Jeff Gorton was on The Michael Kay Show at 4PM on Monday and said the following:

  • Did AV's post game comments expedite you firing him, "no, I think, it's a godo questionm based upon what he said. We had made the decison to do it once the decision was made I wanted to do it after the game and not have it linger any more. It didn't have any effect."
  • Did it get contentious, "not really. For anyone who has ever had to do that, it's never a great conversation. AV felt he should still be coaching the Rangers and said so and I can appreciate that and I will leave it at that."
  • Why did you make the decision, "I think that in sports five-years is a long time and watching our team over the last several months and thinking about going forward with youth, it just felt like it was the right time to make the change. Have the timing of a new coach and, essentially, a young team start together."
  • On Lindy Ruff, "I just had a brief conversation with him today. He will head home and then we will talk in a few weeks and see where things are at. I will talk with some people and see where they fit for head coach and then we will talk to Lindy at the end of the process."
  • How hard was the conversation, "it was hard. We worked closely for five-years and I consider him a friend. It's difficult. That night, after the game, I am getting off the train to grab him and talk to him and go through that. It was hard, those are hard things to talk about and difficult conversations but I guess I sleep at night thinking it was the right thing to do."
  • On AV's player development, "I hear that too and heard it when he was coming out of Vancouver. I don't neccesarilly agree with that as a broad statement, that he doesn't develop young players. He has had success, Kreider and Skjei are a couple of guys that come to mind. We had Pionk and he had no problem playing him. It wasn't a huge issue for me. Our group, we just felt that maybe the guys who have been here could use a fresh start and a message from somebody else. It had more to do with that than anything."
  • On balancing development and wanting to win the Cup, "no question, good point. It's definitely a fine line. When you are trying to win and that is the coaches job. Sometimes as managers, we are sitting from ten floors up saying put these young guys on the ice but the reality is that we are trying to win and everyone is trying to win that night and it's a fine line of winning and developing players."
  • Is the next coach currently employed, "Good question, I would say that I don't know the answer to that. We have to go through a process and talk to a bunch of people and get some ideas from other people, what they are thinking about our group and maybe here from some people outside our group that have insight that we don't have, that we are close to it. We will find out and go from there."
  • Do you have a guy that you want, "I think someone is going to have to convince us. We do have a number of names that we want to talk to and start to do but I think someone is going to have to convince me and our group that they should be the next coach of the Rangers."
  • Do they have to have head coaching experience, "I think it's important that you would have been a head coach somewhere along the way and had success with it. It's a pretty hard job to learn on the fly."
  • On experience, "I think it could be from junior, really any league but they would have had to have been a head coach to have that experience."
  • Would you involve someone like Lundqvist in this, "no, not really. These guys will come in tomorrow, have our exit meetings with them and talk to them and find out on a personal level how they felt about the season, a team level, which we know wasn't good, but I like to hear from the players and their thoughts and what they are thinking and Hank is certainly someone we want to hear from. As we go through a coaching search I think that will be my role."
  • Did you know AV would be out when you made the moves, "I would say no. When we did all of this we had conversations and AV was fine with the things we were doing and understood. As time went on over the last couple of months it became clear to me that we needed a change and I definitely didn't know at the deadline or when we did stuff, it just became clear in the last week or so."
  • Is there any timetable, "I don't think the draft is that important except that free agency is right behind it. That is probably the best target date."
  • On the lack of toughness, "I agree and it does have to be addressed. We do want to be a team that plays harder and in the last couple of months we were void in that area and it became more and more clear and it's something that will be addressed."
  • On the young players, "I'm certainly happy with the first round picks from last year. Chytil's speed and skill is pretty evident for an 18-year old player to make plays and skate like he does. Lias is a real competitive player that I think will have a bright future. When Georgiev came up and played so well in goal, I think that was a bright light. Pionk, to play over 20 minutes and get the points that he did and be on the plus side and be competitive, those are the guys that really stick out. On the other side, guys like Gilmour and O'Gara got a good taste and it will help them as they come to camp next year and see if they can crack it."
  • Did you have any second thoughts after the trades, "I don't really agree. Maybe we would have made it if we hung in there, I don't think we would have went very far, I don't think we were a very good team, I think that Henrik covered a lot and I just didn't see where it was going or that we were a high level team that could compete with some of the better teams in the league. Could we have made it? Maybe but at the end of the day, it would have been tough for us to get 97 points the way we were playing."
  • "At the end of the day, everything better the letter and the moves that we made, that is what we are after. We want to win, build a team capable to win and that can go after it for a number of years and give us that chance to finally win."
  • On needing a coach with a 'name' factor, "It doesn't matter. We need to get the best person for the job and someone who can light a fire under these guys and give us an identity and hold these players accountable and get us on the right path."
  • Where does analytics fit, "there is a place for it, we talk a lot about it, look at a lot of different things. Having been someone who scouted for a long time there is still something about an eye test and a feel that comes out but it is nice to look at and see another angle. It's not baseball where it' stoppage after every page. It's continuous, it's hard to listen to analytics 100% but we look at it and try to get every edge that we can."

Gorton spoke with the team's website and said (NYR):

  • "we are going to be picking the next coach of the Rangers and that is exciting for us and him. We look forward to hearing from these people, seeing what they have to say. There are a number of good candidates and we look forward to the process."
  • What qualities are you looking for, "We are looking for someone that has a progressive mind, that is thinking the game and looking at what will happen next, that can change on the fly, see things for what they are and process that and change and play a different way in a certain circumstance. The ability to watch players and understand that they have and stick with them and just a good person, leader and someone who can develop young players."
  • On coaching experience, "depending on where the experience is and what level they have coached at and what success they have had. We will look at different types of experience. I don't think it's the end all be all and that person may not have coached in the NHL yet."
  • On how this fits with what happened in Feb, "we have a lot of decisions to make. We will begin the process of looking for a coach and we will be out watching players for the draft and make sure we make good on these top picks we have. As we go forward we will look at free agency and other situations so I think it's going to be pretty busy."
  • On the experience for Chytil and Andersson, "I think it's going to pay off for them. It's always better when you come back and know players and are familiar with how it works, they played some NHL games, they don't have that unknown this summer. They have played games and know what to expect and as they head into the summer they know the size of NHL players, the speed. I think that when we see them in September they should be different athletes, different people and more confident."
  • On the new prospects, "Ryan Lindgren has been in Hartford and has played really well and that is exciting, scored a few goals, got in his first fight. He has been good, is getting his feet wet playing pro hockey and when he comes back in September he will know what to expect. Howden has had a good start to his playoffs, rangy center that keeps playing well and producing. Hajek got hurt in the first round, hopefully he can get healthy and ready for the memorial cup but all good things we are seeing from them."
  • On a message to Ranger fans, "I want them to be excited. These are tough times and tough decisions and it seems like every day we are having a press conference about something. It's exciting when you are doing this and undertaking a rebuild and getting a new coach, there is a certain amount of excitement, they know what's going on, I think they understand that we have good young players coming and the ability to get more. Hopefully they are as excited as we are about it and looking forward to what is next."

Gorton was also on WFAN on Monday afternoon and said:

  • What made you decide to make a change, "I would say that over the last few weeks, since the trade deadline and going through the process and then coming down to the last week, made the decision that we need a fresh start and a new voice."
  • How surprised was AV, "I don't know. Probably not surprised but maybe surprised I did it so quickly."
  • Was his message stale or did he lose the locker room, "it's a hard thing to say because we changed so many players, half our team was gone at the trade deadline. I would say that it was more the day to day message, after five years, needing something new and needing a fresh start, I think we had a number of guys that need that."
  • Was your mind made up when you sent the letter, "no, certainly on the rebuild and what we needed to do, we had made up our mind with the letter and press conference and moves we made. But as far as AV, no, he is a very successful coach, he has coached over a 10000 games, successful here, got us to the Stanley Cup Final. It's a tough move to make when someone is successful and is a good person and you know he is good at his job but you know that it's time."
  • Did player input contribute to the decision and will they have input on the next coach, "I would say that the answer on both is not much. It's my job and the people that work here for us to make those decisions and let the players play. We will go through a process tomorrow like we always do when a season ends, hopefully usually later in the year than this but we will talk to them all and get a sense for their season and how they felt about it but very little input about the coach. We will pick the coach and let them play."
  • Did you talk to players along the way about AV, "no, I think that is probably a tough spot to put a player in, to help you make decisions about the coach. I think that is for us to decide and seeing how we play on the ice helps make that decision. I try to keep the players out of it, most of the things we talk to the players about is their own performance and getting better and getting us better on the ice."
  • What are you looking for in the team, "I think that if you look at the NHL today it's a very fast game, we want a fast, exciting, skilled team that competes hard every night. That hasn't really changed, that is how we had success and made it to the final and how we have had success the past 10 years and it's what we want to get back to and go another level from that."
  • Will you look at someone non-traditional, "We will look at everything, non-traditional, lately in the league, a few guys have had a lot of success in their second go-round so we are looking at those kinds of guys, people that have had success in other leagues. We will look at anything that might work for us and get us to where we want to go as far as speed and character and getting back to that."
  • On trying to rebuild in NY, "it's an original six franchise in a very large market with a lot of fans that are opinionated and love the Rangers and want to win too. It's difficult in one regard because it's not something we have done a lot with the Rangers but it's also a decision that our fans have been really supportive. They like the idea of being so transparent and telling them what we were going to do to rebuild this. They were in this we are behind you now show us what you are going to do state and we are comfortable with that."
  • How long do you expect the rebuild to take, "We can't write a letter every six months. It has been well received because we are being honest and open about it and not trying to get into the playoffs and get through around. It's been good. As far as the rebuild and how long it takes, I don't know. If you look around the league there are some teams that have done it quicker than others and than others have taken longer. Sometimes you need a little luck along the way and maybe to hit on a player in a place where you didn't think you would hit on him, we are hoping for that but the other thing is that we have three first-round picks, some seconds and some thirds for the first time in a while and that gives us a lot of picks and areas to help improve our team in a short amount of time. We are hopeful that this draft can be part of the rebuild real quick."
  • Are there franchise players in the draft, "As always there are a few right at the top that are really good and give you that chance and a lottery that gives you a little hope of that. We feel that this is a draft with 10 or 11 really good players at the top and it's a deep first round and hopefully those other two picks give us a chance at a couple of good players also. Our scouts are pretty happy with having three picks and the opportunity, we think the draft is pretty deep so it's exciting."
  • On Henrik Lundqvist fitting in, "he fits right in the middle of it. He has stated and we have stated that he wants to be a Ranger and we want him to continue to be a Ranger. He is our best player, our franchise player and we think that as it stands he belongs here and our rebuild could be centered around him. We don't think he is done by any means, he showed that in stretches this year how good he can still be. Hopefully we will have a team surrounding him that can cut down on some scoring chances. He will be here and is part of it and we are happy to have him."
  • Does the rebuild coincide with him playing at a high level, "you hear that a lot, father time and all that but being from Boston and having the QB that is still playing, we'd like to think our guy is going to play for a while too."
  • Hank will go on the TB12 method, "he's got his own method and whatever he is doing is working and we will keep him on it."
  • How much of the workload should he be carrying, "I think he likes to play as many as he can get, that is a coaching decision generally but we like him around, 55-60 games. That is probably ideal for us and I think we can do that. We have some young goalies that have shown really well and we had a young player this year, Georgiev, who showed really well when called upon. If we get him the right back up, the right mix for him, I think we can help get the most out of him."
  • How active will you be in free agency, "we will see what happens. When you say rebuild you are usually talking about a young team and letting players play and giving them chances. We will have a lot of that but it's difficult to have twenty 18, 19, 20 year old players also. We will look at everything, the market and see what players are available and term and money and some character and leadership type players that might help us develop these young guys."
  • What about free agents who are in their prime, "We have a number of young players that we think are close or half a year or a year away. We will see in September where we are with that. As we look at the market we have to look at those type of players and see if they can help us turn it around quicker."
  • Are you getting a lot of calls on the draft picks, "well my phone is ringing up a little more from the coaches. When we left the GM meetings a lot of people mentioned they might be interested in those picks. It's a good time for a Rangers fan. There are a lot of things we have to do here but it's exciting as we build forward and find a new coach there is a lot of good things happening here."
  • How did you know the team needed a new voice, "when I say I don't talk to the players, I mean that I don't talk to them about the coach. We talk to them about other things. I would say that watching every game, watching every practice, we are around the players, on and off the ice, watching interactions, being around meetings and different scenarios where you see things happening. Seeing players mannerisms, there were a lot of indicators that kind of tell you. When you lose as many games as we did and you don't play well you start looking for things. AV did a great job here but sometimes in sports it's time for a change and I just think that this is the time."
  • Would you consider someone without a track record, "it depends on what you mean by no track record. I don't think someone with zero head coaching experience anywhere in their history is going to be on our radar but we are going to look in a lot of different places and try to find that person. We will see what is out there."
  • Are you looking for the opposite of AV, "yes and no. We had Torts and he was a different type of personality than AV, AV was a little different and when he came in it worked. That is part of it. As we are looking at candidates we will look for the perfect fit right now. It's tough, we have a young team, there is a bit of teaching and growing to do as a group. Finding that right person, there are a lot of elements we are looking for."
  • Would you consider bringing back a former coach, "yea, I wouldn't touch that one. It's worth asking but I'm not willing to pay the fine."
  • Have you told the equipment guys to hold 91 for a player you might sign, "I'll stay with the no comment on that and let it play out."
  • Is Mark Messier a candidate, "Mark has done a lot of good things in hockey for the Rangers and all that, a real qualified hockey person, but I would say as the head hockey coach of this team, we are going to look in another direction."
  • How many candidates do you expect to interview, "I think we will talk to a lot, probably more than 10 people to get a feel for what is out there but to interview and dial in, the number is probably between 5 and 10."

Jeff Gorton spoke with John Giannone and said (MSG):

  • On why the decision was made, "We went through a process the last several weeks to decide what we were going to do at the coaching level and talked a lot about AV and what he has done here and just in the last week we made the hard decision that it was time for someone new and a new approach. It's a tough decision and someone who has done a real good job for us and wish him nothing but the best and thank him for the job he has done here." 
  • What is the identity you are looking for, "as we go through our interview process we want to hear from everyone and their ideas. With the Rangers we like to play fast and a skilled game and anyone we talk to has to understand that is how the league is and that is how we want to play. Having an identity comes in with the coaches approach and mixing with the organization. It's showing up, playing hard, a skilled fast game and competing for each other and trying to win every game, that is what we want to do."
  • Is there a timeline, "no. This process will probably take a few weeks and we will go through it but as far as a timeline, we don't have one. I would hate to give a date and then not come through. I've had that happen before, we will go day by day and find the best person."
  • Will the head coach be younger, "I don't think that is accurate, we need to find the best person and someone who can gives us that fresh perspective and get to our identity. As far as age, there is not really a requirement, we just want the best person to come in and get us going."
  • How will you hire and a coach and build a team, "I don't expect it to be too difficult. New York Rangers, original six team, a great city. We have a lot of first round picks, a couple last year and it's an exciting time. Based on the phone ringing and the names coming in, it will be a well sought after job. We will pick the right person but it will be a good person who comes in at the right time and helps us move forward."
  • On the young players, "they both showed flashes of being NHL players but we are cautious, they are 18 and 19 years old respectively. We will let it play out. We have seen enough good things but we will let the summer sort things out and what they do in the summer will have a big impact on what they do in September."
  • How will the team look, "I think we will have a young look. We will look at everything and there will be rumors and names like there always is as you head to the draft and free agency. We won't close our mind to anything but we will have a younger team that will be exciting."

Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The New York Rangers are on a roll at home ice while the Dallas Stars are surging on the road.

One of those hot streaks will take a momentary hiatus Monday night when the Stars visit the Rangers.

The Rangers are on a five-game home winning streak since a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Oct. 21 and are 7-3-0 at Madison Square Garden. During their home winning streak, the Rangers are outscoring opponents by a 19-9 margin and it is the NHL's longest win streak of the season.

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Nov 17, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Strome (16) skates against the Florida Panthers in his first game with the Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 17, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Strome (16) skates against the Florida Panthers in his first game with the Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers scored three straight goals en route to a 4-2 win over the Panthers on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

NEW YORK -- In recent weeks, the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers were playing reasonably well. Then they encountered nightmares in defending Thursday and gave up seven goals on rinks separated by more than 500 miles.

While the Rangers were struggling to prevent the rival New York Islanders from scoring in Brooklyn, the Panthers were experiencing the same problems against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Both teams will be hoping to rebound from difficult games Saturday night when the Rangers host the Panthers.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers should not be counted out of the running to trade for Maple Leafs' William Nylander just yet. 

While the Blueshirts are not frontrunners, they reportedly do have interest in the 22-year-old restricted free agent and would have no issues parting ways with Brady Skjei, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post. 

Skjei, 24, is the only Ranger under contract through the 2021-22 season but he is off to a slow start this year and is following up on a disappointing 2017-18 campaign. 

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Oct 18, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Strome (18) skates against the Boston Bruins at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Oct 18, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Strome (18) skates against the Boston Bruins at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

The Rangers struck a deal with the Oilers on Friday, acquiring C Ryan Strome in exchange for C Ryan Spooner. 

Strome has spent parts of six seasons between the Islanders and Oilers over his NHL career. A former fifth overall pick by the Islanders back in 2013, he has totaled 162 points (59 goals, 103 assists) over 358 games. 

The 25-year-old made the transition to Edmonton last season, where he saw 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) over a full 82-game season. This year, he has only tallied one goal and one assist in 18 games. 

Spooner has played on and off with the Rangers over the past two seasons, seeing five goals and 13 assists over 36 games. He came over to the Blueshirts in a trade with Boston earlier this year. 

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Anthony Beauvillier scored his first career hat trick as the Islanders topped the Rangers in a 7-5 barn burner at Barclays Center. >> Box score

First period:

  • 5:00 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad
  • 5:35 NYR Fredrik Claesson; Assists: Brett Howden
  • 9:35 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Thomas Hickey, Valtteri Filppula
  • 10:38 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle

Second period:

  • 2:24 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov
  • 3:21 NYR Kevin Hayes (shorthanded); Assists: None
  • 5:13 NYI Anthony Beauvillier (power play; hat trick); Assists: Johnny Boychuk, Mathew Barzal
  • 14:04 NYI Anders Lee (power play); Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey

Third period:

  • 9:56 NYI Leo Komarov; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Anthony Beauvillier
  • 13:13 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Neal Pionk, Alexander Georgiev
  • 17:31 NYR Filip Chytil; Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Kevin Shattenkirk
  • 19:39 NYI Cal Clutterbuck (empty net); Assists: Brock Nelson
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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Three months ago almost every NHL preview did not have the Rangers and Islanders as two teams that would be fighting for the lead in the Metropolitan Division, but as we approach their first matchup Thursday night, it appears that neither team read, watched or listened those predictions -- the Isles and Rangers are tied for second place with 20 points, trailing only the Columbus Blue Jackets by two points for the division lead. 

Both teams have taken very different paths to get to this point. 

Let's start with the Islanders, who appear to have moved on from losing former captain John Tavares. The stability that Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have brought to the organization cannot be quantified. While this team is not the most talented, it does not get outworked, plays a much better defensive structure and is keeping the puck out of its own net. Thomas Greiss and Robin Lehner have provided stability between the pipes and the duo of Josh Bailey and Anders Lee have proven that they are not a product of their former captain...

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New York Rangers players are feeding off their confidence and swagger leading up to their rivalry game against the New York Islanders.

On Thursday night, another chapter of the "Battle of New York" will take place between the Rangers and Islanders at Barclays Center. And if the rivalry between these two teams wasn't enough, they are both tied with 20 points in the Metropolitan Division so far this season. 

Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, center Mika Zibanejad, and head coach David Quinn sounded off on the rivalry, and how it has given the team an extra jolt of passion leading up to the puck drop...

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates with the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella (6) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates with the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella (6) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The New York Rangers showed their toughness in earning another shootout win Saturday night. A stunning shootout loss earlier Saturday means the Vancouver Canucks will have another opportunity to display their resiliency on six-game Eastern Conference road trip.

The Rangers will look to continue their recent surge, and the Canucks will hope to once again bounce back from a shootout defeat, when New York hosts Vancouver Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 2, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

The red-hot Rangers were delivered a pretty big blow on Monday. 

Forward Pavel Buchnevich was ruled out four to six weeks with a broken thumb, the team announced. 

The 23-year-old sustained the injury on Saturday during a 5-4 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. 

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Nov 10, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers celebrate a shoot out victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Mowry)
Nov 10, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers celebrate a shoot out victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Mowry)

Jimmy Vesey delivered the game-tying and game-winning goals to lead the Rangers to a 5-4 shootout win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday. >> Box score


First Period

  • 5:54 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • 19:26 CO Cam Atkinson (Power Play); Assists: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Seth Jones Second Period
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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets come into Saturday's game for the second night of a back-to-back at Nationwide Arena from different directions.

The Blue Jackets (9-6-1) headed west back to Columbus after a 2-1 victory on Friday night in Washington over the Capitals, the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Nov 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk each scored goals, but the Red Wings ralled from a 2-0 deficit to win in overtime on Friday night, 3-2. >> Box score

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal 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 forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal 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)

DETROIT -- The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings are both rebuilding but have played well in their past few games.

Detroit hosts New York Friday night at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30.

The Rangers (7-7-1) have won four straight and the Red Wings (5-8-2) have four victories in their past five games. Also each team won Tuesday night after trailing by two in the second period. New York beat Montreal 5-3 at Madison Square Garden and Detroit defeated Vancouver 3-2 in a shootout at LCA.

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Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice.  (AP)
Mats Zuccarello brings the puck up the ice. (AP)

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is day-to-day with a strained groin, the team announced Thursday.

Head coach David Quinn indicated the 31-year-old will miss at least Friday's game in Detroit and Saturday's game in Columbus.

"We'll see when we get back," Quinn said, per the New York Post, "see how he looks then."

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Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second period by scoring four unanswered goals -- including three in the third frame -- for a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Montreal Canadiens. >> Box score

First period:

  • 0:23 MTL Tomas Tatar; Assists: Jordie Benn, Jeff Petry
  • 15:50 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Kevin Hayes

 

Tags: Kevin Hayes, Montreal Canadiens, Neal Pionk
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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 is coming to Broadway.

The Rangers called up the 20-year-old Swedish center from AHL Hartford on Monday evening, and he is expected to make his NHL season debut Tuesday against the Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.

Andersson, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, has tallied four goals and eight assists in 14 games in Hartford this season after not making the NHL squad out of training camp.

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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers scored twice in a 19-second span in the second period to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 0:41 NYR Neal Pionk; Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad
  • 1:00 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Brett Howden, Jesper Fast

 

Tags: Jimmy Vesey, Neal Pionk, Buffalo Sabres
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The Rangers managed to salvage another third-period blown lead with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Ducks on the road Thursday night. Box score

Tags: Brett Howden, Kevin Hayes
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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

 After earning their first road win nearly a month into the season, the New York Rangers will try to make it two in a row when they face the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at Honda Center.

The Rangers (4-7-1) gave up another last-minute goal on Tuesday night to the San Jose Sharks, but rebounded to win 4-3 in the shootout and improve to 1-4-1 on the road this season.

The win came two days after the Rangers blew a two-goal lead at the Los Angeles Kings and later surrendered the tiebreaking goal with 55 seconds left in a 4-3 loss. >> Read more

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

4:59PM: Elliotte Friedman said that the Rangers will have no trouble moving Zuccarello or Hayes. (Nichols)

12:13PM: Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello and Vlad Namestnikov are all part of TSN's first Trade Bait board of the season. (TSN.ca)

Hayes is ranked 2nd, Zuccarello 3rd and Vlad Namestnikov is 13th. (TSN.ca)

Tags: Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Vladislav Namestnikov
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 (Danny Wild)
(Danny Wild)

7:36PM: Henrik Lundqvist re-affirmed to Larry Brooks that he is "committed" to going through this process with the Rangers and that he is prepared for and embracing the challenge. (NY Post)

He told Brooks, "being a Ranger and what that means is something that I live." (NY Post)


3:48PM: Kevin Hayes is not skating at practice today and is being listed as having a maintenance day. (NYR)

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Oct 30, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Oct 30, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Rangers came dangerously close to letting two points slip through the cracks Tuesday night, but managed to escape with a 4-3 shootout win over the Sharks. 

Chris Kreider scored two goals in the third period, each giving the Rangers the lead, but Sharks' Tomas Hertl tied the game with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. The Rangers managed to salvage the game in the shootout, 1-0, courtesy of Kevin Shattenkirk. >> Box score

Tags: Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist
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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The San Jose Sharks' early-season schedule included two trips to the East Coast. And while the campaign is less than a month old, coach Peter DeBoer is pleased with the results so far.

Looking to continue that success on the West Coast, the Sharks kick off an extended stretch at home on Tuesday night when they meet the struggling New York Rangers for the final time this season.

San Jose (6-3-2) went 2-2-1 on a trip that included its annual visit to the New York metro area from Oct. 5-14, and an overtime loss to New York at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more

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Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Jan 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) controls the puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

6:21PM: David Quinn said on Tuesday before the game, "he's gotta play better, he's a real talented player, he's had some inconsistencies in his game.We have the bar high for him and he has to play better. You always like when a guy scores a goal but there has to be consistency. (NYR)

"It's about effort and doing the things that are required to have success at this level or any level of hockey, this is a contact sport. You gotta take a hit to make a play, gotta get in the way, being physical means something different for every player depending on your size. I'm not asking guys to run around killing people but you gotta take ice away from people, get in peoples way and you gotta make life hard for the other team." (NYR)

4:39PM: Buchnevich will be a healthy scratch against the Sharks on Tuesday. (Giannone)

The fourth line tonight will be Filip Chytil between Vinni Lettieri and Cody McLeod. (Giannone)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) awaits a pass against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) awaits a pass against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

10/30 | Namestnikov skated yesterday on a line with Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello at practice on Monday and David Quinn said that Namestnikov's play has warranted an increase an ice time, he's had a good three week stretch and has been playing with pace and an edge to his game. (NYR)

Namestnikov said that he tries to bring energy, speed and go to the "dirty areas" on a night to night basis and that it's "nice" to get the chance to play with Zibanejad and Zuccarello. (NYR)

10/28 | So far this season, Vlad Namestnikov has one assist in nine games, a minus seven rating, 12 shots on goal, 22 shot attempts, 7 hits and 11:07 per game.

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 (SNY)
(SNY)

5:46PM: At Rangers practice on Monday, the lines being used by David Quinn and his staff were (Stephenson):

  • Vlad Namestnikov, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner
  • Jimmy Vesey, Brett Howden, Jesper Fast
  • Pavel Buchnevich, Filip Chytil, Vinni Lettieri

Marc Staal is paired with Neal Pionk, Brendan Smith is paired with Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei is paired with Tony DeAngelo. (Stephenson)

The PP units being used were Kreider, Zuccarello, Spooner, Pionk, Zibanejad and Vesey, Chytil, Hayes, Shattenkirk, Howden. (Stephenson)

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Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings players celebrate after a goal by left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) during the second period as New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates off at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings players celebrate after a goal by left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) during the second period as New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates off at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

David Quinn spoke last night about how the Rangers need to stop beating themselves, saying "It's hard enough in this league to beat teams when you are not beating yourselves. We helped them win tonight, that has to stop and that is on me." (MSG)

The Rangers were called for a too many men on the ice for the third straight game and fifth time this season and Kevin Hayes told the NY Post that it's a mental thing. (NY Post)

Hayes added that "it can't happen." (NY Post)

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Henrik Lundqvist (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)
Henrik Lundqvist (Orlando Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)

Henrik Lundqvist allowed a go-ahead goal to Alec Martinez with 55 seconds remaining as the Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Sunday at Staples Center. >> Box score

First period:

  • 11:11 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov; Assist: Pavel Buchnevich
Tags: Henrik Lundqvist, Los Angeles Kings
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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Los Angeles Kings will try to avoid their longest losing streak in nearly 11 years when they begin a seven-game homestand against the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.

The Kings (2-7-1) have lost six in a row and haven't led at any point during that streak. Los Angeles hasn't lost seven in a row since an eight-game skid in January 2008.

"Losing in this game is not enjoyable," Kings coach John Stevens told reporters after a 4-1 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. "We're in this business to win, so at the end of the day, results are two points whether you do good things or don't do good things." >> Read more

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

10/27/18 | On Hockey Night in Canada, Nick Kypreos said that Kevin Hayes is drawing a lot of interest from scouts and mentions Winnipeg as a possible option.

Kypreos says that he doesn't think Winnipeg would move players off their roster for Hayes but instead try to acquire him for a draft pick or prospect. (Sportsnet)

10/24 | Kevin Hayes said on Wednesday that the Rangers present a "good formula" for him and that he wants stay in New York for the rebuild and be "part of the future." (NY Post)

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

4:48PM: Adam McQuaid is not skating at Rangers practice on Saturday after leaving Thursday's loss early with an injury. (Stephenson)

The lines being used at practice today are (Giannone):

  • Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner
  • Vlad Namestnikov, Brett Howden, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Cody McLeod, Filip Chytil, Jesper Fast

On defense, Marc Staal is paired with Neal Pionk, Brady Skjei is paired with Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Smith is paired with Kevin Shattenkirk. (Giannone)

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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers players skate off the ice after the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Rangers put up a season-low 19 shots on goal, including only one in the third period, during their loss to Chicago.

They were out-shot 37-19 overall and out-attempted 51 to 37 at 5 on 5.

David Quinn said after the game that "that was as poor as we played all year. One of the things I think we have done a good job of is skating and competing but that certainly wasn't the case tonight. We gotta get back to work. That is just not acceptable." (MSG)

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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Pavel Buchnevich scored his third goal of the season but the Rangers mustered just one shot on goal in the third period, losing to the Blackhawks, 4-1. >> Box score

First period:

  • 2:55 CHI Jonathan Toews; Assists: Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford
  • 4:09 NYR Pavel Buchnevich; Assists: Brendan Smith, Brett Howden

Second period:

  • 10:33 CHI Alexandre Fortin; Assists: Nick Schmaltz, Brandon Manning

Third period:

  • 15:39 CHI Patrick Kane; Assists: Artem AnisimovAlex DeBrincat
  • 18:51 CHI Alex DeBrincat (ENG); Assists: Dominik Kahum, Henri Jokiharju
Tags: Pavel Buchnevich
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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

CHICAGO -- If the New York Rangers were attempting to find a way to build some confidence as they embark on a nine-day, four-game swing, Mika Zibanejad provided a performance the Rangers hope they can build on.

The Rangers open their trip west on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks fresh off a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers that was sparked by Zibanejad, who tallied two goals and two assists in the victory on Monday night.

New York was efficient offensively in the victory, netting four goals in just 19 shots as the Rangers continued to play well at home, where they have won three of their past five games. Now, as they prepare for Wednesday's game in Chicago and three more games in California before they return back to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4, the Rangers will look to do what they can to replicate Tuesday's victory on the road. >> Read more

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 (Danny Wild)
(Danny Wild)

1:07PM: The Rangers held an optional morning skate this morning in Chicago that had the following players skating (Cyrgalis):

  • Tony DeAngelo, Neal Pionk, Filip Chytil, Cody McLeod, Ryan Spooner, Vinni Lettieri, Brett Howden, Alex Georgiev.

Henrik Lundqvist is likely starting in net. (Cyrgalis)

Lettieri and DeAngelo stayed on for extra skating and are expected to be scratched tonight. (Stephenson)

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Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 17, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Tony DeAngelo was scratched for the first two games this season, played against Carolina and San Jose and has been a healthy scratch for the past five games.

DeAngelo is not expected to play against the Blackhawks tonight but said that he will be "ready to go" when he gets his chance to return.

David Quinn has said that DeAngelo "knows what he needs to do" to get back in the lineup and that he needs to be better in practice. (NY Post & NYR)

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Henrik Lundqvist said that he is feeling fine after dealing with a "small neck issue" on Tuesday and said that he could have played against the Panthers if needed. (Barker)


The Rangers have placed forward Matt Beleskey on waivers. (Brooks)

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Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

MIka Zibanejad's four points on Tuesday extended his point streak to three games and he has five goals and three assists in the last five games.

Following last night's game, David Quinn said "I can't tell you how happy I am for him that he's getting rewarded statistically, because I know early on he was playing really good hockey and not getting rewarded." (NYR Game Notes)

Quinn added, "I'll tell you, he's a complete player. I knew he was a good player before I got this job, I didn't know he was this good. This is a guy that does a little bit of everything - he's got skill, he's tough, he can skate. And he's an unbelievable guy, too. He's a fun guy to be around and we're lucky to have him." (NYR Game Notes)

Tags: Mika Zibanejad
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Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and Florida Panthers right wing Juho Lammikko (91) battle for position during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and Florida Panthers right wing Juho Lammikko (91) battle for position during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello each saw two pucks in the back of the net in the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Panthers on Tuesday night at MSG. >> Box score

First period:

  • 18:15 FLA Vincent Trocheck (PP); Assists: Jonathan Huberdeau, Evgenii Dadonov

Second period:

  • 3:10 NYR Mika Zibanejad (SH); Assists: Adam McQuaid
  • 11:36 NYR Mats Zuccarello (PP); Assists: Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad
  • 16:08 NYR Mika Zibanejad (PP); Assists: Neal Pionk, Chris Kreider

Third period:

  • 1:27 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Mika Zibanejad
  • 10:37 FLA Mike Hoffman; Assists: Jonathan Huberdeau, Aaron Ekblad
  • 19:08 NYR Kevin Hayes (ENG); Assists: Jesper Fast, Brady Skjei
Tags: Calgary Flames, Mika Zibanejad
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Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 50 saves against the Calgary Flames on Friday night. (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist makes one of his 50 saves against the Calgary Flames on Friday night. (AP)

Ryan Spooner returns to the lineup in place of Vinni Lettieri. (Cyrgalis)


NEW YORK -- The NHL season is less than a month old, but the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers will be looking to escape some not-so-select company Tuesday night, when the Rangers host the Panthers at Madison Square Garden.

Both teams lost their most recent games. The Rangers dropped a 4-1 decision to the visiting Calgary Flames on Sunday night. The host Panthers fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday night.

The defeats continued frustrating months for the Rangers (2-5-1), who have one regulation/overtime win, and Panthers (1-2-3), who have yet to win outside of the shootout. Only two other teams -- the rebuilding Red Wings and the Arizona Coyotes, who have missed the playoffs the last six seasons -- have one regulation/overtime win or fewer. >> Read more

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Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brett Howden (21) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

So far this season at 5 on 5, the Rangers are 21st in shot attempts, 26th in shots on goal and 27th in goals. (Natural Stat Trick)

They are sixth in scoring chances for with 196 but have only converted on 10 of them and are second in high danger chances for with 104. (Natural Stat Trick)

After only scoring one goal on 45 shots against Calgary on Sunday, David Quinn spoke about a mindset that the Rangers need to have and that they are not yet a "quick-release, take-advantage-of-broken-plays type team." (Rangers Game Notes)

He added, "I think we've got to be more tenacious with a shooting mentality. Too many times, we get a loose puck, and it's hold it, stickhandle, then make a pass as opposed to just getting it to the net and maybe getting them turned around a little bit. I think we're doing a better job in that area but not enough." (Rangers Game Notes)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

1:48PM: Claesson is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury. (Brooks)

Alex Georgiev will start tomorrow against the Panthers. (Brooks)

12:40PM: At Rangers practice on Monday, the lines being used are (Stephenson):

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Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas announces the number twenty-nine overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports  (Jerome Miron)
Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas announces the number twenty-nine overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Last week, Sportsnet's Chris Johnson noted that the Rangers were one of four teams that had two scouts in Toronto watching the Penguins and Leafs. 

It was revealed this morning that Leafs GM Kyle Dubas was at last night's Flames/Rangers game, though as Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger noted, Leafs RFA William Nylander's agent Lewis Gross lives in NYC and was also at the game.

Dubas recently traveled to Europe to meet with Nylander and spoke with Gross last night, according to Dreger.

While on the radio in Toronto this morning, Dreger said that it is not uncommon for a General Manager to check out other games but that when they do it is likely with a "purpose" and looking at something specific.

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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

10:53AM: The Rangers have recalled Alex Georgiev after sending him to Hartford for two games this weekend.

Georgiev was 1-1 on the weekend,allowing 6 goal on 63 shots.

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Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames were too much for the Rangers, as they fell 4-1 in The Garden on Sunday night. >> Box score

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Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Spooner (23) plays the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

5:31PM: Ryan Spooner, Freddy Claesson and Tony DeAngelo are scratched for tonight's game against Calgary.

Adam McQuaid and Cody McLeod come into the lineup in place of Claesson and Spooner.

Claesson missed practice on Friday and then left practice early on Saturday due to an upper body injury. (Newsday, NY Post)

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

This season is likely to be an uphill battle for the Rangers (2-4-1), who embarked upon a rebuilding project at the trade deadline in February. But New York has shown promise under rookie coach David Quinn, who has presided over four losses by two goals or fewer.

The loss to the Capitals on Wednesday capped a productive two-day stretch against contenders for the Rangers, who beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night.

"That's big, coming away with a point -- three out of four," left winger Chris Kreider told reporters afterward. "Obviously, we'd like to have four out of four, but three out of four's pretty good, considering the travel and the strength of the opponents that we played. So it's something we can hang out hat on. But I think we can get to the point where we're getting all four points." >> Read more

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10/22/18 | Jeff Gorton said that Andersson is playing well in Hartford and that the Rangers prefer the 20 minutes he is playing in Hartford to the 7 or 8 he might get in the NHL right now. (NY Post)

He added though that it is something the team will monitor moving forward. (NY Post)

10/20/18 | Lias Andersson scored for Hartford on Friday and had six shots on goal in a Wolf Pack win.

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