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New Rangers head coach David Quinn chats with SNY's Justine Ward about his excitement for the job and coaching Henrik Lundqvist.

David Quinn, Chris Drury, Glen Sather and Jeff Gorton met with the media during a press conference today to introduce Quinn as the Rangers next head coach (SNY).

  • David Quinn: On the process, "when they first reached out to me it was certainly a job that was different unlike any others. I have been fortunate to be approached by some NHL teams in the last three-years but when it's the Rangers it's different. The more we talked, the more this just seemed like a fit I could not pass up. Where we are at from a rebuild standpoint, the relationship with Jeff and Chris, the opportunity to talk freely, we all seemed like we were on the same page. Through the process of talking with them, every time they said that this is something they were looking to do, instinctively I would say to myself that this is kind of my coaching DNA. As time went on it seemed like a more natural fit every time we spoke."
  • David Quinn: On player relationships, "at the end of the day it's all about relationships and you don't have a similar relationship with a 20-year old that you do with a 35-year old, I was fortunate to coach at the NHL level where I have dealt with guys that are older and with big contracts. For me it's all about people skills and what motivates somebody, that is something that as you go through coaching you learn those skills. One of the things I felt comfortable with in taking this job is that I have been fortunate to coach at the NHL level, the AHL level and all of those stops have prepared me to handle situations like that."
  • David Quinn: How conflicted were you about leaving BU, "I was conflicted. When you are in the situation I was in. One of the great things about college hockey is that you are more than a coach, you develop lifelong relationships, you have an impact with players on and off the ice and one of the things that drew me to coaching was how much coaches meant to me in my life and I was hoping to have that type of impact on our players. I was coaching at my alma mater, cocahing with people I loved, working for people I loved. I felt there was some unfinished business but the longer this went on, at this stage of my career, the relationships with Jeff and Chris, where we are at as an organization, my relationship with Jeff and Chris and it's the New York Rangers."
  • Jeff Gorton: On rebuilding, "I think it's pretty well documented that our team had a good run for a long time, we got to a point where our franchise needed a change and go in a different direction. A number of trades and transactions that led to where we are now. It's an exciting time. When you go through something like that it's an eye-opening experience, hard experience but at the same time it's really exciting. We see some of our young players coming, we have a lot of good players on our team still and we are adding a coach that we think a lot of to lead us in the future."
  • David Quinn: On the opportunity to coach a rebuilding team, "For me it's an incredible opportunity. I am familiar with a lot of the players, I've been fortunate to coach some, know some. At the end of the day this is about coming to the rink every day, making every individual better and making the team better. Winning and losing will take care of itself. For me it's an exciting opportunity and I know that we use the word rebuild but our goal to get better on a regular basis." 
  • David Quinn: On the BU connection and Chris Drury, "Both, I've known Jeff for 25-years as well. It was a combo of the relationship with Jeff and Chris, and we have always talked hockey for a long time. When you go through this process you talk a little bit more in-depth and find out more about each other and it just seemed like the longer we talked and the more we talked it seemed like a perfect fit. To be on the same page and to have an open dialogue, when we start this, it was a huge piece of my decision."
  • David Quinn: On his coaching style and culture he wants to create, "I like to think that I am fair and demanding. There is no gray area with me with players. They want to get better and held accountable but the message has to be that this is in your best interest, it's not about me being the big-tough coach, it's about letting them know that everything we we are doing is to make them better players. When a player realizes that and how much you care about them, there is a trust factor that creeps in and that is where success happens."
  • David Quinn: On going from NCAA to NHL, "being a first time head coach in the NHL, there will be a learning curve, I actually said this to Chris and Jeff when we were talking, when I left BU in 2009 to become a head coach in the AHL for the first time, I had never coached pro hockey and there was a knot in my stomach because of some uncertainty, I was very fortunate to coach at a lot of different levels from the National program, to college to the AHL to the NHL and there is no knot in my stomach today. I think that all of those steps along the way have prepared me for this, probably have normal learning curves as a first time head coach, but I can't wait to get started."
  • David Quinn: On Henrik Lundqvist and how he fits, "Henrik is one of the best goalies in the world. Everybody knows Henrik here, I haven't had a chance to talk with him yet but no one is more committed, no one works harder and I am excited to have him as our goalie."
  • David Quinn: On skill development and developing players, "we are going through the stage of figuring out what the roster is going to look like. You want to spend as much time with the individuals as possible, we have systems but the concepts within the systems will be important. Stick positioning, angling, all the hockey terms that you need to do to become a better player whether it's from a forecheck standpoint, a D-zone standpoint, you need to work on these things daily in practice and practice is important. You gotta come to the rink with a game-like mentality and work on getting better. We are going to do that, be in great shape, our practice will be fast and there will be a lot of attention to detail."
  • David Quinn: How did you feel about the Rangers as a kid, "do I have to answer that? (laugh) Being from Cranston, RI and growing up in the Bobby Orr era. My idol was actually Ray Bourque as a hockey player but my real idol was Larry Bird. Ray Bourque was someone that I had an awful lot of respect for as a player, just the way he handled himself. I was a defenseman and he was someone that was one of the elite players of all-time. I've been fortunate to get to know him, coached his son at one-point, those are the guys I was drawn to. The Bruins were my favorite team....the Rangers were second favorite."

Quinn then met in a smaller group with reporters and said (SNY):

  • On how he felt when the Rangers first reached out, "as coaches we all think about perfect scenarios and it's every coaches dream to coach in the NHL and I am no different, that said, I thought I could stay at BU forever. I've been fortunate to have a couple of teams reach out to me over the last couple of years and when this call came, it was just different than all the others. This is the pinnacle of our profession, coaching the Rangers. The relationship with Jeff and Chris and the direction the organization is going, the more time that passed and the more we talked, it just seemed like the right move for me."
  • On assistant coaches, "this has happened so fast and been such a whirlwind I haven't thought much about it at this point in time. Jeff, Chris and I will sit down and start talking about a staff after today."
  • What was it about Gorton and Drury, "the direction, how they are all on the same page, patience, they have a clear picture of what they want to achieve and they have a great feel for the team right now and they are very confident in the draft picks that they have and the direction of the organization. To me it was that everyone was on the same page."
  • Did you and Shattenkirk speak, "He and I, during the season, we talked quite a bit, maybe once a month. We've always kept a relationship but we never talked about this."
  • On Shattenkirk's role as a leader, "I don't know the roster well, so because of my relationship with him, I'll be talking with him for sure but I know there are other guys in the room who will be leaders that I will lean on as well."
  • Did the rebuild scare you off at any point, "it actually made it more attractive for me. I know that to be able to step into this situation and get us to the level we want to get to, the rebuilding process is going to be a lot of fun. We think the pieces are in place to build a Stanley Cup contender. How quickly will that happen? Who knows, that will happen at the pace that it evolves and it actually made it more attractive in a funny way."
  • Will you play up-tempo, "that is what I plan on doing but you also have to coach your team. That is the style that I love to coach and how we played at BU and the style we intend to play here."
  • On NCAA coaches to the NHL, "the college game is making more of an imprint at the NHL level, more players stepping in and making an impact. The league has gone more towards development, which college hockey has done for a long period of time, you have four practices in a week and spend a lot of time with players developing them. Dave Hakstol's success certainly has opened the door for others and it's going to be a great opportunity for other coaches as well."
  • Have you started planning things, "not really, this happened fast over the last few days. I've just been trying to figure out how to get here, get situated, find my way to the press conference and stuff like that. All that stuff will happen after today."
  • How do you define a rebuild, "take advantage of the draft picks but my job is to develop people on a daily basis. We gotta come to the rink everyday, make every individual better, make the players realize that, improve our systems on a daily basis and to me, it's patience. If you make 22 mistakes on a Monday and 21 on a Tuesday, you've had a good Tuesday. That is the mindset we have to have, getting better everyday. It may be cliche but it's true."
  • How have things changed since you were with Colorado, "it's younger, the league has gotten younger and faster and I think there is more depth. The pace of the game has improved and you look at the teams in the playoffs that have success, their fourth lines have made an impact."
  • Do you have any Ray Bourque memorabilia you need to put away, (laugh) "no, I don't but I do have a big Larry Bird jersey that I have to leave at home.."
  • On the excitement of a rebuild stemming from Drury and Gorton, "that attracted me and made it more attractive as we kept talking and I also think that there are a lot of good young players and we will have a chance to bring some into our organization and have a chance to rebuild."

Quinn was on with Mike Frances and some of what he said (WFAN):

On his role with developing defenders, "I played the position myself, I love spending time on the aspects of playing D. We would do an awful lot of that at BU and the AHL. They are all important positions but if your defense can get pucks out of your end and do it quickly, you are going to have the puck a lot more.

On player relationships, "the only way you will have a chance to develop a player is with a trust factor and the more time you put in with him and the more time you put into him and he realizes that you care, that is where the trust comes in. You can do all the fancy drills that you want but if there isn't a connection between the coach and player you have a hard time developing. The kids want to know why and the communication pieces is so important."

What kind of style, "pressure, puck possession game that is built around defense. Defense isn't just what goes on in the defensive zone. When there is a change of possession in the offensive zone or neutral zone we want to get the puck back quickly and take away time and space and make people uncomfortable and when we get it we want to possess it. It doesn't mean we aren't going to have to chip it behind people at appropriate times but that is not the system we want to play. We want to be hard to play against and fast and physical."

"Sitting around and going through what to do, I thought to myself, would there be anything cooler than winning a Stanley Cup in New York City, coaching the New York Rangers. And the only way to do that is to coach the New York Rangers. That was part of my decision making process for sure."

 

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Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers appear to be moving toward hiring John Davidson to replace Glen Sather as the team's president, according to Larry Brooks of The Post. 

Davidson, 66, is currently the president of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who just unexpectedly swept the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Rangers would have to wait until the Blue Jackets are out of the playoffs before they can hire Davidson, though.

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Former Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is back in the NHL, and his old team is going to be seeing plenty of him.

Vigneault was named the new coach of the Flyers on Monday after sitting out the 2018-19 season. It was Philadelphia where Vigneault coached his final game with the Blueshirts last season, getting fired by Jeff Gorton just hours after the season finale when the team returned to New York.

"It is an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers," Vigneault said in a release. "The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck (Fletcher,) the talented group of players and prospects coming up through the system, in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape."

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The probable top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft have topped NHL Central Scouting's final rankings lists.

American center Jack Hughes is ranked No. 1 on Central Scouting's list of North American skaters, while Finnish wing Kaapo Kakko is ranked No. 1 on its list of International skaters

The Rangers drew the No. 2 pick in the June draft during last week's NHL Draft Lottery, while the Devils came away with the No. 1 pick. Hughes has long been considered the consensus No. 1 selection, but there's been recent talk of Kakko at least closing the gap on Hughes as far as who the top prospect is in this year's draft class after a strong season in the Finnish Liiga.

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Winter is here.

With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The ping pong balls went the Rangers' way Tuesday night, and by getting the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, they not only end up with their highest ever selection in the draft, but they're guaranteed to get a game-changing prospect for their rebuild.

They're likely to end up with Finnish right wing Kaapo Kakko, assuming the Devils select American standout Jack Hughes at No. 1. Those two players are the top tier of this upcoming draft class, with the consensus being that Kakko has the ability to be a star in the NHL.

Get to know the player who might accelerate the Rangers' path toward contention:

Record-setting season

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The Rangers had their biggest win of 2019 on Tuesday night at the NHL Draft lottery. 

The Blueshirts, projected to have the sixth pick, jumped all the way to the second overall pick for the NHL Draft, which takes place on June 21 in Vancouver. 

The Rangers had a 23.3 percent chance of landing a top-three pick. They have never chosen within the top three picks under the current draft format. 

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Apr 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Andersson (50) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Lias Andersson (50) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Come Tuesday night, the Rangers will be hoping the ping pong balls are bouncing their way. 

After a rebuilding effort that saw them finish seventh in the Metropolitan Division, the Rangers enter Tuesday night's NHL Draft lottery with the sixth-best odds of winning the No. 1 overall pick (7.5 percent). Additionally, the team owns a 23.3 percent chance of gaining a top three pick, according to tankathon.com

The Rangers sunk their odds with a meaningless overtime victory Saturday in Pittsburgh. 

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Ending the season on a high note is surely a morale boost for the organization and its players. 

But the Rangers' 4-3 overtime victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday actually knocked the Blueshirts from fifth to sixth in the NHL Draft lottery draw, when they could have moved up to fourth had they lost in regulation to the Penguins. 

Instead, the meaningless victory means the Rangers now own a 7.5 percent chance of drawing the top pick in the lottery; they have not selected first overall since 1965. 

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The Rangers capped their season with an overtime win over the Penguins, 4-3, on the road. >> Box score


First Period:

  • 6:36 PIT Sidney Crosby: Assists: Jake Guentzel, Jared McCann
  • 12:48 NYR Brendan Smith
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New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev makes a save in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann and Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev makes a save in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann and Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are out of the playoffs and relegated to setting a foundation for next season and playing a spoiler role.

Friday, New York lost its third straight but nearly prevented the Columbus Blue Jackets from clinching a playoff spot. The Rangers scored with seven seconds left in regulation before losing 3-2 in a shootout.

It seems likely that veteran Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal for the Rangers after Alexandar Georgiev started against the Blue Jackets.

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The Rangers couldn't give the Madison Square Garden faithful one more win at home this season, falling to the Blue Jacets, 3-2, in a shootout >> Box score


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Dec 11, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Glen Sather speaks during his banner raising celebration at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Dec 11, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Glen Sather speaks during his banner raising celebration at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

While the Blue Jackets are hoping Friday marks the beginning of a playoff run, the Rangers (31-36-13, 75 points) will be ending an era with their home finale.

The team announced Thursday that president Glen Sather will step down at the end of the season, though he will remain with the organization as a senior adviser.

Sather -- who built four Stanley Cup-winning teams as the Edmonton Oilers' general manager and head coach from 1977 through 1989 and then oversaw another Cup winner as general manager in 1990 -- was named the Rangers' president and general manager on July 1, 2000 and remained in both roles through the 2014-15 season. >> Read More

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Feb 26, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman speaks prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 26, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman speaks prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With Glen Sather stepping down as president of the Rangers on Thursday, the hunt is on for James Dolan & Co. to find his replacement. 

The search is reportedly on already, and one name that immediately comes to the forefront is Steve Yzerman. According to The Post's Larry Brooks, Yzerman is "amenable" to listening to the Rangers about the job. 

It is unknown if the Rangers have reached out to the Tampa Bay Lightning to talk to Yzerman yet. He is currently in the final year of his contract as an advisor to the owner. He served as the team's general manager before holding this role, and played a key role in building the Lightning into the Eastern Conference powerhouse they are today.

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Glen Sather was already a Hall of Famer before he arrived in New York as a 56-year-old on June 1, 2000, building and coaching the Oilers dynasty of the 1980s to four Stanley Cups and adding one more solely as an executive in 1989-90, two years after ownership forced the trade of Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles.

The cigar-chomping Sather is an iconic figure in NHL history, an undisputed giant of the game. His Rangers legacy is complicated.

For there is an unmistakable void in Sather's 19-year run with the Blueshirts, the first 15 of which were spent as both president and general manager before he ceded the GM title to Jeff Gorton, with a 90-game stint as coach across the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons sprinkled in.

Though he orchestrated one of the most memorable runs in franchise history during which the Rangers went to the playoffs 11 out of 12 years, the 75-year-old will step down as president and into an advisory role, as the club announced Thursday, without a Stanley Cup.

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Rangers president Glen Sather is stepping down as the team's president, and will transition into a role as senior advisor to the owner and alternate governor, the team announced on Thursday. 

Sather, 75, has been team president since June 2000 and had also been New York's GM from 2000 to 2015 before he relinquished duties to Jeff Gorton.

Sather also coached the Rangers for 1 1/2 after he fired Bryan Trottier midway through the 2002-03 season.

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Apr 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators left wing Brian Gibbons (17) is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) looks on during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators left wing Brian Gibbons (17) is congratulated after scoring a goal as New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) looks on during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers couldn't come back from the Senators' quick start in a 4-1 loss at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:14 OTT Bobby Ryan (Power Play); Assists: Chris Tierney, Brady Tkachuk
  • 13:29 OTT Zach Smith (Short Handed); Assists: Magnus Paajarvi
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Nov 29, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save on a shot from New York Rangers center center Lias Andersson (50) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Nov 29, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save on a shot from New York Rangers center center Lias Andersson (50) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

With little to play for in the final week of the season, both the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators hope to finish strong.

Each club looks to bounce back from a loss Wednesday night when they meet in New York City. Both New York and Ottawa will miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

The Rangers (31-35-13) had won two in a row before falling 4-2 at New Jersey on Monday night. Rookies Brett Howden and Filip Chytil each scored, and Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves in losing his fifth straight start while still one win shy of 450 for his career. >> Read More

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New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford battle for the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford battle for the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed two late goals in the third period as they lost to the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:54 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Connor Carrick, Mirco Mueller
  • 14:34 NJD Travis Zajac (power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Nico Hischier
  • 18:40 NYR Brett Howden; Assists: Connor Brickley, Neal Pionk
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Harvard defenseman Adam Fox, whose NHL rights are owned by Carolina, won't be signing an entry-level deal with the Hurricanes, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, and the Jericho, N.Y. native is being linked to the Rangers.

The Hurricanes will try to trade Fox, owner Tom Dundon told The News & Observer. Carolina acquired Fox's rights from Calgary in a trade at last year's NHL Draft which saw the Hurricanes bring in Fox, Dougie Hamilton and Michael Ferland for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm

LeBrun had recently mentioned that the Rangers are believed to be among the teams interested in Fox, a third-round pick from the 2016 draft, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the 21-year-old righty were interested in joining the Blueshirts, who were his favorite team growing up. 

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Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) plays the puck in front of New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) plays the puck in front of New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This spring marks the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest non-Stanley Cup Finals playoff series in history -- the New York Rangers' epic seven-game Eastern Conference finals win over the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers, on their way to their first championship since 1940 that season, trailed three games to two before winning Game 6 when Mark Messier backed up his victory guarantee with a natural third-period hat trick and winning Game 7 on Stephane Matteau's goal in the second overtime.

The tri-state rivals will not commemorate the anniversary with a similarly high-stakes meeting this spring. Instead, the Rangers and Devils will each be looking to take solace in playing out the string in inspired fashion Monday night, when they complete their season series as New Jersey hosts New York in Newark.

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Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Mar 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal against Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Rangers won consecutive games for the first time since the All-Star break, defeating the Flyers on the road, 3-0, on Sunday. 

Goaltender Alexander Georgiev was excellent in net once again, stopping all 29 shots he faced. He's now made 62 consecutive saves. 

The team received goals from a trio of players in the well-rounded offensive effort. >> Box score


First period:

  • 16:25 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
  • 19:57 NYR Ryan Strome; Assists: Brett Howden, Brendan Smith 
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Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins fans cheer after New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) gave up a goal during the third period of Boston's 6-3 win at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins fans cheer after New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) gave up a goal during the third period of Boston's 6-3 win at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

A practically lost season for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist is going to be even more barren as the calendar flips to April. 

With the team well out of playoff contention, the team is expected to sit the 37-year-old goaltender and organizational stalwart for the majority of remaining games. Backup goalie Alexander Georgiev, who started in Philadelphia on Sunday, is expected to receive most of the playing time in net. 

The team prepped for Lundqvist for this decision by keeping an open dialogue with him. 

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Mar 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After allowing two goals in a 27-second span during the first period, the Rangers rallied to defeat the Blues Friday night, 4-2. Rookie goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 44 saves, and his six 40-save games are the second-most by a rookie in franchise history behind Mike Richter's seven. Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third and Chris Kreider's empty-netter snapped an 11-game goalless drought. >> Box score


First period:

  • 14:35 STL Vladimir Tarasenko; Assists: Brayden Schenn, Ryan O'Reilly
  • 15:02 STL David Perron; Assists: Jaden Schwartz
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It appears Alain Vigneault has secured his first coaching job since being fired by the Rangers last April.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that Vigneault will be the head coach for Team Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. Hockey Canada is expected to make the move official early next week, according to the report.

Vigneault has not been heard from publicly since he released a statement after his firing. His job with Team Canada could be a precursor to a return behind an NHL bench for the 2019-20 season.

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Jan 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn looks upwards from the bench in the second period against the against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jan 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers head coach David Quinn looks upwards from the bench in the second period against the against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The climb ended long ago for the Rangers (29-34-13), who are in the second year of a rebuilding project. New York hasn't won consecutive games since it headed into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak.

The Rangers are just 8-14-6 since the All-Star Game and have fallen on especially hard times lately. Of New York's last six losses, five have been by at least three goals.

The defeat Wednesday embodied the issues facing the youthful Rangers, who trailed the Bruins 3-2 more than midway through the third period before allowing Boston to score three power-play goals in a span of a little more than four minutes. The final two goals were scored during a five-on-three opportunity generated when New York was whistled for having too many men on the ice 31 seconds before defenseman Brendan Smith was sent to the penalty box for high sticking.

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Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal with left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) as New York Rangers defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) skates away during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal with left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) as New York Rangers defenseman Fredrik Claesson (33) skates away during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

David Pastranak tallied a hat trick and two assists, as the Rangers couldn't stop him in a 6-3 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:48 BOS David Pastranak (Power Play); Assists: Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron
  • 16:29 NYR MIka Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Ryan Strome, Pavel Buchnevich
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(Adam Hunger)

New York won 3-2 at Boston on Jan. 19 -- the Bruins' most recent regulation home defeat -- and 4-3 in a home shootout Feb. 6. But the Rangers enter amid a 2-7-5 stretch following Monday's 5-2 home loss to Pittsburgh.

Goals by youngsters Brendan Lemieux and Vinni Lettieri gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead late in the first period against the Penguins. However, New York managed 19 shots on goal over the next two periods after recording 16 in the first.

"First period, we were all over them," defenseman Brady Skjei told the Rangers' official website. "Just kind of got away from it. >> Read More

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Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, John Gilmour, Marc Staal, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vinni Lettieri
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) plays the puck against the New York Islanders during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Islanders won 4-3.
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) plays the puck against the New York Islanders during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Islanders won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers' season will end in a few weeks, but it's already over for Jesper Fast

Fast had been playing through a shoulder injury over the last few weeks, and perhaps even the past couple of months, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post

Ultimately, the team decided it wasn't necessary for the 27-year-old to continue playing through the injury. Rangers coach David Quinn hopes Fast will not have to undergo surgery during the offseason. 

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New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev makes a save in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann and Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev makes a save in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann and Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed five unanswered goals after taking an early two-goal lead as they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:25 NYR Brendan Lemieux; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad
  • 15:15 NYR Vinni Lettieri (power play); Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Filip Chytil
  • 15:41 PIT Nick Bjugstad; Assists: Marcus Pettersson, Dominik Simon
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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers (28-32-13), who are out of playoff contention, are coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

They have had three days to prepare for Toronto. The teams have split their first two meetings this season.

Defenseman John Gilmour and forward Vinni Lettieri were called up from Hartford of the American Hockey League for the game Tuesday. Lettieri played in his 19th game for the Rangers this season. Gilmour played in the Rangers' final 28 games last season but was playing his first NHL game this season.

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Mar 23, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save as forward Mika Zibanejad (93) watches Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Mar 23, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save as forward Mika Zibanejad (93) watches Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (11) in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Alexandar Georgiev is a puzzle the Maple Leafs cannot solve. The rookie goaltender made 44 saves and Ryan Strome scored in overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 win in Toronto Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. Georgiev, who made 42 saves in regulation on Saturday, stopped 55 of 56 Maple Leaf shots on Feb. 10 at MSG. He's the first Rangers goalie since the 1967-68 expansion to record multiple 40-save wins against the same team in a season. The Rangers had lost 11 of their previous 12 games. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A
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New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev defends against Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev defends against Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers (28-32-13), who are out of playoff contention, are coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

They have had three days to prepare for Toronto. The teams have split their first two meetings this season.

Defenseman John Gilmour and forward Vinni Lettieri were called up from Hartford of the American Hockey League for the game Tuesday. Lettieri played in his 19th game for the Rangers this season. Gilmour played in the Rangers' final 28 games last season but was playing his first NHL game this season.

Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, John Gilmour, Marc Staal, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vinni Lettieri
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) plays the puck against the New York Islanders during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Islanders won 4-3.
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) plays the puck against the New York Islanders during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Islanders won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With nine games remaining and the Rangers simply playing out the string, the club may shut down banged-up right wing Jesper Fast for the remainder of the season. Fast has been dealing with an upper-body injury and the rebuilding Rangers are not in playoff contention.

"We haven't finally made a decision, but we're certainly leaning in that direction," David Quinn said Thursday. "We certainly don't want to put anybody in harm's way, and if it makes sense to shut someone down for the year, we'll do that."

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The Rangers late comeback was all for naught, as the Red Wings finished them off in a 3-2 loss for the Blueshirts on Tuesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 17:16 DET Frans Nielsen; Assists: Taro Hirose, Brian Lashoff
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Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It's been nearly a month-long scoring drought for Chris Kreider

But the Rangers assistant captain has a reason behind his production issues. On Monday, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported Kreider has been has been hampered by a balky hamstring since Feb. 27, when the injury occurred during the Blueshirts' game against Tampa Bay. 

"You're going to have dips in your game," Kreider told the Post. "The season is just so long. But you have to learn how to approach them, deal with them, separate the good from the bad and put everything in perspective. And you learn as you go along. I know I learned from watching and talking to Rick Nash when he went through lulls, and his message was to simplify things and get back to the basics."

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The Rangers announced on Monday that they've recalled defenseman John Gilmour and winger Vinni Lettieri from AHL Hartford.

Gilmour, who was named an AHL All-Star this season, made his NHL debut last February but has been in the minors all season. The smooth-skating 25-year-old leads the Wolf Pack with 53 points (20 goals, 33 assists) in 66 games. He had five points in 28 NHL games last season.

Lettieri, 24, has 23 goals and 23 assists in 44 games with Hartford this season. He made his NHL debut two days before New Year's Eve in 2017. He had five points in 19 NHL games last season but has zero points in 18 games with the Rangers this season.

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Mar 16, 2019; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) slides into New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)
Mar 16, 2019; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) slides into New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports (Harrison Barden)

For the second straight season, the Rangers are enduring a post-deadline nosedive. They sealed an 0-4 road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Wild Saturday night and have lost 10 of their last 11 games. Mika Zibanejad snapped an eight-game goalless drought with his career-best 28th goal. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 42 of 46 shots. >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:40 MIN Ryan Donato; Assists: Pontus Aberg
  • 6:00 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk
  • 16:05 MIN Ryan Donato; Assists: Luke Kunin, Jason Zucker
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Mar 15, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) battle for the puck during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 15, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) battle for the puck during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

New York heads to Minnesota on a three-game losing streak and has been blown out in its last two losses, getting outscored 9-2 in defeats at Vancouver and Calgary, the latter by a 5-1 margin on Friday.

The Rangers were tied 1-1 after the opening 20 minutes against the Flames but gave up two goals in 70 seconds in the second period.

"We just weren't real dialed in defensively tonight, not only the goals that they scored, but how many times did you look up and all of a sudden, there's a 1-on-3 in front of our net," New York coach David Quinn told reporters. "We cheated the game too often tonight, very loose defensively, didn't hit anybody, didn't want to get hit and we played very slow.

Tags: Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Minnesota Wild
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Mar 15, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save as Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) and New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) fight for position during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 15, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save as Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) and New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) fight for position during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

It was tough sledding once again Friday night for the Rangers, who were routed by the Flames, 5-1. The Blueshirts lost all three games in Western Canada and have to play again Saturday. Matthew Tkachuk had a hand in every Calgary goal with two goals and three assists for his first career five-point game. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 27 of 32 shots as the Blueshirts lost for the ninth time in the last 10 games. >> Box score


First period:

  • 10:00 CGY Johnny Gaudreau; Assists: Matthew Tkachuk
  • 11:10 NYR Neal Pionk; Assists: Ryan Strome
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Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) plays the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 29, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) plays the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers arrive in the Stampede City having lost eight times in nine games, although they've collected five charity points (1-3-5). New York is coming off a 4-1 defeat to the Vancouver Canucks, a loss essentially decided during a five-plus-minute stretch in the second period.

After Chris Kreider was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing, Brendan Lemieux was given a major penalty, too, for a hit to the head. The Canucks tallied three times in just over three minutes. Two goals came 11 seconds apart.

"You lose two forwards and you're completely out of sync," coach David Quinn said. "You kill (10) minutes of penalties in that period, I mean really, you're really at an incredible disadvantage. I thought we got off to a good start. I liked our pace in the first period, I really liked our energy. I thought we had a real good first period. Then it just completely unraveled in the second period."

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Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

Rangers left wing Chris Kreider was fined $5,000 for elbowing Vancouver's Elias Pettersson during Wednesday's game, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Thursday. The fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.

Kreider smashed Pettersson in the face with a spinning elbow at 4:18 of the second period. He was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct. 

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Mar 13, 2019; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) reaches for the puck against New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Mar 13, 2019; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) reaches for the puck against New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich (89) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

Despite coming back from a two-goal deficit, the Rangers lost to the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime on Monday at Rogers Place. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:08 EDM Connor McDavid (power play); Assists: Alex Chiasson, Leon Draisaitl
  • 8:02 EDM Matt Benning; Assists: Leon Draisaitl, Zack Kassian
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New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk and Vancouver Canucks right wing Nikolay Goldobin battle position during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk and Vancouver Canucks right wing Nikolay Goldobin battle position during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

So do the Rangers.

The Blueshirts are coming off an overtime loss in Edmonton on Monday and have only two wins in their past 10 games, both against another non-contender, the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers have struggled since they amped up their rebuilding program by sending forwards Jimmy Hayes and Mats Zuccarello to Winnipeg and Dallas, respectively, at the trade deadline.

Some young Rangers, such as forward Brendan Lemieux, acquired from Winnipeg in the deal for Hayes, are seeking to earn more ice time. Meanwhile, older Rangers, such as defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, are fighting to keep their jobs.

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Edmonton Oilers forward Brad Malone and New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey battle for position during the first period at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)
Edmonton Oilers forward Brad Malone and New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey battle for position during the first period at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite coming back from a two-goal deficit, the Rangers lost to the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime on Monday at Rogers Place. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:08 EDM Connor McDavid (power play); Assists: Alex Chiasson, Leon Draisaitl
  • 8:02 EDM Matt Benning; Assists: Leon Draisaitl, Zack Kassian
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New York Rangers head coach David Quinn looks on during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers head coach David Quinn looks on during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)

After seeing their four-game win streak snapped, the Edmonton Oilers will try to rebound against the visiting New York Rangers on Monday.

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Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Former Rangers legend Harry Howell has passed away, the team announced Sunday. He was 86. 

Howell played for the Rangers for 17 seasons, from 1952 to 1969, and played professionaly until he was 40. His best season as a Blueshirt came in 1966-67, when the Ontario native accumulated 70 points and won the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's top defenseman. 


Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers took over in the third period, collecting three unanswered goals to beat the Devils, 4-2, at The Garden. >> Box score


First Period:

  • 16:26 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Kenny Agostino, Michael McLeod
  • 19:49 NJD Blake Coleman (Power Play); Assists: Will Butcher, Travis Zajac
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Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The New York Rangers are on their longest skid of the season and frustration is setting in following an array of close losses.

The Rangers attempt to halt a season-high six-game losing streak Saturday night when they host the New Jersey Devils in the third meeting of the season between the Metropolitan Division rivals.

New York is 0-2-4 since its last win two weeks ago against the Devils in a 5-2 game. Each loss has been decided by two goals or fewer with two going to overtime and two being decided in the shootout. >> Read More

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Mar 7, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi (59) celebrates his goal during the second period against the New York Rangers at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Mar 7, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi (59) celebrates his goal during the second period against the New York Rangers at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

The Rangers tied the game late in the third but ended up losing to Detroit in a shootout Thursday night, 3-2. The Blueshirts have lost six straight games, with four of those coming in either overtime or a shootout. Henrik Lundqvist, who made 43 saves, became the third goaltender in NHL history to appear in at least 850 games with one franchise. Pavel Buchnevich scored both of the Rangers' goals. Kevin Shattenkirk was a healthy scratch. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:43 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Brett Howden, Brendan Lemieux
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