At NYRangers.com, newly acquired center Oscar Lindberg is the focus of the latest "20 Prospects in 20 Days" feature.

The Rangers acquired Lindberg for Ethan Werek on May 8th.

Lindberg says that he hopes to have an expanded role this season playing in Sweden:

"I would say I'm a two-way center who likes to play in the offensive zone, but I have also developed my defensive game," Lindberg said when asked to describe himself. "Hopefully, I will have a bigger role on the Skelleftea team this year and hope to play on the power play and stuff like that. I would like to be more of an offensive player, but right now I'd call myself a two-way center."
Read what Anders Hedberg had to say about Lindberg, here.

He is a faceoff machine, which is awesome because the Rangers need someone who can win faceoffs. I like that he considers himself a two-way center and that is important and will help him succeed when he comes over the North America. He should get the chance to play in Sweden and develop on his own and then come over and see what kind of role he can take in the organization.

Tags: 20 Prospects In 20 Days, Oscar Lindberg, Adam Rotter

Alain Vigneault gives instructions against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP)
Alain Vigneault gives instructions against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP)

Alain Vigneault met with the media in Winnipeg prior to tonight's game (NYR):

  • On the lineup, "it's going to be a good lineup. Obviously we are missing a couple of key elements but every team in the NHL goes through injuries. Like I have mentioned many times it's an opportunity for other players to step in and have a bigger role. Our D will be the same and we will make a couple of adjustments up front but we will be in good shape."
  • Will you keep the lines the same, "I don't have an answer right now. We are playing a team that when I look at their lineup and I see two really strong offensive lines. Depending on how the game unfolds we will have our work cut out, lots of speed and skill. I have certain ideas that I would like to do but we have to get out and play and hopefully play well."
  • Will Grabner and Jensen both play, "yes. Jimmy is still day to day. Grabs got in last night and skated this morning."
  • Jimmy is out, "he is out, day to day."
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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates against New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jimmy Vesey is being listed as day to day by Alain Vigneault and will be OUT against the Jets tonight. (Cyrgalis)

Vesey was riding the bike this morning with nothing on his "hand/arm/wrist." (Cyrgalis

He did not practice yesterday and his injury is reportedly unrelated to the slash he took against the Islanders.

Tags: Jimmy Vesey

Oct 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on from the bench against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Red Wings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on from the bench against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Red Wings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Over the last 8 games the Rangers have alternated W, L, W, L, W, L, W, L.

In those 8 games the Rangers have 21 goals for, 24 against and are averaging 27 shots per game for and 32 shots against.

The Rangers are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) allows a goal to New York Rangers right wing Brandon Pirri (not pictured) in front of New Jersey Devils left wing Blake Pietila (56) and New York Rangers right wing Nicklas Jensen (39) during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) allows a goal to New York Rangers right wing Brandon Pirri (not pictured) in front of New Jersey Devils left wing Blake Pietila (56) and New York Rangers right wing Nicklas Jensen (39) during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nicklas Jensen will make his Rangers debut Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets. (Cyrgalis)

Michael Grabner will also return to the Rangers lineup after missing Tuesday's game to return to Austria after his grandmother passed away. (Cyrgalis)

Marek Hrivik is also likely to stay in the Rangers lineup. (Zipay)

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Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Michael Grabner is on the ice at the Rangers morning skate today after returning from Austria after his Grandmother passed away. (Cyrgalis)

Also on the ice at the Rangers morning skate are Nicklas Jensen, Adam Clendening and Henrik Lundqvist. (Cyrgalis)

Jensen was called up yesterday and Alain Vigneault said that he was thinking about getting Clendening back in the lineup.


Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Brandon Pirri (73) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Brandon Pirri (73) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Brandon Pirri hasn't picked up a point in the past 10 games, putting only 12 shots on goal, a minus-6 rating and an average of 13:44 per game.

In the past 20 games, Pirri has a goal, three assists, a minus-3 rating, 31 shots on goal and an average of 13:25 per game.

Pirri had four goals and two assists in the first seven games of the season while averaging 11:32 per game.

In late October, Alain Vigneault said that Rangers' management really liked Pirri's release and hands and that he jumped at an opportunity in training camp and has, "come up big for us in a couple of games."

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Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 13, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta (32) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Alain Vigneault announced Wednesday that Antti Raanta will start Thursday night against the Jets.

Raanta is 5-1 this season with a .931 save percentage and 2.20 GAA.

He last played on 11/27 against Ottawa in a 2-0 loss where he stopped 18 of 20 shots.

Henrik Lundqvist played when the Rangers beat the Jets 5-2 earlier in the season.

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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) receives congratulations from his bench after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Rangers have announced that following his MRI, Rick Nash will be out for one week after tweaking his groin last night.

Nash left the game last night after a 9 second shift in the second period and did not return.

Nash has 11 goals and 7 assists in 27 games this season and 4 goals and 3 assists in the past 8 games.

Over the next week or so the Rangers play @Winnipeg, @Chicago, Devils, Chicago, @Dallas.

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Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday that one of the things that the Rangers are thinking about will be whether to insert Adam Clendening into the lineup.

Vigneault said that it was something he would think about during the team's flight to Winnipeg and added "he is definitely high on our list right now."

He played 14:21 last week in his return to the lineup against Buffalo and took the penalty that led to Jack Eichel's tying goal.

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Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

12/8/16 | 11:03PM: Buchnevich was diagnosed with a "protruding disc" at the start of his rehab. (NY Post)

12/7/16 | 4:46PM: Vigneault said on Wednesday, "he is continuing the process of the rehab. Right now they feel that he probably needs some more time improving his strength level until they really start gearing him up on the ice. They are working on off-ice stuff, they feel he needs more time so there is no definite timetable. The strength needs to improve before they can really push him on the ice."

12/6/16: On Tuesday, Alain Vigneault said of Buchnevich:

  • On Buchnevich, "I haven't talked to anyone today because we didn't go to the practice facility, but I am pretty sure that he continued his rehab and if I haven't heard anything then things must be on the right track."
  • Do you have a return date, "initially everybody was talking about 3-4, we are probably in that 2-3 week range right now."
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Alain Vigneault met with the media on Wednesday prior to the Rangers flight to Winnipeg (NYR):

  • On Nash, "Nash is getting an MRI as we speak. As we said yesterday he tweaked his groin and they are finding out exactly what the issues are. I'll have a better update on that tomorrow."
  • On Vesey, "Jimmy hurt himself, upper body related. Would say that he is day to day at this point. He will make the trip.....and I would say that he is going to make the trip (smile)."
  • On the rush of injuries, "this is just part of the NHL and it is what it is and you deal with it. You get a lot of players at different times that wish they could get more ice time to prove that they could have a bigger role and do more. No better time than the present for us right now. This is a real good opportunity for some forwards here to get some extra minutes. It's an opportunity for our top guys to play a top role and give us some contribution. That is what we will look for tomorrow."
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New York Rangers right wing Nicklas Jensen (39) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) chase a puck into the corner during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New York Rangers right wing Nicklas Jensen (39) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) chase a puck into the corner during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

3:46PM: Jensen said today (NYR):

  • "I was following the game last night and knew that there would be a chance. I think 20 minutes after the game ended Ken called me and said that I was going up."
  • "I just want to work as hard as I can out there and hopefully use my offensive abilities if I get the chances. Play hard and try to be hard to play against in all three zones."
  • "I feel good. Our team has been off to a slow start but the last two weeks have been better. Personally I think it's been going pretty good and I am confident and happy and excited to be here."
  • "It's my first NHL game with the Rangers, I don't know what the plan is. I am ready to go and excited."
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New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey reacts to a goal scored by defenseman Nick Holden against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

12/8/16 | 7:40AM: Vesey's injury is unrelated to a slash he took in the second period against the Islanders, according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)

12/7/16 | 4:47PM: Alain Vigneault said that Vesey will make the trip but would not confirm if he would play.

Vigneault also said, in a question about Oscar Lindberg, that he had to see if Vesey will be available against the Jets.

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Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) skates during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

12/7/16 | 4:48PM: Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday, "Nash is getting an MRI as we speak. As we said yesterday he tweaked his groin and they are finding out exactly what the issues are. I'll have a better update on that tomorrow."

12/7/16 1:55PM: Nash is undergoing an MRI today and the team should know more about his status tomorrow. (NYR)

12/6/16 10:14PM: On MSG, Alain Vigneault confirmed Rick Nash's apparent injury, "Rick tweaked a groin so he had to leave the game" and added that he will have more information on his status tomorrow.

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Brian Compton, Adam Rotter, and Nick Licalzi look back at the Rangers' loss to the Islanders at the Barc on Tuesday night, and discuss the Blueshirts' recent spate of injuries that have clearly affected the team's play on the ice. Later, Brian and Nick chat with Tracey Byers from CSN Chicago as the Rangers and Blackhawks are set to square off twice in the next week.

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Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

12:14PM: Rick Nash (groin) and Jimmy Vesey (upper body) are not skating today at Rangers practice. (NYR)

Matt Puempel (concussion) is on IR and Michael Grabner is not skating and likely returning from a trip home to Austria after his Grandmother passed away.

Nicklas Jensen is on the ice.


The Rangers had 10 shots on the PP in the first period last night with 9 of them coming on a 4 minute double minor for high sticking.

On that PP, the following Rangers had shots:

  • Zuccarello: 2 on goal
  • Pirri: 2 on goal
  • Stepan: 1 on goal, 1 blocked
  • McDonagh: 1 blocked
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Alain Vigneault spoke with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Islanders:

  • On the 4 minute PP, "there is no doubt that it had an impact. We had some real good looks in the first period on our PP. Their goalie made some big saves and you need to score those timely goals and we didn't do it tonight. We had the looks, I thought we battled hard, tried to come back but their goalie, without a doubt, was the best player on the ice and we didn't finish on our opportunities."
  • On Nash, "Rick tweaked a groin so he had to leave the game. Obviously we lost Puempel on a concussion there. We were short a couple of bodies but that is not an excuse, you gotta find ways and we battled hard but just couldn't finish when we had the opportunity."
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 (Derik Hamilton)
(Derik Hamilton)

10:13AM: Alain VIgneault said on MSG that Matt Puempel has to go through the standard conussion protocol.

Asked if he had any comments on the hit, Vigneault said that he would let the league take care of it.

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Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

First Period

  • 7:03 NYI Scott Mayfield; Assists: Cal Clutterback, Anders Lee
  • 17:24 NYI Jason Chimera; Assists: Brock Nelson

Second Period

  • 0:56 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists Rick Nash
  • 2:18 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Shane Prince
  • 8:54 NYR Marc Staal; Assists: J.T. Miller, Chris Kreider

Third Period

  • 11:13 NYI John Tavares (PP); Assists: Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy
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Alain Vigneault gives instructions against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP)
Alain Vigneault gives instructions against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP)

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

  • " we are going with the same lines that we had yesterday at practice. Grabs is not playing, he isn't here, Josh is not going to play also. Same six D we had last game and same four lines."
  • How are you different without Grabner, "definitely a big factor as far as our speed element. Everybody knows how quick Grabs has been at creating turnovers and jumping on loose pucks, using his speed to back off the opposition D. He has been real good for us shorthanded but that is part of the game. You don't have all your players in every game and we are missing a couple of key elements, that is part of the NHL and we have to find a way to get a good game on the ice."
  • On Buchnevich, "I haven't talked to anyone today because we didn't go to the practice facility, but I am pretty sure that he continued his rehab and if I haven't heard anything then things must be on the right track."
  • Do you have a return date, "initially everybody was talking about 3-4, we are probably in that 2-3 week range right now."
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Josh Jooris will be a healthy scratch for the Rangers tonight against the Islanders. (Brooks)

Marek Hrivik will skate on the Rangers fourth line with Matt Puempel and Brandon Pirri. (Brooks)

JT Miller will skate with Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast. (Brooks)

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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg (24) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg (24) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Oscar Lindberg is expected to be in the Rangers lineup tonight after Josh Jooris, along with Adam Clendening and Antti Raanta, were on the ice at the Rangers morning skate today. (Brendan Burke)

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that either Lindberg or Jooris would be scratched against the Islanders.

Lindberg missed the first five games of the season recovering from hip surgery and has played in 11 games this season while also being a healthy scratch 10 times.

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The Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) tries to deflect a shot in against Buffalo goalie Anders Nilsson. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)
The Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) tries to deflect a shot in against Buffalo goalie Anders Nilsson. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Alain Vigneault said on Monday that the Rangers need to put more pucks on net but not at the expense of their creativity.

Vigneault noted that the Rangers are first in the league in scoring but 28th in the NHL in shots on goal per game.

He said that the Rangers have had a high shooting percentage since he has been the coach and that may have to do with getting "better quality shots."

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Feb 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) blocks the shot of New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) during the third period at Scottrade Center. The New York Rangers defeat the St. Louis Blues 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) blocks the shot of New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) during the third period at Scottrade Center. The New York Rangers defeat the St. Louis Blues 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Marek Hrivik will make his 2016-17 debut tonight against the Islanders after being called up yesterday.

Alain Vigneault said that he has been told that Hrivik has been playing well in Hartford and he hasn't been "quite satisfied" with how some 4th liners are playing.

Hrivik said that he feels he has had a pretty good season down in Hartford and said that wasn't sure what role he would play with the Rangers but expected it to be more defensive. (NYR)

He played in 5 games for the Rangers last season and had an assist, 3 shots on goal, 6 hits and averaged 10:43 per game.

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Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

On Saturday against Carolina, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 28 shots in the Rangers win over Carolina.

He stopped all 15 shots in the first period when the Rangers were out shot 15-3.

He said on Saturday that "I feel like the game is right there for me. It was important for me to come back here and try to help the team to get this win." (MSG)

Lundqvist said that his game is all about "focus," his "reads" and "decisions" and that the "key for him is not to think ahead and just stay in the moment of that play. (NY Post)

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Alain Vigneault spoke with reporters on Monday after practice and said (NYR):

  • On Buchnevich, "he has been following the program to the letter. Everyone that is working with him right now feels real good about the progression he has made. The next step is taking this to the ice and seeing how he is going to respond. He went alone today and we will see how he responds and hopefully in the next couple of days we can take it to the next level.
  • Will he make the trip later this week, "I would say no, at this time. I would say no for sure that he isn't going to play. There might be a decision in there as far as bringing him to skate with the goalie that is not playing that day but we will have to see how the next couple of days go."
  • On today's practice, "we haven't had a lot of practice time lately and the guys had a full day. We were able to work on a few things today, PP, D-Zone coverage and different breakouts we can utilize for different pressures that we are seeing. We got a good days work and a real good game in front of us tomorrow."
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

12:39PM: Alain Vigneault says that either Josh Jooris or Oscar Lindberg will be scratched tomorrow. (NYR)

12:17PM: Michael Grabner will not be with the Rangers tomorrow and is traveling home to Austria after his Grandmother passed away. (Brooks)

Marek Hrivik, who was called up, will reportedly skate with Brandon Pirri and Matt Puempel.

Grabner was at practice today but skated on a fourth defense pair with Adam Clendening. (Brooks)

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Sep 30, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) moves the puck against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Rangers, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 30, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Marek Hrivik (46) moves the puck against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Rangers, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

11:07AM: Hrivik is on the ice at Rangers practice today. (NYR)

11:05AM: The Rangers have called up Marek Hrivik from Hartford.

From the Rangers announcement: "Hrivik, 25, has skated in 20 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with a plus-three rating and eight penalty minutes. He leads Hartford in points and shorthanded goals (two), is tied for the team lead in goals and assists, and is tied for second in plus/minus rating in 2016-17. Hrivik has recorded at least one point in 13 of 20 games this season, and he has posted a six-game point streak (Oct. 14 - Oct. 28) and a five-game point streak (Nov. 11 - Nov. 19) this season. He notched two points (one goal, one assist) and posted a plus-one rating in his last game with Hartford on Dec. 3 at Toronto."

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Alain Vigneault said that for stretches following Derek Stepan's early first period goal on Saturday the Ranger execution was "non-existent."

He noted though that games are three periods long and that the Rangers found a way to play their best period of the night in the third.

Ryan McDonagh said that at times the Rangers got the puck but stopped moving their feet. He said that the Rangers weren't anticipating the play or thinking fast in the first two periods. (Rangers Game Note)

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Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during a break in action against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during a break in action against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Mats Zuccarello had two points yesterday against Carolina, his first multi-point effort in nine games.

He had two assists, a plus two rating, 3 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked and one giveaway in 19:18.

Zuccarello said that he felt he played better and that he "had to." (Nettavisen)

He said that the way he played against the Hurricanes is how he has to play and that "I must try to play that in every game." (Nettavisen)

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Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) keeps the puck away from Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) keeps the puck away from Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm (16) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

After being scratched on Thursday, Kevin Klein returned to the Rangers lineup on Saturday and played 16:47.

He had an assist, was a plus two, 4 hits, 1 takeaway and 5 blocked shots.

He played 5:17 in the first, 5:32 in the second and 5:58 in the third and when he was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 9 shot attempts for and 10 against. (Hockey Stats)

Joe Micheletti said on MSG that Klein's overall game was "really good," he moved the puck well, blocked shots and played his best game in a "long time."

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Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) leaves the ice after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) leaves the ice after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Derek Stepan broke out yesterday against Carolina

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

While speaking with the media yesterday, Alain Vigneault said that he liked the following portions of the Rangers win over Carolina:

  • "the first couple of shifts"
  • "The third, when the game was on the line, I liked."
  • "There was a four minute stretch in the second that I liked"

He then said "everything in-between, because there are some kids in the room here, I'm not gonna tell you what I think of those moments. "

Vigneault said that the Rangers found a way to win in the third when they could play their best hockey.

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win over Carolina (MSG):

  • "I would say that I think the first couple of shifts of the game that I liked. The third, when the game was on the line, I liked. There was a four minute stretch that I liked and everything in-between, because there are some kids in the room here, I'm not gonna tell you what I think of those moments. We found a way in the third period when the game was on the line to play our best hockey and get two points. We will take it and get ready for the next game."
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Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Michael Leighton (32) looks up at the replay as New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and his teammates skate to their bench after a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Dec 3, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Michael Leighton (32) looks up at the replay as New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and his teammates skate to their bench after a goal during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Alain Vigneault listed the following things about what changed for the Rangers in the third period of today's game (MSG).

He said that the Rangers "started to:"

  • "skate"
  • "move the puck"
  • "make a couple of plays with the puck"
  • "made a couple of plays defensively"
  • "Drove the net"
  • "scored a couple of goals"

Derek Stepan said that the Rangers started to do good things in the third, such as "shooting the puck," generating second opportunities and maintaining zone pressure. (MSG)

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Alain Vigneault and Derek Stepan talk about the Rangers turning it on late with three goals in the 3rd period to beat the Hurricanes.

Kevin Klein returns to the Rangers lineup tonight and Adam Clendening will be scratched. (NYR)

Josh Jooris will play instead of Oscar Lindberg.

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Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh (27) comes out of the locker room against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh (27) comes out of the locker room against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Alain Vigneault was asked twice on Thursday about how it seems like the Rangers have been spending more time in their own zone lately.

After answering the first question about that particular game, Vigneault was asked again if he felt it was a consistent issue and said "I do think that there were portions of the last games where we have been spending too much time in our zone."

He added, "we will take a look at it and try and fix it."

Derek Stepan said that he didn't have an answer for why this was happening and questioned whether it's structure related, "bad reads or a combination of things." (NY Post)

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Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that the issues the Rangers been dealing with related to the trap are all about execution.

Vigneault said that the Rangers know all of the different scenarios and situations they may face in the neutral zone and said "we have analyzed them inside and out, we know how to beat them, we know the execution that is needed. We just need to execute better."

He talked about making the right kind of play with the puck such as a direct pass, putting the puck into an area where you can skate into it or just chipping it deep.

Adam Rotter: These teams that trap can be beaten and it shouldn't take a Herculean effort from Rick Nash to make it happen. There is no doubt that teams are out to limit the Rangers speed and, for the most part, they have been able to do so lately. If it all comes down to simple passes, simple plays and dumping and chasing to win on a certain night then that is what the Rangers have to do. If they can grab a lead and then handle the pressure being placed by the opposition then they should be in good shape to win most games. If they can't then it's very possible that the inconsistent and frustrating Rangers of last season could return.


Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot by Carolina Hurricanes center Derek Ryan (33) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot by Carolina Hurricanes center Derek Ryan (33) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Alain Vigneault announced earlier today that Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Hurricanes on Saturday. (NYR)

He stopped 26 of 28 shots against Carolina on Tuesday in the Rangers win and 30 of 34 shots on Thursday against Buffalo.

Lundqvist said that the goals scored against him on Thursday were "flukey" and he said that he felt he played a strong game, made a lot of "good saves" and felt that he was moving and tracking the puck well.

 

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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 Friday after Rangers practice (NYR)

  • On JT Miller Alain Vigneault said, "He was a maintenance day. That injury, that shot he blocked where he had some stitches is still nagging. We gave him the morning off considering that we have an afternoon game tomorrow at 1. He should be fine and good to go." (NYR)
  • On Kevin Klein, "I'll make my lineup decisions but there is a good chance that he will be back in the lineup tomorrow."
  • What do you expect from Klein, "I expect him to play better. Kevin is a gritty defensive type defenseman that plays with some jam. He can chip in now and then in the offensive part when the opportunity is there. I just felt that the last little while there wasn't enough, maybe urgency to his game. I am hoping to see that tomorrow with a little bit of bite and if we see that we will have a good defenseman. He has been very good for us, very reliable player in the past and maybe his game just slipped a little for an amount of time."
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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

JT Miller did not practice today and Alain Vigneault said that Miller is still dealing with a "nagging knee injury."

Vigneault said, "he was a maintenance day. That injury, that shot he blocked where he had some stitches is still nagging. We gave him the morning off considering that we have an afternoon game tomorrow at 1. He should be fine and good to go." (NYR)

Miller took a Mats Zuccarello shot in his knee cap last Sunday, missed practice Monday and played on Tuesday and Thursday before missing today's practice.

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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

5:22PM: Vigneault said on Friday, "I expect him to play better. Kevin is a gritty defensive type defenseman that plays with some jam. He can chip in now and then in the offensive part when the opportunity is there. I just felt that the last little while there wasn't enough, maybe urgency to his game. I am hoping to see that tomorrow with a little bit of bite and if we see that we will have a good defenseman. He has been very good for us, very reliable player in the past and maybe his game just slipped a little for an amount of time."

2:20PM: Alain Vigneault said today that there is a "good chance" that Kevin Klein will return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow against Carolina. (NYR)

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JT Miller is not skating at Rangers practice and has been given a maintenance day. (NYR)

Kevin Klein is skating with Brady Skjei and Adam Clendening is skating as an extra at rotating in. (Cyrgalis)

The Rangers lines today are (Cyrgalis):

  • Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash
  • Michael Grabner, Josh Jooris, Brandon Pirri
  • Matt Puempel, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast

Miller missed Monday's practice and was listed as 50/50 before playing on Tuesday.


In his return to the lineup, Adam Clendening had an assist, 1 shot attempt that was blocked, 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 14:21.

Clendening was also called for holding at 12:21 of the third period which results in Jack Eichel's tying goal.

He played 4:40 in the first, 4:09 in the second and 5:32 in the third and when he was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 6 shot attempts for, 10 against, 1 shot on goal for and 3 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

Alain Vigneault said before the game that he wanted to see Clendening in the lineup because he did a good job early in the season and because he is a right handed shot the Rangers could use on the PP. (Newsday)

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Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) reacts after scoring a goal during the third period against the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center. Sabres beat the Rangers 4 to 3. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) reacts after scoring a goal during the third period against the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center. Sabres beat the Rangers 4 to 3. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Derek Stepan said that the Rangers did a lot of "really good things" in the first period but "for whatever reason" they came out in the second and "played defense the whole time." (NY Post)

The Rangers were out shot 14 to 9 in the second period and out attempted 28-17. (Hockey Stats)

Alain Vigneault said he wasn't very happy with the Rangers second period and that Buffalo gained the momentum "right off the hop. Our first four shifts were clogged in our zone, icing the puck, not making the plays we need to make with the puck. That was the whole period."

Stepan said that after the second period the Rangers went to the locker room, "said all the right things" and then came out and were on their heels the whole time. (NY Post)

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Oct 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on from the bench against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Red Wings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 19, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on from the bench against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Red Wings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

  • On the third, "I thought we came out real good in the third. Hayes had two chances alone against the goalie, Grabs had a breakaway that he couldn't put away. They were able to tie it up, Grabs stepped on the ice and lost his stick. By the he picked it up they were coming with full speed on the other side, the side we are supposed to take away. Their player took a real good shot on goal and they tied it up. There is no doubt...I liked how we responded in the first period after giving up that goal. I wasn't very happy with our second period but there is no doubt that we need to do a better job of spending time in the other team's end. Give them credit, they had a good push and made us pay for us."
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Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks for the puck during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks for the puck during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Buffalo:

  • "I felt like for two periods that they had more speed, created more chances but in the end we had a really good chance of winning this game. We had a really good PP, set ourselves up with a good opportunity to get the win. You look at the goals and there are some flukey ones....obviously the first one, just a really weird bounce. All of them really, just weird plays but I guess that happens when you spend so much time in your own end. You need some puck luck sometimes and we didn't have it today. You gotta give them credit, they kept going."
  • On the tying goal, "I just...it froze me. It looked like he was going to pass it. It's a hard shot but you need to stop it. I need to challenge that more. I was expecting a pass and already thinking about what was going to happen next and instead he goes for the shot and that is what good players do. They read from what I am doing there and obviously I need to challenge him a bit more there. I look at my own game, pretty strong, make a lot of good saves, feel that I am moving well, tracking the puck really well but it comes down to one misread or a bad bounce and that is the difference."
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