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,

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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against Ottawa Senators during the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

6:42PM: Lundqvist spoke after the game on MSG and said:

  • "It's a tough situation right now. I think we are doing a lot of good things but we are beating ourselves in almost every game."
  • "There are plays where we are there, but we are not. Until we fix that, we won't win a lot of games."
  • "You can look at the goalie and say that he needs to make more saves, I see a couple of plays I can do better, but I have stretches every year where I feel I can play better, looking for a better feeling. I feel like I am tracking the puck pretty good and one on one I feel pretty good but clearly it's not enough. I am giving up too many goals, it's just not enough even though in practice and games, when I feel like I am facing big chances, I am doing the right things, but I take a step on a guy and they go side to side and it's an open net, if I stay deep they deflect it."
  • "It's challenging, no question about that. We are not getting points. We are doing a lot of good things but defensively, when we have our breakdowns it cost us."
  • "we need everyone to commit in our own end, offensively it will take care of ourselves, but we need to commit in our own end to do the right hing and the rest will take care of itself."
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Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the game and said:

  • On the defense, "unfortunately we didn't do a good job, we missed some key assignments right near our net, especially close to the blue paint, and it resulted in them getting tap ins. For me, what might have been more disappointing, in the last game, Davey's line had such a strong game, a great example of the right way to play and tonight they had a real tough time. Gotta find a way to refocus and get ready for tomorrow because we are playing tomorrow at noon."
  • On being scored on early, "it's not the way we want to start, it was our second shift, we left the slot totally open on something we had stalked about prior to the game. Obviously we will have to be a lot better tomorrow and that is what we are gonna work on."
  • On Hayes, "combination of, I didn't think he was going to play yesterday and then last night he started to feel better, felt good enough this morning to go, didn't know how much and in the third I wanted to make a few changes and that is what I did and he got a chance to get back in the middle."
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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) shots and scores a goal against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) as center David Desharnais (51) defends during the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) shots and scores a goal against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) as center David Desharnais (51) defends during the second period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

2/17: The teams watching the Rangers and Senators in Ottawa today are: St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, NJ, Nashville, Florida. (Garrioch)

2/13: The Rangers had two scouts watching Tampa Bay and Buffalo. (Yerdon)

2/13: The Rangers had a scout watching the Penguins and Senators. (Pagnotta)

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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

OTTAWA -- Matt Duchene is doing his best to keep his left winger in Ottawa Senators colors.

While trade speculation has Mike Hoffman possibly on the move, he and Duchene have formed a fast and deadly duo, which was on display most recently in the Senators' 3-1 victory over Buffalo on Thursday.

Duchene's third assist of the night helped set up Hoffman's overtime winner.

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Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Nov 15, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at Rogers Arena. The New York Rangers won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

2/17/18 | 9:24AM: Teams that are interested in potentially trading for Ryan McDonagh are aware of his current injury and that it isn't having any impact on trade talks. (NY Post)

2/16/18 | 2:39PM: Elliotte Friedman wrote that he has heard that the price to acquire McDonagh in season is "very, very high." (Fan Rag)

12:17PM: Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal tweets that the Rangers would want Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk in any potential deal for Ryan McDonagh.

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Kevin Shattenkirk was on ESPN Radio on Friday and said the following about the Rangers:

  • How are you feeling, "I'm feeling very well, I think it's four weeks, this Monday. It's been a fairly active recovery, which has been helpful for me to stay in shape and stay ready. The next 3-4 weeks will be important once I get on the ice and see how everything feels with my stride and strength and that will determine my timeline from that point on."
  • How long were you playing with that injury, "it happened in training camp, it was about five months or so. It's something that grew worse over the course of the season. We were able to take control of it and make it manageable through the season but once it got to January it kind of came to a head. I didn't want to get surgery in March and have to miss any important time down the stretch and we kind of figured it was the right time in Jan to do it and get me back in time for a late push."
  • How much did it impact you, "I think that I would say that up until 12/1, I had a cortisone shot early in the year but that eventually wears off and 12/1 to the middle of the month it started to rear it's head again. I don't want to make excuses but for a player like me that uses his skating a lot to drive his game, it started to impact me and I noticed that. I was hurting the team more than I was helping them and that is when you have to swallow your pride and make a decision like that."
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Jeff Gorton said on Friday that he wouldn't say that any potential trades are "imminent" but that things can change with one phone call. (NY Post)

Gorton said that the Rangers have "a lot of balls in the air" and that it's hard to predict when things will happen. (NY Post)

Larry Brooks noted that the Rangers are "committed" to moving pending free agents Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, Nick Holden and David Desharnais. (NY Post)

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The Rangers have called up Brandon Halverson from Hartford.

From the Rangers release, "Halverson, 21, has split the season between the Wolf Pack in the AHL and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL. He has appeared in three games with Hartford, posting a 1-2-0 record, along with a 3.68 GAA and a .892 SV%. Halverson stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced and earned a win while making his first AHL appearance of the season on Feb. 10 at Hershey. In addition, Halverson has made 22 ECHL appearances with Greenville this season, posting a 7-11-2 record, along with a 3.87 GAA and a .900 SV%. He has made 35 or more saves in 11 of his 22 ECHL appearances in 2017-18."

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5:20PM: Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks that the Rangers do not plan to have Filip Chytil or Lias Andersson play more than 9 games this season in the NHL and burn the first year of their contracts. (NY Post)

Chytil has already played two games with the Rangers this season.

Gorton said that both players are playing well in Hartford right now and that they want to give the Wolf Pack a chance to make the playoffs. (NY Post)

The Wolf Pack are on the bubble for the AHL Playoffs.

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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

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

  • On the injuries, "Marc Staal was cleared for practice today, full go. Him I would say it's a matter of conditioning. He has been skating for the past five or six days, it shouldn't be very long. Georgiev is sick so we will recall somebody later today but to be able to do that under the 23 player limitation we had to send Vinny back. He was the only guy we could send back that didn't need waivers so we sent him back. Hayes is maintenance, lower body, he came in today....to tell you the truth, I'm not sure. Hayes has not skated, for me, as well as he did when he came back in San Jose. He had that full week of recovery and it's been 8 games, I would say that tomorrow is less than 50% that he can play. He couldn't practice today and I'm not sure what the story is there. All the other guys, Mac is working out and improving, Kampf, Shatty, Kreids is flying, Pavs is getting better."
  • On Kreider, "I think there is a combination, hockey wise, obviously, as you can tell on the ice, he is not running on all cylinders. I think he has some steps he needs to clear with our doctors, exactly what those are, I could not tell you. They are specific things but I am not quite sure."
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Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Vinni Lettieri (95) takes a shot on goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Vinni Lettieri (95) takes a shot on goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

1:08PM: Pavel Buchnevich will return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow. (NYR)

Marc Staal has been cleared for contact but still needs more practice time. (NYR)

The team will call up a goalie with Georgiev sick. (NYR)

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Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the game and said:

  • "The pucks that we threw at their net that one of them would find a way to sneak through, it didn't tonight. Their goalie was on top of their game. I liked Davey's line tonight, you talk about competing every shift you are on the ice, battling for pucks, they did that. Mika's line had some real good looks, a couple of our young D skated and moved the puck the way we need them to. I didn't like the results but I thought that for the most part, we weren't perfect but we worked real hard and did a lot of good things out there."
  • On putting up 50 shots, "there are a couple of areas that we are going to address quickly with our group, areas where we could get better second opportunities if we do a couple of things differently. We will address that with our group and get ready for the next game."
  • On the Isles style, "I gotta tell you right now, their goaltender, it's 10 or 11, he plays extremely well against us. He had a real strong game and we just weren't able to get anything past him."
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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Rangers lose to Islanders 3-0, who have given up the most goals in the NHL this season. << Box score

First period

  • 4:53 NYI Josh Bailey (PPG); Assists: Nick Leddy, Mathew Barzal

Second period

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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

NEW YORK -- Fans of the New York Islanders and New York Rangers hoping to see their favorite teams clash in the NHL playoffs are likely to be disappointed for a 24th straight spring. As a result, Thursday night will have to suffice.

The Big Apple rivals will play their first -- and possibly final -- game this season with a playoff-type atmosphere Thursday, when the Islanders host the Rangers at Barclays Center.

Both teams are coming off slump-deepening losses Tuesday that further lengthened their odds of emerging from the packed Eastern Conference wild-card race with a playoff berth. The Islanders fell to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1 while the Rangers lost to the host Minnesota Wild, 3-2.

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Alain Vigneault met with the media on Thursday prior to tonight's game against the Islanders and said (NYR):

  • Same lineup: "yes."
  • On Pionk, "we had to replace Kampf, Neal had started with Gilly and I thought that was a good pair, but we had to replace Kampf and Kampf and Brady were playing more against one of the other teams top two lines. That led to Neal having more minutes and I thought he handled them well. For the most part, in the 1 on 1 battles, I thought he was good, where he helped his game was that he skated himself out of trouble and made that easy outlet, that is how you stay out of trouble, if you can find that first easy outlet and everyone is on the same page and you can play fast and as a team you look faster."
  • On Georgiev, "we haven't practiced very much there, I am going more on what Keith has told me from Hartford. I think I said this last week, they really think he is a battler, he competes on every shot and he has come into Hartford and worked hard at his game and improved. I do think that in the foreseeable future he will get a chance to play."
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Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post that, besides Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers are expected to hang onto Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk and Pavel Buchnevich.

He says that they will probably keep Brady Skjei, Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad and, if he is healthy, Marc Staal. (NY Post )

Those players would pair with Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil and possibly, if he signs, Ilya Kovalchuk. NY Post 

Elliotte Friedman noted that if the Rangers trade but then re-sign Michael Grabner and Rick Nash and then possibly sign Ilya Kovalchuk, they could go through a "very quick reset" and try to emulate the mix of veterans and young players that a team like Boston has. (Fan Rag)

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Jan 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) battles for position against New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) battles for position against New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers play the Islanders tonight for the third time this season and first time in Brooklyn.

The Rangers are 0-1-1 against the Islanders, losing 4-3 in a game where the Rangers scored twice in the third period to tie but lost in the shootout.

The Rangers also lost 7-2 to the Islanders in their first game back from the bye week, surrendering three goals in a 6:51 span of the second period.

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Chris Kreider discusses the feeling of returning after undergoing rib surgery. Alain Vigneault talks about Kreider's rehabilitation process.

Chris Kreider discusses the feeling of returning after undergoing rib surgery. Alain Vigneault talks about Kreider's rehabilitation process.


Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Parel Buchnevich (89) waits for a face off 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 Parel Buchnevich (89) waits for a face off 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)

Alain Vigneault spoke about some of the injured Rangers today and said:

  • Ryan McDonagh is day to day "and there is not much more I can say."
    • McDonagh has missed the last three games with what the team ha called an upper body injury
  • Marc Staal is skating and doing better
  • Pavel Buchnevich has been skating, joined today's practice in a non-contact jersey, is scheduled to skate with the extra players tomorrow and then return to practice on Friday in a regular jersey. Once he fully returns to practice it will be up to him and the doctors to decide when he is able to return.
    • Buchnevich has missed the past six games with concussion symptoms
  • Chris Kreider skated in a non-contact jersey today and is able to skate and resume normal training. He will be evaluated on a daily basis as he works on his conditioning and "hopefully he can join us at some point in the future."
    • Kreider has missed 20 games with a blood clot in his right arm. He underwent surgery to help fix the issue.

The last update on Kevin Shattenkirk was that he is off crutches.

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

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

  • On the expectations for Chris Kreider: "from what I understand in talking to Rammer and our Doc, there is a lot of room to go here. He is feeling good health wise, he can resume skating, resume hard training but it was a serious injury he had here. We are looking at, game conditioning and conditioning, I don't know if we are talking two weeks, a month? The docs and him will evaluate this on a daily basis and he will keep working and hopefully he can join us at some point in the future."
  • On Buchnevich, "Buchie has been skating with Chris, everything has been going well. Today was his first practice, non-contact, he is going to skate tomorrow with the extras, he should be in a regular colored jersey for Friday's practice and then after that it's a matter of him and our docs sorting things out."
  • On getting those two back on the ice, "I'm not exactly sure when they will be in our lineup but there is no doubt that when they both become medically cleared we will take both of those players. For now our group is working extremely hard and competing. We have our biggest game of the year so far, tomorrow night, we need a real good performance from our part. We are due, I think. We haven't been real good against the Isles in the last few games and I think we are due to have a real solid 200ft game at both ends and that is what I am looking for from my group tomorrow."
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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

3:20PM: At Rangers practice on Wednesday, both Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich are on the ice and skating in non-contact jerseys. (NYR)

Kreider said yesterday that he hoped to join the team at practice today.

Buchnevich has been out since 2/1 when he suffered a concussion against Toronto.

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2/14/18 | 12:10PM: Pierre LeBrun writes that Grabner might be generating the most interest from teams around the league because of his cap hit and production. (The Athletic)

LeBrun wonders if the Rangers would be able to get a low first round pick in exchange for Grabner. (The Athletic)

2/7/18 | 10:20PM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie spoke Grabner and said that the Rangers right now are asking for a first round pick and that there is a lot of interest in him.

Tags: 2018 Rangers Trade Deadline, Michael Grabner
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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

2/14/18 | 12:10PM: Pierre LeBrun says that if he was Jeff Gorton, he would be "all over" Nashville in regards to a potential Rick Nash trade. He notes that the Preds are in "win-now" mode and looking for a top-six winger. (The Athletic)

He notes that the Rangers are willing to eat some of Nash's cap hit to get the best possible return. (The Athletic)

2/13/18 | 5:20PM: Elliotte Friedman reports that the Nashville Predators are reportedly "all in" on Rick Nash. (Sportsnet)

Tags: 2018 Rangers Trade Deadline, Rick Nash
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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal (12) celebrates his goal during the first period against the New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal (12) celebrates his goal during the first period against the New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Henrik Lundqvist described the early part of last night's loss to the Wild as a "turnover-fest" and why they lost the game. (MSG)

Lundqvist said that the Rangers settled down after that stretch and played well but "gave" Minnesota all the goals they scored. (MSG)

He said that the Rangers beat themselves and that the way they played the final 45-50 minutes is how they need to start the game. (MSG)

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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts as Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) scored a goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts as Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) scored a goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the loss to Minnesota and said (MSG):

  • "in that little stretch we had 5 or 6 turnovers, a little bad puck luck on their second goal, Nasher tries to make a pass, goes off their stick and squirts by Hank. We had that little bit of time where we sort of made plays we shouldn't have but we battled hard. That period ended well and then we had a real strong second, in the third, give them credit. There wasn't a lot of room on the ice, not a lot of chances on both sides. We had a couple of good looks, just weren't able to get them past the goalie."
  • What was the message after the second goal, "nothing that they didn't know, they knew that we were not executing with the puck, we needed to calm down a little bit and make some plays, for the most part after that we did what we had to do but unfortunately their goaltender was good when he needed to be."
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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Michael Grabner (40) is defended by Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Michael Grabner (40) is defended by Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Rangers rebounded after falling into an early 3-0 hole, but were unable to tie it up in the final period and suffered a 3-2 loss to the Wild on Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center. >> Box score

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The New York Rangers have dug themselves a considerable hole in their quest to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, and management has hinted that a sell-off is coming at the trade deadline. But they've proven on a recent road trip that despite the off-ice news, the Blueshirts are still showing some fight on the rink.

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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)

4PM: Chris Kreider tells Larry Brooks that he is hoping to join the Rangers at practice on Wednesday. (NY Post)

Kreider reportedly passed a round of tests that allows him to come off of blood thinners and said, "I'm foaming at the mouth to be around the guys and get back onto the ice with them." (NY Post)

He said that he isn't sure if there is a timetable to get back into the lineup but added " I am going to play this year." (NY Post)

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Alain Vigneault met with the media on Minnesota following the morning skate and said (NYR):

  • On Kampfer being hurt, "there is no doubt that he was getting a real good opportunity and was playing well and skating. It's part of the game. Ryan gets an opportunity to play, an opportunity for someone else to come in and we expect them to play well."
  • On Ryan Sproul, "my understanding is, big body, can pass the puck well, shoot the puck well, has improved his skating and defending. He will come in, we just picked him up a few months ago but according to Keith he has been playing well. Keith hasn't been wrong so hopefully he is right again tonight."
  • On the inexperience on defense, 'there are a lot of conversations with them and with our forwards also. We expect our forwards to play a smart game, get on the right side of people, check well and help those guys out. We expect our young defensemen to play to their strengths, they can skate and move the puck and we will go out there and compete real hard and it will be a real good game."
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12:45PM: At the Rangers morning skate in Minnesota on Monday, the lines being used are (Cyrgalis):

  • Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller
  • Jimmy Vesey, David Desharnais, Jesper Fast
  • Cody McLeod, Peter Holland, Vinni Lettieri

Nick Holden is paired with Tony DeAngelo, Brady Skjei is paired with Neal Pionk and John Gilmour is paired with Ryan Sproul.

Paul Carey is likely to be the healthy scratch and Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start in goal.

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Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) skates away from Winnipeg Jets forward Nic Petan (19) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)
Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) skates away from Winnipeg Jets forward Nic Petan (19) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)

Through two games in the NHL, John Gilmour and Neal Pionk have played:

John Gilmour:

  • Calgary: 17:11, 2 shots on goal, 2 shot attempts blocked, 2 hits, 1 giveaway, 2 takeaways (12:24 at even strength, 2:46 PP, 2:01 PK)
  • Winnipeg: 12:45, 3 shots on goal, 3 shot attempts blocked, 1 missed shot, 2 giveaways (10:18 even strength, 2:27 PP)

Neal Pionk:

Tags: John Gilmour, 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)

11:08AM: Andersson posted a message on his Instagram thanking Frolunda for his time there.

9:03AM: Frolunda GM, and former Ranger, Freddy Sjostrom said that Lias Andersson is expected to spend the rest of the season in North America. (Hockey Sverige)

The Rangers loaned Andersson to Frolunda to start the year but following the World Junior Tournament the Rangers assigned him to Hartford.

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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 65 of 68 shots in the five periods since coming in for Ondrej Pavelec after Friday's first period.

Against the Jets on Sunday, Lundqvist stopped 37 of 38 shots and Mats Zuccarello said after the game that he was "really good." (MSG)

Brady Skjei said that Lundqvist was "outstanding" against the Jets. (Newsday)

Skjei added, "when he's on his game like that, it's like nothing can get by him. It's really fun to watch and it's nice for a defenseman to have a brick wall like that back there. He was the star of the game, no doubt about that." (Newsday)

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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Steven Kampfer (47) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Steven Kampfer (47) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Rangers have announced that Steven Kampfer will be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a fractured hand against the Jets on Sunday.

To take Kampfer's place, the Rangers have called up Ryan Sproul from Hartford.

Kampfer has played in 22 games this season, is a minus seven, and is averaging 17:15 per game.

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Larry Brooks reports that Glen Sather will continue in his role as Team President through next season. (NY Post)

Sather has been with the Rangers since 2000 and left his role as GM in July of 2015.

Sather joined Jeff Gorton last week at the press conference where they spoke about looking to the future and said:

  • "we are all tuned into the same show, we all know what is going on and what we have to do and try to do the right thing. We've been through this a few times, it's not easy, he will have a lot of work ahead of him and if we anticipate what will happen, last night there were 25 scouts in the building. There will be lots of decisions to make and we can't make them here and we can't announce them here today. Besides, we still might make the playoffs."
  • Are the playoffs realistic, "who would have thought 12 games ago that we would be out of the playoffs today. Things happen and it's an evolving situation with how the team has played and the injuries we have had. It's not an excuse because the guys have come in and need to play better, it hasn't happened. We have to look to the future."
  • Did you have to sell it to Dolan, "we certainly discussed it, with scouts and with everyone. We are all onboard."

 

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Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)
Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)

3:07PM: Zuccarello has drawn interest as an option for a possible trade, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

1:54PM: Mats Zuccarello scored on Sunday for the first time since scoring the OT winner against Boston on 12/16.

On the season, Zuccarello has 9 goals and 31 assists and is averaging .73 points per game which is higher than his career average of .69 and close to the prior to the seasons (.75 in 2015-16, .74 in 2017-18.

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) battle along the boards during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) battle along the boards during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

2/15/18 |10:06 PM: Renaud Lavoie reports that if McDonagh does go to Tampa Bay it won't be for Sergachev. (TVA)

2/12/18 | 3:10PM: McDonagh has drawn "keen interest" from the Lightning and Bruins but neither team has "stepped up" with an offer that the Rangers could "legitimately consider." (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers do not feel any urgency to trade McDonagh by the deadline and could instead look to revisit the idea at the draft. (NY Post)

Tags: 2018 Rangers Trade Deadline, Ryan McDonagh
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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

 Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the win over the Jets and said:

  • On the game, "I would say to you, Jerry Dineen did a great call on their first denied goal, the offisde. It was hard for us to see on the bench and he took it upon himself to say that it was offside and the linesmen agreed. Even though they scored after that we sort of settled down a little bit, made some more plays with the puck, more efficient. Zuccy's goal tied it up, it was a big goal, he missed another opportunity after that. In the second we played real well, we only gave them that one scoring chance, where Hank made a huge save, and in the third it was a battle. A couple of penalties we had to kill at the beginning, Hank made some big saves and we were able to get a big goal there at the end."
  • On the young players on defense, "everyone is battling, trying their best, that is what we want. We want to go out there and work hard and compete and that is what we did tonight."
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Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Feb 5, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

On MSG, Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers win over the Jets:

  • "the way we responded after the first couple of minutes was key to this win. They were all over us in the first ten minutes, we knew coming into the game that they always come out flying and obviously they got some momentum from that early goal. The important thing is not to get rattled or put yourself in a tough spot by thinking the wrong way. We kept battling and slowly we got back in the game. I think that tying goal in the first was huge, we come out in the second like a different team, with more confidence and energy and they took a few penalties and we get our game going. This win was so important in so many ways, to go on the road and beat a really good team the way we do. We stuck with it and came up with a couple of big plays and that is how you are gonna win a lot of games, You can't win in the first 20 or 40, it comes down to a lot of big plays in the end and when you start feeling better about yourself and your game, it's easier for guys to step up."
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New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello skates against Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers scored twice in the third period to beat the Winnpeg Jets 3-1 on Sunday at Bell MTS Place. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:06 WIN Nikolaj Ehlers; Assists: Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler
  • 18:54 NYR Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

  • N/A

Third Period

  • 16:07 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Brady Skjei, David Desharnais
  • 19:17 NYR Michael Grabner (ENG)
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- After exceeding league-wide expectations without No. 1 center Mark Scheifele for six weeks, the Winnipeg Jets fell back to earth with a clunker when he made his long-awaited return to the lineup Friday.

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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks on during a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks on during a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

2/11/18 | 11:47AM: Pavelec is out 2-3 weeks with a sprained MCL. (NYR)

2/9/18 | 8:09PM: Ondrej Pavelc has a knee injury and will not return

Ondrej Pavelec will not return to tonight's game due to a knee injury.

Tags: Henrik Lundqvist, Ondrej Pavelec
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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

In two games this weekend, Filip Chytil had:

  • Friday: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots
  • Saturday: 2 assists, 1 shot

Chytil has 13 points in the past 10 games and a four game point streak.

Lias Andersson

  • Friday: Four shots, tripping penalty
  • Saturday: 1 assist, 2 shots

Andersson has 6 points in 8 AHL games.

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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) carries the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

On Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday:

  • Elliotte Friedman said, "Ryan McDonagh is one of the biggest names on the market right now, a lot of teams are looking at Boston and saying a) they can do it, we've mentioned Tampa, and b) there could be a fit on the left side of the Boston defense."
  • Nick Kypreos said, "Joe Resnick may be the most popular agent the next few weeks because he has the hottest and biggest fish in the trade market in Rick Nash. It appears that Nashville seems to be leading the charge in interest for Rick Nash, followed by Dallas. It's not necessarily a money thing with him in terms of their interest in maybe re-signing him, we know he has made almost $90 million in his career so it's really a chance to win a Stanley Cup."
  • Host David Amber said that "Nash in Nashville makes sense to me."
Tags: 2018 Rangers Trade Deadline
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Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Jan 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

2/12/18 | 6PM: The Leafs are on Rick Nash's list of approved teams, according to TSN.

2/10/18 | 7:44PM: Nash told Larry Brooks that he is open to "anything" regarding a possible trade, including amending his no-trade list. (NY Post)

Nash confirmed that the teams currently on his list are teams that he feels have the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup, and that includes teams in Canada. (NY Post)

Tags: 2018 Rangers Trade Deadline, Rick Nash
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 (Scott Rovak)
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Earlier this week, Elliotte Friedman wrote that one of the subplots around the Olympics will be pending UFA Ilya Kovalchuk. (Sportsnet)

Kovalchuk is eligible to sign with any team this summer and Friedman wrote that it's believed his "eyes are on New York." (Sportsnet)

Friedman said later in the week that he thinks that the Rangers would be Kovalchuk's top choice. (Fan Rag)

Tags: 2018 Rangers Trade Deadline
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Jimmy Vesey will return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow in Winnipeg. according to Alain Vigneault. (NYR)

Vesey spoke after practice today and said (NYR):

  • "I've felt good for a couple of days now. I came in yesterday and passed the baseline test and everything like that, I am good to go and excited to play tomorrow."
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Alain VIgneault spoke after practice on Saturday today and said (NYR):

  • On last night's win, "I think that it was one game, one game that I believe will give a couple of our guys a little bit more trust in their game. With that we are going to need that trust and game, we are going into one of the best teams in the NHL, big, speed, skilled. We are going to need to be even better than we were last night and I am looking forward to the game. It's going to be a good battle and we will be ready for it."
  • On Pavelec, "I know he was going for an MRI but I haven't asked."
  • On Georgiev, "From talking with Keith, he has been playing real well. Keith says that he is battler, competes on every shot. I remember him a little bit from training camp and you could tell that he had some qualities there and Keith is very happy with how he has progressed this year. You could say the same, those guys are doing a real good job, for Gilly and Neal to come in and play the way they did, there is no doubt that the staff in Hartford is doing a good job."
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