- On Buchnevich, "Pavel we have assigned to Hartford, he will play tonight and we will take it day by day and game by game and see how he does and see how he feels and go from there."
- On Rick Nash, "Nash, I would say, is close, but not tomorrow. The bye week will probably help him as far as getting to 100% and I think he is close but he is not quite there yet. Bye week should help."
- What does Nash need to do, "he has been working real hard, today him and Pavel were on D, probably our best D pair, our guys were calling them Niedermayer and Pronger out there. (laugh) I think he is real close but since we have 1 game left and the 5 days, just to be on the smart side and wait until next week."
- On Mika, "he skated today. I talked to him after, I think JR did too, he felt real good. When we come back from this break it will be close to 8 weeks, so it will probably be a matter of getting a couple of practices in and his conditioning and feeling good physically and mentally and we will make the call from there."
- Would you say that because of injuries you are down one forward line, "every team is in that situation at one point or another in a season, injuries are part of the game and I am focused on the guys who are here and healthy and trying to find ways to win with them."
- No set games for Buchnevich, "I think this is a day to day situation, he is playing tonight and we will go from there."
- On Marc Staal, "he is day to day, anxious to see how he will feel when we get back from the break but he is day to day."
- On tomorrow's game, "they have been the best team in the NHL, they are number one and playing extremely well. Young kids that they have are very talented, scoring at a big pace, their PP seems to be giving them momentum. I am looking forward to the game. They are the best team in the NHL at this point and looking forward to that challenge tomorrow."
- Did you know that you tied Torts for 4th all-time in wins for NYR, "At some point JR said that I had gotten to 100 wins real quick but, I don't really pay a lot of attention to that, try to focus on the team, not my personal stats. Focusing on two points to get."
- On the bye week, "it's new to me, new to our group. We have had the All-Star break which everyone is used to, since I have coaching we have had a couple of Olympic breaks that you get used to. This one is new and we will treat it as an All-Star break, it's an extra four days and instead of being allowed to practice at two you are allowed at 4 and we will practice at 4 and play the next day."
- Did you think about what it would be if Columbus had the streak, "I did, to tell you the truth, think about it a little bit but it wasn't meant to be. I was thinking about winning the game, but it's a little different right now."
- "That is a real strong team, even though they lost yesterday, playing with a lot of confidence. We will need a high compete level and execution level, there is no doubt there."
- What is your plan for the bye week, "I will go home, Mom and Dad are getting a little older and any time I can get back there I do."
Henrik Lundqvist's future with the Rangers was up in the air as the NHL trade deadline approached on Monday, but that wasn't on his mind in the slightest.
Instead, the news of the car accident involving fellow goalie Igor Shesterkin and C Pavel Buchnevich was the main topic of concern for the Rangers at practice. Luckily, no one was severely injured, but team president John Davidson told reporters earlier that Shesterkin suffered a non-displaced rib fracture, while Buchnevich was considered day-to-day after being "quite shaken up."
"It's been a weird day today," Lundqvist said. "The energy, obviously, for different reasons but first concern is obviously how they feel and everything is under control. Yeah, it's scary always when you hear something like that."
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The NHL trade deadline has passed, but the Rangers got a deal done with the Hurricanes just in time.
Brady Skjei is headed to Carolina in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, team president John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton confirmed after the 3 p.m. deadline on Monday. Gorton said the NHL is obviously backed up trade processing at the moment, but the deal is set to go through soon.
The Hurricanes have Toronto's first-round pick in addition to their own, and will have the option of choosing which pick to send to the Rangers when the season is over.
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Chris Kreider is staying in New York.
Ahead of the NHL trade deadline on Monday, Rangers team president John Davidson announced a seven-year extension has been reached between both sides. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $6.5 million per year.
Trade rumors have been swirling around Kreider for weeks now, as the Rangers and his team couldn't find an agreement on an extension with the 28-year-old set to be a free agent after the season.
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Rangers team president John Davidson told reporters on Monday morning that G Igor Shesterkin and C Pavel Buchnevich were both involved in a car accident in Brooklyn on Sunday night.
Davidson said the airbags deployed properly and both players were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Shesterkin was driving the car and "apparently a vehicle pulled a U-turn in front of them and there was a collision."
They were both admitted to the New York Presbyterian where Shesterkin was diagnosed with a non-displaced rib fracture. He will be reassessed in a couple weeks.
After a report Friday afternoon said that the Rangers made Chris Kreider their "priority" to extend ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, they are now "likely" trading the 28-year-old left wing.
In what has been an eventful month between the Rangers and Kreider throughout the past few weeks leading up to the deadline, the two sides appear primed for a split.
The Rangers and Kreider's representatives were unable to agree on a contract extension as of Sunday evening, making the two sides head for a split, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported.
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Artemi Panarin recorded his 400th point of his NHL career, Mika Zibanejad tallied three points, and the Rangers topped the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Friday night.
With the win, the Rangers have now won six of their last seven games, and they continue to creep back into the Wild Card picture.
With the game tied 1-1 in the second period, Panarin picked up an assist as he and Jesper Fast tried to run a give-and-go. Fast's pass back towards Panarin deflected into the net, and with Fast's goal, Panarin picked up the 400th point of his five-year career.
In the first two minutes of the third period, Panarin would score a goal of his own, his 31st of the season, giving him his 23rd multi-point game of the season. He is now tied for fourth in the NHL with 81 points on the season, and his 31 goals also rank among the league's leaders.
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The Rangers have made it their "priority" to sign Chris Kreider to an extension rather than trade him, according to a Friday afternoon report from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
They have work to do before Monday's 3 p.m. deadline -- Brooks notes that the two sides still have to "bridge the gap" -- but the Blueshirts appear to have a clear preference in mind.
Kreider, 28, is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The left wing has spent his entire career with the Rangers after he became the 2009 NHL Entry Draft's No. 19 overall pick in the first round.
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Only a few days remain before the 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline passes this coming Monday, and the Rangers' mindset regarding their current roster is a little foggy. In recent seasons, players like Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes were moved, but the same can't be said now for New York.
One player in particular that has garnered tons of trade interest is Chris Kreider. The 28-year-old is a free agent after this season, and TSN's Pierre LeBrun has reported that eight teams had Kreider on their trade list. But, unlike the players mentioned before, the Rangers are open to contract extension talks with the veteran winger.
And, according to The Athletic's Rick Carpiniello, the team is still discussing a new contract with Kreider's agent, Matt Keator. To what extent those talks have gone is still unknown.
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Much of the talk about the Rangers as the team heads towards the NHL trade deadline has been about the team looking to trade away one of their goaltenders.
But the team did just the opposite on Wednesday night, acquiring goaltender J-F Berube from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for future considerations.
The Rangers currently have Igor Shesterkin, Henrik Lundqvist, and Alexandar Georgiev on the roster, meaning the move to acquire Berube is likely more just about organizational depth at the position.
Berube, 28, did not appear with the Flyers this season, spending all of his time in the minors. Overall, he's played just 34 NHL games over three seasons with the Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks, posting a 3.39 GAA and a .898 save percentage.
In recent years, rumors swirling around the Rangers moving players at the NHL trade deadline was common. However, head coach David Quinn doesn't get that feel at the moment.
"It's a definite different feel than it was last year at this time," he told reporters on Wednesday. "I think you could feel it more and there was a lot of anticipation and there was a lot of certainty that guys could be moved, at least within in the locker room and it affected us. We don't feel that now."
The Rangers made a minor trade on Tuesday, acquiring F Julien Gauthier from the Hurricanes for D Joey Keane. But that didn't impact the big club.
With the NHL trade deadline less than a week away, the Rangers have already made a move by acquiring forward prospect Julien Gauthier from the Hurricanes, the team announced on Tuesday.
In exchange for the 22-year-old, the Rangers are sending defenseman prospect Joey Keane to Carolina.
The Hurricanes' first-round pick in 2016, Gauthier has spent the first five games of his NHL career with the big club this season, where he has an assist and a 2 plus-minus. His last trip up to the Hurricanes was back in December.
During the Rangers' loss to the Bruins on Sunday night, Ryan Lindgren got into it with Brad Marchand following the veteran forward cross-checking the young defenseman after a whistle blew a Boston forecheck dead.
The play would lead to Marchand taking a penalty as well as a Pavel Buchnevich cross-check that sent Marchand to the ice along with Lindgren. But Marchand also took it further than just that incident, calling out Lindgren -- a former Boston second-round pick -- during his post-game interview.
"I didn't even know he was here," Marchand told The Post's Peter Botte. "He's not gonna be a player who's gonna have a very long career, so I'm not overly concerned about him."
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As the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. looms, questions continue to surface regarding what the Rangers plan to do with left wing Chris Kreider.
After missing Monday's 5-3 loss to the Stars at Madison Square Garden with an upper-body injury that he suffered during Saturday's 1-0 road win over the Red Wings, Kreider is close to a return, Rangers head coach David Quinn said. But other teams are calling.
With Kreider set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, eight teams are interested in the eighth-year pro, The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun reported Monday. In fact, those eight teams, according to LeBrun, have Kreider at the top of their wish list as they contact the Rangers.
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For the first time in over two years, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout, as New York defeated the Red Wings 1-0 on Satuuday night.
Lundqvist saved 33 shots in Detroit on Saturday and played well down the stretch. Mika Zibanejad scored a power play goal midway through the first period, so the longtime Rangers goalkeeper managed to maintain his composure and help the Rangers hold the lead until the final horn.
The last time Lundqvist had a shut out was back on Nov. 19, 2017, when the Rangers defeated the Senators 3-0. In that matchup -- which was 122 appearances ago for Lundqvist -- he pulled off the shutout on just 20 saves.
The Rangers announced on Sunday that they have loaned Lias Andersson to HV71 of the Sweedish Hockey League.
Andersson has played in 17 games with the Rangers this season, while also playing in 13 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.
He was selected by the Rangers with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. In 66 career NHL games, Andersson recorded three goals and six assists.
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After Artemi Panarin was scratched from Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Islanders due to an upper-body injury, he'll now miss this weekend's All-Star Game in St. Louis as well.
Panarin will be replaced by Rangers teammate Chris Kreider, who will represent the Blueshirts among the NHL's best.
Panarin has missed two Rangers' practices recently with what's being described as an upper-body injury.
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Playing without superstar Artemi Panarin in the lineup, the Rangers fell to the Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night at Madison Garden.
Panarin has missed two Rangers' practices recently with what's being described as an upper-body injury, and he was announced as a scratch shortly before Tuesday's game.
Playing in his first season with the Blueshirts, Panarin ranks fifth in the NHL with 68 points, including 26 goals.
With the loss, the Rangers will take a 23-21-4 record into the All-Star break, while the Islanders finish the first half with a record of 29-15-5.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly among the teams inquiring about New York Rangers goalie Alexander Georgiev.
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, no offer has been made from the Leafs and the Rangers would want a lot back for Georgiev if they were to move him.
The Leafs currently sit at No. 6 in the east and are looking to make a move that will send them up the ranks and secure a playoff spot for themselves.
Artemi Panarin led the way for the Rangers, scoring two goals and notching three assists, in a 6-2 win over the Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
The first matchup of the season between the bitter rivals got off to a wild start, as Jordan Eberle got the Islanders on the board on the very first shift of the night, corraling a loose puck and showing great patience to find the net just 18 seconds into the contest.
Just two minutes later, it briefly turned into Fight Night at The Garden. Ross Johnston and Micheal Haley -- each team's resident tough guys -- dropped the gloves at 2:13 of the first. Before the puck could be dropped for the ensuing faceoff, Matt Martin and Brendan Smith also fought, resulting in game misconducts in addition to the fighting majors.
Tony DeAngelo recorded a hat trick, Igor Shesterkin made 46 saves, and the Rangers doubled up the Devils 6-3 at the Garden on Thursday night.
The first period saw five goals scored, with Artemi Panarin, who has been nothing short of fantastic in his first season with the Rangers, scoring his 24th goal of the season to get the action started. DeAngelo and Chris Kreider then lit the lamp to put the Rangers up 3-1, but Blake Coleman scored for the Devils with under two minutes to play in the period to bring New Jersey back within a goal at 3-2.
Coleman scored again in the second, his 15th goal of the season, to tie the game at 3-3, when DeAngelo took over. The 24-year-old recorded his 10th and 11th goals of the year in the second period, giving him a hat trick and giving the Rangers a two-goal lead.
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As the Rangers welcomed the Colorado Avalanche to the Garden on Tuesday, Igor Shesterkin made his first career NHL start between the pipes for the home team.
Despite facing an early 2-0 deficit, the Rangers fought back to come away with a 5-3 win.
Less than five minutes into the game, the Avs struck first, after a shot from the point was deflected past Shesterkin by JT Compher, as Colorado scored on their very first shot on goal of the game.
The Rangers announced on Monday that top goalie prospect Igor Shesterkin was recalled from Hartford, and now head coach David Quinn has taken things a step further.
Quinn told SNY's Chris Williamson after practice that Shesterkin will make his NHL debut by starting in net against the Avalanche at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old has been an absolute brick wall in the AHL this season, leading the entire league in goals against average at 1.93. He also ranks second in wins and save percentage, which is at .932 thus far. Shesterkin's performance had him selected to play in the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic.
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Earlier this week, Artemi Panarin was named to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, and he took home another league honor on Thursday, as he was named the league's third star for the month of the December.
In 14 games this month, Panarin has recorded 10 goals, two of which were game-winners, to go along with 12 assists. In his last three game alone, Panarin has recorded 10 points, including a four-point effort against Edmonton on Tuesday.
Dating back even further, Panarin has recorded at least one point in 15 of the Rangers' previous 19 contests.
In his first season with the Rangers, Artemi Panarin will head to his first NHL All-Star game. The team announced on Monday that the forward was selected to represent the team at the 2020 game.
Panarin currently sits eighth in the NHL in points with 51 (21 goals, 30 assists).
The 28-year-old also far and away leads his team in points this season. Ryan Strome ranks second on the Rangers in points with 35. Mika Zibanejad is second in goals with 15.
Artemi Panarin notched his 21st goal of the season, Mika Zibanejad scored two of his own, and the Rangers held on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 at the Garden on Friday night.
Lucas Wallmark got the Hurricanes on board first with his seventh goal of the season, but the Rangers answered back, as Zibanejad scored his first of the game to even things up at 1-1 after the first period.
The second period belonged to the Rangers, as the Blueshirts scored the first three goals of the middle 20 minutes. After Chris Kreider gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead just 87 seconds into the period, Panarin lit the lamp for the 21st time this season, marking his eighth goal in his last nine games. Zibanejad then made it 4-1 with his 14th goal of the season and second of the game, giving him 12 points in his last seven games.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Trailing after 10 seconds and down 2-0 not even four minutes into their game against the New York Rangers, it would have been easy for the Anaheim Ducks to call it a day.
But the Ducks found the form that has sustained them this season, using it and a power play that finally seems to be clicking to get a big comeback win.
Hampus Lindholm tied the game on the power play with 1:46 remaining in the third period, Jakob Silfverberg and Ondrej Kase scored in the shootout, and the Ducks rallied for a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Saturday.
The Rangers are out on a west coast swing and wasted no time Saturday getting on the board early.
After winning the opening faceoff, the Rangers dumped the puck in before Mika Zibanejad intercepted the Ducks' attempted breakout pass. He found himself in all alone with John Gibson, made a move to his backhand and went top shelf to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 10 seconds into the contest.
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The Rangers jumped out to a three-goal first-period lead and held off the subsequent comeback attempt for Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes before 17,269 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
After the Rangers (12-9-2) jumped all over the Hurricanes (15-9-1) with three goals -- from Mike Zibanejad, Brendan Smith and Adam Fox -- to open the game, New York needed Henrik Lundqvist's 41 saves and ultimately held on.
The process was not perfect, but the Rangers have now come out on top in their past three games, following last Saturday's 6-5 edge of the Montreal Canadiens and Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild.
Mats Zuccarello returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time as a visiting player on Monday and was honored with a tribute video during the first period against the Wild.
Zuccarello appeared in over 500 games in nine seasons with the Rangers, collecting 352 points (113 goals, 239 assists). He was traded to the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline last season and signed a five-year, $30 million deal with the Wild in the offseason.
Kaapo Kakko is has begun to show exactly why the Rangers selected him with the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
The 18-year-old played well beyond his age in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins, scoring two goals including the game-winner in the extra period.
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The Rangers held practice in Central Park at Lasker Rink Saturday afternoon, giving their fans an extra treat with the holidays just around the corner.
Thousands of fans came to watch their favorite team practice for an hour in the outdoors, something that doesn't come to often for any team in the NHL.
"This is I think exciting for everyone, just to try something new" goalie Henrik Lundqvist said Saturday. "Just being out in an outdoor rink is a cool experience, but also to have the fans here and a great sunny day in Central Park, I really enjoy it and it doesn't get old to me."
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Defenseman Marc Staal has been a fixture on the Rangers' blue line for a decade-plus. That came to an end this past week.
On Tuesday against the Lightning, Staal was made a healthy scratch by head coach David Quinn. It was the first time that's happened in his career.
On Friday, Staal said he was given little notice of the decision and that only added to his displeasure with the decision. In addition, Staal is sitting out Saturday's meeting with the Predators as well.
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Adam Fox will always remember his first NHL goal.
With the Rangers leading the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 with under three minutes to play in Tuesday night's game, the Rangers found them self in an odd-man rush.
After Lighting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped the initial shot from Chris Krieder, he allowed a long rebound out into the slot, where Fox wristed in his first NHL goal to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead.
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After dropping their third game in their last four, the Rangers have called in some reinforcements from AHL Hartford in C Filip Chytil and D Ryan Lindgren.
Chytil played a full season with the Rangers in 2018, but he began the year with the AHL Wolf Pack. That quickly changed, though, as his nine points (three goals, six assists) is the type of production the Rangers are looking for at the NHL level.
Head coach David Quinn explained how Chytil isn't just productive, but he has accomplished what they sent him down there to do as well.
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The Rangers announced on Monday that goalie Henrik Lundqvist and forward Mika Zibanejad are both dealing with "day-to-day" injuries.
Both players took knocks on Sunday against the Boston Bruins (8-1-2). Both missed Monday's practice.
Lundqvist took a multiple bumps during Sunday's 7-4 loss. He was pulled from the game after the second period after allowing four goals on 31 shots. Lundqvist was tabbed to have an "upper body injury."
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Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko went head-to-head on Thursday night for the first time since the duo was selected first and second, respectively, in this year's NHL Draft.
With the Devils already up 2-1 in the second period, Hughes recorded his first NHL point. with under eight minutes to play in the period, Matt Tennyson wristed a shot from the point. The shot deflected off of Hughes' stick, then bounced off Miles Wood's backside and into net past Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev.
Wood was credited with the goal, but Hughes picked up his first career NHL point on the play.
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Held off the scoresheet for the first two games of his NHL career, Rangers rookie Kaapo Kakko broke a scoreless tie with the Oilers for his first NHL goal on Saturday.
The second-overall pick out of Finland took a pass in the slot from Ryan Strome, got the puck to his backhand and slipped it past Mike Smith to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
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On Monday night, the Rangers traded forward Vlad Namestnikov to the Senators in exchange for defenseman prospect Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
On Tuesday, head coach David Quinn and general manager Jeff Gorton reacted to the trade.
"We feel like we've got guys who are going to be able to assume a little bit more responsibility throughout our organization," said Quinn.
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Four points in your first two games of the season? Doesn't get much better than that, and that's exactly what Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad did to start the 2019-20 NHL season.
Zibanejad started his year with eight total points, an even split with four goals and four assists.
For his efforts, Zibanejad was named the First Star of the league's opening week to the season on Monday.
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The Rangers have traded forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the Senators Monday night, in exchange for AHL defenseman Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft, as it was announced by his agent, Dan Milstein, on Twitter.
Vladislav Namestnikov been traded to Ottawa. Excited for new opportunity!!!!!! #WeAreGoldStar- Dan Milstein-Hockey (@HockeyAgent1) October 7, 2019
Namestnikov played in 99 games during his time in New York, scoring 13 goals and 35 points in that time.
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The Rangers opened their season with a 6-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden.
Five things to know from Thursday's game
1) Marc Staal lit the lamp with 8:25 left in the first period, the first goal of the season for the 2019-20 Rangers. Staal made a great wrap-around move to beat Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, breaking a scoreless tie. With 2:37 left in the first period, thought, the Jets tied the game with a Mark Scheifele goal. The Rangers carelessly turned the pick over in their own zone to set up the Winnipeg goal.
2) At the start of the second period, the Rangers struck quickly to retake the lead, as prized free agent addition Artemi Panarin found the back of the net just 27 seconds into the period. Right away, though, the Jets answered back. Thirty seconds after Panarin's goal, Blake Wheeler beat Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game at 2-2.
As the Rangers open their 2019-20 regular season Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. from Madison Square Garden in New York, an early look ahead to the Stanley Cup is already on the minds of oddsmakers.
The Rangers' journey back to the postseason begins with the team facing an uphill battle, as far as odds are concerned, with Odds Shark pegging New York at +4000.
The number is the same for the Vancouver Canucks, who share the odds in the bottom half of the list, which is included below.
The Rangers and goalie Henrik Lundqvist are hoping 2019 is different.
His numbers alone he'd like to improve. His save percentage was .907 and his goals against average was 3.07 last season. Both were career-worsts, but also very much a product of what was going on around him with the team's rebuild.
With that in mind, he's not worrying about 2018 at all.
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After 13 seasons, including his first 11 with the New York Rangers, two-year Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi retired from the NHL, he announced Friday.
"I would like to thank all my coaches, family, friends and teammates for supporting me throughout my entire hockey career," Girardi said in a statement released Friday by the Lightning. "I want to thank the New York Rangers for giving me a chance to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the NHL. Throughout those 11 incredible years I have made so many friends on and off the ice. I bled Ranger blue and gave it my all for my team, the city and the Garden faithful. I also want to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning for helping me continue my career by giving me a chance to play for such an amazing organization, city and fan base. The last two years in Tampa Bay have been so much fun for me and my family. I will always fondly remember my time here. Finally, I want to thank my wife Pamela for always being there for me and holding down the fort and to Landon and Shaye for always being daddy's No. 1 fans.
"I gave my all every single night and left it all out on the ice. Now it's time for the next chapter of my life to begin and I couldn't be happier ... and so is my body."
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The Rangers made a lot of moves this offseason to bolster not just their NHL roster, but their farm system as well. And because of that, they're being honored as having the best farm system in the entire league, per The Athletic's rankings.
Kaapo Kakko, the No. 2 overall pick by New York back in June, is a main reason why their ranking jumped from No. 11 last season to the top dog now. The Finnish forward was highly touted as an NHL-ready prospect that should make an immediate impact for the Rangers this season. Playing in TPS-Liiga, Finland's top league, he dominated at age 17.
But there's also Vitaly Kravtsov, the Rangers' first-rounder in 2018, that experts rave about as well. The Athletic has him pegged as a "High-end NHL prospect," after his season playing in the KHL.
Mark Pavelich, a former Rangers center and "Miracle on Ice" team member, was arrested and charged with assault last week after an incident with a neighbor at his Minnesota home.
Pavelich allegedly attacked his neighbor with a metal pole, breaking several bones and bruising a kidney among the injuries, after he believed the neighbor "spiked" his beer, according to the criminal complaint obtained by the Associated Press.
The 61-year-old went to Cook County District Court on Monday, where the judge "ordered a mental competency hearing," according to the report. Bail has been set at $250,000.