Update: Larry Brooks tweets that Mark Messier hopes to play in the game but has upcoming shoulder surgery

The team also tweeted that Mike Richter was going to check with his doctors to see if he can play.

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  • Goalies: John Vanbiesbrouck and Dan Blackburn,
  • Defensemen: Brian Leetch, Dave Maloney, Ron Greschner, Tom Laidlaw, Dale Purinton, Darius Kasparaitis and Mathieu Schneider
  • Forwards: Adam Graves, Glenn Anderson, Mike Gartner Darren Langdon, Stephane Matteau, Nick Kypreos, Darren Turcotte, Kris King, Brian Mullen, Paul Broten, Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu and Pat Hickey.
  • Coaches: Mike Keenan, Emile Francis and Colin Campbell.
  • Off-Ice Ambassadors: Rod Gilbert, Ed Giacomin and Harry Howell.
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Brian Leetch #2 | Defenseman | 1987-2004

The 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee skated in 1,129 games in 17 seasons with the Rangers, registering 240 goals and 741 assists for 981 points.  Leetch owns several franchise scoring records, including most career assists and the all-time leader in playoff assists (61) and points (89), and ranks second on the Blueshirts’ all-time scoring list.  He is a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s top defenseman (’92, ’97), a Calder Memorial Trophy winner as the league’s top rookie (’89) and a two-time NHL First Team All-Star (’92, ’97).  During the 1993-94 season, Leetch became the only American-born player to be honored with the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player during the playoffs on his way to leading the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years.  The Corpus Christi, Texas native ranks second on the NHL’s all-time defenseman scoring list among American-born players behind Phil Housley, and is a silver medalist with Team USA at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Leetch’s No. 2 was retired at Madison Square Garden on January 24, 2008, becoming the fifth Ranger and first defenseman to join the select group.

Adam Graves #9 | Forward | 1991-2001

The two-time Rangers’ MVP (’93, ’94) skated in 772 games in 10 seasons as a Blueshirt, registering 280 goals and 227 assists for 507 points.  Graves played an instrumental role on the Rangers’ Stanley Cup team during the 1993-94 season, setting the franchise’s single season mark for most goals (52) en route to being named as a NHL Second Team All-Star.  He is a five-time winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award (’92, ’93, ’94, ’99, ’00), and has been honored as a King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner (’94), a Bill Masterton Trophy winner (’01) and the NHL Player Foundation award winner (’00).  Graves became the sixth player in Rangers history to have his number retired at Madison Square Garden on February 3, 2009.

Darren Langdon #15 | Forward | 1995-1999

Langdon skated in 277 games in six seasons with the Rangers, registering 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points, along with 735 penalty minutes.  The Deer Lake, Newfoundland native is a two-time Players’ Player Award winner (’97, ’98).

Stephane Matteau #32 | Forward | 1994-1995

Matteau skated in 85 games in three seasons with the Rangers, registering 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points, along with 49 penalty minutes.  The Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec native’s most memorable moment as a Ranger came in the Conference Finals of the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship run, when his double-overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of the series sent the Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup Final.

Nick Kypreos #19 | Forward | 1993-1996

Kypreos skated in 128 games in three seasons with the Rangers, registering seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points, along with 272 penalty minutes.  The Toronto, Ontario native was a member of the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup Championship team.

Glenn Anderson #36 | Forward | 1993-1994

The 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee was a late-season acquisition by the Rangers during the team’s 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship run, tallying four goals and two assists in 12 games with the Blueshirts.

Darren Turcotte #8 | Forward | 1988-1993

Turcotte skated in 325 games in six seasons with the Rangers, registering 122 goals and 133 assists for 255 points, along with 183 penalty minutes.  The Boston, Massachusetts native led the Blueshirts with a career-high, 32 goals in 1989-90, and was selected to participate in the NHL All-Star Game in 1991 after tallying a career-high, 41 assists and 67 points.

Dave Maloney #26 | Defenseman | 1974-1984

The youngest captain in franchise history skated in 605 games in 11 seasons with the Rangers, registering 70 goals and 225 assists for 295 points, along with 1,113 penalty minutes.  Maloney served as the 17th captain in Rangers history from October 11, 1978 to December 6, 1980, leading the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979.  The Kitchener, Ontario native was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 14th overall, in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, and made his NHL debut at Madison Square Garden on December 18, 1974 as the youngest player ever to don the Blueshirt at 18 years and four months old.  Maloney, who was named Rangers MVP following the 1976-77 season, returned to the Blueshirts as the team’s radio color commentator in 2005.

Kris King #19 | Forward | 1989-1992

King skated in 249 games in four seasons with the Rangers, registering 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points, along with 731 penalty minutes.  The Bracebridge, Ontario native was selected as the “Crumb Bum” Award winner in recognition of service to New York youngsters in 1991-92.

Brian Mullen #19 | Forward | 1987-1991

Mullen skated in 307 games in four seasons with the Rangers, registering 100 goals and 148 assists for 248 points, along with 188 penalty minutes.  He became the second native New Yorker after Nick Fotiu to play for the Rangers following a June 6, 1987, trade with Winnipeg.  Mullen made his only NHL All-Star appearance in the 1988-89 season, joining his brother, Joey Mullen, as part of the first American born brother combination to play in the same NHL All-Star Game.

Paul Broten #37 | Forward | 1989-1993

Broten skated in 194 games in four seasons with the Rangers, registering 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points, along with 194 penalty minutes.  The Roseau, Minnesota native was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 77th overall, in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.

John Vanbiesbrouck #34 | Goaltender | 1981-82; 1983-1993

The 2007 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee appeared in 449 games in 11 seasons with the Rangers, posting a record of 200-177-47, along with a 3.45 goals against average and 16 shutouts.  Vanbiesbrouck won his first NHL game for the Rangers at age 18, making 30 saves for a 2-1 victory over Colorado and becoming the fourth-youngest player to play for the Blueshirts at the time.  In 1985-86, he led all NHL goaltenders with 31 wins en route to capturing the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender and being selected as a NHL First Team All-Star.

Ron Greschner #4 | Defenseman | 1974-1990

A member of the Rangers for all 16 of his NHL seasons, Greschner registered 179 goals and 431 assists for 610 points, along with 1,226 penalty minutes in 982 games.  The NHL All-Star (’80) served as the 20th captain in Rangers history from October 9, 1986 to December 3, 1987.  Greschner, who surpassed the 20-goal mark four times and the 50-point plateau five times, retired as the Rangers’ all-time leader among defensemen in goals, assists and points (since broken by Brian Leetch) and currently ranks seventh on the Blueshirts all-time scoring list.

Tom Laidlaw #2 | Defenseman | 1980-1987

Laidlaw skated in 510 games in seven seasons with the Rangers, registering 20 goals and 99 assists for 119 points, along with 561 penalty minutes.  The Brampton, Ontario native is a two-time Players’ Player Award winner (’82, ’83).

 

Ron Duguay #10 | Forward | 1977-1983; 1986-1988

The NHL All-Star (’82) skated in 499 games in eight seasons with the Rangers, registering 164 goals and 176 assists for 340 points, along with 370 penalty minutes.  Duguay holds the Rangers record for fastest goal from the start of a game, tallying a goal 9 seconds into the game on April 6, 1980 at Philadelphia.  In 1981-82, he led the Rangers with a career-high, 40 goals and finished the season with a career-high, 76 points in 72 games.

Nick Fotiu #22 | Forward | 1976-1979; 1980-1985

The first player born and raised within New York’s five boroughs to play for the Rangers, Fotiu registered 41 goals and 62 assists for 103 points, along with 970 penalty minutes in 455 games in eight seasons as a Blueshirt.  He was honored with the Frank Boucher Trophy as the Rangers most popular player in 1981-82, and was selected as the “Crumb Bum” Award winner in recognition of service to New York youngsters in 1982-83.

Dale Purinton #5 | Defenseman | 2000-2004

Purinton skated in 181 games in five seasons with the Rangers, registering four goals and 16 assists for 20 points, along with 578 penalty minutes.  The Fort Wayne, Indiana native was originally selected by the Rangers in the fifth round, 117th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Darius Kasparaitis #6 | Defenseman | 2002-2007

Kasparaitis skated in 215 games in four seasons with the Rangers, registering six goals and 28 assists for 34 points, along with 260 penalty minutes.  The four-time Olympian represented Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, while in the Rangers organization, and skated in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Mathieu Schneider #25 | Defenseman | 1998-2000

Schneider skated in 155 games in two seasons with the Rangers, registering 20 goals and 44 assists for 64 points, along with 149 penalty minutes.  He made his Rangers debut on October 16, 1998 vs. the New Jersey Devils, following his trade from Toronto two days earlier.

Mike Gartner #22 | Forward | 1989-1994

The 2001 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee skated in 322 games in five seasons with the Rangers, registering 173 goals and 113 assists for 286 points, along with 231 penalty minutes.  Gartner reached the 40-goal mark in each of his three full seasons with the team, becoming the first player in Rangers history to do so.  In 1991-92, he became the first player in NHL history to register his 500th goal, his 500th assist and 1,000th point in the same season.  Gartner appeared in his sixth NHL All-Star Game, and only as a Ranger, in 1993, taking home MVP honors by scoring four goals.

Dan Blackburn #31 | Goaltender | 2001-2003

Blackburn appeared in 63 games in two seasons with the Rangers, posting a record of 20-32-4 with a 3.22 goals against average, .894 save percentage and one shutout.  The Blueshirts’ first round selection, 10th overall, in 2001, he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2001-02.  Blackburn was forced into early retirement in 2005 after suffering permanent nerve damage from a shoulder injury.

Pat Hickey #16 | Forward | 1975-1979; 1981-82

Hickey skated in 370 games in six seasons with the Rangers, registering 128 goals and 129 assists for 257 points, along with 216 penalty minutes.  The Brantford, Ontario native led the Blueshirts with a career-high, 40 goals during the 1977-78 season.  In 1976, Hickey left his mark on New York hockey by helping found the Ice Hockey in Harlem program, a non-profit community based organization for youth that uses the sport of hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, teamwork and good character.

Mike Keenan | 1993-94

Mike Keenan was named the 33rd head coach in Rangers history on April 17, 1993.  In his only season behind the Rangers bench, he led the team to the Presidents’ Trophy with a 52-24-8 (112 points) record and the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years.  His .696 winning percentage during the 1994 championship run places him first all-time in team history, while his 16 playoff wins rank fourth despite only coaching the team for one season.

Emile Francis | 1964-1976

Emile Francis was a member of the Rangers organization for 13 years, serving as the fourth general manager in team history from 1964-65 to January 6, 1976 and head coach for 10 seasons across three different stints from 1965-1968, 1969-1973 and 1974-1975.  He is the Blueshirts’ all-time leader in games coached, wins and winning percentage, having posted a record of 342-208-103 (.602%) in 654 games behind the Rangers bench.  In addition, Francis is the franchise leader in all-time playoff games coached (75) and playoff wins (34).  Emile Francis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Builder in 1982.

Colin Campbell | 1994-1998

Colin Campbell was named the 34th head coach in Rangers history on August 10, 1994.  In four seasons behind the Rangers bench, he posted a record of 118-108-43 (.519%) in 269 games coached, as well as an 18-18 mark in 36 playoff games.  His 36 playoff games and 18 playoff wins rank third all-time in Rangers history.  Prior to becoming head coach, Campbell served as Associate Coach with the Rangers for three seasons, and was a part of the coaching staff on the 1993-94 Stanley Cup team.

Rod Gilbert | 1960-1977

A Rangers legend, Gilbert spent 15 full seasons with New York, skating in 1,065 games and tallying 406 goals and 615 assists and 1,021 points.  His 406 goals and 1,021 career points remain franchise records to this day, while his 615 assists are second only to Brian Leetch’s 741.  He also ranks third all-time with 1,065 games played. At the time of his retirement, his 1,021 points ranked second among right wingers in NHL history behind Gordie Howe.  Having played in eight NHL All-Star games (’64, ’65, ’67, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’75, ’77), his finest season came in 1971-72 when he registered 43 goals and 54 assists for 97 points and was named to the First NHL All-Star Team.  That season, he combined with Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield to form the renowned G-A-G Line (Goal-A-Game).  The three finished 3-4-5 in the NHL scoring race that season and led the Rangers to a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals.  He was also a Second All-Star Team selection in 1967-68.  In 1976, Gilbert won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame in 1984, and captured the Lester Patrick Award in 1991 for contributions to hockey in the United States.  Gilbert was also the first person in Rangers history to have his number retired, when his No. 7 was raised to the rafters of Madison Square Garden on October 14, 1979.

Ed Giacomin | 1965-1975

Always a fan favorite in New York, Giacomin spent over 10 seasons with the Rangers, appearing in 539 games and posting a 267-174-89 mark, along with a 2.73 goals against average and 49 shutouts.  On the Rangers all-time goaltending list, he ranks first overall in career shutouts (49), second in wins (267) and third in appearances (539).  The legendary goalie also ranks near the top of several single season Ranger records, tied for third in wins for a season (37 in 1968-69), tied for fourth in appearances for a season (70 in 1968-69 and 1969-70) and tied for sixth in shutouts for a season (9 in 1966-67).  Additionally, he ranks second for most 30-win seasons by a Ranger goalie, reaching the benchmark five times (1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1973-74).  Giacomin played in six NHL All-Star Games (’67, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’71, ’73), including five straight appearances from 1967 to 1971.  The netminder was selected as a First Team All-Star two times (’67, ’71), and was honored as a Second Team All-Star three times (’68, ’69, ’70).  In 1971, he was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender, sharing the honor with Gilles Villemure.  In addition to his puckstopping ability, Giacomin made Rangers history on March 19, 1972 when he became the first Blueshirt goalie to register a mulitple-point game with two assists vs. Toronto at Madison Square Garden.  He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987, and became the second player in team history to have his number retired when the Rangers honored his No. 1 on March 15, 1989.

Harry Howell | 1952-1969

The benchmark for consistency and longevity, Harry Howell’s NHL career spanned 21 seasons, including an amazing 17 consecutive seasons in a Rangers uniform.  Howell skated in 1,160 games as a Blueshirt, registering 82 goals and 263 assists for 345 points.  His franchise record of 1,160 regular season games as a Ranger might never be broken.  Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979, Howell joined the team as a 19-year-old on October 18, 1952, recording a goal in his first NHL game.  Over the next 17 years, he became a fixture on defense for the Blueshirts, missing only 40 out of 1,200 regular-season games.  Having played in six NHL All-Star Games (’54, ’63, ’64, ’65, ’67, ’68), his finest season came in 1966-67 when he registered 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points to capture the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and was selected to the NHL First All-Star Team.  Howell was the last player to win the Norris Trophy before Bobby Orr won the award over the next eight seasons.  The former team Captain (’55 – ’57) was also honored as Rangers’ MVP in 1964, and is one of only four Rangers – along with Andy Bathgate, Rod Gilbert and Mark Messier – to have won the Frank Boucher Trophy three straight seasons (’65 – ’67).  Harry Howell became the second defenseman in Rangers history to have his number retired when his No. 3 was honored on February 22, 2009, at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers have announced their roster for the Winter Classic alumni game:

RANGERS ROSTER SET FOR 2012 WINTER CLASSIC ALUMNI GAME AGAINST PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

New York, November 25, 2011 – The New York Rangers announced today their roster for the Rangers-Flyers alumni game on Saturday, December 31 at 1:00 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as part of the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

The game will feature the return to the ice of Rangers greats Brian Leetch and Adam Graves.  Joining Leetch and Graves are Hockey Hall of Famers Glenn Anderson and Mike Gartner,

Tags: Alumni Game, Standard, Adam Rotter

 (Adam Hunger)
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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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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...

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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.

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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
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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."

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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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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

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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)

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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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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 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
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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
Tags: Pavel Buchnevich
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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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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)

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
Tags: Calgary Flames, Mika Zibanejad
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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

Tags: Calgary Flames, Mika Zibanejad
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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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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

10/22/18 | Jeff Gorton said that Andersson is playing well in Hartford and that the Rangers prefer the 20 minutes he is playing in Hartford to the 7 or 8 he might get in the NHL right now. (NY Post)

He added though that it is something the team will monitor moving forward. (NY Post)

10/20/18 | Lias Andersson scored for Hartford on Friday and had six shots on goal in a Wolf Pack win.

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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)

10/22/18 | Jeff Gorton says that the Rangers are not thinking about Hartford for Chytil and that they think he is in the "right place. (NY Post)

He added that the potential slide with Chytil's contract has not been a topic. (NY Post)

10/19/18 | 6:19PM: On Friday, Quinn said of Chytil, "I think he is pressing a little bit for a goal, once one goes in I think that the weight of the world will be off his shoulders. He is not unlike any 19-year old playing in this league. They want to have success and they are going to press and he is going to stay with those guys and play and as long as he puts forth an effort we will let him play. We think very highly of him and think he is a big piece of our future and think he can be good right now. This isn't just about the future, this is about winning hockey games and we think he can help us." (NYR)

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

1:29PM: Shattenkirk and Claesson had maintenance days and are expected to practice tomorrow. (Stephenson)

Boo Nieves skated on his own before practice. He has been out since the preseason due to a concussion. (Stephenson)

1:01PM: Kevin Shattenkirk and Freddy Claesson are not skating at Rangers practice on Friday. (Cyrgalis)

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Oct 7, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes 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; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) looks on before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Pavel Buchnevich returned to the Rangers lineup on Wednesday after being scratched for Tuesday's win.

Buchnevich played 10:30 and was a minus one with no shot attempts.

He played 4:23 in the first, 2:40 in the second and 3:27 in the third, all at even strength. He didn't play in the final 5:28 of the third or get a shift in OT.

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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

The Rangers fought hard, but couldn't pick up the golden goal in overtime as they lost to the Capitals, 4-3, in Washington D.C.  >> Box score

First period:

  • 6:09 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk
  • 14:05 WSH John Carlson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom

Second period:

  • 3:32 WSH Alex Ovechkin (PP); Assists: John Carlson, Brett Connolly
  • 12:42 NYR Jimmy Vesey (PP); Assists: Neal Pionk, Brett Howden
  • 17:01 WSH Alex Ovechkin (PP); Assists: John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom
Tags: Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Washington Capitals
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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)

WASHINGTON -- The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals renew a divisional rivalry Wednesday night when the New York Rangers visit Capital One Arena for the first of four meetings this season.

New York will be playing for the second straight night after Tuesday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Shattenkirk converted in the shootout and each had two assists for the Rangers (2-4-0). Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes scored in regulation and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves. New York capped a 2-1 homestand in which all three games were decided by one goal.

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