After a rough follow up to his 99 point season, Christian Thomas saw his stock drop a little in the eyes of talent evaluators ranking the Rangers top prospects.

Corey Pronman of Puck Prospectus ranked him 11th on his list of Rangers prospects and wrote that he is a great skater who works hard and has a great shot, but is brought down by his size.

Leslie Treff ranked him sixth and wrote "A goal scorer, as well as good distributor of the puck, Thomas will need to improve his strength on the puck to take his junior successes to the next level this season."

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So far in Hartford, Thomas has one goal in four games.

Pronman tweeted that he was impressed with Thomas in the Whale win against Albany on Wednesday.

CLICK HERE for a section dedicated to Thomas.

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(Geoff Burke)

12/10/17 | Alain Vigneault said on Saturday night of Fast, "I've always thought of him as a hard-working, two-way hockey player that is one of our guys that plays the right way in all situations. He is a real good example, he never gives up a play, puts his body on the line to get the job done. I'm hoping that will rub off on a couple of other guys because he is a real good example there." (MSG)

10/9/17 | 10PM: Rick Nash on Jesper Fast after the win over NJ, "he's like a hidden secret. Not too many people around the league know about him but he can do it all and jump up and down the lineup. He's a pretty special player and fun to play with an he is feeling it right now."

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Oct 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 23, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist played both weekend games for the Rangers, stopping 36 of 40 shots on Friday and 26 of 28 shots on Saturday.

Over his last eight appearances, he has posted a 6-1-0 record, along with a 2.04 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO. (NYR Game Notes)

Lundqvist was asked if he would like to play in every game and said that if it were up to him the answer would be "yes."

He said that overall the Rangers take things day by day and that right now he feels "really good."

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello scored two goals last night and has points in 7 of the last 9 games.

Zuccarello has 13 points in the past 12 games and a plus 14 rating in the past 19 games. (NYR Game Notes)

He put the Rangers up 3-1 when he forced a turnover just inside the offensive zone and scored on a breakaway.

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by left wing J.T. Miller (10) after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by left wing J.T. Miller (10) after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Ryan McDonagh said that last night's game against New Jersey felt like a big game, especially after what happened on Friday against Washington. (NYR Game Notes)

McDonagh said that he liked how the Rangers played against NJ and that they were in control and in sync on the ice. (NYR Game Notes)

JT Miller said that the Rangers executed well, put the Devils on their heels and had a good five-man forecheck. (NYR Game Notes)

Henrik Lundqvist said that this was one of the Rangers better games as of late and that it was "what we needed" after the loss on Friday to the Capitals. (NYR Game Notes)

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Mar 9, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes defeated the Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 9, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault reacts during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes defeated the Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Alain Vigneault met with the media following tonight's win over the Devils and said (MSG):

  • On the game, "we got off to a good start, had a real solid first period. Zuccy's goal was obviously a turning point, not sure if it was PK goal or just at the end there but it was a great individual effort and real good shot and in the third we did what we had to do to get the two points."
  • On the home games, "I don't think you can put your finger on one specific thing. I know we have gotten off to better start and there is no doubt that the play in front of Hank and the play of Hank has been better. For quite some time we have been playing some pretty good hockey. It's a tough league and every game is competitive and hard fought. It was a battle and there were a lot of one on one, hard, gritty, greasy situations and our guys did what they had to do to win the game."
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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello was awarded the Broadway Hat after scoring twice in the Rangers win over the Devils on Saturday.

Click below to see Zuccarello with the Broadwat Hat as well as his goals

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Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mats Zuccarello nets twice as the Rangers beat the Devils 5-2 << Box score

First period: 

  • 6:14 NYR Jimmy Vessey; Assists: Boo Nieves, Paul Carey

Second period: 

  • 9:42 NYR Jesper Fast; Assist: Rick Nash
  • 13:45 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Blake Coleman, Stefan Noesen
  • 16:03 NYR Mats Zuccarello (unassisted)

Third period:

  • 6:21 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller
  • 6:34 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Will Butcher
  • 11:59 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assist: Rick Nash
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(Brad Penner)

The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils will renew their rivalry when they meet at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates around the net with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

12/9/17 | 5:47PM: On Zibanejad, Alain Vigneault said "he's been skating for the last three days, three of the last four and is progressing and doing well. He's coming along." (NYR)

Has he been cleared for contact, "no, just skating now. I think today was a very positive day for him. I'm not sure what the time frame is but I do know that he skated hard."(NYR)

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Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a blocker save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

5:42PM: Asked why Lundqvist is getting the start, Vigneault said "big game. First game of the year against Colorado was a big game. Tonight is a big game Monday against Dallas is going to be a big guy. I mentioned to Glen quite a few times that the game has changed a lot over the years. Back when he was coaching in the league they made the playoffs in October and early November. Now it's a battle, I don't think I have ever seen the league as competitive as it is this year. It should be a lot of fun and I thought Hank played well last night after missing in Pitt and decided to go back with him." (NYR)

Asked if his plan was to go with Henrik back to back, Vigneault said "it wasn't my plan not to play him in Pitt. He got sick....he's going tonight." (NYR)

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(Geoff Burke)

Henrik Lundqvist said that last night's loss was "disappointing, extremely disappointing."

Lundqvist said that it was "extremely disappointing" to lose after battling back against a "real good team."

Ryan McDonagh said that the loss "stings" and that while the Rangers made a comeback they let the Capitals make some plays and "they burned us." (NY Post)

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May 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault coaches against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of game three 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 on MSG following the Rangers loss to the Caps and said:

  • What did you see, "I didn't like our first period. We didn't play well at all but we responded with a much better second period. We had some good looks, their goalie made some big saves. We got that goal at the end of the second period and we were able to tie it in the third. Then we have a control breakout, a control situation, we know what their control forecheck is going to be and one of our guys doesn't do the right route, turnover and the turnover ends up in the back of our net. Unfortunately it's something that we didn't do as well as we should have and it cost us and after that we couldn't tie it up."
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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 spoke with the media following the Rangers loss to Washington and said (MSG):

  • What did you see, "two teams that played pretty hard. First period was definitely their period, they had a lot of momentum. I think we turned it to our side in the second and battled back and a couple of big goals. It's disappointing, extremely disappointing. I don't know what to say. I have to look at that third goal. It's right there, 2 on 2 in front of the net but we couldn't get a hold of the puck. It's extremely disappointing with how we battled back against a real good team."
  • On the disappointment, "I thought we battled hard and personally I battled hard to try to help the team get back in the game. In the end it's a play in front where we can't track it down and they get hold of it and it's a 3-2 game. It happens but still it hurts when you work so hard to get back into it."
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(Geoff Burke)

The Capitals continued their hot streak as they won their fourth in a row against the Rangers, 4-2, in Washington, D.C >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:14 WSH Jay Beagle; Assists: Devante Smith-Pelly, Chandler Stephenson

Second period:

  • 11:42 WSH Nicklas Backstrom
  • 19:03 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: J.T. Miller, Ryan McDonagh

Third period:

  • 9:37 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Paul Carey, Marc Staal
  • 16:28 WSH Matt Niskanen; Assists: Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin
  • 18:28 WSH Tom Wilson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Dmitry Orlov
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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 prior to tontight's game against the Capitals and said (NYR):

  • On the standings, "every game is important, hard fought and you gotta prepare yourself to go out and execute and compete. Washington is a very good team, we are aware of that and we will be ready tonight."
  • Do you think it will be this tight the whole season, "I'm not looking past tonight. You can't start looking at next week and next month. This is a day to day game. You gotta focus on whatever you are up to that day. If it's practice then it's practice and you gotta get better, if it's a game you gotta focus on the players being ready and going out and working real hard and that is what we are trying to do here."
  • On the Caps and Ovechkin, "I don't know if you can pay too much attention to a player like that. He is one of the best in the league and he's gonna get some looks. They have some real good players on that team and for us to compete and play hard and win against a team like that we need a real strong team effort and that is what we are going to need tonight."
  • On the goalies this weekend, "I can tell you that Hank is playing tonight and if you are trying to figure out who is playing tomorrow (laugh)..."
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Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Henrik Lundqvist spoke with the media after today's morning skate and said that he is feeling 100% and will start tonight against the Capitals. (NYR)

Lundqvist said that he feels good and that tonight's game will be a good test for him and for the team. (NYR)

He said that he felt back to normal yesterday and just wanted to see a few pucks this morning and that he normally takes the morning skate when he hasn't played in a few days. (NYR)

On the amount he has played so far this year Lundqvist said, "the schedule has been good to us. We haven't traveled much, not a lot of back to backs and 3 in 4 and that makes a big difference. I feel rested and I just like playing. When I get into that flow I relax more and spend less energy to prepare and that helps me be in the right place mentally. It's something that I am used to over the years. Sometimes you get tired from just playing a few games because you are tense and over working things. I think it's been a nice flow to the season so far and hopefully I get a bunch of starts coming up." (NYR)

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Shattenkirk spoke with the media on Thursday about the comments that Barry Trotz had made earlier in the day and said (NYR):

  • On his usage and the trade to Wash, "it didn't work out, we didn't win but as far as my usage, I don't think I was used that way. We had a pretty good committee back there on D. We had a lot of guys sharing a lot of responsibilities and that was part of the reason why I was brought here to help with the load a little bit. That is my job to prove, that is what I am trying to do now and what I am working toward with New York."
  • On his reaction to the comments from Trotz, "it doesn't sit well with you, it's nothing that you enjoy hearing. There is a lot of people who think that about me and I like to use that in my favor and use that as something to keep me boosted and prove them wrong."
  • On the Rangers, "I love the direction we are heading in. It took a little while to fit into the team and how I can play my game but I feel very comfortable now."
  • On his game, "I think I am working toward that. There is a lot more room for me to grow and I need to handle those top end matchups better and when I get those opportunities I need to make them count. McDonagh is a good example for me to watch and the way that he handles players like Ovechkin, Backstrom and Crosby. I'm not there yet but I think I can get there."
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New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault talks to reporters after a practice in Tarrytown, N.Y., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The Rangers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will open the series against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

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

  • Hank is feeling better, "yea, I had a talk with him before practice and at the end. Hank said that he was feeling much better than he anticipated and that he was good to go. He will take a few shots tomorrow morning and should be good to go tomorrow night."
  • On the Caps, "that team plays a lot like they have in the past even though some of the personnel has changed a bit. It's a real good team and they have that top line and great goaltending, great goaltending last night. Score a couple early and their PP gave them one at the end of the second period. Play the same type of system, executed well. It will be a real hard game for us."
  • Same lineup with Kampfer out, "yea"
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

3:27PM: Lundqvist spoke after practice and said (NYR):

  • Feeling better, "yea. Felt a lot better yesterday, a light workout yesterday and today pretty close to back to normal. Good morning skate tomorrow and I am ready."
  • What got you sick, "I don't know what it was, I guess it's that time of the year. You just deal with it when it happens. A couple of quiet days at the hotel and now I am back to normal and so it feels good."
  • Are you ready to play tomorrow, "yea, good workout yesterday off ice. Today was a great skate, a lot of speed and action and pucks. Because I haven't skated much in the past week because of the days off I will take the morning skate as well to prepare myself."
  • What do you need to do against the Caps, "play a disciplined game, PP is always a big part of the game. They can change the game when they get their top guys out there and hold onto pucks. We just need to focus on our game, don't change too much."

2:37PM: Alain Vigneault said that he expects Henrik Lundqvist to start tomorrow night against the Capitals. (NYR)

Lundqvist said that he felt good in practice today but that he will face some shots tomorrow morning just to make sure he is ready. (Gulitti)

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

12:50PM: The Rangers are on the ice for practice outside of Washington today and Henrik Lundqvist is on the ice. (Zipay, Cyrgalis)

Lundqvist missed Tuesday's win over the Penguins with the flu.

The Rangers are using the same lines (Cyrgalis)

  • Chris Kreider, David Desharnais, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash
  • Michael Grabner, JT Miller, Mats Zuccarello
  • Paul Carey, Boo Nieves, Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh and Nick Holden are paired together, Brady Skjei and Kevin Shattenkirk are paired together and Steven Kampfer is rotating in on the third pair with Marc Staal and Brendan Smith. (Cyrgalis)

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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) congratulates center Boo Nieves (24) after scoring his first NHL career goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) congratulates center Boo Nieves (24) after scoring his first NHL career goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Boo Nieves scored his first career NHL goal on Tuesday night in the first period against the Penguins.

Nieves has played in 13 games this season and has 1 goal and 4 assists, 3 of those assists came in his first game this season.

He is averaging 10:04 per game and has won 49.6% of faceoffs,

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Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center David Desharnais (51) takes a shot during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins during at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center David Desharnais (51) takes a shot during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins during at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In the Rangers last three games, the top line of Chris Kreider, David Desharnais and Pavel Buchnevich have recorded 13 points. (NYR Game Notes)

  • Kreider: 2 goals, 2 assists
  • Desharnais: 1 goals, 4 assists
  • Buchnevich: 2 goals, 2 assists 

Desharnais has a three game point streak since returning to the lineup and joining that line while Mika Zibanejad has been out with a concussion.

When that trio has been together at 5 on 5 in the past three games the Rangers have had fewer than 50% of the shot attempts.

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Anderson (50) during warm up before game against New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Lias Andersson was named to Sweden's preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Championships that start later this month.

Andersson was the captain for Sweden during the team's summer tournaments and it's believed by some that he will be the captain for this tournament.

The Hockey News World Junior Preview issue quoted the Swedish coach as saying Andersson is always working hard, leading the charge and produces against the best opponents.

The Hockey News Prospect Podcast said that Andersson is a "fast, two-way player that is getting "good ice time" and will play a "major role" for Sweden at the World Juniors. (The Hockey News Podcast)

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(Vincent Carchietta)

The New York Rangers have been valued at an NHL-high $1.5 billion, per Forbes. 

This is the team's third consecutive year on top of the list. The Rangers' value rose 20 percent from last year while leading the NHL in revenue (246 million) and operating income (94 million). 

The next-best team is the Toronto Maple Leafs, valued $100 million less than the Rangers at $1.4 billion. The Canadiens and Blackhawks are the last two teams valued at $1 billion or higher. 

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Dec 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec (39) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Predators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec (39) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Predators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Rangers have sent Alexander Georgiev to Hartford after he was called up yesterday to back up Ondrej Pavelec. (NYR)

He was called up because Henrik Lundqvist missed the game with the flu.

Marek Marzanac, signed yesterday, has also been sent to Hartford.

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Oct 14, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first 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 goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves last night in the Rangers win over Pittsburgh including 38 in the final two periods.

Pavelec said that it was only one game but that the win was good for his confidence and he was really happy to get the win. (MSG)

JT Miller said that Pavelec was "awesome" and Ryan McDonagh aid that Pavelec was "really sharp" and that everyone was excited for him. (MSG)

Alain Vigneault said that Pavelec played a "real strong game and added "I am real happy for him, he has put in a lot of work and I am sure there will be a few more of those to come."

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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The game winning goal by New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (not pictured) gets past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry (35) as Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) looks on during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Rangers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The game winning goal by New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (not pictured) gets past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry (35) as Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith (42) looks on during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Rangers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Pavel Buchnevich scored the winning goal for the Rangers last night off of an attempted cross-ice pass that Kris Letang deflected into the net.

Letang said after the game that he was playing the pass with Brendan Smith streaking to the far post behind and that the puck could have gone either way but that it deflected and went "right top shelf." (The Athletic)

Ondrej Pavelec, who made 41 saves, noted that the Penguins hit four posts last night and that "you don't see that much often."

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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 on MSG following the Rangers win over the Penguins and said:

  • "there is no doubt that tonight is a big win against the Stanley Cup Champs. If you analyze the game, I really liked our first period, we came to play, second period, turnovers cost us, we knew they would have a push. They had a real strong push. We were able to get a couple of good looks at the end and score a couple of goals. In the third we did what we had to do to get the job done and we will take the two points and move on."
  • On Pavelec, "he didn't have a lot of work in the first but he did have quite a few shots after that. They are high volume shots, they shoot from everywhere and they hope to create scrambles. Against that you need to protect the front of your net, which I think we did fairly well. He did give us a real strong game and I am real happy for him, he has put in a lot of work and I am sure there will be a few more of those to come."
  • On the fourth line, "they were playing well and playing better than some of the other guys and when you get down to the last 7-8 minutes I shorten up the bench, go down to 9 forwards and that line was in it. They had been effective at both ends of the rink."
  • On Boo Nieves, "he is a big body, real strong one on one and a real solid skater. He used that tonight, got his first goal, it was an important goal for us and there is no doubt that Boo is improving every game and every minute he plays he gets more experience and he is gonna get better."
  • On bounces, "thought we probably deserved a little bit more in the first, we came out of their with the tie. In the second they had a lot of looks, lots of shots toward the net but we had some good looks also and we were able to capitalize on a few, up by a few we did what we had to win the game."
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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks on during a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) looks on during a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Ondrej Pavelec spoke on MSG following tonight's 41 save win and said:

  • On the game picking up after the first, "that is the way it was. They hit four posts, you don't see that often. They scored the first goal, they had the advantage but I thought we played great in the first period. We slowed down a little in the second and it was a battle in the third. It was a good hockey game, not so much fun for the goalies but we got the win so that is huge for us."
  • On the last minute, 'just try to stay focused, try to stay in position. Sometimes there are a lot of bodies in front and they have one extra player, just stay square and we had that luck in the end and that is what you need to win games."
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Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Boo Nieves (24) reacts after scoring his first NHL career goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 5, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Boo Nieves (24) reacts after scoring his first NHL career goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Boo Nieves scored his first career goal in the first period and Pavel Buchnevich scored the go-ahead goal in the third to complete a 4-3 win over the Penguins on Tuesday. >> Box score


First period:

  • 15:13 PIT Conor Sheary; Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Kris Letang
  • 16:49 NYR Boo Nieves; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Shattenkirk

Second period:

  • 7:11 PIT Phil Kessel; Assists: Jake Guentzel, Olli Maatta
  • 12:26 NYR Jesper Fast Assists: Brady Skjei, Paul Carey
  • 17:20 NYR Mats Zuccarello

Third period:

  • 3:35 PIT Patric Hornqvist (Power Play); Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Ian Cole
  • 11:12 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: David Desharnais, Chris Kreider
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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 prior to tonight's game against Pittsburgh and said (NYR):

  • On Henrik, "Hank wasn't feeling well when we got here last night. Parties with kids on the weekend will do it to you. Last night, this morning we called up Alexander. Hank is at the hotel and hopefully he will feel better tomorrow."
  • Pavelec is starting, "yes. You guys would have picked up on that this morning. He wasn't on the ice, figured we might get some questions...you guys didn't pick up on it (laugh)."
  • On this week being a measuring stick week, "we just saw Carolina, a divisional opponent, we have another tonight. The only thing that I feel is real important is just to focus on one game at a time. We are playing against the Stanley Cup Champions, they are the best in the league. We are going to need our best game from our goaltender out. It's a challenge in front of us. The first game we played against Pittsburgh was entertaining, all the games are hard fought against this team."
  • On the Penguins, "goalie has been very good and the team is playing real well, the top players on top of their game. What we have to do is defend well, structurally awe will have to be in position and make some plays with the puck and make the plays that are in front of us and that is what we are going to do."
  • What do you want to see from Pavelec, "a good game. We told him last night that he was probably going to go, told him to do what will get him ready. He didn't want any shots this morning, wanted to come into the game fresh. I know he hasn't played for a while but I can tell you that he has worked real hard. He's been doing a lot of extra with Ben before and after practice and waiting for an opportunity and he is getting one tonight and we expect him to play well."
  • Did Mika do anything today, "he's not coming on the trip. I haven't asked. He is following the protocol, that is all I can tell you."
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Dec 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Paul Carey #28 is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Paul Carey #28 is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins and New York Rangers did not have quite as strong a start to the season as they wanted, but things have been looking up for the Metropolitan Division rivals headed into their game Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena.

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) comes off the ice before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) comes off the ice before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

6:03PM: Alain Vigneault said, "Hank wasn't feeling well when we got here last night. Parties with kids on the weekend will do it to you. Last night, this morning we called up Alexander. Hank is at the hotel and hopefully he will feel better tomorrow." (NYR)

5:22PM: Henrik Lundqvist will not start tonight for the Rangers against the Penguins due to the flu. (NYR)

Ondrej Pavelec will start and the Rangers have called up Alexander Georgiev from Hartford to back him up. (NYR)

From the Rangers release, "Georgiev, 21, has appeared in 17 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 4-7-4 record, along with a 3.29 GAA and a .897 SV%. He has made at least 30 saves in seven of his 17 appearances in 2017-18, including four of his last six appearances. Georgiev made his AHL debut on Oct. 6 vs. Charlotte, and he earned his first career AHL win on Oct. 28 at Lehigh Valley. He made a single-game season-high 43 saves and earned a win in the Wolf Pack's 2-1 victory over Bridgeport on Nov. 11."

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates there victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates there victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Rangers have played 18 of their first 26 games this season at Madison Square Garden, going 11-5-2 in that stretch.

The Rangers will play their ninth road game of the season tonight in Pittsburgh, looking to improve upon their 3-5 record.

Kevin Shattenkirk said that the Rangers need to find their game on the road and find out who they are when playing in "hostile environments." (NY Post)

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrates a shoot out victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers celebrates a shoot out victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Rangers begin a two-game road trip tonight in Pittsburgh and play their next three games against teams ahead of them in the standings.

Kevin Shattenkirk told Larry Brooks that a lot more will be known about the Rangers and the rest of their division after these three games. (NY Post)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he thinks "we will find out something about our team this week" and that "no question" it will be a big test." (NY Post)

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Dec 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec (39) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Predators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 8, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec (39) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Predators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

12:59PM: John Shannon says that it's a one-year deal with the Rangers.

12:07PM: According to Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers have placed Marek Mazanec on waivers with the intention of signing him and likely assigning him to Hartford.

Mazanec is already listed as part of the Rangers organization on NHL.com.

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Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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

  • Update on Zibanejad, "Mika is here today riding the bike. I can't tell you exactly where he is in the protocol but he is following the protocol and today rode the bike. It's day by day how he feels. He was smiling though."
  • On the road trip, "you just look at the standings, you don't want to look too far ahead but these next three games are against teams we are battling with head to head. Should be another great game tomorrow against Pittsburgh. The goalie that replaced Murray has been playing really well, I think he has played 6 in a row and is 4-2, his goals against is below 2. Young guy stepping in and it's a young guy that has been given an opportunity and he is making the best of it and it will add to our challenge for tomorrow."
  • On playing Pitt and Washington, "other than the fact that we know how good they are and that if we are not on top of our game in all facets, both defensively and offensively they can make us look real bad. We will have to be ready and prepared to execute and compete real hard. There is no doubt, and I've said this many times, you can't stop Crosby or Malkin or Kessel. They will get looks and you just hope that the looks they get are from a decent situation a decent place. You work real hard and hope you earn your looks offensively too."
  • On Pavelec, "Hank is playing tomorrow and starting on the weekend it's 6 in 9 so he is definitely going to play. Where in the 6 in 9 I am not sure yet. I would say that he will play at least two, that is what I am planning in my mind."
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Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Henrik Lundqvist will start on Tuesday against the Penguins, according to Alain Vigneault. (NYR)

Vigneault said that starting this weekend, with a stretch of six games in nine nights, Ondrej Pavelec will begin to get some starts.

Vigneault said that he is planning right now for Pavelec to play two games during that stretch.

The Rangers have a back to back this weekend against Washington and New Jersey and another back to back next weekend against LA and Boston.

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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)

12/4/17 | 1:02PM: Larry Brooks notes that Filip Chytil is day to day after sustaining a "cervical strain" after taking a hit on Saturday night. (Brooks)

The Rangers are likely to allow Chytil to play for the Czech Republic at the World Juniors later this month.

Chytil missed a few games in November due to an illness and then returned and scored two goals.

In the 7 games since returning, Chytil has 2 goals and 1 assist and has been scoreless in five of the seven games. He has 8 shots on goal in those 7 games.

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(Brad Penner)

At Rangers practice on Monday the team is skating with the following lines (Calamia):

  • Chris Kreider, David Desharnais, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash
  • Michael Grabner, JT Miller, Mats Zuccarello
  • Paul Carey, Boo Nieves, Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh and Nick Holden, Brady Skjei and Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal and Brendan Smith.

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Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the NHL is not expecting to conduct an Alumni Game of former Rangers and Sabres ahead of the Winter Classic on January 1 at Citi Field.

The Rangers fielded an Alumni Team in 2012 before the Winter Classic against the Flyers.

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Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports  (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) skates during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

On Friday, Michael Grabner recorded a hat trick that included two empty net goals.

Grabner has 13 goals on the season with 6 of them coming via empty net.

Last season, Grabner had 27 goals with only four of them coming via empty net.

Grabner said that his main objective when on the ice with the lead is to kill time off the clock but that when he gets the opportunity he tries to "go and get that goal." (NYR Game Notes)

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Dec 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a penalty shot by Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner (53) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 1, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a penalty shot by Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner (53) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Alain Vigneault said that Henrik Lundqvist showed "some real mental strength" with how he bounced back after allowing the early goal to Justin Williams on Friday after being pulled in his last start on Tuesday.

Vigneault said, "obviously it must have been very challenging for him but he responded real well, got real focused and shut them down the rest of the game."

On the first goal, Lundqvist said "unless you are a goalie, in that situation it was probably one of the tougher shots that I faced. I was reading it going high and then it knuckled down and went low and inside the post." (NYR)

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Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center David Desharnais (51) takes a shot during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins during at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center David Desharnais (51) takes a shot during warmups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins during at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the Rangers down 1-0 early in the second period, Mats Zuccarello sent the puck from the Rangers zone toward the middle of the ice and the puck went to Carolina goalie Scott Darling.

Darling came to the side of the net to play the puck but mishandled it and left it for David Desharnais to put into the the net to tie the game.

Asked about it after the game, Darling said "That was a huge mistake by me. That got them back in the game and then they got the other one. Right now, we don't have a big margin for error, so can't make mistakes like that. That was the difference tonight." (NYR Game Notes)

Carolina coach Bill Peters said "well it's unfortunate. Obviously, it had a little bit of English on it, so that's unfortunate, but there's lots of hockey to be played after that." (NYR Game Notes)

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Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Nov 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Ryan McDonagh returned to the Rangers lineup yesterday and played 22:54.

McDonagh had an assist, 1 shot attempt blocked, 2 shots that missed the net, 1 hit, 4 takeaways and 5 blocked shots.

McDonagh played 6:52 in the first, 7:36 in the second, 8:26 in the third with 3:37 on the PP and 1:11 on the PK.

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11:22AM: Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Vesey and Brady Skjei are taking the subway to today's outdoor practice in Central Park.

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( Adam Hunger)

Hartford defeated Rochester 5-4 in a shootout on Friday night:

  • John Gilmour: 1 shot, cross checking penalty, minus one
  • Neal Pionk: 1 assist, 3 shots, plus one
  • Adam Tambellini: 2 shots (missed shootout attempt)
  • Ryan Gropp: 1 goal, 3 shots, hooking penalty
  • Brandon Crawley: 2 assists, plus one
  • Ryan Graves: hooking penalty, minus one
  • Peter Holland: minus one, (scored on shootout attempt)
  • Gabriel Fontaine: 1 shot, plus two
  • Vince Pedrie: 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots, plus two
  • Filip Chytil: 1 shot, plus one (missed shootout attempt)
  • Anthony DeAngelo: nothing on scoresheet
  • Vinni Lettieri: 1 assist, 1 shot, plus one

Through 12 games in Hartford, Anthony DeAngelo has 3 assists, minus 6 rating and 23 shots on goal.

Filip Chytil has 1 point in his last five games and 8 shots on goal. In total he has 5 goals and 7 assists in 14 games. He scored two goals in his return from illness but only has one point in the following five games.

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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 on MSG following the win over Carolina and said:

  • On bouncing back, "at the end of the day we played a good game and probably deserved a better result. For us tonight, it was a matter of continuing to play the right way and that is what I thought we did. Hank showed some real mental strength there. To start off the game that way, giving up that kind of goal after being pulled in the last game. Obviously it must have been very challenging for him but he responded real well, got real focused and shut them down the rest of the game. In my opinion it was not a penalty shot but it was a great save and he made two and he was dialed in and did a great job for us."
  • Were you surprised they pulled the goalie that early, "everyone has their own strategy. They had a faceoff in our end, I'm sure they had a play drawn up. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't and for them tonight it didn't work."
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