The Rangers, according to Hockey Fights.com, ranked sixth in the NHL in fights last season with 62.

St. Louis led the league with 78.

Brandon Prust led the Rangers with 18 fights, Sean Avery had 12, Derek Boogaard 7, Michael Sauer 7, Brian Boyle, 4 , Brandon Dubinsky 4, Kris Newbury 3, Dale Weise 3, Ryan Callahan 2, Ruslan Fedotenko 1 and Dan Girardi 1.

Mike Rupp finished second on the Penguins with 12.

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11:29AM: The Rangers will go with 7 defensemen and 11 forwards again tonight. (Cyrgalis)

10:56AM: At the Rangers morning skate on Monday, the team is using the following lines (Zipay):

  • Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast
  • Chris Kreider, David Desharnais, JT Miller
  • Michael. Grabnerr, Adam Cracknell/Paul Carey, Paul Buchnevich

On defense the Rangers have:

  • Ryan McDonagh paired with Brendan Smith
  • Marc Staal paired with Kevin Shattenkirk
  • Brady Skjei paired with Nick Holden
  • Steven Kampfer paired with Tony DeAngelo.

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start in goal.

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New York Rangers celebrate after a goal by New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) against Nashville Predators during first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers celebrate after a goal by New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) against Nashville Predators during first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

All three of Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast scored for the Rangers on Saturday against the Predators.

From the Rangers Game Preview for tonight's game against San Jose, "over the last two contests, each of the three players has posted a plus-four rating or better (Hayes - plus-five; Vesey - plus-four; Fast - plus-four), and each player has also registered at least two points (Hayes - two goals, one assist; Vesey - one goal, one assist; Fast - one goal, one assist)."

Alain Vigneault said last week that the trio is a "hard working line" where Fast and Vesey get in on the forecheck and create turnovers and that Hayes complements them well.

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New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Hayes has three goals and 2 assists this season with 16 shots on goal and an average of 16:34 per game.

Alain Vigneault said recently that Hayes has room for improvement at both ends and that he is being counted on to be a 200ft player.

He added that Hayes is learning and that "we are showing faith in him and I am very confident that the faith hand trust we are showing in him will pay off."

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates out with the puck from behind his own net against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates out with the puck from behind his own net against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Rangers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Tony DeAngelo played only 5:20 during Saturday's win over Nashville, firing two shot attempts (1 blocked, 1 missed the net) and 1 giveaway.

DeAngelo played a total of 1:08 at even strength and 4:12 on the PP.

By period, DeAngelo played:

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Oct 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates with left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after he scored a goal during third period against Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates with left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after he scored a goal during third period against Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Following yesterday's win over Nashville, Henrik Lundqvist said that it was "a good feeling to finally get a win here." (NYR Game Notes)

He added, "you can do so many good things to try to get confidence and try to get a good feeling in here, but it in the end it comes down to winning games." (NYR Game Notes)

Lundqvist said that the Rangers felt good about their game after a "good first period" and that because they had the lead they didn't need to spend time chasing.

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May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game four of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers win and said (NYR Game Notes, MSG, NYR):

  • On whether there's a sense of relief after getting a win…"I don't think relief is the right word, I mean obviously we felt we deserved a better outcome, especially in the last three games. The process was there, the work was there. Today we played a real strong first period, got a lead, then maybe backed off a little more than we should have. Hank came up with some saves. We'll take the two points and move on to the next game."
  •  On how Jesper Fast's return has helped the team…"I've got a real dependable five-on-five player there, and I've got probably one of our best penalty killers. He's a big part of the energy on the team that we can bring to games and I think he's slowly but surely finding his rhythm. He's coming back from a serious injury. It's going to take him a little bit of time, but he is improving."
  •  On Kevin Hayes' play the last couple of games…"I think since I put that line together with Jimmy (Vesey) and Jesper (Fast), it's a real hard working line. It's simple, north-south, get it in deep, work the corners, work on the forecheck. I think Kevin with his size and his hockey smarts, he fits in real well. The last couple of games, he's gotten big goals for us and I want that to continue for sure."
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Sep 25, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ryan Sproul (62) during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Sep 25, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ryan Sproul (62) during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

10/23/17 | The Red Wings moved Sproul so that they could open up ice time for other prospects in the AHL. (Custance)

10/21/17 | The Rangers have acquired Ryan Sproul in exchange for Matt Puempel.

Sproul, 24, has 28 games of NHL experience and is 6-4, 205.

He was a second round pick for Detroit in in 2011.

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Oct 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) reacts after scoring a goal against Nashville Predators during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) reacts after scoring a goal against Nashville Predators during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Kevin Hayes was named the number one star and awarded the Broadway Hat after today's win over Nashville.

Hayes spoke after the game on MSG and said:

  • On his line, "the last few games we have been good, we try to keep it simple in the D zone and don't cheat. If we play good D we can generate some offense and tonight I thought we did that."
  • On Vesey and Fast, "those two guys, you know what you are going to get. They are honest players, work hard and don't mind hitting guys. When they are getting on the D like that it generates a lot of open space and tonight we could have buried a lot more chances, we had good possession in the offensive zone."
  • On his goal, "I got some speed and their D was standing flat footed, it's not often that I beat guys wide but tonight it happened and luckily it went in."
  • On the win, "it's big. We have been struggling and to play 60 minutes and get two points in front of our fans, hopefully it's a spring board to a lot of other things."
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New York Rangers celebrate after a goal by New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) against Nashville Predators during first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers celebrate after a goal by New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) against Nashville Predators during first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers got out to an early lead and never looked back, beating the Predators, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon. >> Read more

First Period

  • 14:58 NYR Jesper Fast; Assist: Kevin Hayes
  • 19:34 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: J.T. Miller, David Desharnais

Second Period

  • 1:44 NSH Mattias Ekholm; Assist: Filip Forsberg
  • 12:46 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Brady Skjei
  • 15:30 NSH Filip Forsberg; Assists: Roman Josi, Ryan Johansen

Third Period

  • 19:21 NYR Jimmy Vesey (ENG); Assists: Brendan Smith
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New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden passes the puck during the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden passes the puck during the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are dressing 11 forwards and 7 defensemen tonight against the Predators. (MSG)

Adam Cracknell comes out of the lineup and is replaced by Nick Holden.

The Rangers have used 7 defense an 11 forwards at other times this season though Alain Vigneault has said that he prefers to go with four lines and three defense pairs. (MSG)

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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)

Alain Vigneault said earlier this week that Rick Nash is "leading the way" for the Rangers and doing what is expected.

Vigneault said that Nash was a "force" against the Penguins, "wants to lead" and "that is what we need from him."

On Friday, Vigneault said that Nash is a beast and representative of the whole team right now.

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After losing in the Stanley Cup Final, many teams struggle out of the gate the following season. The Nashville Predators are no exception.

Fortunately for them, the Predators' hangover appears to have lasted two games.

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The Wolf Pack lost to the Senators 5-1 last night:

  • John Gilmour: minus one
  • Neal Pionk: 3 shots, minus one
  • Adam Tambellini: 1 shot
  • Ryan Gropp: 3 shots, minus one
  • Brandon Crawley: slashing & cross checking penalties
  • Steven Fogarty: 2 shots, minus one
  • Boo Nieves: 2 shots
  • Ryan Graves: hooking penalty, 5 shots, minus one
  • Alexei Bereglazov: hooking penalty, minus one
  • Vince Pedrie: 4 shots, minus one
  • Filip Chytil: 1 assist, 5 shots
  • Matt Puempel: 1 assist

Click below to see Chytil's assist

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Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers showed a lot of "desperation and determination" in the third period on Thursday, especially with their forecheck and how they attacked.

Lundqvist said, "that was the intensity we need to play with. It was great to see. We left everything out there, especially in the third. I think the determination showed a lot of good things about this group." (NYR Game Notes)

The Rangers scored twice, and had one goal disallowed, 11 scoring chances and 13 shots on goal in the third period. (Natural Stat Trick)

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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 following practice on Friday and said (NYR):

  • On the issues starting games, "definitely can't be perfect in a game, seems to be that our starts, we fall behind but we battle back. If we can find a way, and we are telling our players, the high percentage plays to make to be able to not make the mistakes we are making. So far it has put us behind the 8-ball a little bit and tomorrow we get another opportunity to start a better game. It's not the 5th, 6th, 7th time, its' a new day and new time and an afternoon game and we will be ready for it."
  • How does the team battle back, "our guys are playing hard and playing the right way. I've been through a few of these situations, this group is together, accountable, it's focused, out early today, working extra, extra video. They want to succeed, they want the Rangers and their fans to be happy and that is what we are trying to do here. Right now, because of the circumstances, it's a little bit challenging on the ice and mentally but as you can see, guys don't give up, plug away and battle hard. We are playing against a Stanley Cup finalist, they just went into Philly and won 1-0. They are on top of their game right now, another tough opponent and we will need to be real good."
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10/20/17 | So far this season, the Rangers have allowed the following goals within the first five minutes of a period:

  • Toronto: Dominic Moore: 2:30 in the first
  • St. Louis: Carl Gunnarsson: 15 seconds into the first
  • Columbus: 27 seconds (WAIVED OFF for Goalie Interference)
  • Devils: Drew Staffored: 1:00 into the third
  • Pittsburgh: Phil Kessel: 43 seconds into the first
  • Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin: 58 seconds into OT
  • Islanders: Anders Lee: 2:40 into the first
  • Islanders: Matt Barzal: 1:15 into the second
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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Malte Stromwall (84) and New York Islanders defenseman David Quenneville (49) come together during the third period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Malte Stromwall (84) and New York Islanders defenseman David Quenneville (49) come together during the third period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers have placed Malte Stromwall on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. (Johnston)

Stromwall signed with the Rangers in the summer of 2016 after playing for AIK in Sweden with fellow former prospect Robin Kovacs.

Stromwall played in Hartford last season, scoring two goals and two assists in 44 games.

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Nov 5, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) controls the puck in the second period against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 5, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) controls the puck in the second period against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

10/20/17 | 12:04PM: Elliotte Friedman said on Calgary radio this morning that the Rangers "kind of fished in around" into things with Duchene but that he doesn't know if there is a fit.(FanRag)

10/19/17 | Darren Dreger reports on TSN that the Rangers have checked in on the status of Matt Duchene.

Dreger said that there is an "endless cycle" around Duchene and that the Rangers are a "classic example of a team that initially was in, then they were out, recently they are back in, just revisiting, but they don't think there is anything even remotely possible." (TSN)

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Henrik Lundqvist said following last night's game that Alain Vigneault presented the Rangers with two choices:

  • "To feel sorry for ourselves"
  • "Go out and really try to make the most of this situation"

Lundqvist said that the Rangers were close to winning, one play away in the past two games, and that he likes how they played against the Islanders, "especially" in the second half.

Vigneault said after last night's game, "I'm a firm believer that if you prepare and work hard, things will fall into place. We battled back again tonight, it's not the first time we have done that this year, we got one point but we battled hard."

Brendan Smith said after the game, "I thought we played well, and we have to build on those. Like anything, if you flip the coin how many times it goes heads, it's going to come back tails. And we need it to come back in our favor, and it's going to. If we just keep that process, it's going to come our way and we're going to build on it." (NYR Game Notes)

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(Adam Hunger)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Isles and said:

  • On the third, "in the second and the third, we gave up that early goal, down by two against a strong team like the Isles. We buckled down. Our guys worked extremely hard, maybe our execution isn't perfect but the work ethic and commitment to try and play the right way is there. I'm a firm believer that if you prepare and work hard, things will fall into place. We battled back again tonight, it's not the first time we have done that this year, we got one point but we battled hard."
  • Was McDonagh hurt on that blocked shot at the end of OT, "no."
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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Henrik Lundqvist met with the media following the Rangers loss to the Islanders and said (MSG, NYR Game Notes):

On whether he allows himself any satisfaction in gaining a point tonight given the big saves he made …"

  • Yes and no. I think this game and last game we showed a lot of good things, the way we battled back. Again, tough start. We start the game on the PK and they get a goal right away. It's too many games now where we give up the first goal. I have to be better; as a group we have to be better. Just really focus on the first 10 (minutes) to give us a chance to feel good about ourselves."

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First Period 

  • 2:40 NYI Anders Lee (Power Play); Assists: Ryan Pulock, Jordan Eberle
  • 5:02 NYR David Desharnais; Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal
  • 6:06 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Andrew Ladd

Second Period 

  • 1:15 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Calvin de Haan, Josh Bailey

Third Period 

  • 3:29 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Brendan Smith
  • 14:06 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assists: Jesper Fast, Ryan McDonagh
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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK -- When the New York Islanders and New York Rangers meet, there is never a shortage of intensity and energy.

 

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( Adam Hunger)

On Wednesday, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers are having too many bad starts and need to simplify things when the puck is dropped.

He said that the need to make sure they get pucks deep and stop turning it over, adding they are "very aware" of how often they are giving up the puck. (NYR)

On Thursday, Vigneault said that the Rangers need to keep things simple in the first and last minutes of periods and need to "execute" in all areas of the ice.

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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 Thursday prior to the Rangers game against the Islanders (NYR):

  • "I thought we played pretty good against Jersey also. We've had some good moments in some good games. Tonight we get another opportunity against a good rival to put our game in place and I know it will be a hard fought game, we will have to play fast and check well. We are ready for it, we've taken strides and working real hard to get our game in order."
  • On McDonagh's season, "Mac puts a lot on himself and there is probably a couple of decisions here and there that are not Mac-like. He has always been very dependable, a lot like some of our other guys, trying real hard to get this going in the right direction. He is only 1 or 2 really solid plays away from being really good. Everybody looks at the last game and what happened at the end but you gotta turn the page, move on and focus on tonight and that is what I want him to do."
  • How much does the team struggle when he isn't on his game, "it's the same as every line or every D pair or the goalie. To win in today's NHL you can't win with a "B" game. You gotta work real hard but also have to perform and execute in all the areas. Tonight, if I'm a linemate on a line, it's your responsibility to make sure you are going out on the ice and performing to your best, otherwise you are not helping your linemates. We need a complete and total effort from our whole group."
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3:09PM: On McDonagh's season, Alain Vigneault said today  "Mac puts a lot on himself and there is probably a couple of decisions here and there that are not Mac-like. He has always been very dependable, a lot like some of our other guys, trying real hard to get this going in the right direction. He is only 1 or 2 really solid plays away from being really good. Everybody looks at the last game and what happened at the end but you gotta turn the page, move on and focus on tonight and that is what I want him to do."

10:47AM: McDonagh said that he is good to go for tonight's game. (NYR)

10:42AM: McDonagh and Kevin Hayes left the ice after skating, leaving the likely scratches for tonight, Ondrej Pavelec, Steven Kampfer, Nick Holden and Paul Carey, on the ice. (Cyrgalis)

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10/19/17 | On Wednesday, Vigneault said that the Rangers are working "extremely hard" right now and have taken "huge steps in the right direction in all facets of our game."

Vigneault said that the Rangers are focused, preparing well and that it's "just a matter of time before we put it all together."

Kevin Shattenkirk said that when the Rangers come out of this slide they will be a "stronger team" because of the lessons they learned. (NY Post)

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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)

10/18/17 | 8:34PM: Bob McKenzie reiterates that Nash wants to stay a Ranger past this season, will need to take a pay cut and that there hasn't been much discussion about an extension. (NBCSN, Today's Slapshot)

McKenzie adds that if the Rangers continue to struggle then Nash will likely be traded before the deadline. (NBCSN, Today's Slapshot)

10/9/17 | 10:48AM: Nash said that it would be exciting to become a free agent for the first time but that he hopes that he gets to stay with the Rangers. (The Athletic)

Nash's agent Joe Resnick said that Nash isn't thinking about a contract right now. (The Athletic)

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10/19/17 | Shattenkirk said that he was too tentative in the Rangers first few games but now he is "just playing" and putting himself in the right spots. (Newsday)

10/18/17 | Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday that Kevin Shattenkirk is putting a lot of pressure on himself and that he likes players who are accountable and "demanding" of themselves.

Vigneault said that Shattenkirk is still adjusting to being with the Rangers but he is closing in on knowing and understanding about 90% of what the Rangers want to do and how they want to play.

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

  • Will McDonagh be okay for tomorrow, "as far as I know, yes. Today was a maintenance day. At this time I would say that he should be good tomorrow and I should be able to let you know in the morning."
  • Are you having a morning skate, "no, just a couple of guys. McDonagh should be one of them."
  • On the offense, "we are working extremely hard right now both as a team and individually for us to win. This is a business that is oriented around winning and we need to get our game to where it will permit us to do that on a more regular basis. I look at the things we have been working on and we are taking huge steps in the right direction in all facets of our game, defensively and offensively and it's just a matter of time before we put it all together. The focus is there, the prep and hard work is there and needed to be successful and we have an opportunity tomorrow against another good team. We had the Stanley Cup champions come in here and now one of our biggest rivals. We played well against one of our rivals against New Jersey. I'm expecting the same type of energy and execution and jump tomorrow and expect us to be on the right side this time."
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1:38PM: Ryan McDonagh should be able to play tomorrow against the Islanders but he will skate in the morning. (NYR, Zipay)

12:52PM: At practice today, Nick Holden skated in McDonagh's spot next to Tony DeAngelo, Marc Staal and Kevin Shattenkirk stayed together and so did Brady Skjei and Brendan Smith. (Zipay)

Paul Carey and Steven Kampfer skated as an extra defense pair. (Zipay)

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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) awaits the face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) awaits the face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Through seven games to start the season, Ryan McDonagh has two assists, a minus two rating, 10 PIM and an average of 23:29 per game.

McDonagh has been credited with 9 giveaways, including 6 last night in the Rangers loss to the Penguins.

McDonagh turned the puck over in OT last night, leading to the Penguins game winner, and said that he let the team down and made a "really bad play."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG and said:

  • On the game, "there is no sense in being frustrated. It's about playing the game and playing it the right way. We started off, again, tonight, we didn't make the simple plays but you gotta like the way we battled back. We came back real strong in the second and third and carried most of the play and had a lead. Could say that there was icing on the play, maybe Kevin shouldn't' have touched the puck, right now it's a little bit challenging as far as putting the whole game together for us. This group is very accountable and working very hard and I'm very confident that if we keep doing a lot of the things we are doing we will be on the right track."
  • On McDonagh messing up, "you guys know Ryan as much as I do and how much he cares and wants to do the right thing. There is always that fine line of wanting to do too much to help the team. Ryan is a great captain and a great person and he will do like the rest of the group and work himself out of this and we will be on the right track real soon."
  • On the penalty on the 5 on 3, "he got pushed from behind by the goalie and the momentum pushed him on the D. I don't really think I can fault him for that. I looked at the replay quickly and I have to see it again. It's part of the game."
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(AP)

On MSG, Henrik Lundqvist was asked about the game tying goal that Sidney Crosby score and said:

  • On the tying goal, "I think you watched five replays so you probably know what happened, he banged it off me and it's not the first time that happens. As a goalie you just need to make sure you are alert. Try to deflect the pass but when it goes right at you like that, sometimes you need some luck. I didn't have it in that situation. I don't know what else to say. It was a tough goal to give up late in the game. Sometimes it's easy to face a shot then have a play like that where my stick is there and it's a just a bad bounce, that is what it is."
  • Were you surprised on the tying goal, "when the puck is there you wait for the next play and when it bangs it off your stick like that you hope it doesn't go the way it went in. It went back and not in front of me. Sometimes you need to hide behind the post and some players, Crosby does it a lot. Just gotta learn from it. Maybe it was a little surprising, I didn't expect that."
Tags: Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh
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The Rangers scored three straight goals in the second period, but Evgeni Malkin scored the game-winning goal to propel the Penguins to a 5-4 win on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Read More


First period:

  • 0:43 PIT Phil Kessel; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Ian Cole
  • 13:30 PIT Carl Hagelin; Assists: Olli Maatta

Second period:

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Oct 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) plays the puck in front of St. Louis Blues center Tage Thompson (32) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) plays the puck in front of St. Louis Blues center Tage Thompson (32) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers are sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference at 1-5-0, their worst start since 1980. They are desperate for a victory, and the good news is their next game is on home ice Tuesday night.

 

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Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) looks to pass the puck during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) looks to pass the puck during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When asked what the Rangers can do better to limit turnovers, Alain Vigneault said Saturday that they need to make better decisions with the puck.

Ryan McDonagh said that the Rangers are trying to force things and that the for them to be successful they need to play as a unit of five, play fast and understand where each other are on the ice.

Rick Nash said that the Rangers need to simplify their game and stick with a simple game, even when they are struggling. (NYR Game Notes)

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(Brad Penner)

Tonight against the Penguins, the Rangers are expected to start with the lines as (NYR):

  • Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider, David Desharnais, JT Miller
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast
  • Michael Grabner, Adam Cracknell, Pavel Buchnevich

Alain Vigneault said today that Cracknell has played center "quite a bit" and that Lindy Ruff said that he played Cracknell at center about 50% of the time last season.

On defense the plan is similar to Saturday's loss in New Jersey, with Ryan McDonagh and Anthony DeAngelo, Marc Staal and Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei and Brendan Smith. (NYR)

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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 this morning and said (NYR):

  • Is Cracknell in today, "yes, he is playing. Four lines and 6 D."
  • How much center has he played, "quite a bit. Lindy said that he used him there more than 50% of the time last year so he is used to playing there and he will be effective for us."
  • On JT Miller's season, "JT has always been good on faceoffs, especially on the strong side, good technique and strength and has been efficient for us. As far as his play, like the rest of our team, especially on offense, just a little bit off and that is one of the reasons that when you have guys with that skill level, that can play a power game are having a tough time helping us score goals, we haven't scored a lot of goals this year. We are looking to play a solid two-way game and finish a bit more on the opportunities we are getting."
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( Adam Hunger)

Brady Skjei said on Monday that spirits in the Rangers locker room are "still high" and that while it's been a frustrating start, "there is a lot of fight in this room" and the Rangers are trying to improve every day. (NYR)

Skjei added that the Rangers are a "tight knit" group and that no one is giving up or quitting. (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said on Monday that no one is happy with where the Rangers are right now but that these struggles will help to form the team's identity.

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Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) takes a shot against Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 13, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) takes a shot against Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Only 6 of the Rangers 13 goals so far this season have come at 5 on 5 while the Rangers have allowed 12 goals at 5 on 5.

The Rangers had two 5 on 5 goals against the Leafs and Canadiens and one each against the Blue Jackets and Devils this past weekend. (Natural Stat Trick)

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers are aware of their scoring issues so far and that they are working on being more efficient with the puck while trying to make plays.

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(Brad Penner)

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

  • On practice, "we had a good practice, worked on a couple of areas we needed to work on. A little bit of forecheck and zone time and got a lot out of it."
  • On the lack of even strength scoring, "we are aware of it. Right now, except for that Toronto game where we scored 4 goals at 5 on 5, the other 5 games we have only scored two goals at 5 on 5. It's definitely an area we are working on, being more efficient coming into the zone and making certain plays and trusting their instincts. These guys have had pretty good numbers and we have done it on a four line basis and there is no doubt that we, in my estimation, improved the defensive side of the game but we need to score some goals and focus on our offensive zone. We get another opportunity tomorrow.' 
  • "For me, I see this as us being challenged, we are feeling adversity as a group and the solution lies inside that room. As a player you control what you can control, hard work, prep, making sure you analyze your game properly so that you can focus on the areas that you need to improve. That is where coaching comes in, to provide the right feedback and if we get our guys to improve their games individually, team will benefit, play better and win. When you win you are happy and when you don't win it's a little more challenging."
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

12:13PM: At Rangers practice on Monday, the team is using the following lines (Cyrgalis):

  • Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider, David Desharnais, JT Miller
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast
  • Michael Grabner, Paul Carey, Adam Cracknell/Pavel Buchnevich.

On defense, the Rangers have Ryan McDonagh with Tony DeAngelo, Brady Skjei with Brendan Smith, Marc Staal with Kevin Shattenkirk, Nick Holden with Steven Kampfer. (Cyrgalis)

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Ryan McDonagh said on Saturday that hopefully this was "rock bottom early on" for the Rangers and that this is a real "gut check" time."

McDonagh said that the Rangers have no one to blame but themselves and that an inability to play a 60 minute game has been the story so far this season.

He said that there is an understanding of the expectations both for the team and individually and that the Rangers need to play with more "edge and desperation."

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(Brad Penner)

Ryan McDonagh said on Saturday that this group of Rangers is not going to quit and that he knows that to be a "fact."

McDonagh said that the Rangers need to keep working, trust their system and play a game with more edge and more desperation.

He added that this group of players understand that their recent play is not good enough and that if they don't then "something is wrong."

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Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) carries the puck during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 25, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) carries the puck during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

10/16/17 |Alain Vigneault said on Monday, of DeAngelo's game on Saturday, "he had some real good moments and decisions with the puck, there is no doubt that the upside is there. His penalty was costly, he pushed the guy a little bit, fell on the goalie and the ref looking right at it he didn't call it, the ref 80ft behind calls it. I'm thinking that if he is a more veteran guy he probably doesn't get that call. He needs to establish himself, establish that respect with the refs. He had some good moments, I like the skill level and he did some good things."

10/15/17 | In his return to the lineup last night, Anthony DeAngelo was a minus one, had 3 shots on goal, 1 shot that missed the net, 2 hits and 2 giveaways.

DeAngelo was also called for a cross checking penalty early in the third period that led to the winning goal for the Devils.

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Following Friday's loss to Columbus, Henrik Lundqvist said that "turnovers" are killing the Rangers and preventing them from playing fast.

Following Saturday's loss to New Jersey, Brady Skjei said that "turnovers" are killing the Rangers and preventing them from playing fast. (MSG)

Asked what changed after a strong first period on Saturday, Alain Vigneault said "turnovers. We turned the puck over and couldn't play as fast as we did in the first period."

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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)

The Wolf Pack defeated Springfield 4-3 last night on the back of a 3-point performance from Filip Chytil:

  • John Gilmour: 1 goal, 1 shot, plus one, interference penalty
  • Neal Pionk: 4 shots
  • Adam Tambellini: 5 shots
  • Brandon Crawley: 1 shot, cross checking penalty
  • Steven Fogarty: 1 shot, minus one
  • Boo Nieves: 1 goal, 2 shots, minus one, hooking penalty
  • Ryan Graves: 1 shot, plus one
  • Gabriel Fontaine: 1 shot, minus one
  • Alexei Bereglazov: 1 assist, holding penalty
  • Filip Chytil: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 shots, plus three
  • Matt Puempel: 2 shots
  • Vinni Lettieri: 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots, plus three, slashing penalty
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Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault leaves the ice after the first period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 14, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault leaves the ice after the first period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Alain Vigneault met with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to New Jersey and said:

  • What changed in the second, "turnovers. We turned the puck over and couldn't play as fast as we did in the first period and they capitalized on a couple of their looks."
  • How do you prevent the turnovers, "it's better decision making. We obviously came out real strong and made the right decisions with the puck which permitted us to play a fast game. We weren't able to capitalize on some of our looks but you gotta keep playing the right way and if you do you will be rewarded. In the second period we had too many costly turnovers. We started off the third with a couple of unwarranted penalties on our part. Tried to battle back and came up short."
  • On 11 forwards and 7 D, "we played back to back, I just felt that tonight that gave us the best chance to win."
  • On the injuries, "no, at the end of the day everybody that I thought was questionable ended up playing."
  • On Jesper Fast, "he looked alright for having no exhibition games, didn't have a lot of practice on a regular line. Skated well and competed real hard like he always does."
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