Michael Russo tweets that Brady Skjei will be one of the Minnesota lineup for this weekends games. It is only believed to be a minor injury.

Robb from Clutter Puck sent this review of Skjei through the first four games of the season.

I will tell you through 4 regular season games, Brady Skjei has yet to fall into regular rotation on the defense even though he's played in every game so far this season. Through the 4 regular season games I've watched, Brady has been either in the bottom pairing of defensemen (3 games) or listed as the extra man (1 game) for forward rotation on the 4th line (this was the most recent game on Saturday night) so it's been kind of hard to tell how he's doing so far.

The Minnesota Gophers are pretty deep on defense with a steady top 4 full of experience so it's going to take an injury or Brady playing great in practice for him to show up right away. He's gotten some power play time and scored a power play goal but that was in a rout of Michigan State so it could be the coach just giving some other players a chance with a good lead.
In the games this last weekend on the road against a competitive Michigan Tech team, Brady didn't get a lot of ice time. I don't think he played in the 3rd period of Saturday night's game. He's just going to have to gain the trust of his coaches to get some minutes during crunch time in his freshman season.
All of that being said, it is just 4 games so far (not counting the 1 exhibition game that wasn't on TV) so there's plenty of time to see progress this season. He has the size, skating ability, the shot and hockey sense to make an impact this season or he wouldn't have been a first round draft pick.
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12:25PM: Chris Kreider has a maintenance day and is not skating today at Rangers practice. (NYR)

Mika Zibanejad and newly acquired Brendan Smith are both practicing today.

Ryan McDonagh is skating with Smith, Marc Staal is paired with Nick Holden and Brady Skjei is with Adam Clendening. (Cyrgalis)

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Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 18, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (6) watches a loose puck during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

Florida has traded former Rangers prospect Dylan McIlrath to Detroit as part of a package to acquire pending UFA Thomas Vanek.

The Rangers sent McIlrath to Florida in November for Steven Kampfer, who played lat night for the Rangers but was sent back down today.

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

12:02PM: The Rangers are saying Fast has an upper body injury.

11:44AM: Jesper Fast may have separated his shoulder last night against Washington and is believed to be out indefinitely. (Brooks)

Near the middle of the third period last night Fast was hit by Alexander Ovechkin and was in pain and went directly to the Rangers locker room.

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11:12AM: ESPN's Joe McDonald reports that things will be quiet with the Rangers today.

9:25AM: Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said Tuesday evening that things were "fairly quiet" for the Rangers, but that they were still doing a lot of talking and having lots of conversations.

Asked what else he would like to do, Gorton said that he wants to "get better" and said that "if something is out there that will improve us in any area, we will do it."

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Alain Vigneault said that he really liked the Rangers' first period Tuesday night, but the Capitals best players went to another level in the second period and the Rangers top players "didn't execute or compete as hard as theirs."

Vigneault said that the Capitals "dominated" in the second period and "played harder and better" than the Rangers did in the second and third periods.

John Giannone reported prior to the third period that Scott Arniel talked about how the Rangers were engaged in the first period but not nearly as engaged in the second period.

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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 MSG following the Rangers loss to the Caps and said:

  • On Mika, "he took that shot in the last game and just couldn't handle the puck."
  • On what changed after the start, "started real well. Really liked our first period, thought we executed, competed. In the second period their top players seemed like they took their game to another level and our top players didn't execute and compete as hard as theirs. They dominated without a doubt in the second period. In the third we had a couple of opportunities, PP had a couple of opportunities and our guys couldn't get it done."
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9:58AM: The Rangers have announced that Steve Kampfer has been sent back to Hartford after playing last night.

Kampfer played 15:44 last night, with 5:43 in the first, 4:41 in the second and 5:20 in the third.

He was a minus two and had two shots on goal, 2 giveaways and 3 blocked shots.

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

10:29PM: Alain Vigneault spoke on MSG and said that:

  • Zibanejad couldn't handle the puck after blocking a shot in the last game
  • He will know more about Jesper Fast tomorrow since he was being evaluated by the Rangers doctors at the time
  • Chris Kreider had a lower body injury, went to the locker room and, "tried to come back."

Fast left the game with 11:18 left after taking a hit from Alex Ovechkin.

Kreider missed the last 10:45 of the first period before returning to play 4:27 in the second period and 5:50 in the third period.

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Feb 28, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Feb 28, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

First Period

  • 5:08 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Adam Clendening, J.T. Miller

Second Period

  • 7:28 WAS Marcus Johansson; Assists: Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov
  • 16:26 WAS Brett Connolly; Assists: Matt Niskanen, Lars Eller

Third Period

  • 1:15 WAS Marcus Johansson; Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Matt Niskanen
  • 17:57 WAS Nicklas Backstrom (PP); Assists: Marcus Johansson, John Carlson
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Rangers GM Jeff Gorton met with the media prior to tonight's game against Washington and said (NYR):

  • On the Smith trade, "he is a player we have liked for a while. The group thinks that his skating, how he plays the game, that he can play the left and the right, that he brings some toughness. Some players in our room have played with him so he isn't walking into the room without knowing anybody. The combo of all of those things made it a good fit for us."
  • Was there competition for him, "Yea, I think there was competition for him but you are probably better off asking Kenny Holland than me."
  • On the market overall, "It's not over. The market in general, if you want a player in this market, generally you are going to overpay and that is the way it is if you look at all the trades.
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Brendan Smith will wear #42 when he joins the Rangers this week.

Previous 42's in Rangers history include Paul Fenton, Dave Marcinyshyn, John Tripp, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Segal and Dylan McIlrath.

Smith wore #2 in Detroit which is retired by the Rangers to honor Brian Leetch.

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New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich celebrates after scoring a goal. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich celebrates after scoring a goal. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

6:17PM: Jeff Gorton said, "a couple of things. The first thing is that it's still a 23-man roster and in order to make the trade we had to make a roster move. The other thing is that Pavel needs to play. If he wasn't going to play tonight then I think we needed to get him to Hartford to play some games."

2:55PM: The Rangers have announced the move.

12:17PM: The Rangers are sending Pavel Buchnevich to Hartford, according to former Ranger Aaron Ward.

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6:18PM: Jeff Gorton said of the move, "It's a fresh start. Mat Bodie had come to us and asked for a fresh start too. Catenacci is a guy we have liked in the past, he can skate. We just went ahead and made that move."

2:41PM: The Rangers have acquired F Daniel Catenacci from the Sabres in exchange for D Mat Bodie, the team announced Tuesday.

Catenacci, 23, had five goals and eight assists in 50 games this season for Rochester of the AHL.

He had no goals or assists in 11 games for the Sabres last season.

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Feb 4, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) takes a shot during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Feb 4, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) takes a shot during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

12:55PM: Darren Dreger says that the Rangers are "definitely interested" in signing Smith to an extension, though it's not something that is urgent.

12:22PM: The Rangers have acquired Brendan Smith from Detroit for the Rangers third round pick in 2017 and Ottawa's second round pick, acquired in the Mika Zibanejad trade.

It was reported last week that the Rangers were "zeroing in" on Smith.

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Feb 12, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Red Wings 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 12, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Red Wings 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

2/28/17 | 12:06PM: Bob McKenzie says that the Rangers are working to finalize a trade for Smith and that picks, including a second rounder, would be going to Detroit.

2/27/17 | 7:36PM: Bob McKenzie said on TSN that there have been negotiations with Detroit about an extension for Smith and that the Wings will decide shortly if they will keep or move him.

McKenzie said, "New York Rangers are one of many teams interested in Brendan Smith."

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Mar 26, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA;Florida Panthers defenseman Steven Kampfer (3) during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 26, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA;Florida Panthers defenseman Steven Kampfer (3) during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Rangers will call up Steven Kampfer for tonight's game against Washington.

The Rangers re-acquired defenseman defenseman Kampfer in exchange for Dylan McIlrath on November 8.

Since being acquired, Kampfer has played in 41 games for Hartford and has 4 goals, 12 assists, a minus 22 rating, 92 shot son goal and 42 PIM.

Kampfer, 5-11, 192, is 28 years old and is a right shot defenseman.

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Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 4, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

2:11PM: Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday morning, "Dan's open wound, from when he blocked that shot, is not healing. There is still a big hole there and our doctors feel that we need to shut him down for a couple of weeks."

He added, "It's just open. With all the games we are playing it's not getting any better and we need to shut him down."

11:15AM: The Rangers have announced that Girardi will be out 10 days to 2 weeks with his ankle injury. (NYR)

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Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) prepares to take the opening face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) prepares to take the opening face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

In the past 17 games, Derek Stepan has 0 goals and 7 assists while taking 41 shots on goal and averaging 18:49 per game.

Stepan said that it has been a struggle for him lately and that he has had opportunities but hasn't been able to find the back of the net. (NY Post)

In the prior 21 games to this 17 game streak, Stepan had 8 goals and 14 assists, with 61 shots on goal and an average of 19:14 per game.

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Jan 26, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the St Louis Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jan 26, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the St Louis Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

2/28/17 | Jeff Gorton spoke about the Shattenkirk trade today and said:

  • On Shattenkirk to the Caps, "a good player like that, he has to go somewhere. I kind of expected it would be 1 or 2 teams if it wasn't going to be us. It sort of went the way we thought it would."
  • On the price Wash paid for Shattenkirk, "That is for you guys to write about. I don't really grade the trades but when you want a player you do what you can to get a player and I am sure that is what Washington felt they had to do."
  • Did you feel you were close to getting Shattenkirk, "I wouldn't want to comment on that. We had conversations and at some point we decided it wasn't in our best interest to go forward."
  • On Shattenkirk as a UFA, "I have no feeling. He is a player on another team now. He was on another team before that. We are not allowed to talk to him and I certainly can't talk about a player on another team. We will deal with free agency down the road."

2/27/17 | 9:54PM: Pierre LeBrun reports that Washington is sending a 1st round pick in 2017, 2nd round pick in 2018 and Zach Ranford, among other things and conditions.

9:49PM: Shattenkirk is expected to play against the Rangers tomorrow.

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Feb 2, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) handles the puck during the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports (Billy Hurst)
Feb 2, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) handles the puck during the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports (Billy Hurst)

2/26/17 | 10:11PM: Renaud Lavoie said to expect the Rangers to make a big push for Shattenkirk on July 1.

9:29PM: Shattenkirk may be getting traded to Washington, according to multiple reports including St. Louis writer Jeremy Rutherford.

8:40PM: According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers remain in on Kevin Shattenkirk but are "reluctant" to meet the Blues price. (NY Post)

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Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)
Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)

2/27/17 | 5:30PM: EJ Hradek of the NHL Network said on Don La Greca's podcast that he is hearing the Winter Classic next year will be played at Citi Field and that it will likely include the Rangers and possibly the Buffalo Sabres.

Hradek said that he wasn't reporting this as hard news but that he was hearing it would be Citi Field as the venue, feature the Rangers and possibly Buffalo as part of it being the 10th Anniversary of the first Winter Classic.

The Rangers would need to be the road team in the game due to Madison Square Garden having a tax exemption. (NY Times)

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Clendening (4) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Clendening (4) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The 24-year-old has played in six of the last nine and 15 of the last 23 filling in for various injured defensemen.

Adam Clendening has played in six of the last nine games and 15 of the past 23 for the Rangers.

He has played the past three games as a replacement for Kevin Klein, who is out with back spasms.

Larry Brooks writes that Clendening has "done fine, just fine" while being paired with Brady Skjei. (NY Post)

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Brian Compton, Nick Licalzi, and Adam Rotter take a look at the playoff race, and discuss if the Rangers are better off as a wild card team. Later, the guys chat with Dan Rosen of NHL.com about the possibility of acquiring Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

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2/27/17 | 4:56PM: Alex Burrows has been traded to Ottawa and former Ranger Brian Boyle has been sent from Tampa Bay to Toronto.

11:07AM: Larry Brooks wrote again, following the Rangers loss to Columbus, that the Rangers may be better served to acquire a forward since the Rangers have started to struggle scoring. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that if the price is reasonable, the Rangers could look at guys like Patrick Sharp or Radim Vrbata and then put Michael Grabner onto the fourth line. (NY Post)

Brooks had previously suggested adding a forward and mentioned Alex Burrows as an option.

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The Rangers are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and were 3-1-1 in their stretch of five games in eight nights.

Prior to last night's loss to Columbus the Rangers had played in three straight OT games with the first two OT games going the full length and ending in a shootout.

The Rangers were down 3-1 heading to the third period last night and John Tortorella said after the game that he expected a bigger push in the third period but said "I've watched them, and they have, they have played a lot of hockey." (Rangers Game Notes)

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Feb 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Rick Nash said that the Rangers were outworked by Columbus and that the Blue Jackets stuck with their game plan while the Rangers "got off track" with their gameplan. (MSG)

John Tortorella said that his team didn't give up much and added, "they've played a lot of hockey: five games in eight nights. I'm not sure how much gas they had left. I thought we just played a smart third period of keeping it simple." (Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said that Columbus made high percentage plays while the Rangers made low percentage plays with the puck. (MSG)

He said that the whole group was "a little off" and that Columbus was "by far the better team tonight." (MSG)

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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Columbus:

  • On traffic in front of Hank, "tonight is a matter of one team making high percentage plays with the puck and the other team making low percentage plays with the puck. We spent quite a bit of time in their end, didn't get a lot out of it. What we did get out of it were offensive zone turnovers that led to Grade A opportunities on their part. They were by far the better team tonight."
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Feb 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Brandon Saad (20) eye the puck after Saad was stopped on a penalty shot during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Feb 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Brandon Saad (20) eye the puck after Saad was stopped on a penalty shot during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

  • On the third goal, "couple of breakdowns when they got the third one. I have to watch it to really see what happened. They hurt us on their transition game. They had so many odd-man rushes. We had more shots, but it felt like they played a smarter game and they hurt us. They have some quick players who had some breakaways, 2 on 1s, 3 on 1s and it was a tough game."
  • On Atkinson, "he comes in with a lot of speed. He has a good shot. Everything he does he does with speed and does it well. "
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First period:

  • 1:02 CLB Alexander Wennberg; Assists: David Savard, Oliver Bjorkstrand
  • 4:07 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Derek Stepan
  • 6:47 CLB Cam Atkinson (power play); Assists: Sam Gagner, Zach Werenski

Second period:

  • 9:47 CLB Wennberg; Assist: Oliver Bjorkstrand

Third period:

  • 4:12 CLB Cam Atkinson; Assist: Brandon Dubinsky
  • 19:36 CLB Josh Anderson; Assists: Scott Hartnell, William Karlsson
  • 19:59 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Marc Staal, Oscar Lindberg
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4:49PM:  Alain Vigneault spoke with the media prior to today's game against Columbus and said (NYR):

  • On the lineup, "just one question mark up front. There is a forward that has a lower body injury. I think he will be alright. In theory, at this time, we should be going with the same lineup."
  • Who would come in, "Buch is sick, has the flu, so it would be Puemps."
  • "For me it means absolutely nothing. As a coach you coach the players that you have and focus on getting them prepared and ready for games. I have shared my thoughts on our group, I like our group. I'm focused on tonight and what we have to do."
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Feb 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Feb 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the first period against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist is 10-2-1 in his last 14 appearances and has a save percentage of .939 and a GAA of 1.91.

Lundqvist said on Friday that he has been feeling good about his game the last few weeks and that he is continuing to work hard and improve his game. (NYR)

He said that he has been trying to keep his game simple and that everything comes down to "stop" the puck. (MSG)

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Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Jan 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller (10) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

2/25/17 | 9:20PM: According to Larry Brooks, three sources have told him in the past few days that whenever anyone tries to talk trade with the Rangers they ask for JT Miller. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that in response to those requests, Jeff Gorton and the Rangers are being told, "no, thank you." (NY Post)

He writes that Miller has the "greatest multi-dimensional upside in the organization." (NY Post)

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist last night in the Rangers OT win over New Jersey.

Zibanejad was a plus three in 15:46, with two shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked and 1 that missed the net.

He played 4:40 in the first, 5:02 in the second, 5:23 in the third and 41 seconds in the third.

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Jan 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) shoots the puck in the game against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) shoots the puck in the game against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

2/27/17 | 12:08PM: Craig Custance had a source shoot down any potential Shattenkirk deal with the Rangers that would involve Chris Kreider. (ESPN)

He noted that there is a growing belief that the Rangers are the "heavy favorites" for Shattenkirk in free agency. (ESPN)

2/26/17 | 9:15AM: Bruce Garrioch writes that a sign and trade likely won't happen with Shattenkirk and that the "belief" is that he will sign with the Rangers next season. (Ottawa Sun)

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Alain Vigneault spoke with the media on MSG following the Rangers OT win over NJ and said:

  • Did you sense they would tie it, "If you analyze the overall game, we started off, Antti gave us a chance, he made some huge saves in the beginning which permitted us to find our legs and our hands. We played extremely well until 2 minutes and 30 something seconds in the second, they have one chance. We have a faceoff in our zone, we lose, they get two scoring chances, that shift is extended and the puck ends up in the back of the net on a goal that Antti would probably like to have back, just like their second goal. They make it 3-2 and have some momentum. We battled hard, got some looks, were able to score, Adam was able to score the tying goal and Antti makes a huge save in OT and we come right back and put it in. That's a wonderful game of hockey."
  • On Mika, "The one in Toronto in the shootout probably gave him some confidence. He played a good game, he battled hard for pucks, that was his man, Palmieri, on the chance in OT, but he got a chance to redeem himself and he put it betw
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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. The Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mika Zibanejad said on MSG:

  • On the goal, "I turned pretty quick and Brady made a good pass and I was able to make my move and score."
  • On his move, "I had been doing that a couple of times before. I felt it was an opportunity to do it was nice to see it go in."
  • On his confidence, "it's just one game. I could stand here and say it will do a whole lot and then go another 15 games and not score. Just take it a game at a time and focus on my game and let the rest come. It was nice to see the puck cross the goal line."
  • "We crated chances. We didn't do maybe a good enough job getting the puck to the net, as much as we wanted to. We had a lot of zone time and were tiring them down but it was a good shot by Adam to get it tied up there and nice to get a win."

Raanta said on MSG, "I remember when Hank was saying in the Leafs game when they got the breakaway and he was just thinking "stop it" and that was pretty much my mindset also to go and do that. If you can make a couple of saves in OT you always give your guys a chance to score."

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