Blue Jackets (9-6-1) headed west back to Columbus after a 2-1 victory on Friday night in Washington over the Capitals, the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk each scored goals, but the Red Wings ralled from a 2-0 deficit to win in overtime on Friday night, 3-2. >> Box score

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

DETROIT -- The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings are both rebuilding but have played well in their past few games.

Detroit hosts New York Friday night at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30.

The Rangers (7-7-1) have won four straight and the Red Wings (5-8-2) have four victories in their past five games. Also each team won Tuesday night after trailing by two in the second period. New York beat Montreal 5-3 at Madison Square Garden and Detroit defeated Vancouver 3-2 in a shootout at LCA.

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

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is day-to-day with a strained groin, the team announced Thursday.

Head coach David Quinn indicated the 31-year-old will miss at least Friday's game in Detroit and Saturday's game in Columbus.

"We'll see when we get back," Quinn said, per the New York Post, "see how he looks then."

Tags: Mats Zuccarello
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Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second period by scoring four unanswered goals -- including three in the third frame -- for a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Montreal Canadiens. >> Box score

First period:

  • 0:23 MTL Tomas Tatar; Assists: Jordie Benn, Jeff Petry
  • 15:50 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Kevin Hayes

 

Tags: Kevin Hayes, Montreal Canadiens, Neal Pionk
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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)

Lias Andersson is coming to Broadway.

The Rangers called up the 20-year-old Swedish center from AHL Hartford on Monday evening, and he is expected to make his NHL season debut Tuesday against the Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.

Andersson, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, has tallied four goals and eight assists in 14 games in Hartford this season after not making the NHL squad out of training camp.

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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers scored twice in a 19-second span in the second period to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 0:41 NYR Neal Pionk; Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad
  • 1:00 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Brett Howden, Jesper Fast

 

Tags: Jimmy Vesey, Neal Pionk, Buffalo Sabres
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The Rangers managed to salvage another third-period blown lead with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Ducks on the road Thursday night. Box score

Tags: Brett Howden, Kevin Hayes
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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

 After earning their first road win nearly a month into the season, the New York Rangers will try to make it two in a row when they face the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at Honda Center.

The Rangers (4-7-1) gave up another last-minute goal on Tuesday night to the San Jose Sharks, but rebounded to win 4-3 in the shootout and improve to 1-4-1 on the road this season.

The win came two days after the Rangers blew a two-goal lead at the Los Angeles Kings and later surrendered the tiebreaking goal with 55 seconds left in a 4-3 loss. >> Read more

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

4:59PM: Elliotte Friedman said that the Rangers will have no trouble moving Zuccarello or Hayes. (Nichols)

12:13PM: Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello and Vlad Namestnikov are all part of TSN's first Trade Bait board of the season. (TSN.ca)

Hayes is ranked 2nd, Zuccarello 3rd and Vlad Namestnikov is 13th. (TSN.ca)

Tags: Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Vladislav Namestnikov
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 (Danny Wild)
(Danny Wild)

7:36PM: Henrik Lundqvist re-affirmed to Larry Brooks that he is "committed" to going through this process with the Rangers and that he is prepared for and embracing the challenge. (NY Post)

He told Brooks, "being a Ranger and what that means is something that I live." (NY Post)


3:48PM: Kevin Hayes is not skating at practice today and is being listed as having a maintenance day. (NYR)

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Oct 30, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Oct 30, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Rangers came dangerously close to letting two points slip through the cracks Tuesday night, but managed to escape with a 4-3 shootout win over the Sharks. 

Chris Kreider scored two goals in the third period, each giving the Rangers the lead, but Sharks' Tomas Hertl tied the game with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. The Rangers managed to salvage the game in the shootout, 1-0, courtesy of Kevin Shattenkirk. >> Box score

Tags: Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist
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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The San Jose Sharks' early-season schedule included two trips to the East Coast. And while the campaign is less than a month old, coach Peter DeBoer is pleased with the results so far.

Looking to continue that success on the West Coast, the Sharks kick off an extended stretch at home on Tuesday night when they meet the struggling New York Rangers for the final time this season.

San Jose (6-3-2) went 2-2-1 on a trip that included its annual visit to the New York metro area from Oct. 5-14, and an overtime loss to New York at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more

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Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

6:21PM: David Quinn said on Tuesday before the game, "he's gotta play better, he's a real talented player, he's had some inconsistencies in his game.We have the bar high for him and he has to play better. You always like when a guy scores a goal but there has to be consistency. (NYR)

"It's about effort and doing the things that are required to have success at this level or any level of hockey, this is a contact sport. You gotta take a hit to make a play, gotta get in the way, being physical means something different for every player depending on your size. I'm not asking guys to run around killing people but you gotta take ice away from people, get in peoples way and you gotta make life hard for the other team." (NYR)

4:39PM: Buchnevich will be a healthy scratch against the Sharks on Tuesday. (Giannone)

The fourth line tonight will be Filip Chytil between Vinni Lettieri and Cody McLeod. (Giannone)

Tags: Pavel Buchnevich
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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) awaits a pass against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) awaits a pass against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

10/30 | Namestnikov skated yesterday on a line with Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello at practice on Monday and David Quinn said that Namestnikov's play has warranted an increase an ice time, he's had a good three week stretch and has been playing with pace and an edge to his game. (NYR)

Namestnikov said that he tries to bring energy, speed and go to the "dirty areas" on a night to night basis and that it's "nice" to get the chance to play with Zibanejad and Zuccarello. (NYR)

10/28 | So far this season, Vlad Namestnikov has one assist in nine games, a minus seven rating, 12 shots on goal, 22 shot attempts, 7 hits and 11:07 per game.

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 (SNY)
(SNY)

5:46PM: At Rangers practice on Monday, the lines being used by David Quinn and his staff were (Stephenson):

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

Marc Staal is paired with Neal Pionk, Brendan Smith is paired with Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei is paired with Tony DeAngelo. (Stephenson)

The PP units being used were Kreider, Zuccarello, Spooner, Pionk, Zibanejad and Vesey, Chytil, Hayes, Shattenkirk, Howden. (Stephenson)

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Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings players celebrate after a goal by left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) during the second period as New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates off at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings players celebrate after a goal by left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) during the second period as New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates off at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

David Quinn spoke last night about how the Rangers need to stop beating themselves, saying "It's hard enough in this league to beat teams when you are not beating yourselves. We helped them win tonight, that has to stop and that is on me." (MSG)

The Rangers were called for a too many men on the ice for the third straight game and fifth time this season and Kevin Hayes told the NY Post that it's a mental thing. (NY Post)

Hayes added that "it can't happen." (NY Post)

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Henrik Lundqvist (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)
Henrik Lundqvist (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)

Henrik Lundqvist allowed a go-ahead goal to Alec Martinez with 55 seconds remaining as the Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Sunday at Staples Center. >> Box score

First period:

  • 11:11 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov; Assist: Pavel Buchnevich
Tags: Henrik Lundqvist, Los Angeles Kings
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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Los Angeles Kings will try to avoid their longest losing streak in nearly 11 years when they begin a seven-game homestand against the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.

The Kings (2-7-1) have lost six in a row and haven't led at any point during that streak. Los Angeles hasn't lost seven in a row since an eight-game skid in January 2008.

"Losing in this game is not enjoyable," Kings coach John Stevens told reporters after a 4-1 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. "We're in this business to win, so at the end of the day, results are two points whether you do good things or don't do good things." >> Read more

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

10/27/18 | On Hockey Night in Canada, Nick Kypreos said that Kevin Hayes is drawing a lot of interest from scouts and mentions Winnipeg as a possible option.

Kypreos says that he doesn't think Winnipeg would move players off their roster for Hayes but instead try to acquire him for a draft pick or prospect. (Sportsnet)

10/24 | Kevin Hayes said on Wednesday that the Rangers present a "good formula" for him and that he wants stay in New York for the rebuild and be "part of the future." (NY Post)

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(Adam Hunger)

4:48PM: Adam McQuaid is not skating at Rangers practice on Saturday after leaving Thursday's loss early with an injury. (Stephenson)

The lines being used at practice today are (Giannone):

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

On defense, Marc Staal is paired with Neal Pionk, Brady Skjei is paired with Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Smith is paired with Kevin Shattenkirk. (Giannone)

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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Rangers put up a season-low 19 shots on goal, including only one in the third period, during their loss to Chicago.

They were out-shot 37-19 overall and out-attempted 51 to 37 at 5 on 5.

David Quinn said after the game that "that was as poor as we played all year. One of the things I think we have done a good job of is skating and competing but that certainly wasn't the case tonight. We gotta get back to work. That is just not acceptable." (MSG)

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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Pavel Buchnevich scored his third goal of the season but the Rangers mustered just one shot on goal in the third period, losing to the Blackhawks, 4-1. >> Box score

First period:

  • 2:55 CHI Jonathan Toews; Assists: Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford
  • 4:09 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Brendan Smith, Brett Howden

Second period:

  • 10:33 CHI Alexandre Fortin; Assists: Nick Schmaltz, Brandon Manning

Third period:

  • 15:39 CHI Patrick Kane; Assists: Artem AnisimovAlex DeBrincat
  • 18:51 CHI Alex DeBrincat (ENG); Assists: Dominik Kahum, Henri Jokiharju
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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

CHICAGO -- If the New York Rangers were attempting to find a way to build some confidence as they embark on a nine-day, four-game swing, Mika Zibanejad provided a performance the Rangers hope they can build on.

The Rangers open their trip west on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks fresh off a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers that was sparked by Zibanejad, who tallied two goals and two assists in the victory on Monday night.

New York was efficient offensively in the victory, netting four goals in just 19 shots as the Rangers continued to play well at home, where they have won three of their past five games. Now, as they prepare for Wednesday's game in Chicago and three more games in California before they return back to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4, the Rangers will look to do what they can to replicate Tuesday's victory on the road. >> Read more

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(Danny Wild)

1:07PM: The Rangers held an optional morning skate this morning in Chicago that had the following players skating (Cyrgalis):

  • Tony DeAngelo, Neal Pionk, Filip Chytil, Cody McLeod, Ryan Spooner, Vinni Lettieri, Brett Howden, Alex Georgiev.

Henrik Lundqvist is likely starting in net. (Cyrgalis)

Lettieri and DeAngelo stayed on for extra skating and are expected to be scratched tonight. (Stephenson)

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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)

Tony DeAngelo was scratched for the first two games this season, played against Carolina and San Jose and has been a healthy scratch for the past five games.

DeAngelo is not expected to play against the Blackhawks tonight but said that he will be "ready to go" when he gets his chance to return.

David Quinn has said that DeAngelo "knows what he needs to do" to get back in the lineup and that he needs to be better in practice. (NY Post & NYR)

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he is feeling fine after dealing with a "small neck issue" on Tuesday and said that he could have played against the Panthers if needed. (Barker)


The Rangers have placed forward Matt Beleskey on waivers. (Brooks)

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Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

MIka Zibanejad's four points on Tuesday extended his point streak to three games and he has five goals and three assists in the last five games.

Following last night's game, David Quinn said "I can't tell you how happy I am for him that he's getting rewarded statistically, because I know early on he was playing really good hockey and not getting rewarded." (NYR Game Notes)

Quinn added, "I'll tell you, he's a complete player. I knew he was a good player before I got this job, I didn't know he was this good. This is a guy that does a little bit of everything - he's got skill, he's tough, he can skate. And he's an unbelievable guy, too. He's a fun guy to be around and we're lucky to have him." (NYR Game Notes)

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Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and Florida Panthers right wing Juho Lammikko (91) battle for position during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and Florida Panthers right wing Juho Lammikko (91) battle for position during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello each saw two pucks in the back of the net in the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Panthers on Tuesday night at MSG. >> Box score

First period:

  • 18:15 FLA Vincent Trocheck (PP); Assists: Jonathan Huberdeau, Evgenii Dadonov

Second period:

  • 3:10 NYR Mika Zibanejad (SH); Assists: Adam McQuaid
  • 11:36 NYR Mats Zuccarello (PP); Assists: Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad
  • 16:08 NYR Mika Zibanejad (PP); Assists: Neal Pionk, Chris Kreider

Third period:

  • 1:27 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Mika Zibanejad
  • 10:37 FLA Mike Hoffman; Assists: Jonathan Huberdeau, Aaron Ekblad
  • 19:08 NYR Kevin Hayes (ENG); Assists: Jesper Fast, Brady Skjei
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Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 50 saves against the Calgary Flames on Friday night. (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 50 saves against the Calgary Flames on Friday night. (AP)

Ryan Spooner returns to the lineup in place of Vinni Lettieri. (Cyrgalis)


NEW YORK -- The NHL season is less than a month old, but the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers will be looking to escape some not-so-select company Tuesday night, when the Rangers host the Panthers at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams lost their most recent games. The Rangers dropped a 4-1 decision to the visiting Calgary Flames on Sunday night. The host Panthers fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday night.

The defeats continued frustrating months for the Rangers (2-5-1), who have one regulation/overtime win, and Panthers (1-2-3), who have yet to win outside of the shootout. Only two other teams -- the rebuilding Red Wings and the Arizona Coyotes, who have missed the playoffs the last six seasons -- have one regulation/overtime win or fewer. >> Read more

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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)

So far this season at 5 on 5, the Rangers are 21st in shot attempts, 26th in shots on goal and 27th in goals. (Natural Stat Trick)

They are sixth in scoring chances for with 196 but have only converted on 10 of them and are second in high danger chances for with 104. (Natural Stat Trick)

After only scoring one goal on 45 shots against Calgary on Sunday, David Quinn spoke about a mindset that the Rangers need to have and that they are not yet a "quick-release, take-advantage-of-broken-plays type team." (Rangers Game Notes)

He added, "I think we've got to be more tenacious with a shooting mentality. Too many times, we get a loose puck, and it's hold it, stickhandle, then make a pass as opposed to just getting it to the net and maybe getting them turned around a little bit. I think we're doing a better job in that area but not enough." (Rangers Game Notes)

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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)

1:48PM: Claesson is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury. (Brooks)

Alex Georgiev will start tomorrow against the Panthers. (Brooks)

12:40PM: At Rangers practice on Monday, the lines being used are (Stephenson):

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Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas announces the number twenty-nine overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports  (Jerome Miron)
Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas announces the number twenty-nine overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Last week, Sportsnet's Chris Johnson noted that the Rangers were one of four teams that had two scouts in Toronto watching the Penguins and Leafs. 

It was revealed this morning that Leafs GM Kyle Dubas was at last night's Flames/Rangers game, though as Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger noted, Leafs RFA William Nylander's agent Lewis Gross lives in NYC and was also at the game.

Dubas recently traveled to Europe to meet with Nylander and spoke with Gross last night, according to Dreger.

While on the radio in Toronto this morning, Dreger said that it is not uncommon for a General Manager to check out other games but that when they do it is likely with a "purpose" and looking at something specific.

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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 third 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 third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

10:53AM: The Rangers have recalled Alex Georgiev after sending him to Hartford for two games this weekend.

Georgiev was 1-1 on the weekend,allowing 6 goal on 63 shots.

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Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames were too much for the Rangers, as they fell 4-1 in The Garden on Sunday night. >> Box score

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

5:31PM: Ryan Spooner, Freddy Claesson and Tony DeAngelo are scratched for tonight's game against Calgary.

Adam McQuaid and Cody McLeod come into the lineup in place of Claesson and Spooner.

Claesson missed practice on Friday and then left practice early on Saturday due to an upper body injury. (Newsday, NY Post)

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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)

This season is likely to be an uphill battle for the Rangers (2-4-1), who embarked upon a rebuilding project at the trade deadline in February. But New York has shown promise under rookie coach David Quinn, who has presided over four losses by two goals or fewer.

The loss to the Capitals on Wednesday capped a productive two-day stretch against contenders for the Rangers, who beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night.

"That's big, coming away with a point -- three out of four," left winger Chris Kreider told reporters afterward. "Obviously, we'd like to have four out of four, but three out of four's pretty good, considering the travel and the strength of the opponents that we played. So it's something we can hang out hat on. But I think we can get to the point where we're getting all four points." >> Read more

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