At NYRangers.com, they profile newly acquired Tim Erixon as part of the Rangers "20 Prospects in 20 Days" feature.

The Rangers acquired Erixon from Calgary on June 1.

In the article, Gordie Clark says that Erixon's vision and reaction to the play remind him of Derek Stepan:

"I think it would be his intellect in terms of how he sees the game, particularly the defensive game coming at him and how he reacts to it," said Clark. "He sees it well and identifies what to do. And then when he does get the puck, he sees who to give it to and how to get his own team going back up the ice on a threat. It would be a defenseman's version of what we see in Derek Stepan."
Click HERE to read bout how the Rangers acquired Erixon and HERE to read about how they may have beaten the system to get him.

Erixon was listed at the Rangers top prospect recently.

Many believe that Erixon could play with the Rangers next season.

More on him, HERE and HERE.

I am excited about Erixon and can't wait to see what he brings to the Rangers. When it comes to defensemen, the ability to read the play and react to it is almost everything. He will certainly get a big chance to make the team in training camp.

Tags: 20 Prospects In 20 Days, Tim Erixon, Tim Erixon Scouting Report, Adam Rotter

Mar 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) shoots and scores a goal in front of New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Mar 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) shoots and scores a goal in front of New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

Rick Nash has goals in consecutive games for the first time since before the Christmas break.

He has 2 goals and 5 shots in the past two games after going 9 games without a goal.

Nash said after his goal in New Jersey and after his goal against the Islanders that he is "here" & "paid" to score goals. (NY Post)

Tags: Rick Nash
Read More

The Rangers have signed UFA goaltender Chris Nell of Bowling Green State Univeristy.

Nell, 22, was undrafted and went 17-14-2 this past season for BGSU with a 2.15 GAA and .916 save percentage.

From the Rangers release, "Over his final eight appearances of the season, Nell posted a 7-1-0 record, along with a 1.26 GAA, a .957 SV%, and 3 SO, and he registered three consecutive shutouts from Feb. 11 vs. Mercyhurst to Feb. 25 vs. Alabama-Huntsville. He was named the NCAA's First Star of the Week, as well as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, for the week ending on Feb. 26, as he stopped all 71 shots he faced in two appearances."

In his college career he went 41-29-10 with a GAA of 2.07, 11 shutouts and a save percentage of .922.

Read More

Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second 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 right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Tanner Glass replaced Pavel Buchnevich in the Rangers lineup last night after being a scratch for two straight games.

  • Glass played 6:50, had a fight in the second period, 1 shot on goal and 2 hits.
  • He played 2:45 in the first, 2:01 in the second and 2:04 in the third.

Alain Vigneault said before the game that due to some bumps and bruises the Rangers had some game time decisions and he said after the game that the opponent being the Islanders also played into the decision.

Vigneault said I just thought that making those two changes would help us out and for the most part our group as a whole played a strong game."

Read More

Mar 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) reacts as he skates off the ice after losing to the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Mar 22, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) reacts as he skates off the ice after losing to the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

The Rangers out-shot the Islanders 36 to 28 (28-21 at 5 on 5) and out-attempted the Islanders 71 to 54, (54-41 at 5 on 5)

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers played a "strong game,' had "good looks" offensively and defensively didn't give up much.

He said, "we came out and played a good game, it was a hard fought battle and we just got on the wrong side of a couple of bounces in the third."

Antti Raanta said that it was the first "really good 60 minutes at home" in some time and that the Rangers were the "better team" but didn't have "the luck." (Rangers Game Notes)

Read More

Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Magnus Hellberg (45) makes a glove save against the New York Islanders during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Magnus Hellberg (45) makes a glove save against the New York Islanders during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

  • "the way we came out, we played a strong game. We had some real good looks, defensively we didn't give up much. We got a little unlucky in the third period as far as bounces on our PK. The only way to get the right bounces is to continue to work smart and hard. That is what this group is gonna do. We came out and played a good game, it was a hard fought battle and we just got on the wrong side of a couple of bounces in the third."
  • On missing chances offensively, "give their goalie credit, he made some big saves and give them credit also. They are battling hard and they came up with a solid effort also."
Read More

GEICO SportsNite: NYI@NYR 00:01:04
Alain Vigneault, Ryan McDonagh and John Tavares break down the game between the crosstown rivals as the Islanders defeated the Rangers, 3-2.

The Islanders scored two goals in the third period to defeat the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, 3-2.  >> Read more

First Period

  • 2:46 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play); Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Derek Stepan

Second Period

  • 3:40 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Anthony Beauviller, Nick Leddy
  • 6:36 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Oscar Lindberg, Nick Holden

Third Period

  • 5:01 NYI Nikolay Kulemin (Power Play); Assists: Anthony Beavuillier, Joshua Ho-Sang
  • 12:38 NYI Andrew Ladd (Power Play); Assists: Anders Lee, John Tavares
Read More

Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal with forward Oscar Lindberg (24) and forward Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal with forward Oscar Lindberg (24) and forward Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

11:14PM: Asked about putting Glass and Kampfer in, Alain Vigneault said that it had somehwat to do with it being a back to back, "a little bit of that, a little bit of the opponent also. I just thought that making those two changes would help us out and for the most part our group as a whole played a strong game."

8:02PM: The Rangers have confirmed that Buchnevich and Clendening are scratched.

7:47PM: According to the line rushes in warmups, Tanner Glass will replace Pavel Buchnevich and Steven Kampfer will replace Adam Clendening in the Rangers lineup tonight. (Brooks)

Alain Vigneault said earlier in the day that the Rangers had some gametime decisions relating to bumps and bruises in the second part of a back to back.

Tags: Adam Clendening, Pavel Buchnevich, Steve Kampfer, Tanner Glass
Read More

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates scoring a goal during the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates scoring a goal during the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger)

The Rangers return to MSG tonight having lost six straight on home ice and face an Islanders team that is currently three points out of a playoff spot.

Alain Vigneault was asked about matching the Islanders desperation tonight and said that the Rangers don't have a checkmark by their name for the playoffs yet and that "we will come ready to play tonight."

On playing at home, Vigneault said that the Rangers just need to put a 60 minute game together on home ice.

Read More

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 prior to tonight's game against the Isles and said (NYR):

  • On the lineup, "I have some gametime decisions to make. Back to back, some bumps and bruises and we will probably decide during warmups. There is a possibility up front and a definite possibility on defense."
  • Hank is doing real well. If you'd ask him he would probably want to play tonight but we will get through what we decided before, he will skate today, skate in LA and then he will get in 2 of the 3 games on that trip."
  • Which games, "not sure if it's Saturday or Sunday, we are still looking at the different options there but he should be able to play two of the three games."
  • More on Hank, "I would say that if we really need him tonight he might play. That is how good he has felt, he is that close. He has been working hard and right now it's about us being smart about this and that is what we are doing."
Read More

Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Feb 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

11:54AM: Alain Vigneault said that Antti Raanta will start tonight against the Islanders but that Henrik Lundqvist is likely to play 2 of the 3 games on the Rangers upcoming road trip. (NYR)

The Rangers play in LA on Saturday, Anaheim on Sunday and San Jose next Tuesday.

It had been suggested that the Rangers were targeting their California trip as a time when Lundqvist could return.

Tags: Henrik Lundqvist
Read More

11:41AM: The Rangers are conducting their morning skate today and the following players are on the ice: Tanner Glass, Steven Kampfer, Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel, Kevin Klein, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist. (NYR)

The Rangers announced yesterday that the players on the ice this morning would be the "extras."

Read More

Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (22) hits New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Nick Holden (22) hits New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Rangers had 68 shot attempts against the Devils last night, compared to the 41 that the Devils had.

The Rangers had 14 hits, the Devils had 15 and the Rangers forced the Devils into 11 giveaways compared to only 3 for the Rangers.

JT Miller said that it was a "playoff-type game" and that everyone put their bodies on the line. (NY Times & Newsday)

Antti Raanta said that there was a lot of "emotion and energy" against the Devils last night and that overall it was a "pretty solid 60" for the Rangers. (NY Post)

Read More

 (AP)
(AP)

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

  • On the battle level, "it was a competitive game, no doubt there. Both teams, and we talked about this prior to the game, their top line, I don't know how they are playing against other teams but against us they are giving us a handful, lots of speed and skill. For the most part both teams battled hard, made plays, lots of physicality and we were able to come back and tie it up. In OT we had some looks and they were able to make us pay when we missed the net and they came down 2 on 1."
  • On the emotion in the game, "every game is competitive and there is no doubt that there was some physicality and some bad blood in there. That is part of hockey and we need to refocus because we have another tough matchup tomorrow night."
Read More

Raanta positive following loss 00:00:28
Rangers goalie Antti Raanta talks about the 3-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils and how the Rangers played well despite the result.

Second Period

15:16 NJD John Quenneville (Power Play); Assists: Joseph Blandisi, Pavel Zacha

16:53 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Pavel Buchnevich

Read More

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)

Rick Nash has not scored in the four games since he returned from injury and hasn't scored in 9 games overall, dating back to 2/26 against Columbus.

Nash has put 44 shots on goal during his nine-game scoreless streak and has a shooting percentage of 2.3% during that stretch.

In 60 games last season Nash had 15 goals and 21 assists, with a shooting percentage of 8.2% in 16:56 per game.

Tags: Rick Nash
Read More

Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) scores a goal on New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) during the third period at Xcel Energy Center. The Rangers defeated the Wild 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) scores a goal on New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) during the third period at Xcel Energy Center. The Rangers defeated the Wild 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Rangers have allowed PP goals against in six straight games, allowing teams to go 7 for 20 in that span.

The Rangers now rank 20th in the NHL in penalty killing, 25th at home but 8th on the road.

Alain Vigneault spoke before the game against Minnesota and said that the Rangers road PK has been good this season but that on the road they have been having a lot of "miscues and misreads."

Read More

The Rangers magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 8, according to Steve Zipay.

The Rangers can clinch a spot with any combination of 8 points either gained by them or lost by the Islanders.

The Rangers have a 100% chance of making the playoffs according to Sports Club Stats.

According to PlayoffStatus.com the Rangers have a 91% chance of finishing in the top Wild Card spot with a less than 1% chance of falling to the second Wild Card spot.

Read More

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

  • On Hank, "I know he has been following the medical protocol and going through the different stages with Benny on the ice. Talked to him briefly before practice and said he was feeling much better, he looked alright and did most of the practice today and will skate again tomorrow and go from there."
  • More on Hank, "I think the logical thing to say is that we are on the same protocol before and that I would expect him at some point on the California trip."
Tags: Henrik Lundqvist
Read More

 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Kevin Klein has been out since 2/21 and has missed the past 13 games with back spasms.

Alain Vigneault said on Monday that Klein, along with Dan Girardi, have both been cleared medically to return but after being out so long they need to get back "up to speed."

Vigneault cited pace and execution as two things that Klein and Girardi need to get back.

Tags: Kevin Klein
Read More

Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

3/20/17 | 4:06PM: Alain Vigneault said today:

  • On Hank, "I know he has been following the medical protocol and going through the different stages with Benny on the ice. Talked to him briefly before practice and said he was feeling much better, he looked alright and did most of the practice today and will skate again tomorrow and go from there."
  • More on Hank, "I think the logical thing to say is that we are on the same protocol before and that I would expect him at some point on the California trip."

3:05PM: Lundqvist spoke today and said (NYR):

  • "I felt pretty good. The toughest part for me is being patient and not trying to do too much. We have a plan and trying to stick to that. The last couple of days have been really good, I think, on the ice and now it's about getting my speed and timing back. I can feel that I have been away for a little bit but a couple of good days of practice and get back to it."
Tags: Henrik Lundqvist
Read More

 Brian Compton, Nick Licalzi, and Adam Rotter look back at the Rangers' win over the Wild, Brady Skjei's homecoming, Marc Staal's unfamiliar spot on the blue line, and Jimmy Vesey's return to the scoresheet. Later, Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated calls in to discuss his piece on Kevin Hayes.

Read More

1:36PM: The Rangers will use the same lineup that defeated Minnesota on Saturday when they visit Newark to play the Devils tomorrow. (NYR)

This means that both Pavel Buchnevich and Adam Clendening will play for the second straight game and that Antti Raanta will be in net.

Ryan McDonagh, who had a maintenance day, will play tomorrow. (NYR)


Read More

12:41PM: Henrik Lundqvist, Kevin Klein and Dan Girardi are all skating today at Rangers practice. (NYR)

Ryan McDonagh is not skating with what the team has termed a maintenance day.

Klein and Girardi are skating as a pair together and are unlikely to play against the Devils tomorrow. (Zipay)

Steve Zipay says that the Rangers seem to have their "Kid Line" of Pavel Buchnevich, Jimmy Vesey and Oscar Lindberg still together. (Zipay)

Read More

Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Jan 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) celebrates his game winning goal in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. New York won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers best lineup is one that includes JT Miller playing on the third line with Kevin Hayes and Michael Grabner. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that Alain Vigneault needs to have confidence in Jimmy Vesey and boost him back into the top-six which can allow Miller to slide down to the third line. (NY Post)

Miller has skated with Rick Nash in the past few games and while Brooks says that Miller and Nash play well together and are the team's "two best forwards by a considerable margin," taking Miller away from Hayes hurts the Rangers chemistry and "dilutes" their depth. (NY Post)

Brooks writes that the Rangers need to rely on their depth to win and that they are a much deeper team with Vesey in the top-six and Miller playing with Hayes. (NY Post)

Tags: J.T. Miller
Read More

Jan 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Clendening (4) takes a slap shot during the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Jan 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Clendening (4) takes a slap shot during the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

In his return to the lineup on Saturday, Adam Clendening played 10:48 and had an assist.

Clendening had been a healthy scratch for six games after the Rangers called up Steve Kampfer.

He played 4:52 in the first period, 4:44 in the second period and 1:12 in the third period.

Tags: Adam Clendening
Read More

Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) celebrates with defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) following the game against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Rangers defeated the Wild 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) celebrates with defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) following the game against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Rangers defeated the Wild 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Chris Kreider said that when the Rangers play on the road they play a "north-south" game but that when they are on the road they play more "east-west." (NY Post)

Kreider said that the Rangers pay more attention to detail on the road and need to straighten things out at MSG. (NY Post)

Rick Nash talked about Friday about the Rangers being too "cute" with their play at MSG and said that they may have been "too cute" with some odd-man rushes on Saturday in Minnesota but that overall they simplified and "played the kind of game we need." (NY Post)

Nash said that the Rangers play with a clearer mind when on the road and that when they are at home they try too hard to impress with their skill and speed. (NY Post)

Read More

Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) hits Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) hits Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Marc Staal was paired with Ryan McDonagh for the 7th straight game last night but, for the first time, Staal was paired on the right while McDonagh played on the left.

Staal has played his career almost entirely on the left side and told Larry Brooks that he couldn't remember the last time he played an entire game as the right defenseman. (NY Post)

He played 21:06 and told Brooks that he didn't know he was playing on the right side until he saw it on the board. He said that Vigneault didn't give him a reason for the switch and that he just "went out and played." (NY Post)

Tags: Marc Staal
Read More

Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Jimmy Vesey scored his first goal in 14 games last night.

Vesey last scored on 2/16 against the Islanders and has 4 goals in the past 31 games.

He had two shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot.

Tags: Jimmy Vesey
Read More

Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal with forward Oscar Lindberg (24) and forward Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal with forward Oscar Lindberg (24) and forward Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Pavel Buchnevich returned to the Rangers lineup last night in place of Tanner Glass after being scratched on Friday in favor of Glass.

Buchnevich played 9:42, had an assist, 1 shot on goal and 2 shot attempts blocked.

He played 3:09 in the first period, 4:11 in the second period and 2:22 in the third period, all at even strength.

When he was on the ice the Rangers had 9 shot attempts for, 5 against, 4 shots on goal for and 5 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

Tags: Pavel Buchnevich
Read More

Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey (26) celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Despite being outshot 12-9 in the first period, the Rangers and Wild went to the first intermission tied at 1.

Overall the Rangers outshot the Wild 30-27 and outhit the Wild 14-12, with 8 of those hits coming from Marc Staal and Nick Holden (4 each).

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers played a "good game in a real tough building" and had a "real gutsy performance."

Read More

Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

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

  • On the game, "there is no doubt that we played a good game in a real tough building. We got in late last night and I thought that it was a real gutsy performance by our group here. They started real hard and we were able to get by that first hard wave but after that we played solid both offensively and defensively and we had some good looks and when we had breakdowns Antti made some good saves."
  • On battle level, "to come into play this team, you just look at their lineup and to get two points you need a solid effort from the whole group. We got that tonight, our kids line was real good and got us that big goal in the second period and we did what we had to do to get the two points."
  • On the line switch, "it happened early on, we took those penalties and I wanted to get Nasher and Step back together on one of the units and by doing that, we killed the second penalty and we had a faceoff in their end, Step was a little tired and I put Mika out there and they scored. I just figured that I would go with that. (Laugh) Wasn't a lot of thinking on that one."
Read More

Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) shoots during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) shoots during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Brady Skjei spoke on MSG about his goal tonight and scoring against his hometown team.

Skjei said, "It's unbelievable. It's a rink I've come to since I was a little kid. It's my hometown team, it's a dream come true and I won't forget that one."

Tags: Brady Skjei
Read More

Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) celebrates with defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) following the game against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Rangers defeated the Wild 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Mar 18, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) celebrates with defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) following the game against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Rangers defeated the Wild 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Rangers held off the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. >> Read more


First period:

  • 12:54 MIN Eric Staal; Assists: Martin Hanzai, Matt Dumba
  • 16:01 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Adam Clendening 

Second period:

Read More

Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) 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 Pavel Buchnevich (89) in action against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

6:58PM: Adam Clendening is in for Steven Kampfer and Buchnevich is in for Tanner Glass.

Vigneault said earlier tonight (NYR):

  • "Our PK on the road has been good, at home it's miscues and misreads and it's an area that we are spending a lot of time on. It's an are that we know, speciality teams, need to be better and we are spending a lot of time on it."
  • On being consistent, "you look at last night's game and we are ready to play. In the first 10 minutes we had a lot of looks and other than one scoring chance 5 on 5 we didn't give them anything in the first. Then we took a penalty and they had two opportunities off of that. The second we know wasn't good enough, we weren't skating or moving the puck but we played real well in the third. We know as a group that it's a 60 minute effort and that is what we will try to do tonight."
  • On injury updates, "Kleiner skated and felt good. Dan did not skate, a scheduled off day for him, so we will see how they all are tomorrow."
  • On Buchnevich, "he's a young player, like I have mentioned a lot of times. We are talking to him about the areas that he is doing well and want him to continue and there are other areas where he needs to improve on and we are doing that on a daily basis and I am confident he will have a good game tonight."

5:03PM: Antti Raanta will start for the Rangers tonight against Minnesota. (Russo)

Pavel Buchnevich will return to the Rangers lineup and Alain Vigneault said that there are some game time decisions on the lineup. (Russo)

Tags: Antti Raanta, Pavel Buchnevich
Read More

Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during third period at Madison Square Garden. The Florida Panthers defeated New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during third period at Madison Square Garden. The Florida Panthers defeated New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mats Zuccarello scored twice last night, his first multi-point game since January 17th and his first multi-goal goal since 10/28.

Zuccarello has a three-game point streak and has 30 points (6 goals and 24 assists) in the past 38 games. (Rangers Game Notes)

This is the fourth straight season where Zuccarello has at least 49 points and his 3rd season in the past 4 where he has registered 50 points.

Alain Vigneault spoke about Zuccarello after the game last night and said, "even when he wasn't scoring goals I thought he was working extremely hard and playing well. This is a 200ft game, there are two nets and you gotta play well at both ends and Mats had been doing that even though he hadn't been scoring for us."

Tags: Mats Zuccarello
Read More

Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) controls the puck against Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers are winless in their last six games at home (0-4-2) and have been outscored 23 to 11.

Rick Nash said last night that the Rangers try to make "cute plays" at home while on the road they play in straight lines and make simple plays.

Nash said that the Rangers talk about playing in straight lines and getting pucks on net while on the bench and need to find a way to simplify their game at home.

Read More

Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) scores a goal against New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) at Madison Square Garden. The Florida Panthers defeated New York Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 17, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) scores a goal against New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) at Madison Square Garden. The Florida Panthers defeated New York Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers were up 2-0 and up 7-2 in shots for about the first 7-8 minutes of last night's game against the Florida before ending the period still up 2-0 but down 11-7 in shots.

In the second period the Panthers scored twice to tie the game and out-shot the Rangers 14-8 and were out-attempting the Rangers through two periods 43 to 31. (HockeyStats)

Tanner Glass mentioned during the second intermission that the Rangers compete and battle level was not where it needed to be in the second period. (MSG)

Read More

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

Alain Vigneault spoke with the media on MSG following the Rangers loss to Florida and said:

  • What changed after the first 10, "there is no doubt that our group came ready to play tonight and we had a good start, had the first 5 scoring chances. The last 10 minutes of the first and in the second period we just didn't sustain it, we stopped moving our feet the way we can, stopped moving the puck the way we can and they were the better team during that time. In the third period I thought we played extremely well and had some good looks, they made a great play that gave them the lead and we were able to fight back and tie it up."
  • On the games left at MSG, "again, I said it this morning and I will say it again, it's 200x85. Whether you are here or in Philly or anywhere else it's the same ice surface. For 30 minutes we were able to play a real strong game, we gotta put 60 minutes together and there is no overthinking about it, it's as simple as that."
  • On Zuccarello, "even when he wasn't scoring goals I thought he was working extremely hard and playing well. This is a 200ft game, there are two nets and you gotta play well at both ends and Mats had been doing that even though he hadn't been scoring for us."
Read More

Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (61) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. Nash scores game winning goal. The Rangers shut out the Stars 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Rick Nash spoke with John Giannone on MSG after the Rangers loss to Florida and said:

  • "It seems like we play in straight lines on the road, pucks deep and at home we try to make the cute plays and not get as many shots on net. We are trying to bring that road game home."
  • Do you realize it's happening, "yea, I think that, you are down there and hear us on the bench and we are trying to play in straight lines, trying to get shots through and when it's 7-8 shots on net in the second it's obviously not good enough. Trying to simplify our game at home, not try and make so many cute plays. That is what we do on the road and why we have success."
  • On battle level in the second, "they took it to us after the first 10 minutes of the game, they trapped us in our zone. Their D came down low on the wingers, we weren't able to make plays to get the puck out of the zone, we struggled a bit until we started to play a chip and chase game."
  • On getting one point, "we didn't play our best but we got a point, with a chance for two. It's a quick turnaround, short-term memory and we have a game tomorrow against one of the best teams in the league."
Tags: Rick Nash
Read More

The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers blew a two-goal lead after the first period and lost 4-3 to the Panthers in a shootout Friday at the Garden. The Rangers have lost six in a row at home. >> Read more


First period:

  • 2:34 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play) Assists: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan
  • 4:11 NYR J.T. Miller Assists: Brendan Smith, Mika Zibanejad 

Second period:

Tags: Chris Kreider, Florida Panthers, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner
Read More

New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrates scoring a goal during the second period against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrates scoring a goal during the second period against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

3:26PM: Alain Vigneault said that Pavel Buchnevich is "going to play," but not tonight against Florida.

Vigneault said that there is a "lot of hockey left" and that while Buchnevich has been dealing with some inconsistencies, "he is going to play."

He continued that the Rangers have a "lot of faith in his skill level and the way that he can play" and that he has had some good games lately.

Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post that if Buchnevich isn't in the lineup to work through his issues then the Rangers likely won't be able to count on him contributing in the playoffs.

Tags: Pavel Buchnevich
Read More

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

  • "After watching their game, I thought that the lines we had in place, and D pairings we had in place, it was the right lineup for tonight."
  • On McDonagh playing the right side, "he's been alright. It's an adjustment for Mac to go from the left side to the right side but for the most part both have made good reads with the puck. Defensively they have been good. Two big bodies, two guys who can straighten people up 1 on 1s, win those 1 on 1s, don't let people go to our net. Every game that Mac plays on that side probably feels more comfortable. For tonight it's the way to go."
Read More

Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck against the New Jersey Devils 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 York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

11:22AM: The Rangers have confirmed that Tanner Glass will remain in the Rangers lineup tonight and that Pavel Buchnevich will be a healthy scratch. (Cyrgalis)

Glass playing and Buchnevich sitting was first brought up as a possibility yesterday.

On Glass, Oscar Lindberg said that "all teams respect him" and that they know what kind of player he is. (NY Times)

Lindberg added that Glass creates "more time for the skill players to do things out there." (NY Times)

Tags: Pavel Buchnevich, Tanner Glass
Read More

Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (19) plays the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) 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 right wing Jesper Fast (19) plays the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) during the first period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

11:19AM: The Rangers have confirmed that Fast will return tonight. (NYR)

9:53AM: Jesper Fast is expected to return to the Rangers lineup tonight after missing the past 7 games with a shoulder injury.

Vigneault said yesterday that when Fast is out the Rangers lose a "real dependable player" who "competes" and is one of their best penalty killers and shot blockers.

Tags: Jesper Fast
Read More

Sep 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second 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 right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) shoots against New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) during the second period of a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

At Rangers practice today, Alain Vigneault had Tanner Glass in his regular spot on the fourth line while Pavel Buchnevich was skating on a "fifth" line with recent scratches Brandon Pirri and Matt Puempel.

Vigneault said that he would watch the Panthers tonight before deciding for sure on his lineup for tomorrow's game.

Asked about Glass, Vigneault said that he brings "more physicality" and allows the Rangers to use different options or combinations in the lineup.

Tags: Pavel Buchnevich, Tanner Glass
Read More

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

  • "For quite some time he has skated, the last couple of days also. He told me yesterday after he skated that he was good to go and as far as I know, unless something happens tomorrow he should be in the lineup."
  • What do you miss when Fast is out, "he is just a real dependable player, knows where to be when he doesn't have the puck. He is a real good PKer, one of our best shot blockers. He competes. He just goes out and works hard and gives you everything that he has all the time. We are happy he is good to go and hopefully nothing happens until tomorrow."
  • On Girardi, "he skated for the first time yesterday, so he has been out a couple of weeks without doing a lot because that wound had to heal. I will say that he will have to skate a couple of more times, so definitely not on the weekend but we will see how he feels moving forward."
Read More

 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

3/16/17 | 1:45PM: Vigneault said that he has not decided on his lineup for tomorrow's night game yet but that Jesper Fast is expected to return. (NYR)

Dan Girardi has skated for the second straight day and will need some more time before returning to the lineup. (NYR)

Kevin Klein has skated for two straight days and has been feeling better. (NYR)

Read More

 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

This season, JT Miller has set a career high in points with 50, assists with 31 and a career high of .71 points per game.

In the last three seasons, Miller's points per game has increased from .40 in 2014-15, .52 in 2015-16 to his current mark of .71.

Miller is in the first year of a two-year bridge deal that has a cap hit and salary of $2.75 million in both seasons.

Tags: J.T. Miller
Read More
Login with Facebook Login with Twitter Login with SNY.tv